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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Tips for a Healthier Heart

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(DGIwire) – One in every three deaths in the United States in 2013 was caused by heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases, according to the American Heart Association’s 2016 Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics Update. With the stakes so high, it is clearly vital for everyone to ensure their heart stays as healthy as […]

From Slime to Humans: Nutritional Geometry & Protein

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(DGIwire) – Ever wonder why health and weight-loss gurus are always talking about protein? Protein is the building block of our bodies. The average human body is made up of 60% water, 17% protein, 17% fat and only 5% carbohydrate. All essential components of body tissues such as cell membranes and genetic material are composed […]

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 […]

Heart Health Is Going Mobile

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(DGIwire) – For decades, the standard in mobile heart monitoring was a bulky device with wires and electrodes that connected to the patient. According to Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry, patients wore these so-called Holter monitors for one or two days to record arrhythmias. Although they did not replace 12-lead ECGs, Holter monitors gave doctors […]

The Genetics and Health Equation

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(DGIwire)  – Most people believe that their future health is dependent largely on their genetics.  Our genetic predispositions are indeed inherited from our parents and their parents and so on.  This is the reason that doctors ask for family medical history.  As such, many people believe that if their parents were overweight, obese or had […]

The Prize for the Healthiest Oil Goes To…

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(DGIwire) – New research from Ohio State University suggests that people with higher levels of linoleic acid have leaner bodies. They also tended to have less health threatening visceral fat between and around their organs, less inflammation and lower incidence of insulin resistance. It turns out olive oil may not be best for heart health […]

How Even A Small Weight Reduction Can Yield Big Health Benefits

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(DGIwire) – According to the Endocrine Society, over 75% of American adults are overweight, obese or extremely obese. In addition, almost 23% of adults are considered to have metabolic syndrome. Overweight is defined as having a BMI of 25-30, obese as a BMI of 30-40 and extremely obese as a BMI of 40 or higher. […]

Healthy Habits: Each Change Can Help

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(DGIwire)   Chronic ailments such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer are the world’s top killers, causing 35 million deaths a year and 60 percent of all deaths worldwide. There are at least 1 billion people who are overweight or obese in the world today, according to the World Health Organization. WHO is now focusing […]

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 […]

Power Up Your Brain: Eat This

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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 […]

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