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Microbes and Mood: A Gut Feeling?

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(DGIwire) --  The National Microbiome Initiative was started by the U.S. Government this year with a budget of five-hundred million dollars. Microbiomes are not a common dinner table subject but perhaps that will soon be changing. According to Wikipedia, microbiota, microbiome and microbe are largely synonymous and are used to describe "the … [Continue reading...]

The Next Debate: Power vs. Compassion

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(DGIwire) – Power vs. Compassion: If given the chance, which one would most voters choose as more important? On Saturday, October 22, 2016, an answer will come from a New York City audience at the BMCC Tribeca Performing Arts Center. The venue will host a reading of The Cost, a stage play written by Aquaila Shene Barnes and directed by Barbara … [Continue reading...]

Is Eating Extra Protein Really Helpful?

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(DGIwire) -- You may have read that consuming more protein than the recommended daily allowance (RDA) is a helpful strategy during weight loss, or that consuming extra protein will keep you feeling fuller longer helping to control hunger. The question is: Is it really helpful, healthful or even necessary? Even though consuming extra protein … [Continue reading...]

RNAi: Turning Off Genes to Treat Disease

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(DGIwire) – In high school biology class, students are taught “DNA codes for RNA codes for proteins.” These days, scientists not only have the capability to manipulate the basic molecules of life; they are also able to prevent the production of proteins that play roles in certain diseases. The way this works is through a process called RNA … [Continue reading...]

Could This Combo Combat Cancer?

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(DGIwire) – In 2013, the journal Science called cancer immunotherapy the year’s most groundbreaking advancement. Several years later, scientists continue to be excited by this field of research, which aims to enhance the body’s immune system to kill tumor cells. A notable finding was announced in the pages of Cell Reports in May 2016. … [Continue reading...]

An Instructional Manual for People’s Health: Practical Paleo


(DGIwire) -- Life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. But with the staggering statistic from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese, maybe a NUTRITIONAL instructional manual is what is needed? Diane Sanfilippo to the rescue. Sanfilippo is the best-selling author of Practical Paleo, … [Continue reading...]

Binge-Eating Disorder: Developments Pave Way for New Treatments

Over Eating

(DGIwire) – Binge-eating disorder (BED) is an eating disorder characterized by recurrent episodes of eating large quantities of food, often very quickly and to the point of discomfort, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Now researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, publishing in the International Journal of Eating … [Continue reading...]

The Truth About HPV, Warts and All

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(DGIwire) – The human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the U.S., reports the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). At least half of sexually active men and women will acquire HPV in their lifetime, according to research published in the journal Sexually Transmitted Diseases. In addition, HPV is … [Continue reading...]

Spa Treatments: Cooler, Faster, Higher-Tech


(DGIwire) – What does the future of spa treatments look like? A whirlwind of innovations is transforming the traditional spa experience into something cooler (literally), faster and higher-tech than what was ever available to customers before. For example, Vogue recently reported on a new wave of cooling skin care products, such as “freeze … [Continue reading...]

Intense Debate Over Chemicals in Tents

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(DGIwire) – A night spent camping in a tent under a starry sky: what better way to commune with Mother Nature? Ironically, however, some have raised red flags about whether this activity is as healthy as it sounds—due to the presence of certain types of chemicals in the tent fabric. According to a recent article by a team of Duke University … [Continue reading...]

Injecting a New Strategy to Treat a Rare Blood Disease

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(DGIwire) --  Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH) is an ultra-rare, life-threatening and debilitating disease of the blood. According to the National Institutes of Health, the symptoms of PNH can include intermittently dark urine, abdominal pain, back pain, thrombosis (blood clots), easy bruising or bleeding, headache and shortness of … [Continue reading...]

Asian Nation Rich in History Ensures Its Energy Future

Facade madrasas in Registan Square in Samarkand

(DGIwire) – The Republic of Uzbekistan is a Central Asian nation and former Soviet republic. It is known for its mosques, mausoleums and other sites linked to the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Samarkand, a major city on the route, contains a landmark of Islamic architecture: the Registan, a plaza bordered … [Continue reading...]

What Keeps New York’s Fashion Industry Humming? People, People, People

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(DGIwire) – The days before Fashion Week in New York City are perhaps the busiest in the city’s apparel industry. Frantic designers rush around looking for gold buttons with blue inlay, for seamstresses to make pleats and for patternmakers with spare fabric. They make modifications to dresses in real time under enormous deadline pressures. Yet when … [Continue reading...]

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