WBH Science Week – Edition 14

What's Inside

  • Wife of preacher wishes he'd take real medicine for his eyes rather than waiting for a miracle
  • Without medication, monkey pox can cause blindness
  • How the brain responds to blindness
  • And, six more stories about the science and medicine related to blindness

Editorial by Chris Hofstader

This was another slow week for news about the science and medicine related to blindness and we found no articles at all specifically about preventing blindness.

This edition is, therefore, relatively brief and I hope you find some of the articles interesting.

Science and Medicine

Eyestem to start first trial in India to treat age-related blindness

The first nine patients that they will inject would be legally blind, as they have to prove safety first. This story comes to us from: Business Standard.

At times, I blame him for obeying church that asked him to abandon his drugs — Chiamaka, wife of blind preacher

Chiamaka Chijioke, wife of a blind preacher, Anthony Chijioke says sometimes she blames her husband for obeying the church’s instruction to abandon his drugs meant for his sight problem. Chiamaka, however, stated that she conceded to his faith that a miracle will happen. This story comes to us from: Vanguard News.

Perceiving without seeing: How light resets your internal clock

Every baseball season, 73-year-old Fred Crittenden plants himself in front of his television in his small one-bedroom apartment an hour north of Toronto. "Oh, I love my sports — I love my Blue Jays," says Crittenden. "They need me to coach 'em — they'd be winning, I'll tell ya." He listens to the games in his apartment. He doesn't watch them, because he can't see. "I went blind," Crittenden recalls, when "I was 35 years young." Crittenden has retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited condition that led to the deterioration of his retinas. He lost all his rods (the cells that help us see in dim light) and all his cones (the cells that let us see color in brighter light). Within a single year, in 1985, Crittenden says he went from perfect vision to total blindness. This story comes to us from: NPR.

Without medication, monkeypox can cause blindness

Delay in reaching tecovirimat, the only drug approved by the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa) for the treatment of monkeypox, can cause the disease to progress unchecked and with atypical ophthalmic manifestations. This has occurred in at least ten patients with monkeypox (or Mpoxid) in São Paulo, who were treated by Luciana Vinamor, an ophthalmologist who specializes in eye infections. This story comes to us from: brytfmonline.

Microparticles could help prevent vitamin A deficiency

Vitamin A deficiency is the world's leading cause of blindness, and in severe cases, it can be fatal. This story comes to us from: Medical Xpress.

How the Brain Responds to Blindness Video

Editor: This story is told in a video.

This story comes to us from: Technology Networks.

Australian, S.Korean researchers join forces to cure blindness

Scientists from the Australian National University (ANU) have formed a partnership with a S.Korean biotech company in a bid to cure blindness. The Clear Vision Research Lab at ANU on Wednesday announced a new collaboration with the S. Korean biotechnology company MDimune to develop new treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This story comes to us from: Big News Network.Com.

it is the first in Italy

He recovered the sight in one eye after five years of blindness thanks to surgery. This story comes to us from: breakinglatest.news.

Stonegate Healthcare Reviews Retinitis Pigmentosa

Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP) is the leading cause of visual disability and blindness in patients under 60. This story comes to us from: Digital Journal.


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