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 […]

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 https://livepureinc.com/healthy-holiday-home-air-quality-test-giveaway.html. The Healthy […]

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 claims […]

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, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Problems […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 join health […]

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 potential uses in medicine. As […]

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 milder and less complex […]

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 in vitro have […]

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 […]

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 typically do not expand beyond the […]

3 Cool Things to Know About Algae

(DGIwire) – Everyone has a rough idea of what algae are—but few may appreciate their true versatility. Here, courtesy of the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, a division of the US Department of Energy, are three cool insights about this fascinating form of plant life: Algae is ubiquitous: There are thousands of different […]

The Endocannabinoid System: A Key to New Medical Treatments?

  (DGIwire) – The “endocannabinoid system” refers to a specific, endogenous collection of cell receptors and corresponding molecules in the brain. As noted in the journal Cerebrum, endocannabinoids are responsible for a huge array of day-to-day bodily functions—they help to regulate everything from neurological functions, cognition and memory, pain, sleep and appetite to mood and […]

Localized Scleroderma: What’s the Way Forward?

(DGIwire) – A large number of medical conditions have names rooted in Latin terms. One example is “scleroderma”— “sclero” means “hard” and “derma” means “skin.” But hardening skin is just one of many symptoms of localized scleroderma, a chronic autoimmune disease, which has no known cause and no cure. Stiff joints, digestive issues, lung scarring, […]

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