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

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(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, […]

Rare Diseases Get Their Turn in the Spotlight

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(DGIwire) – Held on the last day of February each year, Rare Disease Day shines a spotlight on an issue that affects as many as 30 million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. There are about 7,000 rare diseases, reports PharmaVOICE, most of which are genetic in origin; in the U.S., a disease […]

A New Era for Flame-Retardant Apparel

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(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 […]

4 Insects Used to Treat Wounds and Diseases

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(DGIwire) – Think bugs are annoying and have no redeeming qualities? Well, think again. A slew of research has exposed an amazing fact: insects can help address a wide variety of human ailments. More are being studied for use to treat wounds and diseases. Here are four examples of how insects have been shown to alleviate […]

Neuroscience Research: How Has It Evolved?

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(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?

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(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

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(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?

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(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

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(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?

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(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

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(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?

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(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 […]

Thanks for the Complement: A New Approach to Treating Rare Diseases

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(DGIwire) – The human immune system is a fascinating and complex entity. One of its divisions—called the innate immune system—has a range of powers, including the ability to activate antibodies and tag dubious cells for destruction. According to MedCityNews, this feat is accomplished courtesy of a set of biological processes known as the complement system. […]

Alcohol Use Disorder: 4 Questions to Ask

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(DGIwire) – For most adults, moderate alcohol use—no more than two drinks a day for men and one for women and older people—is relatively harmless, the American Psychological Association reports. But heavier drinking quickly gets risky. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), problem drinking that becomes severe is given the […]

Angina: 3 Important Facts

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(DGIwire) – Angina is chest pain or discomfort caused when the heart muscle doesn’t get enough oxygen-rich blood, according to the American Heart Association (AHA). The discomfort can also occur in the shoulders, arms, neck, jaw or back. Here are three key things to know about this condition: Angina is not a disease. Angina is […]

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