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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Health

Study of 188 countries finds burden of impaired vision falls hardest on developing nations

More than 36 million people worldwide are blind, while 217 million more have moderate to severe vision loss, and experts now report that they expect those numbers to surge.

By 2050, the researchers said, the number of blind people is likely to hit 115 million, with 588 million more having limited sight. The burden is greatest in developing nations, according to a study of data from 188 countries.

"With the number of people with vision impairment accelerating, we must take action to increase our current treatment efforts at global, regional and country levels," said study lead author Rupert Bourne. He is associate director of the Vision and Eye

Israeli researchers find link between blue light of electronic devices and suppression of the sleep hormone, melatonin.

It’s been known for a while now that exposure to short-wavelength “blue light” from our phone and tablet screens can harm our sleep. Apple introduced a feature called “Night Shift” in the latest operating system for the iPhone and iPad that cuts down the blue light in the evenings before bed. A popular add-on called F.lux does the same for desktop computers.

But researchers

Meta-analysis finds that among men from North America, Europe and Australia, sperm concentration has declined more than 50% in less than 40 years.

A groundbreaking meta-analysis of data collected between 1973 and 2011 has found that sperm concentration has declined by more than half among men from Western countries, with no sign of a “leveling off” in recent years. The study appears today in Human Reproduction Update.

The research — the first systematic review and meta-analysis of trends in

Suaad Abd-Elhadi’s new assay could pave the way for early diagnosis and improved treatment of the debilitating neurodegenerative disorder.

The exciting news coming out of Israel, that a scientist has developed a groundbreaking test to categorically detect Parkinson’s disease, is giving the medical and science worlds hope for the future.

Suaad Abd-Elhadi, a PhD student at the Institute for Medical Research Israel-Canada in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine, has developed

Study suggests body amplifies fatigue signals, even during periods of rest

Imagine if your muscles kept telling your brain you were exhausted, even when you were resting.

That's what it's like for those who struggle with chronic fatigue syndrome, and researchers suggest in a new report that they now know why.

The disorder may cause the body to amplify fatigue signals associated with physical activity, the researchers explained, which is why some patients become worn out just walking across a