Clickbait vs Science

by Halimat Afolabi

Everyday there seems to be a new article announcing the latest discoveries in medical science such as a super fruit that can cure cancer or the anti-aging properties of marijuana. Yet these supposed discoveries rarely, if ever, become commonplace in medical treatment. Why is this? Could it be that healthcare workers are unaware of the miraculous effects of these substances, or perhaps there’s a Big Pharma conspiracy to prevent any discovery that cannot be patented from becoming mainstream medical treatment? The answer is actually quite simple: Clickbait.

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Gene Therapy: The Ultimate Personalized Medical Treatment

by Zoë Rogers, geneticist at Omixy

What is gene therapy?

Many common diseases are caused by known single mutations in our DNA. These changes could exist from birth (hemophilia, Huntington’s disease, Down syndrome, Sickle cell anemia) and these mutations can occur later in small subsets of cells and lead to new presentations of autoimmune disorders or cancer. When these mutations occur, the proteins produced by these genes are dysfunctional in some way. Many research efforts have been directed toward adding back functional versions of these genes to diseased cells as a form of disease therapy. This technique is known as gene therapy.
One area gene therapy has shown tangible advances is in sickle cell anemia.

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What is Health?

By Lavinia Ionita & Horia Stanescu

At Omixy, we choose to focus on prevention and on preserving and optimizing the health of the individual. Today is International Health Day, but we want to help people celebrate their health every day. Although the meaning of ‘health’ seems obvious for everyone, it has plenty of challenging nuances and we think that the concept deserves some consideration, and today seems to be an appropriate opportunity to do so.

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Lifestyle vs. genes: risk of heart disease can be decreased!

Yes, you can be stronger than your genes. A study has followed more than 55,000 people to evaluate the influence of genetic factors and lifestyle on the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is the first cause of death in the world. Some people have a higher risk of developing CAD due to their genetic susceptibility, that is, the presence of gene regions associated with this risk.

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The diet that reverses clinical depression

There are many reasons that people choose to diet. From general goals of weight loss or muscle gain, to food allergies, to severe medical issues, to general self care. There are countless diets out there and it can sometimes seem impossible to pick the one that is right for you. Here is a diet that you may not have heard of before: The Mediterranean Diet.

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How can plants and mushrooms help us fight obesity and type 2 diabetes?

Did you know that about half of the pharmaceutical drugs come from plant extracts? Plants are also used in traditional Chinese medicine and are found as dietary supplements that can be bought in naturopathy shops. Thus, plants can be our allies to be healthier. A review recently published in Nature Reviews Endocrinology summarises the state of research on how plants and mushrooms can help us fight obesity and type 2 diabetes (1).

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Household chemicals linked to obesity and mental health?

Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are a class of chemicals which alters the normal balance or action of our hormones. They can be found in everyday life products such as cosmetics, medications, and plastics (Figure 1), thus we are exposed to dozens of potential EDCs. A recent review published in Nature Reviews Endocrinology has examined the results reported by numerous studies on the effects of early-life exposure to several EDCs (phthalates, bisphenol A (BPA), perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and triclosan) (1).

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2016: A Year of Hope for Health!

First and foremost, the Omixy team would like to wish a happy and healthy 2016 to all of you out there! (And no, we’re not late with our New Year’s wishes, we just wanted to make sure that we had your undivided attention! ;) We’re excited about the future, and we hope that you are, too!

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Losing weight with intermittent fasting

Lavinia & Rachel eating candies

Ready to try it together?

Before we get into a couple of health topics, I want to share with you an idea that I believe is fundamental. Taking care of one’s health and paying attention to one’s long-term lifestyle is not necessarily difficult, but it can be tricky and everyone can use some guidance from time to time. Nobody’s perfect, and you shouldn’t be intimidated by the people (and their press coverage) who claim that their lifestyle is the one to follow. Instead, what matters the most is to do the best that you can over the long term. You don’t have to be perfect to be healthy!

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