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 […]

Bulimia Nervosa: 4 Questions to Ask

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(DGIwire) – At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S., according to the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD). Among the most prominent of these disorders is Bulimia Nervosa, which, ANAD notes, can originate from a combination of genetic, social and environmental […]

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. […]

Alcohol Use Disorder: 4 Questions to Ask

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(DGIwire) – For most adults, moderate alcohol use—no more than two drinks a day for men and one for women and older people—is relatively harmless, the American Psychological Association reports. But heavier drinking quickly gets risky. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), problem drinking that becomes severe is given the […]

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 […]

3D Printing: A Bright Future for Orthopedics

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(DGIwire) – For anyone undergoing orthopedic surgery, a common concern is a complication called aseptic loosening. According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, this occurs where the bond between an implant and bone doesn’t hold, requiring patients to be taken back to surgery after a joint replacement. Now a team of researchers from the […]

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 […]

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