Of Brown Eyes and Blue: Who is True?

“Brown-eyed men appear more trustworthy than blue eyed men”, Anthony read out the newspaper headlines aloud, slyly looking at his brother David through the corner of his eye. He smiled to himself as it had the desired effect. A curious David immediately looked away from the TV and grabbed the newspaper from Anthony’s hand, “What rubbish! Show it to me. Haven’t you heard of the phrase ‘blue eyed boy’?” David has always been very proud of his blue eyes that set him apart from everybody, especially his brother. How could this be? What was this new research?

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In The Blink Of An Eye

Ever wondered why we blink our eyes?

eye blinking

Ophthalmologists say that it is so that our cornea (outer layer of the eye) gets cleansed and moistened by the secretions of the tear glands.
But then, adequate lubrication is provided if one blinks 2 to 4 times every minute. Whereas, in reality, we blink about 15-20 times every minute!

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Researchers Give Sight to Blind Mice

Researchers in UK have managed to pull off a feat wherein completely blind mice had their sight restored. In the study, headed by Prof Robert MacLaren conducted at the University of Oxford, mice were chosen who were blind due to severe human retinitis pigmentosa. There was total loss of the light sensitive cells in the retina (called as photoreceptor cells) which prevented the mice from even differentiating between light and dark. These mice’s eyes were injected with precursor cells. Precursor cells are those cells that are midway between stem cells and fully specialised retinal cells, i.e. they are on an initial path towards developing into cells of the retina.

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Aspirin: In the Eye of the Storm?

Aspirin. If there ever were a celebrity amongst all medicines, this would probably be it. Which other drug can boast of a history like the following:

• Was used as a currency in South America in the last century during times of Hyperinflation. As the actual currency had become next to worthless, a few tablets of this valuable analgesic would be handed out as change.
• In 1950, this entered the Guinness Book of Records as the highest selling drug product.
• This drug has even been to space! It has been on all the Apollo rockets that NASA has sent to the moon.

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Rendezvous with a Squint Surgeon

Advice. One of the few things people give abundantly for free. Could it be because they do not use it themselves?

Mrs. Rao faced an inundation of advice when it came to her kid’s squint. Not sure whose recommendations to rely on, or whom to look for guidance, she decided that meeting a child eye doctor who specialised in squint or strabismology was her safest bet.

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The Magical Stem Cells

Aladdin rubbed the lamp and poof! A strange mist enveloped Aladdin. Out from the mist emerged a genie who said, “Your wish is my command”.
Did you know that there is a similar genie in our body? There are cells in our body called stem cells which have the ability to turn into cells of any special type. Your liver requires new liver cells? Voila! ‘Your wish is my command’ say the stem cells and produce cells which look and work like your liver cells. Did you say you wanted new skin cells? ‘Sure, why not!’ Not only can they turn into other specialised cells, they also continue to divide for longer periods of time.

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Diwali: Delight for the Eyes

“I’m better! There is no one more colourful than me. What’s more, I ensure the safety of the kids too” the sparkler vehemently argued.

“What rubbish!” the bomb was his usual boisterous self, “I am the best. Who else can give you the adventurous rush of adrenaline better than me, eh?”

“You mean, dodgy adventure right? You are one treacherous fellow” alleged the rocket. “I have seen your ways… There are times when you don’t go off on time and just wait for someone to come and poke their face exactly above you when you go boom!”

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Beware of the Stealth of Glaucoma!

The wild life presents an interesting variety… Some animals like the wolves hunt with a bang. They chase their prey viciously and kill instantly. There are others like the African Viper snake that hangs by its tail from trees utilising its green colour to resemble vines. It eyes its prey and stays there very silently and stealthily until it finally catches its prey unawares and makes a meal of it!

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An Eye Opening Experience

“What rubbish! It obviously sounds too good to be true.”, I sceptically told my neighbour, Mrs. Patil. I had become a sort of guardian angel to Mrs. Patil over the years. Every other day, she would excitedly come to me with some new offer or scheme and I would nonchalantly bring to her notice the loopholes that had fallen through the cracks. This time Mrs. Patil had come to me with a newspaper advertisement of an eye hospital. “For heaven’s sake!” I said, “How can you trust any Tom, Dick or Harry with your cataract?” And so, as usual, even though I had promised myself I would stop doing this, I found myself accompanying Mrs. Patil to this new eye hospital, she was going gaga about. I had wanted to get rid of my glasses since a long time, but I was sure that I would not be experimenting at a new place.

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