Bionic Eye Implants now Allow Blind People to Read

Researchers have made a breakthrough in restoring the ability to read for blind people with the speed they were formerly accustomed to, by using a “bionic eye” implant to transmit Braille patterns directly on to patients’ retinas.

The successful trial was carried out using a device called Argus II, which allows patients suffering from Continue reading

Computer, Read my Lips

Emotion detector developed using a genetic algorithm

A computer is being taught to interpret human emotions based on lip pattern, according to research published in the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence and Soft Computing. The system could improve the way we interact with computers and perhaps Continue reading

Getting a Grip on Childhood Obesity

American adults are overweight and obese, which is a huge problem for our healthcare system, tax dollars, productivity and quality of life. But the fact that our kids are increasingly obese means we may be dooming the next generation to an unhappy lifetime of chronic disease. We have to take action now to halt the juvenile obesity epidemic, or the consequences will be tragic.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), “Obesity now affects 17 percent of all children and adolescents in the United States — triple the rate from just one generation ago.” That 17 percent equates to 12.5 million obese children, ages 2 to 19.

In its 2011 “Children’s Food Environment State Indicator Report,” the CDC blames a good part of this problem on the serving and advertising of “sugar drinks and less healthy foods on school campuses.” Ads sell junk foods to kids, while parents feed their children what they ask for instead of providing balanced meals. Added to that, kids are eating supersized portions of foods containing too much sugar and fat.

If we consider the alarming numbers of inner-city children with weight problems, it’s obvious that kids don’t get enough exercise and don’t have access to safe places to play. Even for those interested in outdoor activity, finding a safe place or even getting to one is an issue. In its “State Indicator Report on Physical Activity,  Continue reading

Read This Before You Go on a Diet

Your body loves micronutrients. It doesn’t need a lot of these essential dietary elements — trace amounts are enough. But without these small amounts, you’re in for all sorts of health problems, including added weight. Research has shown micronutrient deficiency to be scientifically linked to a higher risk of obesity and other diseases dangerous to your health.

In the latest health news, a study performed at the Department of Nutritional Research and Education in North Venice, Florida, shows that many popular diets are low in micronutrients — in other words, they may not be helping people to shed extra pounds at all.

The U.S. researchers noted Continue reading