Blindness in the News – April 28, 2017

“Blindness in the News” for the week ending Friday, April 28, 2017.

A weekly compilation of news stories highlighting items of interest about people who are blind, visually impaired and disabled.

1. IBM Uses Deep Learning to Better Detect a Leading Cause of Blindness
By: Stephanie Condon

IBM has invested a significant amount in cognitive technology in the health care sector in order to focus on medical imaging analysis.  In a recent breakthrough, their researchers have found a highly accurate and timely method to classify severity of diabetic retinopathy in patients, which is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S.

Source: ZDNet | Read Here

2.  Mexico Eliminates Infectious Disease Which Is Leading Cause of Blindness
By: Bethia Kwak

Trachoma is an infectious eye disease that still prevails in 41 countries.  Mexico is now the third country to receive WHO validation of being completely eliminated.  Caused by bacteria, repeated infections can cause vision loss.  Mexico began the Trachoma Prevention and Control Program back in 2004 to combat the issue.

Source: NBC News | Read Here

3. What Do Blind People Dream?
By: Zac Thompson

Because dreams typically play out in a highly visual context, it can be hard to understand what someone with a visual disability may dream.  While a person may not experience clear visual aspects, their other senses can be heightened.  They dream in very similar scenarios, but the dreams play out in the way they navigate the real world.

Source: Huffington Post | Read Here

4. Women Face Higher Risk of Blindness Than Men
By:  Press Release

Studies have shown that women tend to suffer more from a number of common eye diseases than men.  Reasons why may include longer life spans, social and economic factors, and hormone related experiences such as pregnancy and menopause.   This article reviews five steps for women to take preventative measure.

Source: PR Newswire | Read Here

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