Pressing public health problems rarely have easy and affordable solutions. In the case of diabetic retinopathy — a complication of diabetes melitus that can lead to blindness — myriad factors, from too many patients and too few health care providers to the cost and accessibility of routine car, keep millions of diabetics from getting an annual eye exam to screen for the disease. Researchers from the University of Tennessee hope to change that.
Juan Carlos de la Llera is no stranger to the sight of toppled bookshelves, broken windows and crumbled buildings. At five years old, he experienced his first earthquake — the first of many. De la Llera lives in Chile, a country that’s endured more than a dozen earthquakes of 7.0 or higher on the Richter scale during the past 20 years. “My whole life was surrounded by earthquakes,” says De la Llera, Ph.D. “But from all my memories of these events, they were nothing like the one in 2010.”
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