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Health security’s blind spot

The severity of this year’s influenza virus is a reminder of the daunting task facing the global health community as it struggles to prevent infectious diseases from sparking deadly epidemics. Today, yellow fever and cholera continue to spread in Africa, while Brazil is in the midst of a major yellow fever outbreak. It was only recently that Zika virus and ... Read More »

New Facebook tool lets blind people ‘see’ photos

Social media platforms may be a great way of telling the world about your life, but not everyone can appreciate these moments in full. Facebook is launching “automatic alternative text”; a tool that uses object recognition technology to identify and describe an image, so that visually impaired and blind people using screen readers will be able to hear—and therefore visualize—what’s ... 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 take ... Read More »

UPSC allows use of scribe for blind, cerebral-palsy affected candidates

The Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced that the candidates suffering from blindness, locomotor disability and cerebral palsy can use scribes to write civil services preliminary and main examination, this year. A compensatory time of twenty minutes per hour will be granted, as well. The candidates with locomotor disability and cerebral palsy where dominant (writing) extremity is affected to ... Read More »