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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Healing the Heart: 6 Groundbreaking Advances

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(DGIwire) – The past several decades have witnessed a series of remarkable breakthroughs in the area of heart care. Here are six advances that have propelled the state of coronary medicine and given heart patients a new lease on life. 1958: Coronary Angiography. F. Mason Sones Jr. accidentally injected a large amount of dye into […]

Can a ‘Broken’ Heart Heal Itself? Researchers May Have a Way

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(DGIwire) – Heart disease now accounts for one in seven deaths in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association. For patients with a blood clot or a thick buildup of fatty material inside their artery walls, the blockage can rob nearby cells of oxygen and nutrients. Unless blood flow quickly resumes, the patient can […]

Forging a New Direction for Biotech Success

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(DGIwire) – “Fail forward” is a mantra among entrepreneurs who are looking for the best way ahead in their business dealings. But it can also describe a strategy adopted by various companies—such as biotechs that have successfully pivoted to a new drug when an old one proved unpromising. Gur Roshwalb, M.D., CEO of Akari Therapeutics, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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