Dr. Marc Levy helped develop the eye telescope, which is surgically implanted in the eye in place of the patient's natural lens. "It was a whole new surgery that had to be invented, perfected," he said. The telescope is for patients with end-stage, dry macular degeneration. It uses micro-optical technology to magnify images and improve "straight ahead" vision. "It actually magnifies images by three times their normal size," he said. Levy says before this there weren't many options. "I would give them a telescope to look at so when they had to do something they would hold this up in front of their eye or very thick magnifying glasses," he said. "There really wasn't anything."
A new, low energy laser safely treats patients with early age-related macular degeneration (AMD) without damaging the retina.
In the early stages, AMD is characterized by the presence of small fatty deposits called drusen and thickening in a membrane at the back of the eye.
Study results show a link between depression and analytical thinking.
New research from McMaster University and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) shows such ruminating might actually be useful.
Researchers offered a new 20-question test to 600 people and found that those with symptoms of depression were actually analyzing their problems, and that such musing was actually a mental adaptation to help them cope with their problems. The findings are in a new paper called “Measuring the bright side of blue.”
Entitlement is usually considered a negative trait, but small doses of it can actually boost creativity, according to new research.
Women find that unattractive men look better to them when they are taking birth control pills, a new study finds. Researchers found that women who start or stop hormonal contraception during a relationship tend to experience a drop in sexual satisfaction.
“Given that women tend to prioritize attractiveness differently when they are on versus off hormonal contraceptives, I thought that going on or off hormonal contraceptives should affect how happy they are with their partner,” Michelle Russell, a graduate student in psychology at Florida State University, and the lead author on this study, told Live Science.
Fareed speaks with Stuart Butler, a Brookings scholar, who's written extensively on massive open online courses, or so-called MOOCs, and Anant Agarwal, who runs edX, a MOOC outfit founded by two bricks and mortar institutions. Once you combine information about whether you're getting good value for money, and then you combine that with new technologies, that gives you different ways of actually getting to the same result. That's what breaks open a market. Today's online education is not our grandfather's online education. Its completely transformed. We are doing short videos, interactive gaming technology where professors are using game-like technologies, discussions, segments such as yours, where various people get together, experts in the field get together to discuss a topic. So it's not just a video of a professor standing at the end of a classroom. So the technology has advanced tremendously. We bring discussion forums and the social into the classroom, into the online experience. And so this can be a very rich and very high quality experience.
It’s a chronic, pervasive problem; Heart failure impacts millions of Americans, shortening their lives and reducing the quality of their daily lives. It’s been a decade since doctors and patients have had renewed hope. But a new drug is infusing a sense of excitement. “The holy grail of heart failure is to reverse what is going on in the heart and try to get some regeneration and make the heart stronger. Sometimes, by letting the heart work less it will become stronger,” said Dr Nir Uriel, University of Chicago cardiologist. And that’s the job of conventional medications. The current cocktail helps ease the heart’s workload. But there have been no new drugs in 10 years.
From the city to the suburbs, the hum of leaf blowers is a familiar sound. But it’s not the noise that has people up in arms– it’s their potential health hazard. They clear dust, debris, leaves and even snow quickly and efficiently, but some health experts ask at what price? Dr. Weiss-Harrison points to studies showing that gas leaf blowers spread dangerous pollutants like ozone gas and carbon monoxide as well as stir up irritating allergens like mold and spores.
Here's an excuse to use the next time someone asks you to rake the leaves: science.
The National Wildlife Federation is encouraging people to leave the leaves.
1973 Professor X meets Future Professor X in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past.' (Photo: 20th Century Fox)
In 2034, I will be living alone on an island in the Atlantic and will be working as a psychiatrist to drones. How do I know this? Well, I just spent five minutes talking to my future self.