WBH Science Week – Edition 11

What's Inside

  • Amazon Web Services partners on AI solutions for river blindness
  • Blind people less likely to get good healthcare
  • And, 2 more articles about the science and medicine of blindness and blind people

Editorial By Chris Hofstader

There's very little I can say about this week's edition of our science digest this week as it only contains four articles. It was a very slow week for news about the blind, likely due to the holiday in the US. We gather stories from all over the world but this week there just weren't many science and medicine articles that would be of interest to our readers. We don't make the news, we curate it and present it nicely for our readers so a slow week is entirely out of our control.

Science and Medicine

Capgemini develops new AI solution to advance the treatment of River Blindness

A team of experts at Capgemini, in collaboration with University Hospital Bonn and Amazon Web Services, has developed an artificial intelligence (AI) model that will accelerate the speed of clinical trials aiming to establish new treatments for River Blindness, a neglected tropical disease which affects over 20 million people globally. This story comes to us from: Capgemini.

Visually impaired people less likely to access health care, CDC says

Blindness and vision loss are among the top 10 disabilities among adults in the United States. But a new analysis by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests people with impaired vision aren’t getting the health care they need.
The study, published in the CDC journal Preventing Chronic Disease, examines 2018 data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, which collects information from 400,000 U.S. adults each year. About 5 percent of the people surveyed in 2018 reported blindness or serious difficulty seeing even with glasses.
The analysis shows disparities between people with vision impairment and their counterparts without vision problems. They reported significant health differences: 50.2 percent said they had fair or poor general health compared with just 16.8 percent of those who didn’t report vision problems. This story comes to us from: The Washington Post.

[Neuralink Co-Founder's New Rival Company Requires No Hole-Drilling In Skulls][14]

Editor: If Elan Musk is going to lose the top people at his newer acquisitions, he's going to have a lot of trouble making them succeed. He's CEO of Tesla, SpaceX and now Twitter; I'm starting to wonder what a CEO does all day if he can have three big ones and his other holdings as well. You can't hold three full time jobs at Walmart, how can you be the top guy at more than one large company at a time?

Remember when Elon Musk pitched Neuralink as the future of brain computer interfaces? That dream started to crack a little last year when Neuralink's former president, Max Hodak left the company.
Now, his rival company has $160 in total funding, and a promising new device – the Science Eye – "an advanced optogenetic visual prosthesis for patients with serious blindness due to photoreceptor loss. This story comes to us from: Indiatimes.com.

Value of simulation-based training for cataract surgery highlighted in new articles in Indian Journal of Ophthalmology

HelpMeSee medical officers partner with Aravind Eye Care System and LV Prasad … simulation-based training to help eradicate cataract blindness. This story comes to us from: Yahoo Finance.

In commemoration of World Diabetes Day, Medical Expert Sheds Light on Disorder

Diabetes complications include increased susceptibility to infections, heart disease, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower limb amputations. This story comes to us from: THISDAYLIVE.


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