General Motors Predicts Electric Cars Profitable by 2021

(DGIwire) – “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future,” runs the old quip. Yet General Motors CEO Mary Barra isn’t afraid to offer one bold prediction. According to Reuters, she has promised investors that the Detroit automaker will make money selling electric cars by 2021. As Reuters reports, GM’s strategy for doing so will […]

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Video Gaming: Not Just a Young Person’s Thing

(DGIwire) – Gaming is a multibillion-dollar industry that appeals to a tremendous range of players. But if there is one pervasive stereotype about the industry, it’s that gamers are exclusively young people—sitting transfixed in a dark room in front of a brightly lit screen. Yet teens and twentysomethings are hardly the only ones attracted to […]

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CAR-T Cell Therapy: Just the First Step for Immuno-Oncology

(DGIwire) – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s recent approval of Novartis’ gene therapy—for the treatment of children and young adults with relapsed or refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia—represents a watershed moment for healthcare. As Healio recently reported, Kymriah provides unprecedented benefits to poor prognosis patients who have exhausted all other treatment options. What makes […]

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Is Mold the Cause of Allergies? DIY Test Can Assess Mold in Homes

(DGIwire) – Few words are as disconcerting to homeowners as “mold.” Molds float through the air invisible to the naked eye and according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), they reproduce by means of tiny spores. Although usually not a problem indoors, mold can be an issue if the spores land on wet or damp […]

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Catching That Rogue Drone: How Cutting-Edge Tech Can Help

(DGIwire) – As drones increase in popularity worldwide, a small but dedicated industry is emerging with the aim of handling the threats they pose, according to a recent article on the website WeTalkUAV. These threats are being recognized not only by incidents of drones flying in restricted areas, notes the article, but by the knowledge […]

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‘Environmental Probiotics’: Offering Unique Protection for Public Spaces

(DGIwire) – What is the dirtiest place in the typical office? According to a study conducted by Kimberly-Clark Professional and reported by WebMD, it’s the sink faucet handles in the break room. The study researchers swabbed some 4,800 surfaces in office buildings—including manufacturing facilities, law firms, insurance companies, healthcare companies and call centers—and analyzed the […]

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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 enthusiastic about the […]

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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 that could change […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 presented at […]

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