Outlook

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    The medical benefits of bringing artificial intelligence to eye care outweigh the risks, says Aaron Lee.

    • Aaron Lee
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    Pregnancy can affect the eye, but the recommendation that short-sighted women have a caesarean section to protect their vision is outdated and unnecessary.

    • Julianna Photopoulos
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    Smartphone apps and peripherals that simplify the diagnosis of sight problems could help doctors to reach billions of people in low-income countries.

    • Andrada Fiscutean
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    People’s reliance on sight gives ophthalmology research a special importance to society.

    • Sujata Gupta
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    Quantum dots, which have potential uses in medical imaging and solar cells, could be made with help from the polyphenols found in tea leaves.

    • Neil Savage
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    Genetic studies of today’s tea plants are providing clues to how the plant was first domesticated.

    • Liam Drew
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    Researchers are discovering how the ingredients in a cup of tea can lift mood, improve focus and perhaps even ward off depression and dementia.

    • Natasha Gilbert
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    International efforts to enhance the quality of tea are falling short of their potential — mainly because of the way that research is conducted in countries that dominate tea production.

    • Jeff Bennetzen
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    Changes in temperature and rainfall patterns can affect the growing season, flavour and health benefits of tea.

    • Anna Nowogrodzki
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    Researchers are uncovering the biological secrets — and potential health benefits — of one of the world’s most consequential plants.

    • Herb Brody
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    Gene tinkering opens the door to treatments for an array of diseases

    • Herb Brody
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    Anti-seizure medication doesn’t work in every person with epilepsy. But a treatment option is emerging that would spare the need for brain surgery.

    • Liam Drew
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    Gene therapy could one day be used for bodily enhancement, creating an ethical minefield for physicians, says Ellen Wright Clayton.

    • Ellen Wright Clayton
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    Insertion of genetic information can prompt the body to make antibody-based drugs, offering a fresh approach to treating diseases such as influenza, as well as infections like HIV.

    • Amanda Keener
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    The hope of gene therapy could be crushed by its financial burden unless there are more rational ways of paying for it, says Michael Sherman.

    • Michael Sherman
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    An explosion in information technology is remaking the world, leaving few aspects of society untouched.

    • Richard Hodson
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    A growing proportion of global culture exists only online, presenting a challenge to those tasked with maintaining the historical record.

    • Sedeer el-Showk
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    More robotics and artificial intelligence in the workplace doesn’t have to destroy your job.

    • Michael Segal
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    If the digital revolution is to democratize knowledge, it must include the voices of marginalized communities, say Anasuya Sengupta, Siko Bouterse and Kira Allmann.

    • Anasuya Sengupta
    • , Siko Bouterse
    •  & Kira Allmann
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    Skin-like electronics that stretch and sense will create a way to monitor vital signals and build prosthetics with a sense of touch.

    • Katherine Bourzac
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    Each person’s skin carries a unique population of microbes that might help to protect skin from infection, or increase its vulnerability.

    • Emily Sohn
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    As a multifaceted organ, skin provides the body with protection from infection and the environment, as well as sensory capabilities.

    • Lauren Gravitz
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    Skin regeneration is impeded by a host of factors. Working out the part played by each could lead to fresh approaches to treating burns and scars.

    • Cassandra Willyard
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    Eating well could be better for skin health than applying lotions and potions. But which vitamins and nutrients will yield the healthiest glow?

    • Sarah DeWeerdt
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    The skin is the body’s largest organ and has several, diverse functions. As well as being a physical barrier, it has immune and sensory properties.

    • Julie Gould
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    New treatments are taking aim at blood cancers that exploit the immune system.

    • Herb Brody
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    Researchers are closing in on vaccines to prevent or treat lymphomas and other cancers triggered by the Epstein–Barr virus.

    • Claire Ainsworth
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    A therapeutic approach in which a person’s immune cells are genetically recoded to enable them to target their cancerous cousins is helping people whose disease is beyond the reach of existing treatments.

    • Bianca Nogrady
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    The last resort for many people with lymphoma is to have a stem-cell transplant — a procedure that often leads to the body rejecting the therapy.

    • Kat Arney
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    Numerous treatment options have emerged for lymphomas, but there are still considerable challenges to be tackled to increase the chances of long-term survival.

    • Michael Eisenstein
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    Treatments for Hodgkin’s lymphoma can inflict a toll on the body that is felt for decades to come.

    • Michael Eisenstein