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Healthcare’s High-Tech Future

The first of a three-part series

  05/20/2016 |  Genetics 101

Part I

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.

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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.

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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:

  • Excessive worrying or fear
  • Feeling excessively sad or low
  • Confused thinking or problems concentrating and learning
  • Extreme mood changes, including uncontrollable “highs” or feelings of euphoria
  • Prolonged or strong feelings of irritability or anger .

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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