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...]

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...]

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