As a terribly nearsighted writer, I am sometimes envious of people who don't need glasses, or who wear them conditionally for minor needs. My dad has 20/20 vision and I can't even drive well because of my vision. My poor kid inherited my sight as well. So the idea of contact lenses that let you zoom in on things makes me so excited--not just for me, but especially for my teenager.
Electro shock therapy sounds like something out of a torture movie rather than the tool it's been used as for centuries in the mental health field. Without a doubt, it's been used for that purpose, inflicting damage into many people's minds, but some argue that when used judiciously, it can have benefits.
With every week comes new and interesting health news. Recently there were some really cool health news stories about positive changes and inventions, such as...
Blue blocking sunglasses: these can help you sleep better at night, and in an age when we are all spending to much time on screens, we could all definitely use something like this.
The more tech we use, the more we tend to underestimate how much of our data is being collected, shared and saved for "research purposes." While I'm not a total conspiracy theorist who thinks everything being recorded is to help control the masses, I do think there are major concerns that we just don't truly consider when we willingly share our information.
According to theoretical physicist Michio Kaku, humans should just go ahead and merge with robots because in 100 years or less they may be smart enough to take humanity over. He also says that aliens have probably already developed this kind of technology, too. There's some positive news for you today!
We all know that when it comes to taking care of our home, the Earth, we can ALL do better, and that we really must do better if we want to continue living here. This week I read that there's a bunch of lead in many American schools, which should make us all quite uneasy, to say the least. I remember throwing away my Harry Potter bookends just because I was afraid my two-year-old might lick them after I saw them on a lead paint recall!
The more we research vaccines and how many people are against getting them, the more outraged I feel. The TED Talk I linked to there gives a good summary of the issue at hand as well as why so many parents, including highly educated parents (including Ben Franklin, who later regretted his decision), are reluctant to vaccinate or even refuse to do so.
It's so embarrassing to see the myths we perpetuated as kids debunked on the Internet sometimes, isn't it? Some of us will fight to the death to proclaim Pluto's planetary status or that the Great Wall of China is visible from space but the fact remains that humans are proven wrong every day. We really shouldn't be embarrassed, though; instead, we should be open to learning from mistakes and moving forward.
Are you one of those people who scoff at putting up your Christmas tree well before Thanksgiving, demanding to wait until after the holiday to erect your tree? Me, too. I like to wait so I don't get sick of the decorations after they've been up for more than a month. A month, for me, is a good limit to all decorations, Halloween, Christmas or whatever.
There have been some really interesting developments in terms of stress on the brain lately. Not only have we learned that stress changes the actual cellular makeup of the brain, but in female rodents some social interaction will actually help reverse the effects of the stress. If true in humans, this confirms that friendship is an important part of health, although it did not appear to be the same for male mice.