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 […]

Japan Races to Embrace an Electric-Car Future

(DGIwire) – What is the biggest threat to traditional car manufacturers in Japan? As The New York Times recently reported, it is the advent of battery-powered electric vehicles. According to the Times, conventional auto part suppliers are nervous: they and the carmakers they work with provide one in 10 Japanese jobs and account for a […]

RNAi: Stopping the Power of Misfolded Proteins

(DGIwire) – The idea of targeted, personalized medicine has been a dream for decades—and it is now becoming a reality thanks to advances in genetics. As recently reported in an article on the website of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a large part of this revolution is being driven by advances in understanding […]

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 […]

Unwanted Guests at the Stadium: Drones

(DGIwire) – When baseball fans look up into the sky at a stadium, what they want to see is a fly ball—not a drone. But as recently reported in Venues Today, a drone crashed into the upper deck of San Diego’s Petco Park early in the 2017 season. Previous drones had crashed into Pittsburgh’s PNC […]

Lithium-Ion Battery Fires on Planes: What’s Going On?

(DGIwire) – Malfunctioning lithium-ion batteries have caused an alarming increase in the number of smoke and fire incidents on airplanes, according to a recent article in Consumer Reports. The Federal Aviation Administration reports that, on average, one of these fires occurs every 10 days. Any given flight might contain hundreds of Li-ion cells in phones […]

RNAi: Paving the Way to a New Class of Treatments

(DGIwire) – These are exciting times for gene therapy. As Business Insider recently reported, a biopharmaceutical company announced positive results from a late-stage clinical study of a drug for a rare nerve disorder, familial amyloid polyneuropathy. This drug, notes a report in STAT, harnesses a phenomenon called RNA interference (RNAi). This is a naturally occurring […]

Plant-Based Protein: A Healthy Trend

(DGIwire) – Consumers are trying to add more plants into their diets. According to market research firm 1010data, plant-based protein powder made up 78 percent of all online “plant-based” sales in the 52 weeks ending July 2017. Additionally, reports Nutra Ingredients USA, searches for “plant-based” in online retail platforms tripled from March 2016 to July […]

Recognizing and Treating PTSD: Key Points to Consider

(DGIwire) – It’s normal to feel fear and anxiety during and after a traumatic event. But people with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can find it difficult or impossible to recover from the powerful emotions and body symptoms that arise in response, which sometimes may take months or even years to develop after the events that […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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