But what does a person feel who was born with normal vision and maybe even connected his work to painting or design, in which good taste cannot exist without vision?
My "experiment" has been going on for two weeks. I lost sight on my right eye completely, so whether I’m on the subway, outside or in the kitchen (which unexpectedly turned out to be the most challenging), I have to rely on my left eye, not to mention that I wear glasses. I must reassure our readers that the doctors have with time my vision should come back.
This health problem in my case is caused by multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects the central nervous system and the brain. Lymphocytes, the defense cells of our body that normally protect us from getting sick, start destroying neurons in their own brain, and depending on what the attacked neuron was responsible for, sensitivity is lost in an arm or a leg, vision may suffer, etc, etc.
This week I have accumulated a small selection on the topic. Here’s what I was able to learn about the achievements in researching multiple sclerosis:
July 20th Brain magazine described new antibodies that can block the blood-brain barrier and thus not let cells into the brain. After trying the drug on mice suffering from multiple sclerosis, paralysis stopped progressing.
Here’s a study, done by Nature Communications. The team of Dr. Michael Keough hypothesized that myelin, which wraps around neurons (the thing that gets destroyed by white blood cells) is capable of regenerating quickly. What’s left is to block the substances, slowing down recovery. It was too expensive to do the research, not enough funding. A lucky chance turned up on a ski resort, where the doctor received an injury, resulting in him meeting his future research partners. It's great to be adorable and remember your goal in any situation!
This is a serious technical article, hang in there. The authors taught a neural net to identify the affected parts of the brain and segment them according to the degree of damage. As data they used three-dimensional MRI images (Magnetic Resonance Imaging). To put it differently, they seriously eased the burden of a radiologist, i.e. instead of the doctor spending hours on trying to discover the affected brain areas and their description, all that remains is to ensure the compliance of the images.
The research of neural regeneration will continue to develop, that’s obvious. The only question is who will be the first to learn to do it at the required level. And, who knows, maybe the one who succeeds is reading this text at this very moment and smiling =)