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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 used to produce a wide range of […]

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