China: A Rising Star in the Life Sciences

(DGIwire) – Having become a leader in global trade, China isn’t resting on its laurels. As recently reported in the journal Science, the populous nation is now focusing its efforts on the sciences. According to the Science article, Chinese universities, along with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have created award schemes aimed at attracting scientists […]

Military-Related PTSD and Insomnia: HONORing the Problem

(DGIwire) – Sleep disturbance is one of the most common issues faced by individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As reported by Military Times, insomnia and nightmares plague the vast majority of those struggling with the disorder; although it is assumed to be high, notes the publication, relatively little is known about the actual prevalence of […]

5 Things to Know About Resilience and Recovery After an Active Threat

(DGIwire) – In a modern world filled with potentially threatening situations, the resilience of any organization depends on the extent to which its employees are prepared, confident and capable of reacting appropriately and efficiently during and after an active threat situation. Kiernan Group Holdings (KGH), a global consulting firm, specializes in developing and disseminating strategies […]

So Hot Right Now: Flame-Resistant Fashion in the Military

(DGIwire) – The armed forces as a hotbed of fashion? The notion might strike some as unlikely, but in a way it is true—at least where flame-retardant (FR) uniforms are concerned. That’s one revelation contained in a new book—Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach—that was recently spotlighted in the New […]

Gene Therapy May Offer Potential Relief for Rare, Painful, Blistering Skin Disease

(DGIwire) — The term “butterfly children” sounds pleasant, but it refers to a harsh reality: children born with epidermolysis bullosa, or EB, an inherited, genetic blistering skin disorder that makes their skin as fragile as a butterfly’s wings. EB affects all races, ethnicities and both genders, and has no cure. According to the Dystrophic Epidermolysis […]

Self-Delivering RNAi Compounds: A Unique Therapy for a Wide Range of Diseases

(DGIwire) – When several biotech companies are pursuing a common goal, the company that eventually winds up in front can usually point to a unique innovation for its success. In the hot research area of RNA interference (RNAi), this secret sauce might be found in the form of something called “self-delivering RNAi” (sd-rxRNA®)—and its innovator, […]

A New Era for Flame-Retardant Apparel

(DGIwire) – From the mid-1970s until recently, America’s main law governing chemical safety was the Toxic Substances Control Act—criticized by many as fatally flawed, as it allowed tens of thousands of potentially dangerous chemicals to remain on the market. This changed on June 22, 2016, when the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st […]

Neuroscience Research: How Has It Evolved?

(DGIwire) – The tools used by neuroscientists for experimental research are constantly evolving. Consider, for example, the famous piece of lab equipment known as the operant conditioning box. It has long been used as a way to measure the response of lab animals to various types of stimuli. Over the past few decades, innovation has […]

PTSD: Is It Different for the Military?

(DGIwire) – Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can happen to anyone who has experienced a traumatic event, according to the National Center for PTSD, a division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The National Center for PTSD also notes that about seven or eight out of every 100 people will have PTSD at some point […]

Bulimia Nervosa: 4 Questions to Ask

(DGIwire) – At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S., according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Among the most prominent of these disorders is Bulimia Nervosa, which, ANAD notes, can originate from a combination of genetic, social and environmental […]

What Do These Addictions Possibly Have in Common?

(DGIwire) – Bulimia Nervosa, drug abuse, alcohol abuse: what, if anything, do these conditions have in common? Increasingly, researchers are coming to believe the answer may lie in how the brain’s reward center responds to food, opioids and alcohol. And some believe that learning more about what is going on inside the brains of those […]

Sleep and Emotional Trauma: The PTSD Connection

(DGIwire) – To what extent does sleep help people process stress and trauma? A recent study by researchers in the Department of Psychology at the University of Zurich set out to address this question. As reported by PsychCentral, the investigators discovered that sleep—especially during the first 24 hours after a trauma—appears to play a key […]

Is Cancer the Next Frontier for a Nobel-winning Therapy?

(DGIwire) – There is no greater reward for a new medical treatment than its successful application across a wide variety of conditions. Consider the evolution of RNA interference (RNAi) since its discovery by Craig C. Mello and Andrew Z. Fire, co-recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2006 for their discovery. An […]

How to Recognize and Help Someone With PTSD

(DGIwire) – Recognizing the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in a friend or family member is the first step toward getting them the treatment they need. Knowing about the range of available options for care is the next vital step after that. Here are a few important questions and answers to keep in mind […]

Flame Retardants: Why Are They So Important?

(DGIwire) – Flame retardants (FRs) are a key component in reducing the devastating impact of fires on people, property and the environment. A variety of different chemicals, with different properties and structures, act as FRs and are often combined for effectiveness. But what exactly do FRs do that makes them so important? According to the […]

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