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Heart disease and education link revealed – are YOU at risk?

Experts said the findings provide the strongest evidence so far that increasing the number of years that people spend in the education system may lower their risk of developing coronary heart disease by a substantial amount. The authors said: “Increasing the number of years that people spend in the educational system may lower their risk of subsequently developing coronary heart disease by ... Read More »

e results of the largest infectious disease study ever to be undertaken have revealed that 100 million people around the world are at risk of blindness from the infectious disease trachoma. Smartphones enabled organizers to ensure that data could be easily collected in even the most remote parts of the world and then subsequently transmitted for analysis. Image credit: Sightsavers/Tom ... Read More »

Smartphones enable the world’s largest disease study

The research project, which involved 2.6 million participants in 29 different countries, over a 3-year period, was made possible by the use of smartphone technology to help collect, log and transmit data from surveyors operating around the world. Dr. Caroline Harper, CEO of Sightsavers, says: “The biggest infectious disease mapping exercise in history, ‘The Global Trachoma Mapping Project,’ has been ... Read More »

Glaucoma: why are so many of us blind to this sight-stealing disease?

  aucoma is a primary cause of vision loss and blindness in the US, affecting around 2.7 million people – a number that is expected to reach 4.2 million by 2030. While severe glaucoma-related vision loss can often be prevented, there is one major barrier: around half of patients with the disease do not know they have it. Glaucoma can ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

US Olympic Committee creates infectious disease advice group

The United States Olympic Committee announced on Friday that it will create an Infectious Disease Advisory Group to help identify and establish best practices regarding the mitigation, assessment and management of infectious disease. “The health and safety of our athletes, and our entire delegation, is our top priority,” said USOC CEO Scott Blackmun in a statement. “I’m grateful to the ... Read More »