Healing the Heart: 6 Groundbreaking Advances

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(DGIwire) – The past several decades have witnessed a series of remarkable breakthroughs in the area of heart care. Here are six advances that have propelled the state of coronary medicine and given heart patients a new lease on life. 1958: Coronary Angiography. F. Mason Sones Jr. accidentally injected a large amount of dye into […]

3D Printing: A Bright Future for Orthopedics

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(DGIwire) – For anyone undergoing orthopedic surgery, a common concern is a complication called aseptic loosening. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, this occurs where the bond between an implant and bone doesn’t hold, requiring patients to be taken back to surgery after a joint replacement. Now a team of researchers from the […]

Can a ‘Broken’ Heart Heal Itself? Researchers May Have a Way

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(DGIwire) – Heart disease now accounts for one in seven deaths in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association. For patients with a blood clot or a thick buildup of fatty material inside their artery walls, the blockage can rob nearby cells of oxygen and nutrients. Unless blood flow quickly resumes, the patient can […]

Forging a New Direction for Biotech Success

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(DGIwire) – “Fail forward” is a mantra among entrepreneurs who are looking for the best way ahead in their business dealings. But it can also describe a strategy adopted by various companies—such as biotechs that have successfully pivoted to a new drug when an old one proved unpromising. Gur Roshwalb, M.D., CEO of Akari Therapeutics, […]

Massage That Tension Away…With a High-Tech Twist

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(DGIwire) – Ever had one of those days at work? The urgent projects are piling up, the phone won’t stop ringing…and worst of all, a nagging backache is making things even more hellish. We at ReviewLoft had just such a day last week. Then the IS-3000-PRO InstaShiatsu+ Total Body Massager With Heat by truMedic landed […]

Gargle Away That Irritated Throat and Clogged Sinuses

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(DGIwire) – Winters can be tough on the ReviewLoft staff. On a recent day, at least half the folks in the office were coughing, sneezing or blowing noses. How lucky everyone was, then, when Gargle Away® Advanced Throat Care by Nature’s Jeannie showed up at the door! A “gargle party” was hastily organized in the […]

Timing is Everything When it Comes to Health

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(DGIwire) – Since the beginning of time, life on Earth has been influenced by the daily rotation of our planet and to a lesser extent, its seasonal orbit around the sun. The influence of these changes has been imprinted in our DNA. This programming is known as circadian rhythm. A circadian rhythm is a roughly […]

Opioid Antagonists: A Key to Many Disorders

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(DGIwire) – Illegal drug use in the U.S. has reached epidemic proportions. According to data published by Quest Diagnostics, the share of workers testing positive for illicit drug use has reached the highest level in a decade, driven by increases in detection of amphetamines, cocaine and heroin. Meanwhile, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services […]

The Eyes Have It: A Unique Therapy for Ocular Disorders

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(DGIwire) – We depend on our vision to complete everyday simple tasks. Unfortunately, there are many ocular disorders that can cause problems in both the front and the back of the eye that interfere with our vision and may prevent our ability to function. The cornea is the eye’s outermost layer, according to the National […]

What is a VLCD?

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(DGIwire) – VLCD is a term used to describe a very low calorie diet.  Calories on a VLCD are usually limited to somewhere between 300 and 800 per day.  Most commercially available or medically supervised VLCD’s are built around formulations (liquids or powders) which contain proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins and minerals. A VLCD formula is […]

Keeping Track of a Rare Blood Cell Disorder

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(DGIwire) – One of the best ways to improve understanding of a disease is to collect comprehensive data from a wide swath of the population of patients who have it. This is certainly true regarding rare diseases for which treatment options are currently limited. One of the more ambitious undertakings of this sort in recent […]

3D-Printed Vertebrae: A Landmark Surgery

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(DGIwire) – In late 2015, a neurosurgeon at the Prince of Wales Hospital in Sydney, Australia, met a patient who suffered from a form of cancer called chordroma, according to a Mashable report. The patient had a tumor in a particularly inaccessible location: two vertebrae at the top of the neck involved in rotation of […]

Could a Tiny Telescope Help Those With Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

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(DGIwire) – Neovascular or wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an incurable eye disease that damages the macula, the small area near the center of the retina that contains a high concentration of light receptors, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In “wet” AMD, abnormal blood vessels grow underneath the macula, often leaking fluids […]

Drinking More Water Has Health Benefits

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(DGIwire) – Common recommendations for better health include maintaining an ideal weight, along with reducing intakes of sodium, sugar and saturated fat. For people looking to accomplish these goals, increasing water intake can be very helpful. Earlier this year, a study by the University of Illinois examined the dietary habits of over 18,300 American adults […]

Dry Eyes? Dry Mouth? It Could Be Sjögren’s Syndrome

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(DGIwire) – Everyone experiences dry eyes and mouth from time to time, but when these symptoms persist—especially in tandem with pain and fatigue—they might be symptoms of a more serious underlying condition: Sjögren’s syndrome. More than four million Americans suffer from this autoimmune disorder, according to the Sjögren’s Syndrome Foundation (SSF), so it pays to […]

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