In North Carolina, a Battery Revolution May Be Brewing

(DGIwire) – In 1903, North Carolina hosted the Wright Brothers’ first-ever airplane flight. More than a century later, the state is still the home of technical innovation. One manifestation is the “Joules Accelerator,” a Charlotte, North Carolina-based program initiated in 2013 and dedicated to advancing the city’s reputation as a hub for … [Continue reading...]

In Pain Management, Multiple Paths May Be Better Than One

(DGIwire) – Variety is the spice of life. But can it also be the key to better pain management? It very well might, according to a recent article in Anesthesiology News. A massive database analysis of more than 1.5 million hip and knee replacement patients found that those receiving more than one type of traditional pain medication as part of their … [Continue reading...]

The Factories of the Future Could Feature 3D Metal Printing

(DGIwire) – Factories made the Industrial Revolution possible. But as much of a technological marvel as they were when they arrived in the 18th and 19th centuries, factories have limitations that are obvious in the 21st. For example, as a recent article in WIRED points out, factories are not “reprogrammable”—to make different products, a factory … [Continue reading...]

Delivering More Options for People Living With Pain

(DGIwire) – Recent years have provided the healthcare community with a brand new perspective on the enduring dilemma of how to treat pain effectively. As a recent article in Pain Medicine News points out, the proper treatment of pain is likely to involve well-trained providers who are versed in a multidisciplinary approach to solving the … [Continue reading...]

Shaping the Future of Energy Storage

(DGIwire) – Lithium-ion batteries are widely used in consumer electronics and electric vehicles (EVs) because they pack a powerful punch—with what’s called a “high energy density.” But they also contain highly flammable chemicals, called electrolytes, that can become unsafe if overcharged. While work is ongoing to address this problem, another … [Continue reading...]

Pancreatic Cancer Treatment: Pharmaceuticals Point the Way

(DGIwire) – Recent discoveries are raising hopes for the prospects of patients who have been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Currently, as noted in a recent article published in STAT, just 20 percent of pancreatic patients survive one year after diagnosis and less than 10 percent make it to the five-year mark. However, advances in the laboratory … [Continue reading...]

3D-Printed Metal Parts Take to the Skies

(DGIwire) – The aviation industry is paying more attention than ever before to the potential of 3D metal printing. That is the message of a recent article in InsideMRO, which notes that the industry’s focus is moving beyond aircraft engines to a variety of other components and structures. Various aviation companies have already begun printing metal … [Continue reading...]

Summer is Sizzling According to this Romance Author

(DGIwire) – If you noticed this Summer seems hotter than ever, there might be a reason other than global warming. Prolific self-published author Ginni Conquest—whose star is rising rapidly in the romance genre along with sales of her fifth novel in less than 24 months—says “Romance is hotter than ever.” Based on fan reviews, she’s likely … [Continue reading...]

Drugs From Plants: Old Idea, New Directions

(DGIwire) – “Pharmacognosy” may not be a familiar word, but the concept it defines is a very old one: the search in nature for potentially useful medicines and therapies. Drug Discovery & Development recently published an interview on the topic with Andrew Dahl, President and CEO of ZIVO Bioscience, a biotech/agtech R&D company engaged in … [Continue reading...]

Powering Up Now: The Global Electric Vehicle Market

(DGIwire) – Things are moving quickly in the world of electric vehicles (EVs). According to a recent industry report from Frost & Sullivan, global sales of EVs are poised to climb to 1.6 million in 2018 and further upward to two million in 2019. EV sales across all major regional markets are on the upswing; as Forbes recently noted, China led … [Continue reading...]

Surgeon General’s Plea to Employers: Help Fight the Opioid Crisis

(DGIwire) – Employers bear significant responsibility in solving the opioid epidemic. This was the message recently conveyed by U.S. Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams to an audience of employer-sponsored healthcare benefit stakeholders in Washington, DC, according to HRDive.com. Speaking before the National Business Group on Health, the Surgeon … [Continue reading...]

Is It Ever Too Late to Save for Retirement?

(DGIwire) – By the time a person reaches 50, their visions of retirement may start to loom large. But what if they haven’t managed to put away much money—or any at all? Is it too late to start saving in one’s 50s? Not at all, say members of the Silver Disobedience® movement—a large and growing group of men and women who are rebelling against ageism … [Continue reading...]

Triple-Negative Breast Cancer: 5 Questions to Ask

(DGIwire) – Certain types of breast cancer have more treatment options than others with today’s standard of care. Anyone who has been diagnosed with one variant of this disease—known as triple-negative breast cancer—or who knows someone who does, is bound to have many questions. Although a qualified healthcare practitioner must be consulted for … [Continue reading...]

Can’t Sleep? Is It Insomnia or Something Else?

(DGIwire) – Tossing and turning under the covers at night is no fun for anybody. But when a person experiences an extended bout of insomnia or poor sleep quality, there may be something more to the problem. This issue may be especially pressing for veterans. Sleep problems—in particular poor sleep quality and nightmares—are frequently some of … [Continue reading...]

New Drugs From Algae: Practical and Sensible

(DGIwire) – Algae have been used as ingredients in traditional medicine for centuries. But what role can these organisms play in today’s ultramodern pharmaceutical industry? The answer is: a potentially big one. That’s the message recently conveyed in the pages of The Medicine Maker by Andrew Dahl, President and CEO of ZIVO Bioscience, a … [Continue reading...]

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