Monday, September 16, 2019 11:32 AM
When someone says "art," what do you think of? For many people, the answer likely includes some form of visual arts—paintings, photographs, sculptures, maybe even dance or writing. But art is all-encompassing, and it can and should be accessible to everyone, including people with visual impairments. Last week, Americans for the Arts
, the nation's leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts in America, profiled a partnership
between High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, and Center for the Visually Impaired Georgia, which is bringing art and museum experiences to people with visual impairments. Head over to Americans for the Arts' blog
to read more about this special partnership, and the impact it has on visually impaired people.
Friday, September 13, 2019 2:49 PM
From Apple Watches to Fitbits to a good old pedoemeter, there are plenty of ways to monitor
your health at home. And now, there's a new way—through your toilet. According to Fast Company
, reseachers at the Rochester Institute of Technology are in the process of developing a smart toilet seat, which can be mounted on a regular toilet to monitor your heart health. Head over to Fast Company
to learn about the smart toilet from Nicholas Conn a research scientist in microsystems engineering at Rochester Institute of Technology involved in the project.
Thursday, September 12, 2019 10:26 AM
As World Alzheimer's Month, September is dedicated to raising awareness for and challening the stigma that surrounds Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's can be a devastating disease in so many ways—but many people don't think about the ways it affects vision in particular. To change this, Ontario Optometrists
has shared an infographic
that shows just how Alzheimer's can affect patient's vision—and why.
Wednesday, September 11, 2019 6:38 PM
This year, the highly anticipated Apple Event
brought us information about new iPhones, iPads, and the announcement
of three large scale health studies, which Apple plans to conduct in partnership with major health and research institutions. These studies include a Women's Health Study, in partnership with Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the NIH’s National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS); a Heart and Movement Study with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the American Heart Association; and a Hearing Study with the University of Michigan. Head over to Apple
to learn why the tech giant decided to take on these studies, and what the details of each study are.
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 2:13 PM
Eighteen years after September 11, 2001, people all around the world are still feeling the physical and emotional after effects. For first responders and other people close to the Twin Towers at the time of the collapse, health care remains a priority. In New York City, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygien
e has developed a dedicated 9/11 Health portal
, where those affected by 9/11 can get connected to the care they need. In addition, the page tracks the health impacts of 9/11 across various health conditions and areas. Take a look at the research, or get connected to care, here
Monday, September 9, 2019 11:57 AM
James O'Brien, who lost vision in his right eye afer an acid attack over 20 years ago, has regained his sight via a new surgery, the BBC reports
. O'Brien is the first patient to receive this new treatment, which involved using stem cells to replace the scar tissue over his eye. Head over to the BBC
to learn more about O'Brien's treatment, which took 10 months at London's Moorfields Eye Hospital
Friday, September 6, 2019 12:15 AM
NFL season has officially kicked off, and sports fans all around the country (and the world) are settling down for the 100th season of one of America’s most popular sports. Football games can be long, and being a fan can mean spending a lot of time looking at TV, exposing your eyes to harmful blue light, and straining to see properly. As the season gets underway, The Vision Council is reminding
us all to take care of our eyes during the game. Take a look at The Vision Council’s resources on digital eye strain
, which you can share with patients, family, and friends, or keep as a reminder to yourself this football season and beyond.
Wednesday, September 4, 2019 10:36 AM
Hurricane Dorian is still on its way. While many people who live in the southeastern United States are evacuating the storm, some are remaining in their homes. Either way, it's important to prepare your home before you leave or board up, in order to minimize damages and potential injuries. Because preparing for a hurricane can be overwhelming, the US Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC have shared
an infographic and list
to help those in the path of the storm. Before you go, make sure to bring in or secure any outdoor furniture you might have, move electronics and important documents to the highest level of the house to avoid or minimize flood damage, cover windows with plywood, trim dead limbs from any nearby trees, and ensure your car has gas. If you're staying at home, make sure to only run diesel generators outside, to avoid carbon monoxide poisioning, and bring your car indoors if possible. Head over to the CDC
to check out the infographic, and read more about preparing for Hurricane Dorian.
Tuesday, September 3, 2019 9:38 AM
An unnamed 19-year-old from Bristol, in the United Kingdom, has lost his vision permanently due to a nearly lifelong diet
of fries, chips, white bread, meat, and other processed snacks, The Guardian
reports. The teen suffers from an eating disorder called Arfid, or avoidant restrictive food intake disorder, which makes him unable to stomach the texture of fruits or vegetables. According to The Guardian
, the teen's diet, which is extremely low in B-12 and other vital nutrients, has led to nutritional optic neuropathy, damaging fibers in his optic nerve. Head over to The Guardian
to learn more about this eating disorder, and to hear from the teen's family.
Friday, August 30, 2019 11:03 AM
As we move into the height of hurricane season and prepare for one of the first big storms of this season to make landfall in the United States, there are a few things to keep in mind. Lots of what happens in regards to hurricanes is up to chance, but that doesn't make it any less important to be prepared. In advance of Hurricane Dorian, Forbes
has put together a list
of six facts to keep in mind that may help you prepare. Head over to Forbes
to learn more about the storm, and stay safe.
Thursday, August 29, 2019 2:54 PM
Earlier this week, Costco opened it's very first store in China. The store, located in China's commercial capital, Shanghai, was met
with more excitement than anticipated—in fact, The Wall Street Journal
reports, it was pure chaos. With a three hour wait just to find a parking spot, the Costco was forced to close early on its opening day. Head over to The Wall Street Journal
to learn more about Costco's first day in China, and what it might tell us about American and Chinese retail markets.
Wednesday, August 28, 2019 3:43 PM
In a blog post
shared this week, Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., director of the National Institutes of Health, shared
some of the experimental work happening within the NIH-led Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative to restore vision in patients with age-related macular degeneration. This new research doesn't involve trying to repair the eye; instead researchers are trying to "recreate the light-recording function of the retina within the brain itself." Head over to Dr. Collins' blog
to see a video that shows how this groundbreaking research works.
Tuesday, August 27, 2019 11:13 AM
When it comes to technology, we really are living in the future. The robot butlers we all once dreamt of are a reality now: in our homes and in the stores, libraries, and other public places we frequent. But interacting with a robot can feel strange, sometimes, especially if you need to speak to it. Recently, as Fast Company reports
, the central Oodi library in Helsinki, Finland, found that some of their patrons were having trouble with their new robot, which they brought in to help librarians out. Minja Axelsson, a roboticist at Futurice who designed, coded, and tested the central Oodi library's robot, told Fast Company
that patrons couldn't quite relate to the robot as "a social object," and that children would climb or jump on it, too. In the end, a simple, but unexpected addition solved this problem: a set of googly eyes, stuck on the robot's front. Head over to Fast Company
to learn why a set of eyes made this robot so much easier for humans to interact with and trust, and how eyes change the way we think.
Monday, August 26, 2019 10:11 AM
There are few sights more comforting than coming home to your dog. For lots of us, dogs are the lights of our lives: loving, welcoming, family members that enrich our day-to-days, and for lots of dogs, their humans fill the same role. Yesterday, dog lovers all around the world celebrated National Dog Day with selfies, trips to the dog park, pupcakes, and a little bit of education about how our furry friends see the world. To mark National Dog Day, Prevent Blindness shared
some interesting facts from PetMD
about dogs' eyes, and what their eyes can tell us about their overall health.
Friday, August 23, 2019 3:16 PM
It's easy to let our sleep schedules slip after a weekend. Whether it's staying up late to watch something like SNL or sleeping in for breakfast in bed, weekends and days off often present us with easy opportunities to mess up our sleep schedules. But is having a regimented sleep schedule that important, really? And what happens if we mess it up? And how long do we really need to sleep each night? The answers to these questions vary from person to person, but the National Institute of Heath
has some good guidelines worth following. Head over to the NIH
to see how much sleep you should be getting, and why getting that amount is so important for your overall health and wellness.