- Brain structures that can help with sight restoration discovered.
- Small molecule drugs may help cure some forms of blindness.
- Warning signs of dying photoreceptor cells.
- New medication for RP fast tracked.
- And, 20 other stories about the science and medicine of blindness from all over the world.
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Science and Medicine
An international study team, including researchers from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi, has found evidence of brain structures that underlie sight recovery in people born blind and may help treat the condition. The team included 23 congenitally blind patients (aged 7-17 years) from Uttar Pradesh with dense bilateral cataracts who received cataract surgery at different stages of adolescence. This story comes to us from: weather.com.
The path to reversing a common cause of blindness might be in our eyes already — and a new gene therapy shows how to take advantage of it. This story comes to us from: Freethink.
New small-molecule drugs show potential clinical utility in treating world’s leading causes of blindness
In a University of California, Irvine-led study, researchers have discovered small-molecule drugs with potential clinical utility in the treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), diabetic retinopathy (DR), and retinitis pigmentosa (RP). This story comes to us from: News Medical.
Golden Rice blocked; Glyphosate protects … Rice to prevent blindness and death caused by vitamin A deficiency (VAD). This story comes to us from: YouTube.
FDA accepts application for faricimab-svoa for treatment of retinal vein … for the treatment of retinal conditions that can cause blindness. This story comes to us from: Ophthalmology Times.
It took months to confirm the source of the rare bacteria that blinded the Ohio woman, and left three dead, eight with vision loss and four having their eyeballs removed. This story comes to us from: NBC Right Now.
Professor of vision science at Aston University, Tim Meese, … Scientists create 3D printed contact lens to alleviate colour blindness. This story comes to us from: Association of Optometrists.
If it converts to the wet type, the time to potential blindness is faster. This story comes to us from : MSN.
According to researchers, these chronic, progressive retinal diseases, including retinitis pigmentosa, arise from genetic and environmental disruptions of cellular and tissue stability. This story comes to us from: Ophthalmology Times.
Bent lines, a dark spot in the field of vision: with such visual disturbances you should go to the ophthalmologist as soon as possible. Even blindness can threaten. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a progressive death of the visual cells at the point of sharpest vision in the eye, the macula. This story comes to us from: BreakingLatest.news.
… a new drug for the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa. … of inherited blindness – RP is estimated to affect 1.5 million people worldwide. This story comes to us from: The Medicine Maker.
Gene therapy helps combat some forms of blindness – and ongoing clinical trials are looking to extend these treatments to other diseases
Can gene therapy changed how doctors treat genetic eye diseases and blindness? This story comes to us from: Connecticut Post.
Adverse early childhood experience leaves persisting traces in brain structure, highlighting the importance of preventive measures for healthy brain development. This story comes to us from: Scientific American.
Of all the causes of blindness in Tamil Nadu, Cataract remains as the top one as about 82 per cent of all cases are due to the same. This story comes to us from: dtnext.
Most people with the dry type will have a slow loss of vision. This story comes to us from: MSN.
The boss of a uranium mining giant is urging people to get regular eye tests after he was recently diagnosed with a condition that would have left him blind if untreated. This story comes to us from: ABC.
"If used incorrectly … injectables can cause skin damage, blindness and even death. This story comes to us from: ABC News.
A child is prepped for surgery on the Flying Eye Hospital in Danang. This story comes to us from: Ophthalmology Times.
UCI researchers discover new drugs with potential for treating world’s leading causes of blindness in age-related and inherited retinal diseases
Molecular mechanisms of stress resilience-enhancing drug (SRED) therapy: Retinal degeneration involves a complex, multifactorial combination of genetic factors and environmental exposures that accumulate over a lifetime and eventually overwhelm intrinsic stress resilience mechanisms, which can be enhanced pharmacologically by SREDs to alleviate disease and preserve vision. This story comes to us from: Newswise.
Photoreceptor cells differentiated from human embryonic stem cells could provide a new treatment avenue for retinal diseases. This story comes to us from: RegMedNet.
Université de Montréal researchers have devised a treatment strategy to bring back vision among people with degenerative retinal disease. This story comes to us from: The India Times.