WBH Science Week – Edition 7

What's Inside

  • New guidelines for oxygen treatments to prevent blindness in infants
  • New treatment restores vision in adult mice
  • Prevent Blindness provides guidance for diabetes awareness month
  • And, about ten more articles about the science, medicine and prevention of blindness

Editorial By Chris Hofstader

This was a very slow week for science news about blindness and the prevention thereof. Thus, this issue hasn't a lot of articles as we don't write the news, we just find and curate it for our readers.

The article I enjoyed most this week is the one called "This genetics researcher has her eye on treating retinal diseases" as I'm blind from retinitis pigmentosa (RP) and, therefore, I find the stories about retinal diseases a bit more interesting than the others because of the personal component.

We hope you enjoy this brief edition and that we'll find more articles for you next week.

Science and Medicine

This genetics researcher has her eye on treating retinal diseases

Farrar studied under David Mc Connell and Peter Humphries, who she said were great mentors to her. She added that Mc Connell gave her a great opportunity early in her PhD, telling her to go and learn about retinal degeneration from people around the world – which is exactly what she did. “What I learned from that experience is that ultimately in science, lots of people are accessible to you and you just have to ask." This story comes to us from: Silicon Republic.

County Durham MedTech firm's treatment could save the NHS over £180m per year

The “pioneering” treatment to prevent blindness in people suffering from diabetic retinopathy has been adopted by Ashford and St Peter's NHS. This story comes to us from: Bdaily.

Mosman Behavioural Optometrist On Cortical Visual Impairment

Gary Rodney, a Smart Vision Behavioural Optometrist at Eyes InDesign Mosman, raises awareness of CVI as it is one of the leading causes of blindness. This story comes to us from: Digital Journal.

Guidelines launched on use of oxygen therapy at end of paediatric conference

The 26th Biennial International Paediatric Conference organised by the Pakistan Paediatric Association (PPA) concluded at a local hotel on Sunday with experts presenting the first-time developed guidelines for use of oxygen therapy for children, especially premature babies, as well as recommendations to the provincial government on how to improve child health in the province. This story comes to us from: Dawn.

$8 million grant will expand National Swine Resource and Research Center at MU

After decades of basic research that led to successful scientific innovations, Randall Prather and his team of investigators at the National Swine Resource and Research Center (NSRRC) at the University of Missouri have become the go-to source for genetically modified pigs used by researchers across the United States to study various diseases that impact humans. Keeping up with the ever-growing demand amidst limited resources has become a challenge – until now. This story comes to us from: urekAlert.

Habitual visual acuity and visual acuity threshold demands in Nigerian school classrooms

This study was designed to estimate the burden of blindness and vision impairment in school children. This story comes to us from: Nature.

New retinoid treatment partly restores sight in adult mice

Congenital Leber’s disease (LCA) is a rare genetic eye condition that begins at birth or early childhood. Symptoms include marked impairment of vision, involuntary movement of the eyes, and discomfort in bright light. This story comes to us from: chof360.

Preventing Blindness

Prevent Blindness Offers New Educational Resources for November's Diabetes-related Eye Disease Awareness Month

Prevent Blindness Offers Videos, Fact Sheets, Social Media Graphics and PowerPoint Presentations to Educate Public on the Potential Effects that Diabetes May Have on Vision. This story comes to us from: Yahoo Finance.


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