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Draft National Policy on Sight-saving Drugs unacceptable

...lar degeneration is the third most common cause of blindness worldwide. It affects around 2.3% of over-65s in Europe. In the UK around 26,000 people develop it each year and 245,000 are blind or visually impaired because of it. After a thorough examination of published clinical trial data, DTB concludes that...

Deep Insights into Type2 Diabetes by Wesley Researchers

...ncluding heart disease, stroke, kidney disease and blindness . New Wesley Research Institute project aims to make it much easier for people to manager their Type 2 Diabetes by using community pharmacists. Chief investigator of the project, Mr David Brand of The Wesley Pharmacy, said this study had the potent...

Glaucoma can Be Cured by Oven Cleaner!

...und a cure for one of the worlds leading causes of blindness in an oven cleaner. Drops containing a substance commonly used to polish glass and remove grease could be used to treat glaucoma, claim researchers. University of Central Florida scientists report in the latest issue of the Journal of Physical C...

UK Suggestion for Restricted Use of Anti-AMD Drugs Draws Flak

...e NHS .TWENTY thousand people will be condemned to blindness each year if the "cruel" and "appalling" decision...rt of the retina called the macula and can lead to blindness in as little as three months. The two drugs are known as anti-VEGF drugs and they work by targeti...

Nanoparticle in the Treatment of Glaucoma

Glaucoma is an eye disease that can cause blindness and affects millions of people worldwide. The nanoparticle can safely get past the blood-brain barrier making it an effective non-toxic tool for drug delivery, said Sudipta Seal, an engineering professor with appointments in UCFs Advanced Materials ...

River Blindness Becoming Drug Resistant

...of independence this year, the fight against river blindness there also marks its half century. The really bad...sistance to the one drug used to treat it. River blindness is caused by a thin worm that's transmitted to humans by black flies. The worms can cause intense it...

Genetic Cause of Inherited Eye Diseases Identified

... the most basic level in these diseases that cause blindness and other disorders. Specifically, they have identified and measured the types and amounts of proteins in the light-sensing parts of the eyes retina. These light-sensitive structures, called photoreceptor sensory cilia, enable the rod and cone cell...

Wear Protective Sunglasses, Not Just for Style

... increase the risk of cataracts, which can lead to blindness later in life, they said. The researchers suggested a simple quality test before buying sunglasses: hold them at arm's length and tilt them slightly. Focus on an object in the distance, move them up and down and see if there is any distortion, esp...

Eating Fish Oil can Save Eyesight: Study

...y be enough to prevent the loss of vision and even blindness that sometimes afflict premature babies, a new study has shown. When researchers gave tiny doses of omega-3 fatty acids -- found in wild salmon, sardines, anchovies and other coldwater oily fish -- to mice with the eye disease retinopathy, the los...

Gene Therapy Awakens the Brain Despite Blindness from Birth

...ed," Aguirre said. "The traditional view is that blindness in infancy permanently alters the structure and fu... retinoid-visual cycle. The same mutation causes a blindness causing eye-retinal disorder in humans called Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). When the researche...

Early Indicator of Kidney Disease May Also Predict Risk of Pre-Diabetes

...se linked to heart disease,stroke, kidney failure, blindness and nerve damage. UB researchers report in the July 2007 issue of Diabetes Care that high levels of cystatin C were associated with a three-fold risk ofprogression to pre-diabetes in their study population. "It's important to identify people at r...

Many Elders in US Not Treated for Glaucoma

...ective medical therapies reduces patients risk for blindness due to glaucoma yet we found that many patients ar...n, glaucoma will continue to be a leading cause of blindness in older populations."...

Higher Intake of Fish and Vitamin D Reduces the Risk of Age-related Macular Disease

...riorates over time. It is the most common cause of blindness among older adults in the United States, affecting more than 7 million individuals older than 40 years, according to background information in the articles. The prevalence of AMD is likely to increase as the population ages. There is currently no kno...

Quality Improvement Effort Pays Off in Diabetes Care

...concluded, should reduce the lifetime incidence of blindness from 17 percent of patients down to 15 percent, of kidney failure from 18 down to 15 percent and of coronary artery disease from 28 to 24 percent. Next they tried to place a dollar value on the benefits of the programa longer life with fewer compli...

Researchers Use Gene Therapy to Restore Eyesight in Blind Mice

...onducted experiments on mice that had a hereditary blindness called achromatopsia. This disease affects eyesight by putting cone photoreceptors in the retina out of action. The disease not only causes almost complete color blindness, but also very poor central vision. As a part of the research the research...

Masimo SET Pulse Oximetry Technology Significantly Reduce the Risk of ROP

...of the most common causes of visual impairment and blindness in premature infants, ROP has been shown to be exacerbated by hyperoxia caused by the excessively high levels of supplemental oxygen often used to treat these patients, due in large part to unreliable oxygen level measurements from pulse oximeters no...

Gene Responsible for Blindness in Infants and Children Identified

...enital Amaurosis (LCA). LCA is a common congenital blindness in infants and small children. The study has been... identify all the genes responsible for congenital blindness in children and then study them so that we can then use gene therapy to rescue their vision. Worki...

Titan may Produce Glucose Watches Soon

... the risk of complications from diabetes including blindness and kidney disease. Rapid changes over an order of minutes could wreak havoc on the body, doctors say....

New Gene Discovery Raises Hope for Childhood Blindness Cure

...auses one of the most universal forms of inherited blindness in babies . Scientists at the University of Leed... to carry a mutation in the LCA5 gene, the risk of blindness in their children and grandchildren is still virtually zero as long as the other parent does not car...

World’s First Attempt To Restore Sight Using Gene Therap

...ung adults with LCA, a type of inherited childhood blindness caused by a single abnormal gene. Leber's Congenital Amaurosis is not a single specific disorder. It is the term used for a group of conditions that have in common, abnormality of retinal receptors, which result in severe vision impairment from bir...

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