Localized Scleroderma: What’s the Way Forward?

(DGIwire) – A large number of medical conditions have names rooted in Latin terms. One example is “scleroderma”— “sclero” means “hard” and “derma” means “skin.” But hardening skin is just one of many symptoms of localized scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disease, which has no known cause and no cure. Stiff joints, digestive issues, lung scarring, […]

Coping with Chronic Pain? 4 Tips for Relief

(DGIwire) – Those experiencing chronic pain have an array of sources of information at their disposal. One such resource is WebMD’s Chronic Pain Assessment tool. Although its specific recommendations depend on the exact nature and duration of the pain being felt, the tool provides several general tips to get started on the road to improved […]

Butterfly Babies: The Youngest Victims of a Life-Threatening Skin Disorder

(DGIwire) – A newborn baby is a cause for joy. But for some parents, that joy is tempered by sadness—when the child is born with a rare disorder called epidermolysis bullosa (EB). As recently profiled in The Washington Post, the littlest victims of this disorder have bodies that are covered in blisters and wounds. Babies […]

RNA Interference (RNAi) Technology: Cutting-Edge Technology for Immuno-Oncology

(DGIwire) – Sometimes a significant advancement in medicine results from the application of a proven technology in a novel area. In the field of immuno-oncology, as recently reported in Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN), a potential path forward could be the use of self-delivering RNAi compounds to treat cancer. RNAi is a naturally occurring […]

A Timely Account of Addressing the Opioid Epidemic

(DGIwire) – As the opioid epidemic continues to rage, we at ReviewLoft have come to enjoy learning about various strategies for addressing it. That’s why we were intrigued when we began reading Heroin Death: How to Stop the Opioid Crisis by Joseph C. Mancini, MD. Mancini offers a stark but informative history of the opioid […]

Algae, Not Antibiotics: Why Animal Feed Should Go Green

(DGIwire) – In late 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration put into place a major new policy to phase out the unrestricted use of antibiotics in cows, pigs and chickens over the following three years. Antibiotics were used as growth promoters, but according to a report in The New York Times, experts say this […]

Is Cellular Age Related to Fitness?

(DGIwire) — Fitness-minded individuals—and the personal trainers they work with—know there is a close relationship between age and physical performance. Being able to track how the body is aging is important for those who are interested in maximizing their lifespan. These days, a Nobel Prize-winning discovery is helping to provide new clues to estimate the […]

PTSD Through the Centuries: An Evolving Diagnosis

(DGIwire) – Exposure to traumatic experiences has always been a part of the human condition. Accounts of what doctors now call post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) date back centuries. Research about veterans returning from combat has been critical to the establishment of the diagnosis—so the history of what is now known as PTSD often references the […]

Geert Cauwenbergh: A Life Science Leader’s Journey

(DGIwire) – All human lives are filled with twists and turns. The lives of leaders in the life science sector are no exception to this rule. A fascinating example is the life of Dr. Geert Cauwenbergh, who is currently President and CEO of RXi Pharmaceuticals. A recent profile in Life Science Leader recounted the highlights […]

PTSD: 11 Facts to Know

(DGIwire) – With approximately eight million adults living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, it’s important to know some facts. Here are 11 of them compiled by the VA’s National Center for PTSD. Just because someone experiences a traumatic event does not mean they have PTSD. To know […]

Purchasing New Lab Equipment? 7 Things to Consider

(DGIwire) — Purchasing instruments for modern research laboratories is a complex endeavor, involving numerous people and business factors. Some equipment is relatively simple and can be delivered and supported easily; other items might include multimillion-dollar testing tools requiring specialized shipping, installation and housing. According to an article in ADVANCE Laboratory magazine, there are seven considerations […]

China: A Rising Star in the Life Sciences

(DGIwire) – Having become a leader in global trade, China isn’t resting on its laurels. As recently reported in the journal Science, the populous nation is now focusing its efforts on the sciences. According to the Science article, Chinese universities, along with the Chinese Academy of Sciences, have created award schemes aimed at attracting scientists […]

Military-Related PTSD and Insomnia: HONORing the Problem

(DGIwire) – Sleep disturbance is one of the most common issues faced by individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). As reported by Military Times, insomnia and nightmares plague the vast majority of those struggling with the disorder; although it is assumed to be high, notes the publication, relatively little is known about the actual prevalence of […]

5 Things to Know About Resilience and Recovery After an Active Threat

(DGIwire) – In a modern world filled with potentially threatening situations, the resilience of any organization depends on the extent to which its employees are prepared, confident and capable of reacting appropriately and efficiently during and after an active threat situation. Kiernan Group Holdings (KGH), a global consulting firm, specializes in developing and disseminating strategies […]

So Hot Right Now: Flame-Resistant Fashion in the Military

(DGIwire) – The armed forces as a hotbed of fashion? The notion might strike some as unlikely, but in a way it is true—at least where flame-retardant (FR) uniforms are concerned. That’s one revelation contained in a new book—Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach—that was recently spotlighted in the New […]

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