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Avert the Inevitable this Holiday Season
12/16/2016 | Genetics 101
Let’s face it, the holidays are a time for celebration, and with celebration comes many opportunities to indulge in mouthwatering food. In fact, about 75 percent of Americans’ yearly weight gain occurs during the holidays. One study conducted over a year span showed a weight increase of 0.7% in the participants between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. If the average weight of an American woman is about 166 pounds that would be over 11 pounds of weight gain, which is significant.
Is Sugar Free, Care Free?
11/09/2016 | Nutrition
A study conducted among adults over a 5-year span proved daily consumption of “diet beverages” increased their risk for type 2 diabetes by 67%.
For a long time artificial sweeteners seemed like the answer for effective weight loss and anyone with Type 2 Diabetes (T2D), due to their lower calorie content. However, research is telling us they may do more damage than good for various reasons.
Is Diabetes in Your Genes?
11/03/2016 | Genetics 101
The global prevalence of diabetes has increased from 4.7% in 1980 to 8.5% in 2014 which is concerning. Across the U.S population 1.4 million people are diagnosed with diabetes every year.
Type 2 diabetes (T2D) is the most common, which is when your blood sugar levels rise higher than normal. Diabetes is a chronic disease related to insulin resistance where eventually your pancreas isn’t able to keep up in making enough insulin to sustain your blood sugar at normal levels.
The High Risk Breast Cancer Gene: PALB2
10/13/2016 | Genetics 101
If you have a strong family history of breast cancer but tested negative for BRCA1 and BRCA2, there’s another key gene you may want to have checked – PALB2. A study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that women under 40 years old with mutations in the PALB2 gene may have 8-9 times higher risk of developing breast cancer during their lifetime as compared to the general population.
Is Psoriasis in Your Genes?
09/21/2016 | Genetics 101
Psoriasis is a chronic, non-contagious skin disorder and is among the most widespread autoimmune, genetic diseases in the United States. According to the National Institute of Health in the US, between 5.8 and 7.5 million Americans have psoriasis.
Getting to Know Adiponectin
08/16/2016 | Genetics 101
There can be many barriers along the journey towards weight loss and better health. Have you ever stopped to think how your adiponectin levels may be contributing to your weight loss plateau?
Think of adiponectin as the hormone that tells your body to burn fat for fuel. Multiple studies have concluded the more adiponectin you have the more fat your body will burn. Alternatively, research concludes that low levels of adiponectin are associated with a higher prevalence of obesity.
#Nutrition; Use Caution Around Diet Trends
08/01/2016 | Nutrition
If it begins with a hashtag (#) it’s sure to mean the topic is trending and folks are talking about it. Popular hashtags like #yum, #foodie and #nutrition are hot topics that lead to posts about weight-loss trends, staying fit and the fastest, easiest way to get there. If you go to your favorite social media platform and type in #nutrition, here’s what you’ll find:
A Positive Genetic Cancer Test Result; What Does it Mean?
07/18/2016 | Genetics 101
Genetic testing screens a number of known genes related to hereditary cancers and those cancers related to cellular changes during a lifetime. The goal of every test is to determine a patient’s risk of cancer. Those who may have a family history, younger individuals of childbearing years who want to know about their genetic predisposition to cancer or patients who have already had cancer and want to know their status or treatment options often seek these tests.
Overeating; A look at how we eat
07/05/2016 | Nutrition
Sometimes, it’s not what you eat, but how you eat. Our eating habits have become about convenience; we’re always on the go and so we grab what’s fast and easy. This sometimes leads to inhaling our food without a second thought. We may even eat out of boredom, loneliness or stress and not even know it! When we do this, it’s very easy to overeat and not pay attention to what is being consumed. When we eat without mindfulness, we don’t get to enjoy the pleasures of eating.
Skincare: Summertime Secrets to Better Skin
06/27/2016 | Skin Health
Summer’s a great time to show more skin, but before you do, show it some extra care. Environmental factors like longer, sunnier days with more intense UV rays and windy conditions can be damaging to your skin. But have no fear; here are some tips, tricks, and wholesome DIY treatments to keep your skin looking great while you enjoy the sunny summer months.
Your New Health and Fitness Coach, PathwayFit®
06/20/2016 | Health Apps, Fitness/Nutrition Data
America has a problem. According to the Center for Disease Control, almost 35% (78.6 million) of U.S. adults are obese. Being overweight creates a myriad of health problems that are preventable, and often treatable, by following a healthy diet and exercising. Heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some forms of cancer are linked to obesity. In addition, approximately 17% (12.7 million) of American children between the ages of 2-19 are obese. Compared to the rest of the world, the U.S. obesity rate is ranked among the highest.
Wellness Programs at Work: Five Reasons to Join
06/13/2016 | Health Apps, Fitness/Nutrition Data
In addition to salaries and bonuses, employers offer benefits to stay competitive and attract the best talent possible. Motivations for candidates vary; one person may be in it for the money, another may want a flexible work schedule or the ability to telecommute. A healthy work culture is at the top of the list for many folks, and employers are making that a reality by instituting corporate wellness programs. These programs offer healthy workspaces, health screenings, activities and incentives for everyone’s well being.
The Future of Medicine—The Next Ten Years
06/06/2016 | Health Apps, Fitness/Nutrition Data
So what’s the future of medicine? If anyone can answer this question, Dr. Michael Nova, Chief Innovation Officer of Pathway Genomics can. Dr. Nova’s innovations span from creating health and wellness genetic tests to developing an upcoming consumer mobile app, OME ™, which uses genetics, artificial intelligence, (powered by IBM Watson) and other data to help manage health and wellness. As a pioneer in the future of medicine, Dr. Nova notes six key areas that will advance medicine in the next ten years.
The Doctor is in, Check Your Smartphone
Part 2 of a three-part series
05/27/2016 | Health Apps, Fitness/Nutrition Data
By now, it’s pretty standard to own some kind of fancy device that synchs with your smartphone and tracks some part of your human-ness. Typically, you’ll track your steps, food-intake, diet, sleep, heart rate, even your mood! Specialized medical apps can do things like assist those with diabetes to monitor their blood sugar and for cardiac patients to keep track of their blood pressure. If you can think of it, there is probably an app that’s there to serve your health, wellness and medical needs, including actual doctor “tele-health” visits.
Healthcare’s High-Tech Future
The first of a three-part series
05/20/2016 | Health Apps, Fitness/Nutrition Data
Until the 1940’s, doctors made house calls to patients, treating colds and flus, delivering babies, even performing surgeries. It was also a time when companies began offering health benefits in order to compete for workers. With the high cost of house calls and the benefits of treating multiple patients, doctors started seeing patients more and more in their offices and hospitals. The current model of healthcare was established and for the most part, was structured to fit within the confines of medical plans. That paradigm is making a huge shift with the advancement of many technologies, and in many ways, is becoming more personalized.
Skinny Jeans or Skinny Genes?
05/12/2016 | Genetics 101
Skinny jeans may be in style, but getting into them may be a challenge. While over 65% of Americans are overweight or obese, the problem is more than an issue of wardrobe. Overweight and obese Americans are roughly 35 or more pounds over a healthy weight with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30 and above. Obesity is a major public health concern that increases the risk of a myriad of health-related problems. With type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and sedentary habits on the rise – better health and lifestyle changes are essential.
Genetic Testing Helps Guide Physicians to the Right Mental Health Medication
05/05/2016 | Genetics 101
Over 43 million Americans experience mental illness in a given year–that’s one in five adults and most of them suffer from depression. There’s no easy test to know if mental illness exists, but there are some common signs:
The Age of Looking Better; Beautiful Skin from Within
04/28/2016 | Skin Health
The latest advances in personalized skincare are here – and it’s about time! In the past, great lengths were taken to look healthy and beautiful. The Hollywood actresses from the early-to-mid 1900’s were known to go to extremes in the name of a youthful look. For example, they used intricate facial contraptions to stop facial sagging in order to fight the ravages of aging. The battle of wrinkles, sun damage, redness, and acne is a real one. And the multi-billion dollar beauty industry thrives on the sale of remedies for these conditions.
Food as Medicine, Mediterranean Style
04/19/2016 | Nutrition
People love food. It’s a fact, we love to eat. Food and eating can mean so many things—it’s nurturing, pleasurable, fun, communal, comforting. It signifies culture, community, tradition and family. But what is food really all about?
For many Americans, food has become something more than what it is intended to be—nourishment and fuel. Properties of food have been shaped into chemical compounds that may taste good but have little if any nutritional value. Salt, sugar, fat and artificial colors and additives are processed into foods to make them more appealing, have a longer shelf life and cheaper to produce. Some of these foods shouldn’t even be called food at all! In fact, junk food is the opposite of what food should be; whole, real, grown and raised humanely. It may taste good, but it has little to no nutritional value and can add a lot of calories to your daily intake.
Meet our new Registered Dietitian — Christina Galiatsatos, RD
11/05/2015 | Nutrition
We welcome aboard our new registered dietitian, Christina Galiatsatos, to the Pathway Genomics team!
Christina is committed to sharing her passion for healthy eating towards optimal health and creating an enjoyable experience for all.
She has spent her career in the treatment of weight management, disordered eating patterns, sports nutrition, and disease prevention using an individualized approach. Christina earned a Bachelor’s degree in both Nutrition Sciences and Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University in Rhode Island and is also certified in Adult Weight Management. Also, she completed her dietetic internship specializing in Corporate Wellness in which she has instituted in most workplaces.
Obesity, Genes and Aging….Overlapping Magisterium?
03/010/2015 | Genetics 101
There has recently (2013-15) been a flurry of human clinical trial publications regarding gene-diet interactions, primarily concerning obesity and related phenotypes.
A new finding by the Genetic Investigation of Anthropometric Traits, or GIANT, consortium has identified 97 gene regions associated with obesity, tripling the number of such genes previously known.