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...]

New Legislation Takes Aim at the Opioid Crisis

(DGIwire) – Many Americans have come to the realization that the opioid crisis can only be effectively addressed through a massive effort that involves government action. These days, the U.S. government is gearing up for more effective measures that can have the most positive impact on the greatest number of stakeholders. In April 2018, the U.S. … [Continue reading...]

Can Fast-Charging Electric Vehicles Pay for the Roads They Drive On?

(DGIwire) – With the goal of going green and improving air quality, the UK government announced a total ban on the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles beginning in 2040. Good for the environment? Yes. But will there be roadblocks along the way? Yes again. In fact, there will be one distinct tax challenge to overcome, notes Stephen Voller, … [Continue reading...]

Over 55? Back in the Dating Game? Some ‘Silver’ Thoughts

(DGIwire) – Anyone returning to the dating game in their mid-50s or older is bound to feel some apprehension. What are the challenges and pitfalls? How can happiness be found at this age? Solid advice comes from those in the Silver Disobedience™ movement. This is a large and growing group of men and women who are rebelling against ageism and living … [Continue reading...]

Diabetes: 3 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – Blood glucose is vital to human health. As the Mayo Clinic notes, it is an important source of energy for the cells that make up the muscles and tissues, as well as the brain’s main source of fuel. Anyone with diabetes, no matter what the type, has too much glucose in their blood, which in turn can lead to serious health problems. Here … [Continue reading...]

The U.S. Military Takes a Positive Step to Address Post-Traumatic Stress

(DGIwire) – The U.S. military is ramping up its efforts to address one of the most serious health issues impacting veterans: posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, 11 to 20 percent of veterans who served in Afghanistan and Iraq as part of Operations Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom, and New Dawn … [Continue reading...]

Topical or Systemic? The Road Ahead for Pain Management

(DGIwire) – There are several routes for delivering pain medication to patients. Two of the most important are the topical or transdermal route (in which a drug is placed directly on the skin and absorbed into the bloodstream) and the systemic route (in which a drug is taken orally). Which of these two options might be favored by doctors and … [Continue reading...]

Good News for Contingent Workers: Survey Finds Healthy Staffing Trends

(DGIwire) – Americans looking for work in 2018 may find some recent news encouraging. In addition to plans to hire permanent employees during the year, just more than half of companies—51 percent—will hire temporary employees, according to an annual survey released by the employment website CareerBuilder. An increased reliance on temporary labor … [Continue reading...]

Charging That Electric Vehicle? Soon It Might Not Take as Long

(DGIwire) – The UK government recently announced a total ban on the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles beginning in 2040, according to a recent article in TransportXtra. Good for the environment? Yes. Will there be roadblocks along the way? Yes again. In fact, there will be three distinct challenges to overcome, writes Stephen Voller, author of … [Continue reading...]

Thinking of Cooking With Algae? Good Idea

(DGIwire) – Algae has been increasingly popping up in restaurants and supermarkets. From ice cream, vegan egg substitutes and protein powders to sausage casings and sea lettuce, its versatility is broad, as recently noted in an article in The Guardian. According to a nutritionist quoted by the newspaper, algae is a true superfood, rich in essential … [Continue reading...]

Opioids Still Needed for Acute Pain Treatment But New Solutions Are Important

(DGIwire) – In spite of widespread calls to address their abuse, opioids are still playing a key role in the treatment of acute pain following hospital procedures and for the management of chronic pain at home. According to a recent report in Kaiser Health News, shortages of opioids have left some hospital patients in acute pain following surgery … [Continue reading...]

Starting on a New Injectable Biologic? 3 Things to Know in Advance

(DGIwire) – Increasingly, people with a variety of chronic conditions—such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and other autoimmune diseases—may be prescribed a treatment requiring self-injection of a drug called a biologic. According to the National Institutes of Health, biologics are made from living organisms or their components and can be … [Continue reading...]

3 Things Pharma CEOs Should Know About Classifying Independent Contractors

(DGIwire) – Pharmaceutical companies have more than FDA regulations to think about. When it comes to hiring practices, it is vital for pharmaceutical companies to be cognizant of employment regulations. As noted recently in Life Science Leader, misclassification of independent contractors (ICs) can have a substantial negative impact on a business. … [Continue reading...]

Can People Start to Save for Retirement at 50?

(DGIwire) – Reaching age 50 is a significant milestone. But when someone that age is blowing out the candles on their cake, they shouldn’t be wishing for enough money to retire on. Can someone with little or no savings at the half-century mark turn things around and retire comfortably? Absolutely, say members of the Silver Disobedience™ movement—a … [Continue reading...]

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