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...]

5 Tips for Tapering Off of Opioids

(DGIwire) --  In light of recent reports surrounding some of the dangers of opioid addiction, anyone who has been prescribed opioids to treat their pain may be concerned. As the Mayo Clinic reports, although a patient may be eager to stop opioids altogether, the body needs time to adjust to lower levels of opioids and then to none at all. Below are … [Continue reading...]

Algae Cultivation: Good for Human Health and the Environment Alike

(DGIwire) – Could cultivating algae not only improve human health but also help the environment as well? Yes, according to a recent article in the science magazine Cosmos. As the article notes, these fast-growing, single-celled plants can provide high-quality nutrition for a rapidly growing global human population. According to the magazine, the … [Continue reading...]

Electric Vehicles: Only as Good as Their Batteries

(DGIwire) – Will battery electric vehicles (EVs) save the planet? If they succeed, it will certainly have a lot to do with the kind of batteries they utilize. One of the reason EVs improve on traditional cars is because the latter utilize lead-acid batteries, which—although relatively cheap and recyclable—exploit workers using unsafe methods to do … [Continue reading...]

Silver Savings Plans: Experts Offer Ideas

(DGIwire) – Anyone who has made it to age 50 has a dizzying array of expert sources of advice for saving up for retirement. And who could be better at providing reliable insights than one’s own financially savvy peers? Folks in this age group who are hungry for tips on saving for a comfy retirement can look to the pages of Silver Disobedience™—a … [Continue reading...]

Prescribed a Self-Injection? Ask a Doctor These Questions

(DGIwire) – When prescribed a new medication that requires self-injection, it is likely that any patient would have a series of questions. The best person for them to ask is their healthcare practitioner, who can provide detailed answers that are specific to their particular condition and course of treatment. However, there are some general … [Continue reading...]

The ‘Silver’ Perspective on Dating After a Spouse Dies

(DGIwire) – Life can be hard when going it alone. After a spouse dies and the bereavement period has concluded, a widow or widower may feel the need to seek out a new companion. When the survivor is over age 55, this can seem like an especially daunting journey. But members of the Silver Disobedience™ movement—a large and growing group of men and … [Continue reading...]

What It’s Like to Have PTSD…in the Movies

(DGIwire) – What do Hurt Locker, American Sniper and Goodbye Christopher Robin have in common? All three movies involve posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military men as one of their themes. Hurt Locker follows the day-to-day travails of three soldiers in an explosive ordnance detachment in Iraq; American Sniper, based on a real-life … [Continue reading...]

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