Making Sports Dreams Come True for Children in Need

(DGIwire) – Every young person deserves to experience the fun of playing sports. But for many, the cost of participating puts these enjoyable activities out of reach. According to the Huffington Post, U.S. parents pay $671 on average per year to cover the costs of uniforms and other expenses. Meanwhile, Time magazine notes that sky-high costs are … [Continue reading...]

For Treasure State Veterans With PTSD, an Attempt to Improve Care

(DGIwire) – Montana, known as “the Treasure State,” claims more veterans per capita than nearly all other states, as well as the highest rate of veteran suicides in the nation, according to the Missoula Current. According to a VA report released in 2017, the suicide rate among Montana veterans is nearly double the national average. In light of … [Continue reading...]

3 Challenges Facing Immunotherapy and How RNAi Might Help

(DGwire) – The battle against solid tumors in cancer immunotherapy is engaging some of the brightest minds in medicine. While predictions suggest the immunotherapy market will be worth about $25 billion by 2030, there are still some hurdles to overcome in the effort to improve treatment options, including: Boosting the immune system to fight: … [Continue reading...]

Electric Bikes Pedal Toward Future With Carbon-Ion Batteries

(DGIwire) – Most of today’s electric bicycles are powered by lithium-ion batteries. But that technology has its drawbacks. As reported in Electric Bike Action magazine, when some bikes were switched from lead-acid to Li-ion in the early 2000s, the batteries could catch fire, and a few people burned their garages to the ground when charging their … [Continue reading...]

What Is Apartment-Induced Asthma?

(DGIwire) – People with asthma who live in big cities prone to pollution might feel that the dirty air outside the window represents the primary trigger for their condition. But this is not necessarily the case. In fact, a substantial contributor could be the presence of contaminants inside their apartments. What are the risks regarding … [Continue reading...]

Misclassifying Independent Contractors: The Costs Add Up

(DGIwire) – When it comes to utilizing independent contractors (ICs), organizations are well advised to pay close attention to federal and state guidelines. The risks of misclassification of ICs can be many, and legal claims can entangle any company—even those that are careful to engage their workers in a compliant manner. September 2017 saw … [Continue reading...]

Overcoming a Fear of Needles: High-Tech Solutions Help

(DGIwire) – Annaleise was 10 years old in Australia when she first realized she was afraid of needles. As she grew older, her fear grew to the point where she avoided medical treatment altogether and fell years behind with her vaccinations, according to an ABC News report. Annaleise’s story might not be that uncommon: according to the report, some … [Continue reading...]

Get Ready for the Algae Revolution in the Kitchen

(DGIwire) – Algae are easy to grow and packed with protein, reports Fast Company—attributes that could fuel what the magazine calls an “algae revolution” in people’s diets. Algae is already used into baking mixes, cookies, milk, nondairy creamers, vegan eggs, salad dressing, ice cream, smoothies and protein powders, to name a few products. Why is … [Continue reading...]

Algae as a Functional Food Ingredient: 4 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – In the quest for an ever-greater share of the consumer market, a host of food manufacturers have found that functional foods hold a special appeal. As they evaluate the potential value functional foods may add to their product lineups, marketers should consider what algae-based ingredients offer, according to a recent article in … [Continue reading...]

On Rare Disease Day, a Focus on a Painful Skin Disease

(DGIwire) – To shed a spotlight on the more than 6,000 rare diseases, Rare Disease Day is marked worldwide on the last day of February each year—an event designed to raise awareness among the general public and decision-makers about these diseases and their impact on the lives of patients and their families. Starting in 2008 when it was … [Continue reading...]

4 Simple Ways to Help Veterans With PTSD

(DGIwire) – For many veterans, the most difficult battles take place after they come home. For some, brain injuries or posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can make the return to civilian life a struggle. There are several simple measures that friends and family members can take to make a difference in the lives of those who served their country … [Continue reading...]

Japan Races to Embrace an Electric-Car Future

(DGIwire) – What is the biggest threat to traditional car manufacturers in Japan? As The New York Times recently reported, it is the advent of battery-powered electric vehicles. According to the Times, conventional auto part suppliers are nervous: they and the carmakers they work with provide one in 10 Japanese jobs and account for a fifth of … [Continue reading...]

RNAi: Stopping the Power of Misfolded Proteins

(DGIwire) – The idea of targeted, personalized medicine has been a dream for decades—and it is now becoming a reality thanks to advances in genetics. As recently reported in an article on the website of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a large part of this revolution is being driven by advances in understanding RNA. According … [Continue reading...]

For Home Inspectors, New Testing Technology Offers Multiple Perks

(DGIwire) – As property owners become ever more aware of environmental issues in their homes, they are demanding more comprehensive property inspections. Ordinarily, this would represent a challenge to North America’s home inspectors, whose ranks number 18,000, according to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors. But new testing … [Continue reading...]