Is Cellular Age Related to Fitness?

(DGIwire) — Fitness-minded individuals—and the personal trainers they work with—know there is a close relationship between age and physical performance. Being able to track how the body is aging is important for those who are interested in maximizing their lifespan. These days, a Nobel Prize-winning discovery is helping to provide new clues to estimate the […]

PTSD Through the Centuries: An Evolving Diagnosis

(DGIwire) – Exposure to traumatic experiences has always been a part of the human condition. Accounts of what doctors now call post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) date back centuries. Research about veterans returning from combat has been critical to the establishment of the diagnosis—so the history of what is now known as PTSD often references the […]

Geert Cauwenbergh: A Life Science Leader’s Journey

(DGIwire) – All human lives are filled with twists and turns. The lives of leaders in the life science sector are no exception to this rule. A fascinating example is the life of Dr. Geert Cauwenbergh, who is currently President and CEO of RXi Pharmaceuticals. A recent profile in Life Science Leader recounted the highlights […]

PTSD: 11 Facts to Know

(DGIwire) – With approximately eight million adults living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, it’s important to know some facts. Here are 11 of them compiled by the VA’s National Center for PTSD. Just because someone experiences a traumatic event does not mean they have PTSD. To know […]

Purchasing New Lab Equipment? 7 Things to Consider

(DGIwire) — Purchasing instruments for modern research laboratories is a complex endeavor, involving numerous people and business factors. Some equipment is relatively simple and can be delivered and supported easily; other items might include multimillion-dollar testing tools requiring specialized shipping, installation and housing. According to an article in ADVANCE Laboratory magazine, there are seven considerations […]

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 […]

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