Genetic Influence on Hangovers


Some people get hangovers after a night of drinking, while others don’t, and the reason may be in their genes, a new study in Australia suggests.


Researchers looked for links between the study participants’ genetic makeups and the number of hangovers the individuals reported experiencing in the past year.

Results:

Genetic factors accounted for 45% of the difference in hangover frequency in women and 40% in men.

In other words, genetics accounts for nearly half of the reason why one person experiences a hangover and another person doesn’t, after drinking the same amount of alcohol, the study said. The other half probably comes from outside influences unrelated to DNA, such as how quickly a person drinks, whether they eat while they drink and their tolerance for alcohol.

See also from LiveScience:
How 8 Common Medications Interact with Alcohol
7 Ways Alcohol Affects Your Health
11 Interesting Facts About Hangovers

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Will We Have Any Privacy After the Big Data Revolution?


TIME

Does the rise of big data mean the downfall of privacy? Mobile technologies now allow companies to map our every physical move, while our online activity is tracked click by click. Throughout 2014, BuzzFeed’s quizzes convinced millions of users to divulge seemingly private responses to a host of deeply personal questions. Although BuzzFeed claimed to mine only the larger trends of aggregate data, identifiable, personalized information could still be passed on to data brokers for a profit.

But the big data revolution also benefits individuals who give up some of their privacy. In January of this year, President Obama formed a Big Data and Privacy Working Group that decided big data was saving lives and saving taxpayer dollars, while also recommending new policies to govern big data practices. How much privacy do we really need? In advance of the Zócalo event “Does Corporate America Know Too Much About You?

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