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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.