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“How VR gave us beer goggles, but not as we know them” plus 1 more Medicine | The Guardian:


“How VR gave us beer goggles, but not as we know them” plus 1 more Medicine | The Guardian:

How VR gave us beer goggles, but not as we know them

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 04:20 AM PDT

Virtual reality is a fast expanding market – from pubs to medicine, forward-thinking entrepreneurs are testing its limits

Virtual reality (VR) has finally come of age and a diverse array of new businesses have recently set up to capitalise on this rapidly expanding market. From 'beer goggles' that aim to improve the experience of having a pint, to an app that lets medical students 'sit-in' on operations, entrepreneurs are exploring the possibilities VR presents.

Forecasts from Deloitte suggest that 2016 will be VR's "first billion dollar" year, with hardware sales hitting $700m and the remainder coming from content.

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ME affects four times as many women as men. Is that why we’re still disbelieved? | Nathalie Wright

Posted: 27 Sep 2016 03:45 AM PDT

Sexism is part of the reason why people with ME struggle to get diagnosed and treated. We need more funding for research into this disabling condition

Today friends and families of people with myalgic encephalopathy (ME) are taking to the streets of cities around the world to call for more funding for medical research and education about ME. I am joining them at the London demonstration of the Millions Missing campaign, outside the Department of Health.

Many ME patients are too ill to take part the global day of action, so instead they will leave pairs of shoes in public places as a visual symbol of the millions of lives gone unlived, jobs undone, relationships never formed by people with the disease.

In my 20s, I faced a life in which I was unable to work, or even walk to the other side of the street

GPs continue to treat many people with ME as though it were a mental illness, referring patients for CBT and exercise

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