What’s Really in the Water? Could It Be Lead or Copper?

(DGIwire) – When pipes made of lead or copper start to corrode, these heavy metals can leach into drinking water, including tap water inside private homes. To address this issue, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Lead and Copper Rule in 1991, which limits the concentration of lead and copper allowed in public drinking water at … [Continue reading...]

Britain’s Electric Car Revolution: Smart But at What Cost?

(DGIwire) – In July 2017, the British government announced a ban on the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans in that country starting in 2040. The aim, according to a Reuters report, is to reduce air pollution and to cut carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels. However, this will come at a cost: Reuters says Britain must … [Continue reading...]

4 Ways to Avoid Dust Mite Allergies at Home

(DGIwire) – Dust mites are tiny microscopic relatives of the spider and live on mattresses, bedding, upholstered furniture, carpets and curtains, according to MedicineNet. They feed on the flakes of skin that people and pets shed daily. Avoiding exposure to dust mites is the best strategy for controlling dust mite allergy; while they can’t be … [Continue reading...]

Health Club Owners: Seniors Want to Get Fit Too

(DGIwire) – Ask any health club owner to describe their ideal customer—and they’re likely to name “fitness-minded,” “health-conscious” and “young” among the most obvious traits. But when it comes to that final adjective—maybe they ought to reconsider. That’s because the fact is that silver-haired Americans make up a sizeable number of those who … [Continue reading...]

Greener Drugs: The Role of Algae in Pharmaceutical Development

(DGIwire) – Marine algae are receiving growing attention as sources of bioactive compounds and are being considered for the pharmaceutical industry in drug development. A 2016 article in the Journal of Pharmaceutics and Nanotechnology outlined some of the potential applications of this burgeoning field. Different types of algae possess distinct … [Continue reading...]

Fast Charging of Electric Vehicles: Is the Battery Technology Available?

(DGIwire) -- As part of Britain’s ambitious “decarbonization” target, all cars sold in that country may have to be electric vehicles (EVs) by 2050—but charging them all will pose a huge logistical challenge, according to a report prepared by SO Energy Insights. Currently, notes the report, it would take about 19 hours using a standard-sized … [Continue reading...]

Tourette Syndrome: 3 Questions to Ask

(DGIwire) – Tourette syndrome (TS) is a neurological disorder, usually first noticed in childhood, characterized by repetitive, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) estimates that 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of TS and as many as one in 100 exhibit … [Continue reading...]

5 Things to Do If Work Is Unsatisfying

(DGIwire) – Whatever someone’s reasons for being unhappy at work, it is best to tackle them straight on. Of course, rash decisions are a bad idea but letting things simmer won’t do any good either. Here is a five-step approach to relieving unhappiness in the workplace, courtesy of the blog of Atrium Staffing, a New York City-based talent solutions … [Continue reading...]

Automakers: The Speed Limit is 65…But It’s Not the Age Limit

(DGIwire) – Think of the standard TV commercial or print ad for a new car. Who’s usually behind the wheel? A rugged young man with a mane of dark hair—or a dashing young couple no older than 30. But there’s something wrong with this picture. It ignores a huge group of folks who are buying a lot of new cars: those with silver hair. As of 2017, 50 … [Continue reading...]

Job Interview Today? How to Make a Good Impression

(DGIwire) – Prior to any job interview, an applicant should know exactly why they want to work for that company and why their experience makes them a perfect fit for the role. They should also know how to answer interview questions in the most effective manner. “Believe it or not, a job applicant’s communication style and how they present … [Continue reading...]

Could Algae Help Lead to New Treatment for Osteoarthritis?

  (DGIwire) – Osteoarthritis (OA) is considered to be the most common joint disease in the United States, affecting more than 30 million adults, according to Medical News Today. But research recently published in the journal Biomaterials Science suggests a new avenue for treatment: algae. As noted by Medical News Today, experiments … [Continue reading...]

Traumatic Brain Injury: 3 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when an external mechanical force causes brain dysfunction, according to the Mayo Clinic. Usually resulting from a violent blow or jolt to the head or body, its consequences may be mild or more serious, resulting in bruising, torn tissues, bleeding and other physical damage to the brain that can … [Continue reading...]

Top 4 Stories About Growing Up (or Not)

(DGIwire) – The journey from child to adult is a memorable one. No matter whether its choppy waves are traversed successfully or not, there is bound to be some confusion, complexity and (hopefully) fun. This journey has long been a fascinating subject for writers—some drawing on their own experiences, some imagining fanciful scenarios. Here are … [Continue reading...]

Hypertrophic Scars: What Are They?

(DGIwire) – Not all scars are created equal. While always unsightly, a certain type—known as hypertrophic scars—can be especially bothersome, both physically and psychologically, for those who have them. But what are they, exactly? According to Medscape, hypertrophic scars are characterized by abnormally red, itchy, raised fibrous lesions that … [Continue reading...]

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