First Patient May Be Fully Cured of HIV

This great news comes from the U.K., where a trial treatment appears to have  eradicated even dormant HIV cells from a man’s blood. http://www.hngn.com/articles/210057/20161005/world-first-patient-cured-hiv.htm

The study is still in its early stages and will not be able to describe participants as “cured” until extensive follow-up has taken place.

Amazing new glasses to make color-blindness a thing of the past!

This is some positive news that has direct benefits for my family. My husband was first diagnosed with color blindness as a child. He could never distinguish between blue, purple and pink or between red and orange. When I met him, he only wore gray, brown, black and white because he was worried that if he tried anything else he would clash.

Earlier this year, Enchroma came out with these glasses that “enhance color perception by separating light into its primary spectral components.” What I think is particularly amazing about this is that it treats virtually all forms of color blindness in one amazing product.

When my husband put them on, he was at first struck speechless. He had never experienced the world with such vividness before. He had never realized that our two daughters wore so much pink and now he sees why they like it. 🙂

While people often make light of color blindness, it actually can impact an individual’s ability to function in an increasingly complex and color-reliant world (think of color-coded charts, colored text, stop lights, etc. ). Now the color blind no longer have to wonder what they’re missing and can experience the visual world in all its fullness and beauty.

Here is a pic of my hubby trying on his glasses for the first time. 🙂

 

The Ozone Layer Shows Signs of Repairing Itself

 

Just ran across this little slice of hope from a LiveScience article earlier this year, available at http://www.livescience.com/55250-antarctic-ozone-hole-healing.html

Apparently the multinational Montreal Protocol to ban chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) back in 1987 has contributed to “reduced amounts of ozone depleting compounds,” and a marked decrease in the size of the ozone hole over the South Pole. This is evidence of well-intended and targeted efforts on a global scale having real and positive results for our planet.

Nationals Park “an urban development triumph.”

Nationals Park has become an urban development triumph. 

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OK, I’m  biased here because this is my neighborhood, but it’s awesome to see so much effort into rebuilding a neighborhood on its way to success!!!! And great to get some recognition for it.

Go Nats!!

Man, I love those guys. They are SO fun to watch. And they were SO sweet when my daughter broke her arm. While I’m on the topic of the Nats, props to Ryan Zimmerman who last fall donated a first-rate Little League field to DC Little League, and the Nats also donated uniforms for the Little Leaguers. (Here’s a pic of the field dedication ceremony with Zimmerman and Screech!! Nats Coach Dusty Baker is there too.)

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Ice Bucket Challengers Fund an ALS Breakthrough

The Ice Bucket Challenge Actually Funded an ALS Breakthrough! (July 27, 2016)

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The power of social media used for a great cause! We got so many laughs and good times from this challenge and it actually led to a scientific breakthrough that will improve the lives of ALS sufferers and their families. So great job to all the ordinary men, women and children who contributed to this medical success story!

Giant Pandas No Longer Endangered! Hurray!

It’s official: giant pandas are no longer endangered

September 12, 2016

I love this story because humans have actually saved another species from near-extinction! According to this article, the Chinese government’s forest conversation efforts are in large part responsible for the resurgence of the panda population. 🙂

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