Spotlighting a Breakthrough in the Race to Treat Cancer

(DGIwire) – The human immune system has evolved over the course of 500 million years into a personalized and effective natural defense against disease. Which raises the question: Why doesn’t the immune system fight cancer? The answer is, it does, or tries to. But cancer uses tricks to hide from the immune system, shut down […]

What It’s Like to Have PTSD…in the Movies

(DGIwire) – What do Hurt Locker, American Sniper and Goodbye Christopher Robin have in common? All three movies involve posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among military men as one of their themes. Hurt Locker follows the day-to-day travails of three soldiers in an explosive ordnance detachment in Iraq; American Sniper, based on a real-life American sharpshooter […]

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 […]

The Eyes Have It: New Views of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

(DGIwire) – Advanced neovascular or “wet” age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of vision loss among people age 50 and older, according to the National Eye Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health. According to a recent report in Nature Medicine, researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital have now proposed a new […]

(Un)Believable Facts About ‘Medical’ Marijuana

(DGIwire) — Marijuana has long had a stigma linked to it. Most people don’t look at it as a possible treatment for diseases but rather as a way for teens to “get high.” However, with 23 states having now approved the use of medical marijuana, and court arguments revolving around it, those in favor of […]

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