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 […]

Can Gyms Win Back Millennials With Cryotherapy?

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(DGIwire) – For a growing number of millennials, traditional gyms just aren’t cutting it anymore. According to a recent article in the New York Post, many of these young people are forsaking treadmills and resistance machines in favor of boutique studio classes, online streaming services, running clubs, CrossFit gyms, Kayla Itsines workouts and other exercise […]

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 […]

Should Resorts Offer Cryotherapy?

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(DGIwire) – Luxury vacation resorts are celebrated for offering an extraordinarily rich array of amenities to their guests. These can include everything from swimming pools, spa and sauna facilities to a full suite of athletic activities and more. Vacationers love these “extras” as they add to the unique experience of spending time in a relaxing, […]

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 […]

Whole Body Cryotherapy: A New York Story

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(DGIwire) – New York has a long, rich and hard-bound history of stories by writers from Walt Whitman to F. Scott Fitzgerald to Sylvia Plath to Toni Morrison. Today, of course, many millions of stories are posted online. A recent article on Storia.me—which collects stories from an array of contributors—reported on one young woman’s experience […]

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 […]

Reversing Dental Decay

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(DGIwire) – It would be absolutely amazing to prevent and reverse dental cavities without the intervention of a dentist. Hard to believe, but it can be done. And the remedy is simple: modify your diet. The research is in and it is based on the work of Dr. Weston A. Price. In the 1930’s, Dr. […]

3D Medical Printing: A Tool Against Tongue Cancer

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(DGIwire) – When a 53-year-old man came to Health Care Global in Bangalore, India, complaining of a mouth ulcer, at first that’s all the doctors found, according to 3DPrint.com. As he had been treated for tongue cancer two years previously, however, an MRI was taken, and the results weren’t good—the tumor had returned and was […]

Substance Use Disorder and Bipolar Disorder: Potential Links

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(DGIwire) – Teenagers suffering from bipolar disorder are especially at risk of developing later drug problems by the time they reach adulthood, according to research published in August 2016 in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. For the study, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital conducted a follow-up investigation of more than 100 teenagers diagnosed with bipolar […]

RNA Interference: Nobel-Winning Science Coming to Fruition

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(DGIwire) – When Craig C. Mello and Andrew Z. Fire were jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine in 2006, the phenomenon for which they were honored—RNA interference (RNAi)—had already been making headlines for years since its initial discovery in 1998. RNAi is a naturally occurring process by which a particular “messenger RNA” […]

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