History of child abuse may induce epigenetic changes

05/3/2013 | MedicalDaily.com

Post-traumatic stress disorder patients who were abused as children had more genetic alterations linked to brain development and immune regulation than those without a history of child abuse, a study showed. PTSD due to later trauma was linked to more changes in genes responsible for cell growth and cell death. The findings appear in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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