West Africa: How the Gambia Beat an Infection That Causes Blindness

[The Conversation Africa] The government of The Gambia recently announced that the country had eliminated trachoma, a highly contagious eye disease, after years of hard work by health workers, nongovernmental organisations (NGOs) and communities.
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CONCLUSION: The prevalence of DR among our study patients was very high. Longer duration of diabetes, higher systolic blood pressure, baseline age <60 years, use of insulin alone, and use of combination of insulin with OHA were independently associated with DR. Health education, early screening, and treatment are recommended.
Source: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: AMD contributes to the burden of visual impairment and blindness in the elderly Nigerian. In Nigeria, AMD occurs more in females and most common between the ages of 60 and 79. Dry AMD is four times more common than wet AMD. About 24% of eyes have severe visual impairment or blindness, while about a third each have a moderate visual impairment and normal vision. Increasing awareness of AMD among the at-risk population will be beneficial in achieving early diagnosis and treatment.
Source: Middle East African Journal of Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: There is currently no treatment for Fusarium keratitis that would offer similar results to those observed in bacterial infection treated early with antibiotics. As systemic therapy with antifungal agents is not an option in pregnant women, they are even more of a challenge. Diagnosis is quite often delayed, leading to deeper infiltration of the cornea, sometimes with vitreous involvement. For such cases, a combined approach is proposed with vitrectomy, lens removal and penetrating keratoplasty. Early surgical intervention may rescue some of the eyes non-responsive to topical and systemic treatment.PMID:3455826...
Source: Annals of Agricultural and Environmental Medicine : AAEM - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe efficacy of most models for the risk prediction of ICU-AW among high-risk groups is good, but there was a certain bias in the development and verification of the models. Thus, ICU medical staff should select existing models based on actual clinical conditions and verify them before applying them in clinical practice. In order to provide a reliable basis for the risk prediction of ICU-AW, it is necessary that large-sample, multi-center studies be conducted in the future, in which ICU-AW risk prediction models are verified.
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ConclusionBariatric surgery is a safe and effective method of treating idiopathic intracranial hypertension. It is superior compared to medical management and cerebrospinal fluid pressure reducing procedures which have high rates of recurrence.
Source: Obesity Surgery - Category: Surgery Source Type: research
A new gene therapy company attempting to commercialize the research of Penn Medicine's Dr. Jean Bennett launched Wednesday in North Carolina with $19 million in seed capital. The company, Opus Genetics, is the first spinout company internally conceived and launched by the Retinal Degeneration Fund (RD Fund), the venture arm of the Foundation Fighting Blindness. The fund was created to further the foundation's mission of backing research to prevent, treat and cure retin al degenerative diseases. Opus…
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Clin Ther. 2021 Sep 18:S0149-2918(21)00310-6. doi: 10.1016/j.clinthera.2021.08.011. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTPURPOSE: Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a leading cause of blindness, particularly in higher-income countries. Although dry AMD accounts for 85% to 90% of AMD cases, a comprehensive understanding of the global dry AMD burden is needed.METHODS: A targeted literature review was conducted in PubMed, MEDLINE, Embase, and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (1995-2019) to identify data on the epidemiology, management, and humanistic and economic burden of dry AMD in adults. A landscape analysis of...
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by Giorgia Bertonati, Maria Bianca Amadeo, Claudio Campus, Monica Gori Multisensory experience is crucial for developing a coherent perception of the world. In this context, vision and audition are essential tools to scaffold spatial and temporal representations, respectively. Since speed encompasses both space and time, investigating this dimension in blindness allo ws deepening the relationship between sensory modalities and the two representation domains. In the present study, we hypothesized that visual deprivation influences the use of spatial and temporal cues underlying acoustic speed perception. To this end, ten e...
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The pandemic has exposed flaws in services for people who can ’t easily access a drive-through window for Covid shots or testing or can’t read prescription labels.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drugstores Disabilities Labeling and Labels (Product) Blindness Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Braille Containers and Packaging your-feed-science your-feed-healthcare audio-neutral-informative Source Type: news
The pandemic has exposed flaws in services for people who can ’t easily access a drive-through window for Covid shots or testing or can’t read prescription labels.
Source: NYT Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: your-feed-science Drugs (Pharmaceuticals) Drugstores Disabilities Labeling and Labels (Product) Blindness Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Braille Containers and Packaging your-feed-healthcare audio-neutral-informative Source Type: news
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