Category Archives: Education

Hispanics at Increased Risk of Eye Disease

Hispanics at Increased Risk of Eye Disease

People of various ethnic groups may be more vulnerable to the effects of certain eye diseases. For example, Hispanics often experience much higher rates of eye disease than their Caucasian counterparts. Hispanics can take precautions to prevent vision loss.   Hispanic Americans are especially vulnerable to three serious eye diseases. Since the early 2000s, population… Continue Reading

Five Misconceptions about Homelessness

Five Misconceptions about Homelessness

An article in the July 2017 Washington Post, reported people who support efforts to help those experiencing homelessness often advocate for policies that may make it more difficult for them to lift themselves out of poverty. A 2014 study mentioned in the article showed while voters have chosen to fund initiatives designed to help the… Continue Reading

Understanding Childhood Glaucoma

Understanding Childhood Glaucoma

Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in the United States and around the world. More than 3 million people in the US are currently living with the condition, which often strikes with no symptoms until noticeable vision loss has occurred. While glaucoma is widely considered to be a health concern primarily among older adults,… Continue Reading

Three Major Problems We Need to Address to Reduce Homelessness in the U.S.

Three Major Problems We Need to Address to Reduce Homelessness in the U.S.

The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world on a per capita basis. The nation’s current annual GDP is trending at more than $19 trillion for 2018 with a population of around 325 million people. Despite this significant wealth, an increasing number of people in the country are experiencing homelessness. According… Continue Reading

MIT’s Commitment to Convergence in Healthcare

MIT’s Commitment to Convergence in Healthcare

As the technology and medical sectors continue to intersect in 2018, concepts central to the idea of Convergence in Healthcare have been featured in many major news articles. While only a limited number directly reference the Convergence in Healthcare movement itself, few of the major medical achievements in the last several years would have been… Continue Reading

Three Eye Diseases Disproportionately Affecting African-Americans

Three Eye Diseases Disproportionately Affecting African-Americans

The likelihood of contracting an eye disease depends on a variety of internal and external factors. A person’s family background can have a direct impact on the probability of developing certain illnesses affecting vision. Unfortunately, the diversity of people in the US does not accurately reflect the diversity of the country’s health research subjects. As… Continue Reading

Three Attributes to Know about Blindness

Three Attributes to Know about Blindness

There are many terms used by the United States medical community to describe people affected by blindness. Though each person’s experience is unique, all individuals affected by different forms of eye conditions leading to blindness are forced to adapt to a world developed and driven by people who are sighted. Most of what people who… Continue Reading

How Convergence Could Save New Mothers and their Babies

How Convergence Could Save New Mothers and their Babies

In 2018, U.S. periodicals have drawn attention to the fact that the United States, a pillar of scientific innovation in the global community, has the highest rate of maternal death of any country in the developed world.   Maternal Deaths and Infant Mortality in Developing Countries According to the World Health Organization, women in developing… Continue Reading

Convergent Research Leads to Breakthrough in Fight against Mosquitoes

Convergent Research Leads to Breakthrough in Fight against Mosquitoes

In 2016, academics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) published a white paper providing the scientific community with a thorough explanation of the Convergence in Healthcare movement. Besides illuminating the ways in which convergence is already benefitting the medical sector, the report also included specific examples of pressing healthcare needs that could be met… Continue Reading