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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

RNAi: Turning Off Genes to Treat Disease

(DGIwire) – In high school biology class, students are taught “DNA codes for RNA codes for proteins.” These days, scientists not only have the capability to manipulate the basic molecules of life; they are also able to prevent the production of proteins that play roles in certain diseases. The way this works is through a […]

Advancements in Innovative Therapies for Trauma-Related and Hypertrophic Scarring

(DGIwire) – Dermatologists use lasers to treat wrinkles, acne scars and pigmented lesions. But do they also have the power to rehabilitate the most disfiguring of burns and other scars? Yes, according to Dermatology Times, which recently spotlighted how scar therapy can make a tremendous difference in the lives of burn and trauma patients. The […]

5 Technologies That Could Totally Transform Healthcare

(DGIwire) – What does the future hold for healthcare? Cutting-edge technologies could transform medicine as it is practiced today and ensure a wondrous array of breakthroughs for the patients of tomorrow. What’s especially exciting is that some advances are already in various stages of development today. Here is a brief glimpse of five of them: […]

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A ‘20/20 Vision’ for Better Care

(DGIwire) – What do actors Dabney Coleman, Roseanne Barr and Dame Judi Dench have in common? All three suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans—more than cataracts and glaucoma combined, according to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. AMD is a […]

Is Gene Therapy the Key to Restoring Hearing and Balance?

(DGIwire) – Loud noise, aging, infection, trauma: according to Neuroscientist News, these and other factors can destroy hair cells, the delicate sensors of sound and balance within the inner ear. And once those sensors are gone, they don’t grow back—leading to hearing loss and balance problems. These are major problems: according to the World Health […]

Charting New Territory in Laboratory Automation

(DGIwire) — It’s been about 15 years since the first total laboratory automation solutions were introduced into clinical laboratories in the United States. The trend actually started in the mid-1990s, when several commercial laboratory companies and a handful of hospital laboratories took the plunge and installed total laboratory automation systems in their core high-volume labs. […]

Everything the Handsome, Well-Equipped Lab Needs to Stay Red-Hot

(DGIwire)   It’s a competitive world—everything needs an edge these days, including the research lab. If a medical practice or laboratory is looking for quality lab equipment, it is crucial to find the most reliable medical equipment supplier. When it’s time to buy new equipment, the ideal option is to purchase from a well-known company; the […]

Lab Automation: Charting New Territory

(DGIwire) — Medical laboratory test results provide physicians with vital information needed for accurate diagnosis, treatment and monitoring patients. According to R&D, a leading trade magazine that follows news and trends in the medical research industry, an estimated 60 percent to 70 percent of all decisions regarding a patient’s diagnosis and treatment, hospital admission and […]

Stocking Smaller Research Labs to Make Them Competitive and Creative

(DGIwire) — Life science research has always been an important field, and now that cancer diagnoses are on the rise, research has taken center stage. According to the American Cancer Society, an estimated 1.6 million new cancer diagnoses and more than 500,000 cancer deaths will occur in the United States just this year alone. Most cancer […]

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