Vision problems in space travelers inform eye health, disease research

nce Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human to orbit Earth in 1957, we have been learning how the human body changes under low gravity. The effects of space travel on muscle and bone, brain and nerves, heart and circulation, sleep, digestion and exercise, and many other body functions continue to be subjects of scientific discovery and investigation. The ... Read More »

What are the long-term implications for children with cancers affecting vision?

reat deal of emphasis is put on managing and removing childhood diseases as quickly and effectively as possible, and rightly so. Less attention is paid to the long-term health of a child who has been through substantial physical and mental trauma. Retinoblastoma accounts for 2-3% of all childhood cancers. A recent study, published in the journal Cancer, followed up patients ... Read More »

Stock market swoon stalls luxury home sales

Rampant volatility in the U.S. stock market is showing up in the high-end housing market. But as with all things real estate, the impact depends entirely on location. 2016 started with a severe stock swoon, and that had an outsized impact on homebuyers with a higher net worth. Historically, high-end housing suffers most in a market downturn. “As you go ... Read More »

Ford EcoSport gets cheaper by more than a lakh

The Ford EcoSport is cheaper now. Ford has announced a price cut for their most popular SUV, the EcoSport. Launched in 2013, the EcoSport had received a mid-life update at the end of 2015. The price cut seems to be largely inspired by the pricing offensive offered by its latest and prime competitor, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. Ford EcoSport ... Read More »

Pluck hair in a specific pattern to grow new hair: Hair six times thicker in mice

Quorum sensing in hair population regeneration is shown. Credit: Courtesy of Cheng-Ming Chuong If there’s a cure for male pattern baldness, it might hurt a little. A team led by USC Stem Cell Principal Investigator Cheng-Ming Chuong has demonstrated that by plucking 200 hairs in a specific pattern and density, they can induce up to 1,200 replacement hairs to grow ... Read More »

Volvo S90 India debut in 2016

Volvo, the Swedish car maker, has plans to bring their latest creation, the Volvo S90 sedan to India by the end of this year. The S90 is Volvo’s flagship sedan and had been launched globally in the end of 2015. The S90 gets the new Volvo trademark – Thor’s hammer LED headlamps and the moustache-like vertically slatted chrome grille. The ... Read More »

Parents start their kids’ online presence before they turn 2

Mark Mawson | Getty Images Social media and “sharenting” have created a new baby milestone: establishing an online presence. A whopping 92 percent of kids in the United States have an online identity by age 2, according to Time magazine. It also said that American parents share almost 1,000 photos of their kids by the time they turn 5. The ... Read More »

Yoga: downward dog increases eye pressure, risks for glaucoma patients

yoga is an ancient Indian practice that seeks to harmonize the body with the mind and breath through breathing techniques and physical postures. Though it has become a popular form of exercise in the Western world, a new study provides a point of caution, as its findings suggest certain poses increase eye pressure and present risks for individuals with glaucoma. ... Read More »

‘Smart’ lens could predict risk of glaucoma progression

Dr. C. Gustavo De Moraes, an associate professor of ophthalmology at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) in New York, NY, and colleagues reveal the success of the novel technology in the journal Ophthalmology. Glaucoma is a term for a group of conditions characterized by damage to the eye’s optic nerve, which can lead to vision loss. According to the Glaucoma ... Read More »

Amazon shares bounce on news of $5B buyback said Wednesday it may buy back up to $5 billion in stock over the coming years. Shares rose more than 2 percent in after-hours trading on the news. The company said the program does not have a set expiration time. Amazon said this buyback would replace a $2 billion authorization from 2010. As of Dec. 31 it had used ... Read More »