Bladder Cancer: 3 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – More than 81,000 U.S. adults were diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2017, according to the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO). For those who have been diagnosed with this disease—or are curious to learn more about it—the first step is getting up to speed on the basics. While there is no substitute for […]

4 Things to Know About Type 2 Diabetes

(DGIwire) – What new treatments for Type 2 diabetes lie on the horizon? Today’s researchers are utilizing a vast array of cutting-edge technologies to learn more about this condition and explore potential new therapies. For those keeping track of this exciting area of medicine, it’s important to learn the basics first. Here are a few […]

Is a Fungus Among Us the Key to Tomorrow’s Biologic Drugs?

(DGIwire) – If the word “fungus” stirs up nothing but unpleasant thoughts, it might be time to reconsider. Recall that a fungal organism was instrumental to the serendipitous discovery of the first true antibiotic, penicillin. In 1928, as Healio.com notes, Sir Alexander Fleming returned from a two-week vacation to find that a mold had developed […]

What’s Best for Breast Cancer: The Possibilities of Enhancing Immunotherapy

(DGIwire) – Could the advent of immunotherapy mean a brighter future for breast cancer treatment? As recently noted in an article in TIME magazine, many researchers think it might. They have set their sights on finding ways to retrain the body to recognize and destroy tumor cancer cells—a strategy that is making immune-based treatments the […]

A Nobel-Worthy Advance: Battling Cancer by Retooling the Body’s Immune Response

(DGIwire) – Immunotherapy—the method of harnessing the body’s own immune system to attack and kill cancer cells—is not just one of the most exciting frontiers in medicine today; it is now officially Nobel Prize-winning work. As recently reported by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and many other media outlets, two pioneers in the field—Drs. James […]

Diabetes: 3 Exciting Recent Discoveries

(DGIwire) – According to the World Health Organization, diabetes affects more than 420 million people worldwide. For those who are concerned about this condition, it is natural to wonder what kinds of discoveries are being made today that could potentially lead to better care. Here are three exciting advances from the frontiers of diabetes research […]

Building Better Biologics: A Challenge for the Biopharma Industry

(DGIwire) – Biologic drugs are playing an increasingly greater role in the toolkit of healthcare providers in the 21st century. But as a recent article on PharmTech.com noted, a variety of pressures are pushing the pharmaceutical industry toward more streamlined ways of manufacturing their products as demand for them grows. For example, biologic drug development […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 General urged his audience to consider their […]

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 authoritative answers, […]

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 […]

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 biotech/agtech […]

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