For Treasure State Veterans With PTSD, an Attempt to Improve Care

(DGIwire) – Montana, known as “the Treasure State,” claims more veterans per capita than nearly all other states, as well as the highest rate of veteran suicides in the nation, according to the Missoula Current. According to a VA report released in 2017, the suicide rate among Montana veterans is nearly double the national average. […]

3 Challenges Facing Immunotherapy and How RNAi Might Help

(DGwire) – The battle against solid tumors in cancer immunotherapy is engaging some of the brightest minds in medicine. While predictions suggest the immunotherapy market will be worth about $25 billion by 2030, there are still some hurdles to overcome in the effort to improve treatment options, including: Boosting the immune system to fight: As […]

What Is Apartment-Induced Asthma?

(DGIwire) – People with asthma who live in big cities prone to pollution might feel that the dirty air outside the window represents the primary trigger for their condition. But this is not necessarily the case. In fact, a substantial contributor could be the presence of contaminants inside their apartments. What are the risks regarding […]

Overcoming a Fear of Needles: High-Tech Solutions Help

(DGIwire) – Annaleise was 10 years old in Australia when she first realized she was afraid of needles. As she grew older, her fear grew to the point where she avoided medical treatment altogether and fell years behind with her vaccinations, according to an ABC News report. Annaleise’s story might not be that uncommon: according […]

Get Ready for the Algae Revolution in the Kitchen

(DGIwire) – Algae are easy to grow and packed with protein, reports Fast Company—attributes that could fuel what the magazine calls an “algae revolution” in people’s diets. Algae is already used into baking mixes, cookies, milk, nondairy creamers, vegan eggs, salad dressing, ice cream, smoothies and protein powders, to name a few products. Why is […]

Algae as a Functional Food Ingredient: 4 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – In the quest for an ever-greater share of the consumer market, a host of food manufacturers have found that functional foods hold a special appeal. As they evaluate the potential value functional foods may add to their product lineups, marketers should consider what algae-based ingredients offer, according to a recent article in FoodDIVE […]

On Rare Disease Day, a Focus on a Painful Skin Disease

(DGIwire) – To shed a spotlight on the more than 6,000 rare diseases, Rare Disease Day is marked worldwide on the last day of February each year—an event designed to raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about these diseases and their impact on the lives of patients and their families. Starting in 2008 […]

4 Simple Ways to Help Veterans With PTSD

(DGIwire) – For many veterans, the most difficult battles take place after they come home. For some, brain injuries or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can make the return to civilian life a struggle. There are several simple measures that friends and family members can take to make a difference in the lives of those who […]

RNAi: Stopping the Power of Misfolded Proteins

(DGIwire) – The idea of targeted, personalized medicine has been a dream for decades—and it is now becoming a reality thanks to advances in genetics. As recently reported in an article on the website of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a large part of this revolution is being driven by advances in understanding […]

For Home Inspectors, New Testing Technology Offers Multiple Perks

(DGIwire) – As property owners become ever more aware of environmental issues in their homes, they are demanding more comprehensive property inspections. Ordinarily, this would represent a challenge to North America’s home inspectors, whose ranks number 18,000, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. But new testing technology is now making it possible […]

Using Algae to Promote Animal Health

(DGIwire) – In the ongoing quest to improve animal health, one of the most promising avenues involves phytogenics: the use of plant-derived products in animal feed. A recent article in Animal Pharm spotlighted how algae can be harnessed to develop a pipeline of beneficial product candidates. According to the magazine, significant strides have been made […]

Fear of Self-Injection? 3 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – Many of us accept that injections are a basic part of medical treatment. But for some, those sharp needles are more than just a source of medicine—they are a source of fear as well. When this condition—also known as “needle anxiety” or “injection anxiety”—occurs among patients who must utilize self-injecting drug delivery during […]

RNAi: Paving the Way to a New Class of Treatments

(DGIwire) – These are exciting times for gene therapy. As Business Insider recently reported, a biopharmaceutical company announced positive results from a late-stage clinical study of a drug for a rare nerve disorder, familial amyloid polyneuropathy. This drug, notes a report in STAT, harnesses a phenomenon called RNA interference (RNAi). This is a naturally occurring […]

Plant-Based Protein: A Healthy Trend

(DGIwire) – Consumers are trying to add more plants into their diets. According to market research firm 1010data, plant-based protein powder made up 78 percent of all online “plant-based” sales in the 52 weeks ending July 2017. Additionally, reports Nutra Ingredients USA, searches for “plant-based” in online retail platforms tripled from March 2016 to July […]

Recognizing and Treating PTSD: Key Points to Consider

(DGIwire) – It’s normal to feel fear and anxiety during and after a traumatic event. But people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can find it difficult or impossible to recover from the powerful emotions and body symptoms that arise in response, which sometimes may take months or even years to develop after the events that […]