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 […]

What Do These Addictions Possibly Have in Common?

(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

(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?

(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

(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 […]

Angina: 3 Important Facts

(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 […]

Healing the Heart: 6 Groundbreaking Advances

(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

(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 […]

Opioid Antagonists: A Key to Many Disorders

(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

(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 […]

Substance Use Disorder and Bipolar Disorder: Potential Links

(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

(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” […]

7 Signs of a Substance Use Disorder

(DGIwire) – What is substance abuse disorder? The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) uses this term to combine substance abuse and substance dependence into a single category. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), substance abuse disorders occur when the recurrent use of drugs and/or alcohol causes clinically and functionally […]

Scarred for Life? How Visible Scars Can Impact Quality of Life

(DGIwire) – What are the ramifications of scarring on patients’ quality of life? While some may consider scarring to be merely a cosmetic concern, it can genuinely affect their psychosocial health. This was the conclusion of research presented at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) 2016 Summer Meeting in Boston. According to the research, patients […]

An Urgent Letter on the Opioid Epidemic

(DGIwire) – About half of opioid overdose deaths involve prescription drugs, reports The New York Times. With this fact in mind, the Surgeon General of the United States, Dr. Vivek Murthy, sent an unusually direct plea in August 2016 to 2.3 million doctors and other healthcare workers to help fight the opioid epidemic by treating […]

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