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 […]

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 […]

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 technology is now making it possible […]

Fear of Self-Injection? 3 Things to Know

(DGIwire) – Many of us accept that injections are a basic part of medical treatment. But for some, those sharp needles are more than just a source of medicine—they are a source of fear as well. When this condition—also known as “needle anxiety” or “injection anxiety”—occurs among patients who must utilize self-injecting drug delivery during […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reading Fun for Parents and Kids: A New Take on Peter Pan

(DGIwire) — Summer is a great time for kids to take a break from school, get outside and let their imaginations run wild, but it is also important that they continue to read in preparation for the coming school year. Good books for summer reading challenge young readers with new words and ideas, but also […]

Is Rabies Preventable? 

(DGIwire) – Tens of thousands of people around the world die from rabies every year, according to the World Health Organization, and more than half are children. Yet these deaths are largely preventable via vaccinations. When Dr. John Clark and his wife Rachel—the owners of Community Veterinary Clinic in Vero Beach, Florida—learned about these staggering statistics, […]

PTSD Through the Centuries: An Evolving Diagnosis

(DGIwire) – Exposure to traumatic experiences has always been a part of the human condition. Accounts of what doctors now call post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) date back centuries. Research about veterans returning from combat has been critical to the establishment of the diagnosis—so the history of what is now known as PTSD often references the […]

Captain Hook Tells His Side of the Story in New Novel

(DGIwire) –  Peter Pan has owned the spotlight since J. M. Barrie’s original stage production of 1904 and the classic novel it spawned. But did Barrie tell the whole truth about Peter’s nemesis, Captain Hook? In his delightfully engaging debut novel, Hook’s Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself (Scribner, […]

Portraits of Fame in Black and White

(DGIwire) – “I bring music to every shoot,” writes celebrity photographer Jesse Dittmar in the opening pages of two, his extraordinary debut book. As we at ReviewLoft browsed the 62 black-and-white portraits—all taken between 2013 and 2015—in this impressive, oversized volume, we felt the music as well: the rhythms of Dittmar’s keen photographic talents and […]

PTSD: 11 Facts to Know

(DGIwire) – With approximately eight million adults living with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, it’s important to know some facts. Here are 11 of them compiled by the VA’s National Center for PTSD. Just because someone experiences a traumatic event does not mean they have PTSD. To know […]