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Positive results from Visudyne(R) combination therapy study reported at Annual Macula Society Conference

VANCOUVER, March 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ - QLT Inc. (NASDAQ: QLTI; TSX: QLT) announced today that results from an investigator-sponsored Phase II study, in patients with subfoveal choroidal neovascularization (CNV) secondary to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), showed that a combinatio...

Cancer treatment controls macular edema related to diabetes and to cataract surgery

...most often results from macular edema (DME), swelling and thickening of the macula in the retina's center. Laser treatment is usually able to reduce vision lo...ty to 30 percent of all cataract surgery patients develop CME, in which the macula swells as fluid-filled cysts form. Usually the condition resolves without t...

UNC study suggests new approach to common cause of blindness

...ease in its earliest stages, before blood vessels have fully infiltrated and destroyed the central portion of the eye's retina -- an area known as the macula -- to cause vision loss. "It would be much better to prevent the disease in the first place," said study co-author and principal investigator of th...

New Medical Study Establishes First-Ever Long-Term Benefits for Macular Degeneration Sufferers Using Macular Health Vitamin Supplement

...blindness in Americans 50 years of age and older. AMD is a breakdown of the macula of the eye that typically occurs during the aging process. Damage of the macula increases the difficulty of seeing fine details and even faces clearly. ...

Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050

...thalmology . Age-related macular degeneration is a serious eye disease that causes the breakdown of the macula, which is located in the retina. The macula gives you clear central vision, which is essential for reading and driving, even for just seeing people's faces. AMD is a leading cause of vision los...

FDA Advisory Panel Recommends Approval of VisionCare's Implantable Telescope for End-Stage Macular Degeneration

...at The Schepens Eye Research Institute, and Professor of Ophthalmology at Harvard Medical School . End-Stage AMD occurs when the macula in each eye is irreversibly degenerated and no longer provides detailed central vision required for common everyday activities such as recognizing peo...

3-D snapshots of eyes reveal details of age-related blindness

...ety's (OSA) open-access journal, may pave the way for new diagnostic software useful for developing new treatments. AMD is a condition in which the macula -- the region of highest visual acuity in the retina -- stops functioning properly. AMD causes blurred vision and, in advanced cases, a large blind sp...

EyeCare America Offers No-Cost Medical Eye Care to Qualified Seniors In Support of National AMD Month - March 2009

...ted States. According to the National Eye Institute, AMD affects more than 10 million Americans. Macular degeneration refers to the breakdown of the macula of the eye, where our sharpest central vision occurs. A person with macular degeneration may be able to see a clock on a wall, but not see the numbers...

Ophthalmology highlights Jan. 2009

...transmission to the brain. Advanced complications include the growth of abnormal blood vessels on the retina and optic nerve, and DME, swelling of the macula at the center of the retina as fluid leaks from permeable blood vessels. Precisely how DME develops is unclear, but the condition is similar to chroni...

Ellex Announces Six-Month Results on Retina Regeneration Therapy

...ed trials in Australia to further validate the effectiveness of Ellex 2RT. This includes double blind randomized control studies for treating Diabetic macula Edema and Diabetic Retinopathy in conjunction with the South Australian Institute of Ophthalmology and the Royal Adelaide Hospital. An early AMD trial...

Long-Term Results of VisionCare's Implantable Telescope for End-Stage Macular Degeneration Published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology

...rovide a novel approach for patients whom we have not had any solutions to improve visual acuity in a functional way." End-Stage AMD occurs when the macula in each eye is irreversibly degenerated and no longer provides detailed central vision required for common everyday activities such as reading, recogn...

September Ophthalmology research highlights

... laser treatment could prevent vision loss in patients with early stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The advanced stages of AMD destroy the macula in the eyes retina, the area that normally provides the detailed, central vision we rely on for reading, driving and other daily tasks. This clinical ...

Gene Linked to 'Dry' Macular Degeneration

...leading cause of blindness in adults over the age of 60, according to the U.S. National Eye Institute. The progressively worsening disease affects the macula portion of the eye, located in the center of the retina, which enables detailed vision. The disease can strike in two ways: wet and dry. In its wet...

Retina Group of New York To Present Seminar on Age-Related Macular Degeneration; The Leading Cause of Visual Loss in Seniors

...rary card. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of severe visual loss in patients over 65 and occurs almost exclusively in seniors. The macula is the center portion of the retina and is used for straight-ahead vision. It is the only part of the retina capable of providing the fine vision nece...

Promising early evidence of the superior benefits of drug therapy for diabetic eye disease

...be effective in slowing or stopping the effects of eye disease brought on by diabetes. The multi-center READ-2 Study (Ranibizumab for Edema of the macula in Diabetes), which began in December 2006, was designed to test the long-term safety and effectiveness of injections of the drug ranibizumab in patie...

QLT announces first quarter results for 2008

... monitoring requirements. On March 28, the Company announced that positive results from a Visudyne combination therapy study were reported at Annual macula Society Conference. The results from an investigator-sponsored Phase II study, supported by QLT, in patients with subfoveal choroidal neovascularizati...

Alimera Sciences Signs Second Agreement With Emory University for Potential Treatments Using New Class of Antioxidants

...the role of oxidative stress in ophthalmic diseases." Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is a degenerative eye disease that causes damage to the macula (central retina) of the eye and is the leading cause of blindness for people over the age of 55. AMD affects a person's central vision by causing dama...

Off-Label Avastin Use for Wet Macular Degeneration

...entral part of the retina. Like a high-definition digital camera, the eye's macula picks up fine-grained pictures so you can see their detail. Untreated wet AMD rapidly causes rapid vision loss and without the macula you cannot read fine print, recognize faces or drive. "Because wet AMD is...

Neurotech Announces Completion of Enrollment of its Phase II/III Retinitis Pigmentosa and Phase II Dry Age Related Macular Degeneration Clinical Studies

...s and over 1 million people worldwide. At this time there is no known cure or effective treatment for RP. AMD is a chronic progressive disease of the macula that results in the loss of central vision. It is the leading cause of blindness in elderly people in the developed world. There are two forms of AMD;...

Ellex Announces New Retina Regeneration Therapy to be Presented at the AAO

... the disease. Second, fluid can leak into the center of the macula, the part of the eye where sharp, straight-ahead vision occurs. The fluid makes the macula swell, blurring vision. This condition is called macular edema. It can occur at any stage of diabetic retinopathy, although it is more likely to occur...

Inflammatory Substance May Boost Eye Trouble

...[drugs] and multivitamin use reduce C-reactive protein levels." It's known that smoking and obesity increase the risk of AMD, which occurs when the macula -- the area at the back of the retina involved in sharp vision -- deteriorates over time. More information The U.S. National Eye Institute has...

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

... effectively meant patients would be treated only once they had gone blind in one eye. Wet AMD affects the central part 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 targeting VEGF (Vascular end...

Spring is Time for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) Awareness

...n intact. There are two types of AMD: dry and wet. Approximately 90 percent of people with AMD have the dry form, in which aging changes in the macula results in gradual vision loss. Although only 10 percent of people with AMD have the wet form, it generally progresses much quicker than the dr...

How Bloods Vessels are Linked Together?

...ir proliferation. To date, anti-angiogenic therapy has proved effective in the treatment of colon cancer and the common eye disease AMD (Age-dependent macula Degeneration). All therapies have so far targeted the growth factor VEGF (Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor). VEGF controls several important f...

Drug Treatment Slows Macular Vision Loss in Diabetics

...s at the start of the clinical trial, in which ranibuzumab was administered at the one, two, four and six month marks. The thickness of each patient’s macula was also measured at each point in the study using an advanced digital imaging technique. “Within a week, several patients experienced dramatic ...

New Nationwide Study on Leading Cause of Vision Loss for Seniors

... under the macula, leading to loss of central vision. Dry AMD, which is the more common and less severe form, occurs when light-sensitive cells in the macula slowly break down. “Until we get the results from this new study, we encourage people with AMD to visit their ophthalmologist to see if they nee...

Results for Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration Show Significant Vision Improvements

...th atrophic cell death of the central retina or macula. The wet form is caused by growth of abnormal blood vessels that leak fluid and blood under the macula causing scar tissue that destroys the central retina. Source-Newswise SRM ...

Antioxidants Preserve Cone Cells In the Eye

...rited blinding diseases with complex genetic roots, would not cure the disease. But the salvaging of cones, which are concentrated in the retina's macula and are critical to central vision, could serve as a ‘maintenance therapy,’ he said. ‘That alone would be an enormous help.’ RP affects only about 100...

AMD Found To Affect People In Their 50s

...s of 55 and 74 have some degree of macular degeneration while more than 40% of people 75 years and older have some degree of macular degeneration. The macula is a light sensitive tissue lining the back of the eye in the central area of the retina. This allows seeing the finer details such as recognizing fac...

Superfoods make super healthy humans??

... Curly kale or spinach is one of the best ways to keep your eyes healthy into old age. These green veg are packed with lutein believed to protect the macula region of the retina from damage by sunlight. Broccoli is another great veggie. Which while digestion, compounds in broccoli get converted into ac...

Genes That Were Responsible For The Cause Of Blindness Identified

...-related macular degeneration (AMD) a most common cause of blindness. AMD is marked by a progressive loss of central vision due to degeneration of the macula - a region of the retina responsible for fine, central vision. Researchers at New York's Columbia University studied 1,300 people and found that...

Macugen drug for treating degenerative eye disease

...aused due to a chronic degenerative disease of the macula region of the eye, macula is present in the retina which is responsible for ...by the growth of abnormal blood vessel beneath the macula which leads to severe bleeding and accumulation of...

Proper Diet Can Counter Macular Degeneration

...revealed by a new Dutch study. This will contribute towards preventing a condition that cannot be treated easily as it is related to ageing. The macula which is responsible for the central vision is affected by the macular degeneration, resulting in a dim vision. The condition is due to an abnormal gr...

Smoking Causes Eye Disease

... The risk of a degenerative eye disease is raised due to smoking, according to a research. The macula of the eye degenerates with higher levels of smoking, which will affect tasks // like driving and reading which require fine central vision. About 435...

Monkeys offer genetic clues to adult blindness

...epairing the genetic defects linked to it. Age-related macular degeneration develops when a small, light-detecting part of the retina called the macula breaks down. The disease causes nodule-like specks to build up in the eye, chipping away central vision over time. But Dawson said most people d...

Simple Exercises Might Help Vertigo

...mptom-free. Specialists conclude saying that, BPPV (benign paroxysmal positional vertigo) is caused by loose particles derived from the utricular macula that are free-floating ... Until recurrences can be prevented, self-treatment for BPPV using particle repositioning is likely to become part of the ro...
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