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...]

Searching for the Perfect Wine? See this Sonoma Star for Holiday Gifting and Merrymaking

(DGIwire) – The holidays are here again, and with them comes the eternally recurring dilemma: What gift to buy for friends, family and colleagues? In the spirit of good cheer, wine is a perennially popular choice—but which one is best? The pages of wine magazines present a staggering array of choices, which can easily cause confusion to all but the … [Continue reading...]

Travel Agency Owners: The Best Customers Are Silver-Haired

(DGIwire) – What are the greatest tourist destinations on Earth? Everyone has their own opinions—but not everyone has the means to hop on a plane to actually visit them. Yet one demographic is likely to have both the will and the wallet to travel the globe: the silver-haired segment of the population. So it’s odd when travel agencies run ads—or … [Continue reading...]

Algae: Playing a Vital Role on Earth in the Past, Present and Future

(DGIwire) – A team of researchers at the Australian National University recently offered a bold answer to a huge question: What led to the appearance of complex organisms—including animals and humans—on Earth? As reported by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), the researchers say the answer comes down to a single word: algae. The team … [Continue reading...]

Electric Cars: A $2.7 Trillion Price Tag for Charging Infrastructure?

(DGIwire) – As various nations turn away from gas-powered cars and trucks toward a future of electric vehicles, some are asking about the cost. According to Bloomberg, financial services firm Morgan Stanley has estimated that the world will need to spend a dizzying $2.7 trillion on charging infrastructure if it is to support 500 million electric … [Continue reading...]

Does This Old House Have Asbestos? A DIY Test Can Tell

(DGIwire) – The Environmental Protection Agency banned most asbestos-containing products in 1989, but this regulation was overturned in 1991, so unfortunately only a few asbestos-containing products are actually banned. In fact, houses were built with asbestos-containing insulation, textured paints, and wall and ceiling joint compounds, … [Continue reading...]

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...]

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