Microchips, Coffee, and Loneliness
If this is true, and the source is reliable, then it smacks of a medical revolution.
“American scientists implanted a microchip in the brain to restore a person’s vision, reports Endgadget. A new development called FlatScope works on certain areas of the brain and helps the blind to see.
The device monitors and fires the neurons that are responsible for the reception of visual information. Experts expect that with the help of microchips it’ll be possible to not only restore vision, but also hearing.”
It’s hard to say what the phrase “helps the blind to see” means. So are they blind or not?
I wonder how they will fight against cataracts in the future… Maybe they’ll just introduce a chip that calculates distortions in the cloudy lens and corrects them. Not to mention LASIK. However, not everyone will want their skull cracked open for this, and who knows if it will have unpredictable effects – for example, heal the cataracts but lead to hallucinations.
Coffee, after all, prolongs life
American scientists conducted research on 190,000 volunteer coffee lovers and found that coffee reduces mortality from a variety of causes, according to the UCLA website. The full text of the study was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine (although I did not check it out; I haven’t the time).
Among the volunteers were African-Americans, Americans of Japanese descent, whites, and Latinos, ages 45 to 75.
The average follow-up period was 16 years. At the conclusion of the study, around 60,000 of those people died. The majority (36%) died of cardiovascular disease, and 31% of cancer. But not to worry.
Here’s the results. Consumption of one cup of coffee per day reduced mortality by 12% from all causes. And three cups – 18%. I drink two and a half, or in other words one pot.
“Coffee has many antioxidants and phenolic compounds that play a role in the prevention of cancer,” reports a co-author of the study. But all these magic words explain very little. The fact of the matter is that humanity isn’t stupid. Seeing that we invented such a noble drink, we knew what we were doing, although we didn’t suspect the real reason behind it.
Loneliness, a terrible beast?
Psychologists from Brigham Young University, one of the top thousand best universities in the world, identified the greatest threat to mankind – loneliness and social isolation.
According to the data, around a million residents of the US, older than 45, suffer from chronic loneliness. “According to the 2014 census, more than a quarter of the population lives alone and more than half are not married.” No children, either.
It is reported that these specialists studied the results of 147 scientific works, in which over 300,000 volunteers participated.
Compilation isn’t a bad method. You draw a bath, read other people’s studies, and make bold conclusions.
Psychologists say that strong social ties help to reduce early mortality rates by 50%. Makes me wonder what the chances are of getting a government grant for being too lonely. Although I personally do not suffer from loneliness, I do suffer from a lack of money, but when it comes to loneliness I actually like it. However, I am sure there’s some kind of research that shows a connection between the two.
What really affects mood terribly, though, and your overall condition (including financial), is all kinds of visual impairment. We already wrote about vision and mood, but here’s what I have to say… Sometimes I find myself in the middle of running an unpleasant errand, and suddenly I’ll see something incredible with my left eye, which was fixed at BEI. Now it can see things that the right eye only dreams about, and that level of vision makes me feel happy. Beauty is a true power (see LASIK). As far as my right eye goes, however, that ship has sailed. Another doctor screwed it up and it’s unfixable now.
Good doctors and close friends are few and far between, so we need to hang onto them.