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 […]

Can People Start to Save for Retirement at 50?

(DGIwire) – Reaching age 50 is a significant milestone. But when someone that age is blowing out the candles on their cake, they shouldn’t be wishing for enough money to retire on. Can someone with little or no savings at the half-century mark turn things around and retire comfortably? Absolutely, say members of the Silver […]

New York Singer is ‘Lost in a Dream’ After Winning $20,000 Prize

(DGIwire) Jen Fellman was like many others in Manhattan: waitressing or bar-tending to keep a roof over her head and food in the fridge while she auditions and hopes for her big break as a singer, actress and writer. Then two great things happened:  She reached her goal on GoFundMe, raising $26,500 to pay for […]

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 […]

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 […]

Buying an Electric Vehicle? 3 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – Every driver who decides to “go electric” faces the same anxieties about recharging. As USA Today recently reported, recharging is one of the most complicated parts of owning an electric vehicle (EV), especially since—outside the home garage—charging stations can be few and far between. The good news, reports the newspaper, is that powering […]

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 […]

Algae Cultivation: Good for Human Health and the Environment Alike

(DGIwire) – Could cultivating algae not only improve human health but also help the environment as well? Yes, according to a recent article in the science magazine Cosmos. As the article notes, these fast-growing, single-celled plants can provide high-quality nutrition for a rapidly growing global human population. According to the magazine, the global market for […]

Electric Vehicles: Only as Good as Their Batteries

(DGIwire) – Will battery electric vehicles (EVs) save the planet? If they succeed, it will certainly have a lot to do with the kind of batteries they utilize. One of the reason EVs improve on traditional cars is because the latter utilize lead-acid batteries, which—although relatively cheap and recyclable—exploit workers using unsafe methods to do […]

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 […]

A ‘Noble’ Experiment: Can Employee Engagement Boost Company Performance?

(DGIwire) – How important is employee engagement to a company’s success? According to a recent article in Forbes by the Forbes Coaches Council, a great deal: Without a motivated staff that is excited about its work, management is likely to find itself stuck with low performance, productivity and quality. To ensure high levels of engagement, […]

Offering Sports Dreams & Equipment, A Non-Profit Grows Rapidly

(DGIwire) – When brothers Anthony, Dylan and Matthew Sica were growing up on Long Island, NY, they had a garage full of sports equipment to enjoy. A few years later, they had outgrown that equipment, but much of it was still in great condition. That’s when inspiration struck the three brothers and their father, Anthony: […]

Can Algae Revolutionize Dietary Supplements and Food Ingredients?

(DGIwire) – Do any natural products offer a host of advantages that could substantially improve the quality of today’s dietary supplements and food ingredients? According to a recent article in Food Manufacturing, indeed there are: certain strains of algae. As the article reports, these algal strains—which incorporate unique blends of protein, fiber, micronutrients and non-starch […]

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