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DNA changes linked to health effects of childhood abuse

By Krystnell Storr

NEW YORK Thu Jul 31, 2014 2:14pm EDT

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Trauma has lasting effects on mental and physical health that may stem from changes to DNA which undermine a person’s ability to rebound from stress, according to new research.

The small study of abused children adds to a growing body of evidence suggesting that experiences can alter gene activity, explaining how mental anguish can translate to lingering physical effects, and possibly opening new avenues for treatment, study authors say.

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