New discovery has important implications for treating common eye disease
(Trinity College Dublin) Scientists from Trinity College Dublin have made an important discovery with implications for those living with a common, debilitating eye disease (age-related macular degeneration, AMD) that can cause blindness. They have discovered that the molecule TLR2, which recognises chemical patterns associated with infection in the body, also seems to play an important role in the development of retinal degeneration. When TLR2 is removed in model systems, a degree of protection is conferred. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 20, 2020 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Gene therapy treatment for blindness underway
First patients begin promising gene therapy Related items fromOnMedica Gene therapy hopes for AMD Baby born with three-person DNA Myopia could be linked to longer periods spent in education Mexican fish offer clues on heart repair Online resource aims to help GPs spot early signs of degenerative muscle disease (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - February 18, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

First patients begin gene therapy treatment for blindness
The first patients have received a revolutionary new gene therapy that can restore eyesight. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - February 18, 2020 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Gene therapy that gives cricket-mad Jake, 23, a chance to hit blindness for six
Jake Ternent, 22, from Ludworth, Co Durham had resigned himself to going completely blind due to an inherited degenerative eye condition. However, pioneering gene therapy may reverse the damage. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Prevent age-related cataracts by increasing your intake of vitamins and carotenoids
(Natural News) As people grow older, they become more prone to developing cataracts that can impair their vision or even cause blindness. To prevent this, experts suggest eating more foods rich in vitamins and carotenoids. These nutrients help prevent the onset of age-related cataracts. Earlier studies found links between the consumption of these nutrients and a reduced risk of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blood test could diagnose common cause of blindness 'YEARS before symptoms develop'
Ophthalmologists at the University of Manchester say the discovery could lead to a blood test to predict who will get the vision-robbing condition. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Protein closely linked to commonest cause of blindness
(University of Manchester) An international team of scientists has identified a protein which is strongly linked to the commonest cause of blindness in developed countries when its levels are raised in the blood. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

International team delivers research breakthrough for leading cause of blindness
(Queen Mary University of London) Researchers have identified a new protein linked to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) that could offer new hope for the diagnosis and treatment of the disease, which affects over 1.5 million people in the UK alone. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 7, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A potential cholesterol-lowering agent in olive leaves?
(Natural News) Diabetes, particularly Type 2 diabetes, is now considered a global pandemic. According to the World Health Organization, the global prevalence of diabetes among adults has risen from five percent to nearly nine percent in 2014. Diabetes is a chronic condition that can cause blindness, heart attacks, kidney failure, stroke and even death. Statistics show that in 2016, diabetes... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Nigeria: 100 Million Nigerians Threatened By Tropical Diseases, Says Ehanire
[This Day] Abuja -The Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, has said about 100 million Nigerians are currently faced with the risk of some tropical diseases such as Guinea worm, leprosy, elephantiasis, river blindness, rabies and sleeping sickness. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 31, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

WVU project sets sights on preventing blindness in diabetic patients
(West Virginia University) West Virginia University doctors are now at the forefront of detecting diabetic retinopathy, the leading cause of blindness for people ages 20 to 65 in the United States. A WVU program trains primary care clinical staff members across the state to use the Intelligent Retinal Imaging System to quickly capture images of the patient's retinas. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 27, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Australian of the Year: Dr James Muecke awarded top prize and Ashleigh Barty also honoured
Barty named Young Australian of the Year, Prof John Newnham the Senior Australian of the Year and Bernie Shakeshaft the Local Hero•Ashleigh Barty named 2020 Young Australian of the Year• Bettina Arndt honoured for services ‘to gender equity’• Jane Turner and Campbell Newman on honours listDr James Muecke, an eye surgeon who has dedicated his professional career to preventing blindness among the poorest people in the world, has been recognised as the 2020 Australian of the Year.Adelaide-born Muecke, who began his medical career in Kenya, said it was an “enormous … tremendous honour&rd...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 25, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Ben Doherty Tags: Australia Day Australia news Science Tennis Ashleigh Barty Sport Australia sport Health Source Type: news

New Drug Could Help Stop Blindness From Thyroid Eye Disease
It's the first treatment specifically approved for thyroid eye disease. The drug was approved Tuesday by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It will be marketed under the brand name Tepezza. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Drug Could Help Stop Blindness From Thyroid Eye Disease
Title: New Drug Could Help Stop Blindness From Thyroid Eye DiseaseCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/22/2020 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/23/2020 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General)
Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General - January 23, 2020 Category: Opthalmology Source Type: news

New Drug Tepezza (teprotumumab) Could Help Stop Blindness From Thyroid Eye Disease
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 22, 2020 -- The newly approved drug teprotumumab can offer hope to adults with thyroid eye disease, a rare and potentially blinding condition. It's the first treatment specifically approved for thyroid eye disease. The drug was... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 22, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Cardiac and visual degeneration arrested by a food supplement
Our genome consists of 20,000 genes, all of which may be capable of triggering disease. It is estimated that there are 7,000 unknown genes that cause recessive genetic diseases resulting from mutations in two copies of a gene that have been inherited from each parent. Researchers at the University of Geneva (UNIGE), Switzerland, have recently identified 45 new genes that cause blindness or cognitive problems. (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - January 22, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Nigeria: Diabetes Increases Risk of Eye Diseases - Ophthalmologist
[Vanguard] An Ophthalmologist, Dr. Adeniyi Irefin, says diabetes increases the risk of eye diseases like cataracts, glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, which can lead to blindness if care is not taken. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - January 22, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Light at the end of the tunnel for most individuals with low-vision
(IOS Press) Progress in research and technology is giving rise to an optimistic future for compensation and restoration of low vision, according to research in a special issue of Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience, published by IOS Press. Seven studies explore different aspects of vision loss after damage to the retina, optic nerve or brain due to diseases such as glaucoma or optic neuropathy. Remarkable progress is being made to treat conditions of partial blindness that have previously been considered irreversible. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New glaucoma test to help prevent blindness
(Flinders University) Researchers have identified 107 genes that increase a person's risk of developing the eye disease glaucoma, and now developed a genetic test to detect those at risk of going blind from it. The research, led by QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and Flinders University in Australia, has been published today in the international Nature Genetics journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Eye exercises: Some tips and techniques
Some people believe that certain eye exercises can help improve vision or treat eye conditions. There are a number of eye exercises a person can try. Read about them here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What types of eye doctors are there?
There are three main types of eye care doctor. In this article, find out about their different roles, as well as the differences in training and levels of expertise. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What to know about oscillopsia
Oscillopsia is the sensation that the surrounding environment is constantly in motion when it is not. Oscillopsia is usually a symptom of an underlying condition. Read more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Blocked tear duct: What to know
When tear ducts become blocked, tears build up. These irritate the eyes, increasing the risk of infection and causing painful swelling. Read more about blocked tear ducts here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Type 2 diabetes symptoms: The sign in your eyes that could signal the condition
TYPE 2 diabetes seriously affects more than 1,700 people ’s eyesight every year in the UK. To get a clearer picture, if you ignore the warning signs, this lifelong illness can potentially lead to blindness. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - January 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UNH researchers solve protein structure associated with inherited retinal diseases
(University of New Hampshire) UNH Researchers have reported the first structural model for a key enzyme, and its activating protein, that can play a role in some genetically inherited eye diseases like retinitis pigmentosa and night blindness. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How to treat or get rid of a stye
A stye, or hordeolum, is a bump on the eyelid or at the base of the eyelashes. Bacterial infections cause most styes. There are pain relief and removal techniques a person can try. Read about them here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Sight loss research needs urgent investment | Letter
Leading ophthalmologists call on the new government to develop a national plan to fight blindness and address the critical lack of fundingAs leading ophthalmologists and researchers we are joining the eye research charity Fight for Sight to call for urgent action on blindness in 2020 to address the research funding gap.We know that serious sight loss doesn ’t discriminate – it can affect anyone at any time and it is on the increase. Science can already do so much and with the advent of new gene therapies and stem cell treatments we are so close to outcomes that were not possible a decade ago. Yet so much more n...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 6, 2020 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: Blindness and visual impairment Medical research Disability Health Society Science Conservatives Source Type: news

The Week That Wasn't: Cancer in Space, AI Predicts Intelligence, Curing Blindness The Week That Wasn't: Cancer in Space, AI Predicts Intelligence, Curing Blindness
Three medical stories that we didn't cover, explained.Medscape (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - January 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Article Source Type: news

Health Tip: 5 Eye Myths Debunked
-- With regular visits to a vision specialist, about half of all cases of blindness can be avoided or treated, says Harvard Medical School. There are many misconceptions about what can hurt or help vision. The school debunks five common eye... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 3, 2020 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Boy helps colorblind peers experience the world in whole new way
A Minnesota boy and his family are raising money to give kids with color blindness a special pair of glasses that can color even the darkest corners of their worlds (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - January 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Unhealthful diet linked with vision loss later in life
A new study finds an association between the Western dietary pattern, which is high in unhealthful fats and sugars, and age-related vision loss. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 31, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

The brain can combine natural and artificial vision to help treat common form of blindness
(Bar-Ilan University) Researchers report the discovery of evidence indicating that the brain knows how to integrate natural and artificial vision, while maintaining processing information that is important for vision. The results have implications for better restoration of sight in AMD patients implanted with retinal prosthetic devices and support the hypothesis that prosthetic and natural vision can be integrated in the brain. This could also have implications for future brain-machine interface applications where artificial and natural processes co-exist. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 26, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The prevalence of eye injury in the United States, estimates from a meta-analysis - Swain T, McGwin G.
Purpose : The burden of vision impairment and blindness is typically focused on the most common causes of these conditions, namely cataract, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and diabetic retinopat... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 23, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Roche concludes acquisition of Spark Therapeutics, Inc. to strengthen presence in gene therapy
Spark will continue its operations in Philadelphia as an independent company within the Roche Group             Basel, 17 December 2019 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) ( “Spark”) today announced the completion of the acquisition following the receipt of regulatory approval from all government authorities required by the merger agreement. Commenting on this important step forward, Severin Schwan, CEO of Roche, said, “We are excited about this important milestone because we believe that together...
Source: Roche Media News - December 17, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche concludes acquisition of Spark Therapeutics, Inc. to strengthen presence in gene therapy
Spark will continue its operations in Philadelphia as an independent company within the Roche Group             Basel, 17 December 2019 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) ( “Spark”) today announced the completion of the acquisition following the receipt of regulatory approval from all government authorities required by the merger agreement. Commenting on this important step forward, Severin Schwan, CEO of Roche, said, “We are excited about this important milestone because we believe that together...
Source: Roche Investor Update - December 17, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche purchases shares in tender offer for Spark Therapeutics, Inc.
Basel, 17 December 2019 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) ( “Spark”) today announced that Roche’s wholly owned subsidiary 022019 Merger Subsidiary, Inc. has accepted for payment all shares validly tendered and not validly withdrawn pursuant to its tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Spark, at a price of USD 114.50 per share in ca sh.  The tender offer expired at 5:00 p.m., New York City time, on 16 December 2019 and was not extended. Roche has been advised by Citibank, N.A., the depositary for the tender offer, that a total of appr...
Source: Roche Media News - December 17, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. announce unconditional clearance by UK Competition and Markets Authority
Basel, 16 December 2019 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) ( “Spark”) today announced that the UK Competition and Markets Authority has unconditionally cleared Roche’s pending acquisition of Spark pursuant to its previously announced tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock (the “Shares”) of Spark for USD 114.50 per Sha re, net to the seller thereof in cash, without interest and subject to any withholding taxes required by applicable law and upon the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Offer to Purchas...
Source: Roche Media News - December 16, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. announce unconditional clearance by UK Competition and Markets Authority
             Basel, 16 December 2019 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) and Spark Therapeutics, Inc. (NASDAQ: ONCE) ( “Spark”) today announced that the UK Competition and Markets Authority has unconditionally cleared Roche’s pending acquisition of Spark pursuant to its previously announced tender offer to purchase all of the outstanding shares of common stock (the “Shares”) of Spark for USD 114.50 per Sha re, net to the seller thereof in cash, without interest and subject to any withholding taxes required by applicable law and upon the terms and subjec...
Source: Roche Investor Update - December 16, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Snow Blindness a Wintry Danger
Title: Snow Blindness a Wintry DangerCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/15/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/16/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General)
Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General - December 16, 2019 Category: Opthalmology Source Type: news

Snow Blindness a Wintry Danger
SUNDAY, Dec. 15, 2019 -- With the arrival of winter, it's time for skiing, sledding and ice skating, but it's also when snow blindness can strike. Snow blindness is like a sunburn in the eyes. It's caused by the same UV rays that give you that... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 15, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Gene therapy offers new vision to battle blindness
Single treatment using advanced microsurgery can cure condition for life (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - December 9, 2019 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Air pollution linked to higher glaucoma risk
(University College London) Living in a more polluted area is associated with a greater likelihood of having glaucoma, a debilitating eye condition that can cause blindness, finds a new UCL-led study in the UK. People in neighbourhoods with higher amounts of fine particulate matter pollution were at least 6% more likely to report having glaucoma than those in the least-polluted areas, according to the findings published in Investigative Ophthalmology& Visual Science. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 25, 2019 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Professor wins $300,000 Research to Prevent Blindness Award
Grant will support Samuel Herberg ’s glaucoma research. (Source: SUNY Upstate Medical)
Source: SUNY Upstate Medical - November 21, 2019 Category: Universities & Medical Training Tags: News Source Type: news

Study shows that African eye worm threatens elimination of river blindness
(Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative) Over four million people will be infected with river blindness in 2025 in areas where African eye worm is present, according to new modelling. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 20, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Asymmetrical eyes: What to know
Asymmetrical eyes are a very common physical feature. In rare cases, they may be due to a medical condition. Learn more about asymmetrical eyes here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

'Face blindness' may involve a failed brain network, and could shed light on autism
(Boston Children's Hospital) Face blindness often becomes apparent in early childhood, but people occasionally acquire it from a brain injury later in life. A new study of people who became face-blind after a stroke, led by Alexander Cohen, MD, PhD, of Boston Children's Hospital, provides clues to what goes wrong in the brain. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 19, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Treatments for leading cause of blindness generate $0.9 to $3 billion in patient, economic benefit
Improvements in vision from innovative treatments generated $5.1 to $8.2 billion in patient benefits. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - November 18, 2019 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Treatments for leading cause of blindness generate $0.9 to $3 billion
(University of Southern California) A new economic study, published in JAMA Ophthalmology and conducted by USC researchers at the Schaeffer Center for Health Policy& Economics, the Ginsburg Institute for Biomedical Therapeutics, and the Roski Eye Institute, quantifies the benefits of treatment for wAMD. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 14, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Rates of leading cause of blindness will almost DOUBLE in Europe by 2025
Researchers from Bonn University in Germany said ageing populations meant 15 per cent more people across Europe would suffer from age-related macular degeneration in 30 years' time. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - November 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Kenya: Kenyan Ophthalmologist Dr Hillary Rono Meets the Queen at Buckingham Palace
[Nairobi News] Leading Kenyan ophthalmologist Dr Hillary Rono was presented to Her Majesty The Queen at a special reception at Buckingham Palace, London on Tuesday October 29 to mark the completion of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust's (the Trust) programmes to end avoidable blindness. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 4, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news