Smartphone Manufacturers: It’s Not Just Kids on the Line

(DGIwire) – Who’s walking around with a smartphone glued to their ear? These days, everybody. But when smartphone manufacturers unveil their latest and greatest release, it’s more likely they are targeting young people as potential customers rather than their parents or grandparents. And that’s a shame, because silver-haired Americans are just as … [Continue reading...]

Powering Up the Pods: Electric Vehicles Get a Fast Charge

(DGwire) – Anyone who visits Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow Airport—or the city of Greenwich, England—might just take a ride in a pod. GATEway pods—the name is short for “Greenwich Automated Transport Environment”—are autonomous electric vehicles designed to whisk travelers around efficiently. They currently take about four hours to charge up, but … [Continue reading...]

On the Waves and Before Bed, Various Ways Veterans May Address PTSD

(DGIwire) – The thrilling crest of an ocean wave may be more than a delight for long-time surfers: it could be therapeutic for military veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This is the one of the premises that lay behind the founding of Operation Surf, a group dedicated to teaching military veterans the sport. As recently noted on … [Continue reading...]

Living With Tourette Syndrome: Challenges and Hopes

(DGIwire) – What is it like to live with Tourette syndrome? A 21-year-old woman with the disorder recently shared her reflections on MTV’s UK website. She described her first encounter with the physical challenges it brings: an incident at age six when she was blinking rapidly and was told by her grandmother that she was too beautiful to be … [Continue reading...]

California Fires: Is the Air O.K. At Home?

(DGIwire) – As 2017 drew to a close, the damage wrought by California’s wildfires was truly phenomenal—and continuing to spread. According to CNN, by mid-December the fires had destroyed more than 1,000 structures since igniting; cumulatively, the blazes were larger in size than New York City and Boston combined, or bigger than Singapore. At least … [Continue reading...]

Hobbyist Drones: Why the Military Has an Eye Toward the Sky

(DGIwire) – How dangerous are hobbyist drones? While some might not think the US military, including its Special Operations divisions, consider them much of a threat, the truth is otherwise. Drone are already banned from flying over airports and military bases, according to Newsweek, and in August 2017 the Pentagon gave 130 military bases across … [Continue reading...]

Traumatic Brain Injury: A New Direction for Treatment

(DGIwire) – Traumatic brain injury (TBI) has been in the spotlight as a result of athletes being found to have chronic traumatic encephalitis from repetitive sports-related head injuries. However, as recently noted in Psychiatry Advisor, TBI has long been a significant cause of injury and death in the United States. According to findings … [Continue reading...]

Bringing Military Veterans’ Stress to the Big Screen and the Search for Better Treatment Options

(DGIwire) – Military service members—including those with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)—are often silent about their experiences when they get back home. An American film released in October 2017, Thank You For Your Service, aimed to give them a voice. As reported by CNN, the drama is based on the book of the same name by journalist David … [Continue reading...]

For the Wine Collector, a Valuable Addition From Sonoma

(DGIwire) – Some wine collectors pride themselves on their knowledge of the intricacies of winemaking, the ins and out of different vintages and the subtle gradations of taste that distinguish a fine wine from a less memorable one. But it isn’t necessary to be an expert. According to Wine Enthusiast magazine, maintaining a wine collection can be … [Continue reading...]

PTSD During the Holidays: A Challenge for Veterans

(DGIwire) – Millions of Americans suffer winter doldrums. Add posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to the mix and the “season to be jolly” can become a living nightmare. Among those facing this issue are military veterans; between 11 to 20 percent of those who served in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year, … [Continue reading...]

China Envisions an Electric-Car Future

(DGIwire) – Why are automakers around the world accelerating their efforts to develop electric vehicles? One powerful reason is China. As The New York Times reported recently, the world’s most populous nation has become the world’s biggest supporter of electric cars. According to the Times, Beijing has called for one out of every five cars sold in … [Continue reading...]

3 Books Made Famous by Stage Productions

(DGIwire) – It’s customary for notable works of literature to inspire the creation of memorable dramas, but things don’t always work in that order. In a few cases, a stage production garners the spotlight (literally) before the version set on the page gets its full due. Here are three famous examples where the fame surrounding the stage version of … [Continue reading...]

Enter This Holiday Contest to Test Air and Water Quality Indoors

(DGIwire) – Is the air and water quality of a house or apartment safe? To give consumers an answer, Live Pure has launched its Healthy Holiday Home Contest. The contest will award one winner a yogi home environmental test kit with a retail value of $980. To enter the contest, please visit … [Continue reading...]

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