Crowdfunding: Building a Better Tomorrow…Together

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(DGIwire) – According to the old saying, “Two’s company, three’s a crowd.” But in the 21st century, a crowd—rather than something to disdain—can often be a force for good. Just consider the rise of crowdfunding: the practice of funding a project or venture by raising monetary contributions from a large number of people, typically via the … [Continue reading...]

AMPing Up Alternative Energy with Electric Trucks

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(DGIwire) -- The People’s Climate March recently drew hundreds of thousands of people to the heart of New York City to express their concern over the dire threat of global warming. According to a recent article in The New York Times, more than 300,000 people marched. Millions more watched on television while others participated in satellite events … [Continue reading...]

First, Do No Harm: Sweetening Taste and Preserving Health

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(DGIwire) -- Nutritionists are in the business of giving us guidelines on what to eat and what to avoid. But their advice is often contradictory or nonsensical. “Cut out all the carbs. Try to go gluten-free. Stay away from fats. Don’t even think about touching that snack food—throw it all out. Watch cholesterol. Don’t eat too much red meat. But … [Continue reading...]

Joint Replacement Surgery: Getting It Right the First Time

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(DGIwire) – Many people remember the day their doctor told them one of their joints was permanently damaged and to reduce the pain and improve mobility, they needed to consider a total joint replacement. The good news, the doctor assured them, was that total joint replacement is usually highly successful. After hearing more about the potential … [Continue reading...]

Have Diabetes? Desperate to Relieve de Pain of de Feet? Check This Out

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(DGIwire) -- Nobody wants to hear they have a disease, and being diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes is no exception. The best strategy is to be proactive. Diabetes is serious, but it is also an illness that can be effectively managed. According to the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE), an important first step for the newly diagnosed is … [Continue reading...]

After Breast Cancer Diagnosis, A New Test to Measure the Likelihood of Metastasis

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(DGIwire) – In the U.S. today, women who receive a diagnosis of breast cancer, and their doctors, have little way of predicting whether the cancer will metastasize—i.e., spread to other organs throughout the body. The fact is that only 35 percent of women with a breast tumor have cancer that will metastasize. The other 65 percent of women have … [Continue reading...]

A GHOST Worth Believing In

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(DGIwire) -- Drug smuggling operations still have the gritty feel of an Elmore Leonard novel, but the routes traffickers use are constantly shifting. Currently, for example, the majority of cocaine smuggled into the U.S. arrives by boat directly from South America to Puerto Rico. This is a clever route, because the packages concealing the drugs do … [Continue reading...]

Skin Cancer and Dark Skin: Don’t Be in the Dark About the Dangers

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(DGIwire) -- Reggae singer Bob Marley died in 1981 from what was initially believed to be a soccer bruise under his toenail. Upon further examination, it was discovered that Marley had an acral lentiginous melanoma (ALM), an aggressive form of skin cancer that disproportionately afflicts dark-skinned people. According to a recent article in The … [Continue reading...]

Celebrating the Flavor of Coffee, One Bean at a Time

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(DGIwire) -- Salted caramel, pumpkin spice, red velvet, cookie dough, white chocolate macadamia. Salivating yet? These are just a few of the more popular flavors sold in coffee shops, bakeries and candy factories. Compared to some of New York’s unique and exotic chocolate shops—including Christopher Norman, Kee’s Chocolates and Chocolat … [Continue reading...]

Replacing Organs in the Age of Regenerative Technology

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(DGIwire) -- Surgery is as old as humanity itself. Archaeologists and other researchers have discovered that wherever there were injuries and trauma, Homo sapiens had the desire to repair the body. According to the Science Museum of London, the earliest form of surgery was called trephining. This involved cutting a small round hole in the head, … [Continue reading...]