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...]

New York Singer is ‘Lost in a Dream’ After Winning $20,000 Prize

(DGIwire) Jen Fellman was like many others in Manhattan: waitressing or bar-tending to keep a roof over her head and food in the fridge while she auditions and hopes for her big break as a singer, actress and writer. Then two great things happened:  She reached her goal on GoFundMe, raising $26,500 to pay for the recording studio, musicians and … [Continue reading...]

How to Recognize and Treat Opioid Addiction

(DGIwire) – Is a friend or family member abusing opioids? It may not be easy to tell, especially in the early stages of addiction. As the Mayo Clinic reports, studies suggest that up to one-third of people who take opioids for chronic pain abuse them and more than 10 percent become addicted over time. Here are some signs that can guide recognition … [Continue reading...]

4 Questions to Ask About Pancreatic Cancer

(DGIwire) – Located behind the stomach, the pancreas plays a vital role in creating enyzmes for digestion and hormones like insulin, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also a common site of cancer. For anyone who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer—or who knows someone who has—getting basic facts quickly from a qualified … [Continue reading...]

Can Algae Keep Animal Feed Antibiotic-Free?

(DGIwire) – For whom are the majority of antibiotics sold? Not humans—but farm animals. As recently noted by STAT, livestock and poultry producers have come to rely on medicated feeds and routine administration of antibiotics to promote growth and productivity. Unfortunately, the widespread use of medication in animal feed can give rise to … [Continue reading...]

Living with Asthma or COPD? Easy-to-Use Inhalers are a Priority

(DGIwire) – People living with asthma or COPD are often prescribed medications delivered with a device called an inhaler as part of their treatment. Some of the most common types are called dry powder inhalers and pressurized metered dose inhalers. So what are the key features patients and doctors are looking for in these devices? This question … [Continue reading...]

A New Lab Instrument Helps Fuse Cells for ‘Magic Bullet’ Cancer Treatment

(DGIwire) – Once touted as the “magic bullets” of cancer care, monoclonal antibodies are now fulfilling that promise and more advances are on the way. This positive news comes from a report by Georgetown University cancer researchers published in the journal Cell. According to the researchers, refinements and modifications of monoclonal antibody … [Continue reading...]

Buying an Electric Vehicle? 3 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – Every driver who decides to “go electric” faces the same anxieties about recharging. As USA Today recently reported, recharging is one of the most complicated parts of owning an electric vehicle (EV), especially since—outside the home garage—charging stations can be few and far between. The good news, reports the newspaper, is that … [Continue reading...]

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