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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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

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(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 […]

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 […]

6 Things to Know About 3D Printing

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(DGIwire) – Excited about 3D printing? There are many amazing things about this breakthrough technology, such as how quickly it is evolving and the sheer range of items that can be created using 3D printers. But those two are just a start—here are five other fascinating facts about this futuristic-but-real technology: 3D printing was born […]

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 […]

CRISPR: The Dawn of an Exciting New Era of Gene Editing

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(DGIwire) – Imagine if geneticists could manipulate specific regions of DNA almost as easily as correcting a typo. Sound farfetched? In fact, it may be a reality today, thanks to a powerful new technology called CRISPR. Although what CRISPR stands for—“clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats”—may be hard to remember, its potential is unforgettable: a […]

How Are High-Tech Tools Shaping the Future of Healthcare?

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(DGIwire) — When you hear of a combination of robots and teddy bears, it might call to mind visions of the 1998 cult classic Small Soldiers, in which mechanized toys come to life and terrorize a family. But Dr. Peter Weinstock, who directs the Simulator Program at Boston Children’s Hospital, and Cynthia Breazeal, who directs […]

Research Rocks: George Washington University’ Labs Are On Trend in Academia

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(DGIwire) — When George Washington University unveiled a new $275 million research building in March 2015, an event reported in The Washington Post, the message was clear. First, GWU aims to be on the cutting edge of fields as far-ranging as biotechnology and civil engineering. Second, it aims to recruit and retain faculty and students […]

Fighting Back: Anti-Opioid Abuse Bill Introduced to Congress

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(DGIwire) – What are the most effective ways for lawmakers to address the opioid epidemic? According to a recent article on Masslive.com, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy of Massachusetts has introduced the Heroin and Prescription Opioid Abuse Prevention, Education, and Enforcement Act of 2015 to federally fund local programs aimed at combatting drug addiction. The bill, […]

Fake Medicine: A Global and Growing Nightmare

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(DGIwire) – The scourge of counterfeit medicine sales has invaded call centers in the Philippines. As recently reported in The Australian, a police raid on one call center in Manila uncovered a product manual that schooled operators about Viagra and other medicines, a script telling customers they would receive the highest standard of pharmaceutical care, […]

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