Afraid of Incontinence Accidents While Traveling? Read these Tips!

(DGIwire)  Planning a trip this year? Nearly 100 million Americans are scheduling family vacations throughout 2019, according to a survey by AAA. And since half of grandparents have at least one grandchild more than 200 miles away according to AARP, travel has become a necessity for quality time. In fact, a third of grandparents have […]

Pressure Injuries: 5 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – As their name indicates, pressure injuries—also known as bedsores or pressure ulcers—are still a major burden in healthcare. Here are some key facts to know about them: Pressure injuries can affect up to three million people per year in the United States, according to a report by the Joint Commission. Nine percent of […]

Five Things to Know About Pressure Injuries

(DGIwire) – As their name indicates, pressure injuries—also known as bedsores or pressure ulcers—are still a major burden in healthcare. Here are some key facts to know about them: Pressure injuries can affect up to three million people per year in the United States, according to a report by the Joint Commission. Nine percent of […]

3 Things to Know About Melanoma

(DGIwire) – Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer. It develops when unrepaired DNA damage to skin cells triggers mutations that lead the cells to multiply rapidly and form malignant tumors, according to The Skin Cancer Foundation (SCF). Anyone whose life has been impacted directly by this form of cancer—or who has a […]

In Preclinical Life Science, New Solutions Provide a Platform for Discovery

(DGIwire) – Once a year, the Experimental Biology conference brings together some of the most prestigious researchers involved in preclinical life science. Significantly, it convenes members of no less than five different societies: the American Association of Anatomists, the American Physiological Society, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the American Society for Investigative […]

An International Quest to Make Vaccines and Drugs More Accessible and Affordable

(DGIwire) – In recent years, monoclonal antibodies—or “mAbs” for short—have emerged as preferred therapeutic candidates for the treatment of a multitude of disorders and diseases. These include a broad range of cancers, autoimmune diseases and microbial infections. Traditionally, however, antibody treatment has been extremely costly and not widely affordable. Recently, an initiative of truly international […]

For Patients Who Self Inject, Training Devices Offer New Help

(DGIwire)—When Aniyah Jackson was 20 months old, her family learned she was born with Turner syndrome. Now age four, Aniyah has been receiving growth hormone shots, administered by her mother, once a day for about a year and a half. In a recent news segment aired on WKMG-TV, a CBS affiliate based in Orlando, Aniyah’s […]

Laboratory Safety Is a Number One Priority

(DGIwire) – Following safety protocol is paramount for anyone who works in a laboratory. All possible precautions should be taken to prevent injury—whether it’s a small cut from a broken test tube or a major burn from a hydrochloric acid spill. Here are some helpful tips and tricks for staying safe in the laboratory setting. […]

The Biggest Driver of High Drug Prices: Biologics

(DGIwire) – In 2017, biologic drugs represented two percent of all U.S. prescriptions but 37 percent of all drug spending, according to data from the IQVIA Institute. Furthermore, since 2014, biologics have accounted for nearly all the growth in drug spending: 93 percent of it. What accounts for these incredible figures? A recent article in […]

Taking Aim at Medication Adherence With Technology

(DGIwire)—Non-adherence to medication is a serious issue. According to a recent article, the pharma industry forgoes approximately $250 billion every year in lost sales as a result. Consequently, specialty pharmaceutical companies are taking aim at the problem in various ways, including harnessing new technology. One patient support initiative involves the development of realistic trainers intended […]

Gene Editing: What’s on the Horizon?

(DGIwire) – The ability to edit genes has dramatically expanded the potential and possibilities of medicine. In recent years, for example, a prominent spotlight has been placed on CRISPR technology, a simple yet powerful tool that allows researchers to easily alter DNA sequences and modify gene function, according to LiveScience.com. What might the future bring […]

Studying the Benefits of Training for Those Who Self-Inject

(DGIwire)—For patients living with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Crohn’s or other autoimmune diseases, one of the hardest parts of dealing with the condition may be the need to self-inject medication. While doctors and nurses try to put patients at ease by demonstrating self-injection techniques in the office, there are many factors that may affect patients’ comfort injecting, […]

Labs Take Care to Relieve Animals’ Stress

(DGIwire) – For nearly 60 years, life science researchers working with animals in the laboratory have adhered to a set of informal guidelines to ensure the animals’ well-being: the “3Rs.” First described by W.M.S. Russell and R.L. Burch in their 1959 book The Principles of Humane Experimental Technique, this expression stands for “replacement, reduction and […]

An Amazing Year for a Weapon Against Cancer

(DGIwire) – Immuno-oncology continues to prove its worth as an extraordinary research area in cancer care. Finding ways to customize the human immune system to power-up the battle against cancer has led to a wide range of breakthroughs so far, and the year 2018 was no exception. In a recent recap of the top immuno-oncology […]

What Makes a Lab a Productive Work Environment?

(DGIwire) – What is the recipe for the ideal laboratory work environment? A mixture of good management and state-of-the-art instrumentation. Recent articles in Nature and Laboratory Equipment have spotlighted the first of these elements. A survey of 3,200 scientists, conducted by Nature, suggested that a thorough training in lab and personnel management is crucial to […]

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