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$1 million price tag in spotlight as gene therapy becomes reality
LONDON (Reuters) - Battle lines are being drawn as the first gene therapy for an inherited condition nears the U.S. market, offering hope for people with a rare form of blindness and creating a cost dilemma for healthcare providers. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - November 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Experts warn: Ethical guidelines and regulations are needed for AI technology used to restore or enhance human capabilities
(Natural News) A group of 28 researchers, scientists and other experts in the neurotechnology field is calling for ethical rules when it comes to the brain-computer interface. Artificial intelligence technology brings with it the possibility of profoundly restoring the quality of life for many individuals suffering from brain injuries, blindness, paralysis, epilepsy, and other serious conditions.... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Exercise may protect you from glaucoma
The results of a new study show that people who engage in moderate- to vigorous-intensity exercise have a 73 percent lower risk of developing glaucoma. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 15, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

After cooking, biofortified corn and eggs retain nutrient needed to prevent blindness
(American Chemical Society) Fortified and biofortified foods are at the forefront of efforts to combat vitamin A deficiency worldwide. But little is known about what influence processing may have on the retention of vitamin A precursors in these foods. Now in a study appearing in ACS Omega, scientists report that a high percentage of these healthful substances -- in some cases, almost all -- can survive cooking, depending on the preparation method.   (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - November 15, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Research to Prevent Blindness and American Academy of Ophthalmology announce new grant opportunities to support vision research
(American Academy of Ophthalmology) Research to Prevent Blindness and the American Academy of Ophthalmology today announced that they have created a new category of grant to support researchers who want to use the Academy's IRIS ® Registry database to conduct population-based studies in ophthalmology and blindness prevention. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Genetic treatment for blindness may soon be reality
(American Academy of Ophthalmology) Patients who had lost their sight to an inherited retinal disease could see well enough to navigate a maze after being treated with a new gene therapy, according to research presented today at AAO 2017, the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Cellphone-based microscope leads to possible strategy for treating river blindness
More than 16,000 volunteers provided finger-prick blood samples for the study. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - November 8, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

FDA puts Second Sight Medical ’ s next-gen Orion ‘ bionic eye ’ on the fast track
Second Sight Medical (NSDQ:EYES) said today that the FDA put its Orion “bionic eye” on the fast track to approval. The Orion device is a cortical visual prosthesis that uses a camera and a brain implant to bypass the optic nerve in visually impaired patients. The federal safety watchdog put the device on its expedited access pathway, giving Sylmar, Calif.-based Second Sight priority review, greater interactive review for both its investigational device exemption and pre-market approval bids, plus more emphasis on post-market studies rather than pre-market clinical work. The FDA will also assign a cross-discipli...
Source: Mass Device - November 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Optical/Ophthalmic Regulatory/Compliance Second Sight Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What you need to know about esotropia
A look at esotropia, a condition that causes the eyes to turn inward. Included is detail on the common causes and how the condition is diagnosed. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - November 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Cell phone-based microscope leads to possible strategy for treating river blindness
(NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases) River blindness, or onchocerciasis, is a disease caused by a parasitic worm (Onchocerca volvulus) found primarily in Africa. Ivermectin is used to treat onchocerciasis. This treatment can be fatal when a person has high blood levels of another worm, Loa loa. In a paper published in NEJM, scientists describe how a cell phone-based videomicroscope can provide fast, effective testing for L. loa parasites, allowing these individuals to be protected from the adverse effects of ivermectin. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - November 8, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Rwanda:Cataracts - A Major Cause of Blindness Among Elderly People
[New Times] Onesphore Ruvunabahizi from Kacyiru in Gasabo District had a normal sight until five months ago when he realised his left eye was no longer seeing as it used to. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 6, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Taxpayers pay twice for crucial drugs like Avastin | Letters
Big pharma companies are charging over the odds for medicines developed with public funding, writeHeidi Chow andTabitha HaIt is shocking, but not surprising, that big drugs companies are threatening to sue the NHS for using cheaper versions of drugs that could save people from going blind (Drug firms trying to stop cheap eye treatment on NHS, 1 November). Another part of this story is that the two medicines in question – Lucentis (known generically as ranibizumab) and Avastin (bevacizumab) are based on the groundbreaking discovery of monoclonal antibodies, whichwere developed with UK public funding.The NHS itself fun...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 5, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Letters Tags: NHS Drugs Medical research Science Health Society Pharmaceuticals industry Business Blindness and visual impairment Disability Source Type: news

Essay: How I Helped a Blind Marathoner Reach the Podium, Above the Arctic Circle
In a land of polar bears and reindeer, a race that bills itself as the world ’ s most northern marathon on land presented new challenges for a running guide. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - November 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: ANDREW W. LEHREN Tags: New York City Marathon Disabilities Blindness Running Marathon Running Longyearbyen (Norway) Source Type: news

Chemists have created compounds that can treat glaucoma
(RUDN University) Glaucoma is a serious disease associated with increased intraocular pressure which often leads to blindness. One of the ways to treat glaucoma is to reduce aqueous humour secretion in the ciliary body of the eye by suppressing (inhibiting) activity of special enzymes -- carbonic anhydrases. Russian scientists from RUDN University have designed new compounds that can effectively reduce intraocular pressure by isoform selective inhibiting human carbonic anhydrase. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Low Vision, Blindness Expected to Double in Next 30 Years Low Vision, Blindness Expected to Double in Next 30 Years
The incidence of low vision and blindness will double in the next 30 years among older adults in the United States, a study suggests.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Blindness treatment: Eat THIS £1 food to cut risk of vision loss
VISION loss affects almost two million people in the UK. The leading cause of vision loss is age-related macular degeneration , which currently affects about 600,000 people in the country. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - November 2, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Drug giants threaten NHS with legal action over cheaper drug that could save £84m a year
Using cheaper version of drug effective against blindness is preferable to cost-cutting measures such as rationing, say NHS commissionersTwo multinational drug companies are threatening legal action to prevent patients being offered a cheap version of an effective drug against blindness which could save the NHS millions of pounds.Twelve NHS clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) in the north-east of England say that saving money by buying a safe and effective – but 10 times cheaper – version of the licensed drug forwet macular degeneration is far preferable to cutting costs in other ways, for instance by rationin...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - November 1, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: NHS Pharmaceuticals industry Drugs Health Society Science Blindness and visual impairment Source Type: news

Women and Malnutrition in Africa
In conclusion, it is arguable that there are improved impacts on nutrition if agricultural interventions are targeted to women and when specific work is done around women’s empowerment (for example, through behaviour change communication), mediated through women’s time use, women’s own health and nutrition status, and women’s access to and control over resources as well as intrahousehold decision-making power. That this may be dismissed out of hand is not unlikely either, given the persistence of male dominance.The post Women and Malnutrition in Africa appeared first on Inter Press Service. (Source:...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - October 31, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Raghav Gaiha and Vani Kulkarni Tags: Africa Aid Climate Change Food & Agriculture Gender Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Women's Health Source Type: news

WATCH: What Life Is Like With River Blindness
HuffPost traveled to Nigeria and Congo to document the fight against this preventable disease. (Source: Science - The Huffington Post)
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - October 30, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Cataract surgery tied to lower risk of death in older women
An analysis of Women's Health Initiative data has found that cataract surgery is tied to a lower overall and cause-specific risk of death in older women. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Protein discovery may improve treatments for diabetic eye disease
A new study shows how a protein called ARF6 is involved in the development of diabetic retinopathy, and that inhibiting it may lead to new treatments. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Causes of childhood vision impairment in the school for the blind in Eritrea - Gyawali R, Moodley VR.
SIGNIFICANCE: Our study provides the much-needed evidence on causes of childhood blindness in Eritrea. This will assist authorities to plan appropriate strategies and implement preventive, curative, and rehabilitative services to address these causes of vi... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Cardiff five-year-old has a zig-zag scar across his scalp
Leo Hutchinson, five, from Cardiff, was born with a rare condition that caused his skull to fuse together and press on his vital organ, which can cause blindness or severe brain damage. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - October 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Botswana:Increase in Visual Impairment Concern
[Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Assistant Minister of Health and Wellness, Mr Dikgang Makgalemele says Botswana, like most developing countries, continues to battle with blindness and visual impairment issues. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 23, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

What is Usher Syndrome?
Discussion Over 7000 diseases are considered rare disorders according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders® (NORD, rarediseases.org). NORD is a patient advocacy organization dedicated to individuals with rare diseases and the organizations that serve them. They have information on about 1200 rare diseases on their website (https://rarediseases.org/for-patients-and-families/information-resources/rare-disease-information/). Hearing loss (HL) is not rare and is a common problem across the ages. It affects 360 million people worldwide which is about 5% of the population. There are many causes of hearing loss an...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - October 23, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Tips to control crying
A look at how to stop crying. Included is information on how to control crying with both mental and physical approaches, and how to avoid triggers. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

FDA Approves Gene Therapy Tested In Boston To Treat Adults With Lymphoma
TRENTON, N.J. (CBS/AP) — U.S. regulators on Wednesday approved a second gene therapy for a blood cancer, a one-time, custom-made treatment for aggressive lymphoma in adults. The Food and Drug Administration allowed sales of the treatment from Kite Pharma. It uses the same technology, called CAR-T, as the first gene therapy approved in the U.S. in August, a treatment for childhood leukemia from Novartis Pharmaceuticals. That Novartis treatment was tested in Boston. In those tests, Dana Farber and Brigham and Women’s Hospital cancer researchers found that 80 percent of lymphoma patients who underwent the treatmen...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - October 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Healthwatch Local News blood cancer Brigham and Women's Hospital Dana Farber FDA Gene Therapy Novartis Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Nigeria:Why Ignorance Is Major Cause of Blindness, By Ophthalmologists
[Guardian] *As Me Cure offers free eye test, consultation (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 19, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: All you need to know about epiretinal membrane
A look at the condition epiretinal membranes (ERMs). We examine the risk factors and complications, along with how to prevent the condition, here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 18, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Botswana:Government Aims to End Treatable Blindness
[Botswana Daily News] Selebi Phikwe -The Minister of Infrastructure and Housing Development Mr Nonofo Molefhi who is also Member of Parliament for Selebi Phikwe East said that government has joined the international community in an effort to eliminate treatable blindness by the year 2020. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 18, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Brown, blue, green, and hazel: What is the secret behind eye color?
Human eyes display an impressive color palette, ranging from dark brown through shades of green, and to light blue. But what determines these unique hues? (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Nigeria:80 Percent of Blindness Is Preventable - Entomologist
[Vanguard] As the world weekend marked 2017 World Sight Day, Entomologist has disclosed that 80 percent of blindness could be prevented. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 17, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

With $43M haul, Atlas-backed startup applies precision medicine to eye disease
A new biotech startup has scored $42.5 million in financing from Atlas Venture and other prominent investors as it looks to develop treatments for the leading cause of irreversible blindness in the U.S. Cambridge-based Gemini Therapeutics came out of stealth mode on Tuesday by announcing the Series A round, which was co-led by Atlas, Lightstone Ventures and OrbiMed. The three venture firms also invested in Gemini’s seed round last year. The company is focused on age-related macular degeneratio n,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 17, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Max Stendahl Source Type: news

Nigeria:Commissioner Points Hypertension, Diabetes As Major Causes of Blindness
[Vanguard] Asaba -Delta State Commissioner for Health, Dr Nicholas Azinge, has said hypertension and diabetes are major causes of blindness. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 16, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Inattentional blindness for a gun during a simulated police vehicle stop - Simons DJ, Schlosser MD.
People often fail to notice unexpected objects and events when they are focusing attention on something else. Most studies of this "inattentional blindness" use unexpected objects that are irrelevant to the primary task and to the participant (e.g., gorill... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 14, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Jurisprudence, Laws, Legislation, Policies, Rules Source Type: news

Why gene therapy for rare form of blindness is revolutionary
An experimental gene therapy for a rare hereditary form of blindness is a step closer to reality. An FDA advisory panel voted unanimously Thursday to recommend approval of a groundbreaking treatment for people with a faulty gene that impairs vision. It would be the first gene therapy in the U.S. for an inherited disease. Dr. David Agus joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss how the treatment works and why it could be a new frontier in treating genetic disorders. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA Panel Backs Gene Therapy for Inherited Blindness FDA Panel Backs Gene Therapy for Inherited Blindness
The FDA advisory committee gave a unanimous thumbs-up to gene therapy for one form of inherited blindness, paving the way for others.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

FDA panel endorses gene therapy for form of blindness
If approved, it would be the first gene therapy in the U.S. for an inherited disease (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Pseudophakia (IOL): Signs you need them and complications
When do you need artificial lenses for the eyes? Find out here along with more information on the specific types and how they are implanted. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Why genetic therapy for a form of blindness is such a big deal
On Thursday, an FDA advisory panel recommended approval of a therapy that could improve the vision of people who have a rare genetic disorder called Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA). CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula weighs in. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA panel votes on gene therapy to treat form of blindness
An FDA advisory panel weighed in on a therapy that can improve the vision of people with a rare genetic disorder called Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA) (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Why FDA-backed gene therapy for rare form of blindness is revolutionary
An experimental gene therapy for a rare hereditary form of blindness is a step closer to reality. An FDA advisory panel voted unanimously Thursday to recommend approval of a groundbreaking treatment for people with a faulty gene that impairs vision. It would be the first gene therapy in the U.S. for an inherited disease. Dr. David Agus joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss how the treatment works and why it could be a new frontier in treating genetic disorders. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Vitrectomy: Procedure, complications, and recovery
Learn more about vitrectomy, a procedure that involves removing fluid from the eye. We look at why it may be needed, and the risks and complications. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Why FDA's approval of a gene therapy to treat form of blindness is such a big deal
An FDA advisory panel gave the green light for a therapy that can improve the vision of people with a rare genetic disorder called Leber's congenital amaurosis (LCA) (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

An experimental gene therapy is getting results for a rare form of blindness
An experimental treatment for a certain cause of blindness is a step closer to approval. An FDA advisory panel approved the therapy, which can improve the vision of people with a rare genetic disorder. Errol Barnett has more. (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA reviews gene therapy to treat form of blindness
If approved, it would be the first gene therapy in the U.S. for an inherited disease (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA panel backs gene therapy for rare form of blindness
(Reuters) - Spark Therapeutics Inc's experimental gene therapy for a rare form of blindness improves vision and should be approved, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration concluded on Thursday, paving the way for the first U.S. gene therapy for an inherited disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA panel unanimously votes to approve gene therapy for blindness
A US Food and Drug Administration advisory committee unanimously voted Thursday to approve an experimental genetic therapy for patients with a rare inherited eye disease. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA panel votes in favor of Spark's blindness gene therapy
(Reuters) - Spark Therapeutics Inc's experimental gene therapy for a rare form of blindness improves vision and should be approved, advisers to the Food and Drug Administration concluded on Thursday, paving the way for the first U.S. gene therapy for an inherited disease. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

FDA Panel Endorses Gene Therapy For A Form Of Childhood Blindness
Food and Drug Administration advisers unanimously recommended that the agency approve the first gene therapy for an inherited disease — a rare defect that causes blindness in children.(Image credit: Spark Therapeutics) (Source: NPR Health and Science)
Source: NPR Health and Science - October 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Rob Stein Source Type: news