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 […]

How to Recognize and Treat Opioid Addiction

(DGIwire) – Is a friend or family member abusing opioids? It may not be easy to tell, especially in the early stages of addiction. As the Mayo Clinic reports, studies suggest that up to one-third of people who take opioids for chronic pain abuse them and more than 10 percent become addicted over time. Here […]

4 Questions to Ask About Pancreatic Cancer

(DGIwire) – Located behind the stomach, the pancreas plays a vital role in creating enyzmes for digestion and hormones like insulin, according to the American Cancer Society. It is also a common site of cancer. For anyone who has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer—or who knows someone who has—getting basic facts quickly from a qualified […]

Can Algae Keep Animal Feed Antibiotic-Free?

(DGIwire) – For whom are the majority of antibiotics sold? Not humans—but farm animals. As recently noted by STAT, livestock and poultry producers have come to rely on medicated feeds and routine administration of antibiotics to promote growth and productivity. Unfortunately, the widespread use of medication in animal feed can give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria […]

Living with Asthma or COPD? Easy-to-Use Inhalers are a Priority

(DGIwire) – People living with asthma or COPD are often prescribed medications delivered with a device called an inhaler as part of their treatment. Some of the most common types are called dry powder inhalers and pressurized metered dose inhalers. So what are the key features patients and doctors are looking for in these devices? […]

A New Lab Instrument Helps Fuse Cells for ‘Magic Bullet’ Cancer Treatment

(DGIwire) – Once touted as the “magic bullets” of cancer care, monoclonal antibodies are now fulfilling that promise and more advances are on the way. This positive news comes from a report by Georgetown University cancer researchers published in the journal Cell. According to the researchers, refinements and modifications of monoclonal antibody drugs—several of which […]

5 Tips for Tapering Off of Opioids

(DGIwire) —  In light of recent reports surrounding some of the dangers of opioid addiction, anyone who has been prescribed opioids to treat their pain may be concerned. As the Mayo Clinic reports, although a patient may be eager to stop opioids altogether, the body needs time to adjust to lower levels of opioids and […]

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