Diabetes type 2: You may only need to walk this long to lower blood sugar levels
DIABETES type 2 and type 1 sufferers need to control their blood sugar levels to avoid spikes, which can cause blindness, heart disease and, in more extreme cases, amputations. Doing this short amount of exercise each day can help reduce blood sugar levels. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Research to prevent blindness and American Academy of Ophthalmology Award grants for research
(American Academy of Ophthalmology) The American Academy of Ophthalmology (the Academy) and Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) today announced the first recipients of the Research to Prevent Blindness/American Academy of Ophthalmology Award for IRIS ® Registry Research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

3D-printed corneas could save millions ’ vision
Photo by Victor Freitas on Unsplash British scientists have 3D printed the first human corneas, yielding a potential fix to the worldwide shortage of corneas for implantation.  The Newcastle University researchers created a bio-ink using stem cells from a healthy donor cornea mixed with alginate and collagen. They used a simple, low-cost 3D bio-printer to extrude the bio-ink in concentric circles to form the shape of a human cornea. It took less than 10 minutes to print. The proof-of-concept research was published in May in Experimental Eye Research. “Many teams across the world have been ...
Source: Mass Device - July 17, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Biotech Blog Optical/Ophthalmic Research & Development Transplants Fight for Sight Newcastle University Source Type: news

Global Health: Now in Sight: Success Against an Infection That Blinds
Following a 20-year campaign, trachoma has been eliminated as a public health menace in at least seven poor countries. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - July 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: DONALD G. McNEIL Jr. Tags: Eyes and Eyesight Trachoma Eyelashes Bacteria Blindness Pfizer Inc United States Agency for International Development Nepal Source Type: news

Eating one orange a day could prevent a common cause of blindness
Researchers from the University of Sydney found that snacking on the popular citrus fruit reduces people's risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, which affects central vision. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Virginia teen suffers third-degree burns after touching toxic plant
Alex Childress, who is gardening for his summer job in Virginia, saw a weed on Tuesday that looked like it should be pulled out. It turned out to be hogweed, which can cause blindness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eating one orange a day could prevent a common cause of blindness
Researchers from the University of Sydney found that snacking on the popular citrus fruit reduces people's risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, which affects central vision. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Virginia teen suffers third-degree burns after touching toxic plant
Alex Childress, who is gardening for his summer job in Virginia, saw a weed on Tuesday that looked like it should be pulled out. It turned out to be hogweed, which can cause blindness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eating just one orange a day could prevent a common cause of blindness
Researchers from the University of Sydney found that snacking on the popular citrus fruit reduces people's risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, which affects central vision. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - July 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Researchers Achieve First 3D Printing of Human Corneas
Researchers in the UK have achieved the first 3D printing of human corneas that can potentially be used in replacement surgeries. In doing so, they have paved the way for an unlimited and easy-to-fabricate supply of new corneas to patients that need them, they said. Key to the achievement by scientists at Newcastle University is a novel bio-ink—a gel comprised of alginate, a polysaccharide derived from seaweed, and collagen, the main structural protein in cornea. The ink met three key criteria necessary for the fabrication of corneas, Che Connon, professor of tissue engineering at the university, told Design News. In...
Source: MDDI - July 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Tags: Design News Source Type: news

Biomarker discovered for pathogen that can blind or kill healthy young people
(University at Buffalo) UB researchers have have discovered several biomarkers that can accurately identify hypervirulent K. pneumoniae, a pathogen that infects completely healthy people and can cause blindness in one day and flesh-eating infections, brain abscesses and death in just a few days. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - July 6, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

American Academy of Pediatrics Warns Against Using Fireworks
TUESDAY, July 3, 2018 -- The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued a warning about fireworks safety. Fireworks can cause serious burns, blindness, scars, and death. Even sparklers can cause serious burns to users and bystanders, the AAP... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - July 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Accidental henpeck as a cause of devastating eye injury - Menezes V, Usgaonkar UPS.
We report a rare case of uniocular blindness in a 5 year old girl ,following a hen peck which caused a penetrating eye injury along with a total retinal detachment. Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 2, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Eye surgery attempts to reverse years of blindness for Syrian refugee
A stranger's kindness brought this man to Canada. Now, his eyesight could also be restored. (Source: CBC | Health)
Source: CBC | Health - July 2, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: News/Canada/British Columbia Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is a slit lamp exam?
A slit lamp exam is a routine procedure where a doctor shines a light into the eye to look for injuries or diseases. These may include a detached retina, corneal abrasion, or cataracts. Abnormal results can also indicate infection, inflammation, or increased eye pressure. Learn more about the slit lamp exam here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 26, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

UCI researcher receives CIRM funding for stem cell-based retina therapy to treat blindness
(University of California - Irvine) California Institute of Regenerative Medicine funding to support continued development of a stem cell-based therapy for vision-robbing eye diseases, such as retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 26, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Dangerous Hogweed Plant Found in Virginia
Experts in Virginia are warning people to be on the lookout for giant hogweed, a dangerous plant that can leave humans with third-degree burns, cause serious blisters and even permanent blindness. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How to get debris out of your eye
Getting an object stuck in the eye is a common problem. It does not usually cause lasting damage, but it is essential to remove it to avoid scratching the cornea. Here, learn how to remove a foreign object from the eye safely at home. If a sharp or fast-moving object enters a person ’s eye, they should see a doctor. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Persistent stress may lead to vision loss, study shows
A new analysis of existing studies shows that persistent psychological stress can lead to conditions such as glaucoma, retinal neuropathy, and vision loss. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

A stressful job could leave you blind: Psychological pressure can cause vision loss, scientists warn
Stress can bring on or worsen vision problems and even lead to blindness because of conditions like glaucoma and diabetes, according to research by Magdeburg University in Germany. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A Giant Plant That Can Cause Blindness Was Spotted for the First Time in a New State
The presence of a hazardous invasive plant that can cause burns and blindness has been confirmed for the first time in Virginia, authorities said. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services confirmed on Tuesday that giant hogweed, a toxic weed that can grow up to 15 feet tall and resembles the less dangerous cow parsnip, was identified at a private home in Clarke County. Earlier this month, Virginia Department of Transportation employees who remembered hearing about the species years earlier reported a bunch growing in Frederick County, the Washington Post reports. Exposure to sap produced by the giant h...
Source: TIME: Science - June 20, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Jamie Ducharme Tags: Uncategorized onetime plants Source Type: news

Diabetes type 2: Eat this food languishing in your cupboard to slash blood sugar levels
DIABETES type 2 and type 1 sufferers need to control their blood sugar to avoid blood sugar spikes which, if left for a long time, could cause a coma or blindness. They do this through changes to their lifestyle and diet, including adding new foods. Eating this could help reduce your blood sugar levels. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diabetes: Eating this could help slash blood sugar levels
DIABETES type 2 and type 1 sufferers need to control their blood sugar to avoid blood sugar spikes which, if left for a long time, could cause a coma or blindness. They do this through changes to their lifestyle and diet, including adding new foods. Eating this could help reduce your blood sugar levels. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diabetes: Eat this to help slash blood sugar levels
DIABETES type 2 and type 1 sufferers need to control their blood sugar to avoid blood sugar spikes which, if left for a long time, could cause a coma or blindness. They do this through changes to their lifestyle and diet, including adding new foods. Eating this could help reduce your blood sugar levels. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diabetes: Eat red onion to slash blood sugar levels - how to change your diet
DIABETES type 2 and type 1 sufferers need to control their blood sugar to avoid blood sugar spikes which, if left for a long time, could cause a coma or blindness. They do this through changes to their lifestyle and diet, including adding new foods. Eating this could help reduce your blood sugar levels. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why that flashing light in your eyes could be a warning of blindness
The average risk of retinal detachment is pretty low — about one in 10,000. But if you’re not operated on — and quickly — you can go blind. This is Gill Hudson's story... (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New sighting of plant that causes blindness and burns
Giant hogweed, an invasive plant that can cause third-degree burns and blindness, has been spotted in more than 10 states (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - June 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Uganda:Ugandan Doctor Co-Finds New River Blindness Drug
[Monitor] Kampala -Ugandan doctor Amos Nyathirombo is celebrating a scientific milestone after a six-year World Health Organisation-led research he co-participated in found a more effective River Blindness drug. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - June 18, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Pfizer announces extension of Zithromax ® Antibiotic Donation Program through 2025 to help eliminate world's leading infectious cause of blindness
Pfizer Inc. will extend its donation of the antibiotic Zithromax® (azithromycin) to the International Trachoma Initiative through 2025, building on the company's 20-years of work to help eliminate the world's leading infectious cause of blindness. Approximately 163 million people are at risk of developing the disease and this recommitment ensures that Pfizer, through the International Trachoma Initiative (ITI), will continue to provide trachoma endemic countries with donated antibiotics that are a critical component of the global strategy to eliminate this neglected tropical disease (NTD). (Source: World Pharma News)
Source: World Pharma News - June 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Featured Pfizer Business and Industry Source Type: news

Health Tip: 4 Steps to Manage Diabetes
-- Every year, 1.7 million people in the United States are diagnosed with diabetes, the U.S. National Institutes of Health says. Left untreated, diabetes can lead to heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, blindness and other health problems, the... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 14, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Patient refusal for trichiasis surgery in Tanzania based on misconception of recovery time
(PLOS) Trachomatous trichiasis, caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, is one of the leading causes of preventable blindness worldwide. It is common in areas of the world that lack access to health care and clean water. A relatively simple surgery can spare the patient's vision, and although this surgery is usually performed free of charge in endemic regions, multiple studies indicate that surgical refusal is common. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - June 14, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

FDA Approves Moxidectin for the Treatment of River Blindness
MELBOURNE, GENEVA, and NEW YORK - June 13, 2018 -- Medicines Development for Global Health (MDGH) and the World Health Organisation Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR) announced today that the United States (U.S.)... (Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals)
Source: Drugs.com - New Drug Approvals - June 13, 2018 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Researchers found novel structure in the 'antennae' of light-sensing neurons
(Baylor College of Medicine) Antennae-like structures on photoreceptors have a unique feature not observed in the 'antennae' or cilia of other types of cells, that helps explain non-syndromic blindness. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 13, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Tackle continuing eye care crisis now, royal college urges Hunt
Delayed and cancelled appointments caused by insufficient capacity leading to needless blindness Related items fromOnMedica Eye health care placing avoidable pressure on GPs in London Reforms set to improve life for sight impaired Fund cheap supplement for degenerative eye disease, NHS urged Stem cell 'patch' offers hope for macular degeneration (Source: OnMedica Latest News)
Source: OnMedica Latest News - June 13, 2018 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

OptoVue wins FDA nod for AngioAnalytics tech
Ophthalmological-focused developer Optovue said yesterday it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its AngioAnalytics optical coherence tomography angiography blood vessel measurement tech designed to aid in managing disease that cause progressive blindness. The Fremont, Calif.-based company said it also won clearance for its 3D projection artifact removal software, designed to improve OCTA image quality to allow for accurate measurements and interpretation of its OCTA images. OptoVue touted that the newly cleared AngioAnalytics tech adds to its currently released AngioVue OCTA technology designed to provide high-resoluti...
Source: Mass Device - June 12, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Imaging Optical/Ophthalmic Regulatory/Compliance Optovue Source Type: news

Brain-interface tech startup Paradromics raises $7m in seed funding
Medtech startup Paradromics said today it raised $7 million in seed round funding to help support its brain-machine interface technology intended to allow patients with severe connectivity disorders to operate advanced prosthetic devices. The San Jose, Calif.-based company is developing brain-machine interface tech intended to allow patients with disorders including blindness, deafness and paralysis to connect to the world with advanced prosthetics. An initial focus of the system will be allowing patients who are unable to communicate fluently to be able to speak in real time with the aid of a computer. “We are devel...
Source: Mass Device - June 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Neurological paradromics Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Education may lead to short-sightedness
New research offers 'strong evidence' that the more years someone spends in full time education, the more likely they are to become short-sighted. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Sanne de Wilde's best photograph: the island of the colour blind
‘It’s the most colour-blind place on Earth. I had to take four flights to get there. I wanted to celebrate their unique way of seeing the world’I shot this image of Deke, one of the smaller islands of the Pingelap atoll, in the Federated States ofMicronesia, in 2015. I had travelled to the atoll to research achromatopsia, a rare genetic condition that causes complete colour blindness and hypersensitivity to light. In severe cases, all you can see is shades of grey. Worldwide, only one in every 30,000 people have achromatopsia. But on Pingelap, one in 10 do. It ’s the most colour-blind place on Earth...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 6, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Interview by Edward Siddons Tags: Photography Art and design Culture Micronesia Asia Pacific World news Blindness and visual impairment Health Society Genetics Disability Science Art and design books Source Type: news

Distracted people can be 'smell blind' -- according to new University of Sussex study
(University of Sussex) 'Inattentional smell blindness,' or inattentional anosmia, has been proven to exist in a study from the University of Sussex. Just as it has previously been found that people can miss visual cues when they are busily engaged in a task, the same is true of smells. However, with smells there is only a 20-minute window before people become habituated to the smell and the opportunity to notice it has passed. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - June 5, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Texting and walking: a controlled field study of crossing behaviours and inattentional blindness in Taiwan - Chen PL, Saleh W, Pai CW.
The paper investigates the effects of phone use (talking, texting, and listening to music) on the street-crossing behaviours of pedestrians and their inattentional blindness in Taiwan. Recent handsets with touchscreens, as well as more advanced features in... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Broken eye socket: Symptoms, surgery, and recovery
A broken eye socket can occur if an accident or injury leads to an excessive force on the area around the eye. There are four different types of broken eye socket, which doctors categorize according to the part of the socket where the fracture occurs. In this article, learn more about symptoms, treatment, and recovery. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Researchers 3D-Print A Human Cornea, May Save Millions From Blindness
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, UK (CBS Local) – Researchers at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom have successfully created the first ever 3D-printed cornea, giving millions at risk of going blind new hope. British scientists combined human stem cells with a mixture of alginate and collagen to produce a “bio-ink” that can be used by a 3D printer. The durable yet flexible combination can reportedly be turned into the outer lens of the eye, which light passes through on its way to the retina in less than 10 minutes. “Our unique gel… keeps the stem cells alive whilst producing a materia...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News 3d printing blindness Eyesight Local TV talkers Source Type: news

NIH researchers identify how eye loss occurs in blind cavefish
Study yields potential clues to understanding eye disease and blindness in people. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - May 29, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Starwatch: Saturn draws close to the Moon in the southern sky
The gibbous waning Moon is bright in the night sky while Venus and Jupiter shine out at eveningFrom midweek onwards, look out for the Moon andSaturn drawing ever closer in the low southern night sky. By the end of the week, they will be separated by 1.6 °, or just over three lunar diameters. The Moon will be a few days past full and clearly in its waning gibbous phase. The chart shows the view for 03:00 BST on 1 June. This week is also good for seeing the four brightest objects in the sky. The Sun and Moon are the first two and are unmistakable – but remember never look at the Sun with your naked eyes or through ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - May 27, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Stuart Clark Tags: Astronomy Saturn The moon Venus Jupiter The sun Science Space Source Type: news

Treatment for a common cause of blindness could be available in 5 years
(Natural News) If you suffered from one of the most common forms of blindness, what would you give to be able to cure it? That’s a question that might be up for discussion as a group of U.K. researchers has reportedly developed a potential fix for one common cause of blindness. And what’s more, it could... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - May 25, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gene therapy that restores vision in dogs may help humans, too
(Michigan State University) A Michigan State University veterinary ophthalmologist has modified a gene therapy that reverses blindness in dogs that have a certain form of a disease known as progressive retinal atrophy, or PRA, and is now looking to advance the treatment for human use. Simon Petersen-Jones in the College of Veterinary Medicine has received a five-year, $8.2 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to further the therapy for people who have a type of retinitis pigmentosa. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Patients Duped Into Bogus Stem Cell Treatments
The study didn't examine how many patients eventually underwent stem cell treatment or how those who did fared, but deaths and permanent injury including blindness from unproven stem cell treatment... (Source: AARP.org News)
Source: AARP.org News - May 16, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Eye Condition Qualifies As Pre-Existing Condition, Iowa Federal Magistrate Says
DES MOINES, Iowa - An Iowa federal magistrate judge on April 9 recommended granting judgment in favor a disability insurer because the plan's pre-existing condition provision bars benefits for an eye condition that caused the claimant's blindness (Jeremy J. Timm v. Unum Life Insurance Company of America, No. 17-3019, N.D. Iowa, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 59522). (Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News)
Source: LexisNexis® Mealey's™ Disability Insurance Legal News - May 14, 2018 Category: Medical Law Source Type: news

The keto diet protects your eyesight
To so-called keto diet has shown to ease seizures in epilepsy patients. Now a study has found the slimming celebrity diet could also lower the risk of glaucoma, the leading cause of blindness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - May 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news