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 […]

Rare Disease Market Revs Up

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(DGIwire) – When a disease affects fewer than 200,000 Americans, it is considered “rare.” According to PhRMA, 30 million Americans—10 percent of the population—have one of the 7,000 known rare diseases. Rare diseases have been a focus of drug development for decades, and since the 1980s, there have been financial, legal and legislative incentives—such as […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Why Is the Zika Virus Leaving Some Patients Paralyzed?

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(DGIwire) – Although concerns that the Zika virus will cause serious birth defects have grabbed most of the headlines, The Lancet recently reported evidence that an encounter with the virus can leave some people temporarily paralyzed. In March 2016, the journal published the first systematic study of a possible link between the virus and . […]

3 Exciting Applications of Immunotherapy

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(DGIwire) – Immunotherapy is treatment of a disease by inducing, enhancing or suppressing an immune response. Some types of immunotherapy only target certain cells of the immune system, while others affect the immune system in a general way. Here are a few examples of immunotherapy treatments being used today: Cancer Cancer immunotherapy is designed to […]

RNAi: Turning Off Genes to Treat Disease

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(DGIwire) – In high school biology class, students are taught “DNA codes for RNA codes for proteins.” These days, scientists not only have the capability to manipulate the basic molecules of life; they are also able to prevent the production of proteins that play roles in certain diseases. The way this works is through a […]

Chronic Fatigue Isn’t “All in your Head”

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Here’s how to beat it—naturally (DGIwire)   For years, people suffering from chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) were told by mainstream doctors that it was all “in their heads.” But in a new 235-page report, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) asserted that this condition is indeed real. As one of the authors of this report bluntly put […]

Resolution: Improve Your Health, Americans

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(DGIwire)  Health and fitness are always at the top of the list when it comes to New Year Resolutions regardless of anyone’s age. That is the good news and also the bad news because overall health in America is going in the wrong direction. Although you may hear that average life span in the United […]

Seven Myths About Marijuana Debunked

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(DGIwire) – With the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in Colorado, Washington State, Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia, the spotlight has turned brighter than ever on the cannabis plant. Even after all this time, misconceptions continue to abound about its properties and effects. Thankfully, CBS News recently highlighted—and debunked—seven of the most […]

Exercise Alone Won’t Halt Weight Gain

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(DGIwire) A recent study published recently in the British Journal of Sports Medicine looked at the exercise patterns and weight of more than 19,000 adults over a 22 year period. The researchers found that almost everyone gained weight during that time and that only those that exceeded all current recommendations were able to avoid significant […]

Symptoms of “Aging” May Mask a Much More Serious Threat

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(DGIwire)   Ebola continues to make headlines on a daily basis. And this year’s flu season is just getting started. But there is another serious health threat sweeping through the country right now that very few people are aware of. Yet if you are over the age of 55, chances are good you may be […]

Re-fresh Your Memory: Eat These Smarter Brain Foods

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(DGIwire)  What do berries, avocados, nuts, seeds and deep water fish like salmon have in common?  They are all natural foods delivered by Mother Nature and have been shown to be very healthy foods for our brains. Strong scientific evidence exists that eating blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and other berry fruits has beneficial effects on the […]

How to Reduce Eczema Flair Ups

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(DGIwire) — It doesn’t matter who we are, what we do or where we’re from: stress is a part of our everyday lives. There is, of course, joyful stress such as trying to build a successful business in an endeavor we love. Or dealing with the details that go into planning a party for a […]

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