UTHealth researchers link epigenetic aging to bipolar disorder

UTHealth researchers link epigenetic aging to bipolar disorder

HOUSTON - (Dec. 12, 2017) - Bipolar disorder may involve accelerated epigenetic aging, which could explain why persons with the disorder are more likely to have - and die from - age-related diseases, according to researchers from The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth). The findings were published in yesterday's issue of Translational Psychiatry, a Nature Publishing Group journal. While chronological age is measured in the amount of time that a person has been alive, epigenetic age measures molecular markers of chemical modifications to DNA. "Bipolar disorder has been previously associated with accelerated aging but the mechanisms...

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