Glaucoma eye warning: Glaucoma can lead to blindness - three symptoms to watch out for
GLAUCOMA is one of the biggest causes of blindness in the world, but how do you know if you have it or if you are at risk? This World Glaucoma Week, Specsavers reveals the three main symptoms of the eye condition and who might be at risk of developing it. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Cardiologist Eric Topol on How AI Can Bring Humanity Back to Medicine
In his new book, Deep Medicine, the cardiologist argues that artificial intelligence can bring humanity back to medicine. You tweet several times a day about the latest medical studies. Do you really read all of those articles? Every one of the 18,000 tweets come from me. People think I have an army of people to help me–no. I’m an information junkie. Ever since I was a kid I’ve been an incessant reader. I apportion time every day–a couple of hours in the morning and the evening. What is the biggest problem you see in medicine today? What’s happened is an erosion of the relationship, due to the...
Source: TIME: Health - March 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alice Park Tags: Uncategorized Artificial Intelligence Life Reinvented medicine Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How to improve eyesight without glasses
There are many natural ways a person can help protect and improve their eyesight without the need for corrective glasses. This can include simple things such as washing hands, quitting smoking, getting enough vitamins, and protecting the eyes. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How to improve and protect eyesight without glasses
There are many natural ways a person can help protect and improve their eyesight without the need for corrective glasses. This can include simple things such as washing hands, quitting smoking, getting enough vitamins, and protecting the eyes. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Face blindness: 'I can't recognise my loved-ones'
Boo James has a condition called face blindness - now scientists are trying to find out more about it. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - March 6, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Biogen deviates from neuroscience drugs with $800M acquisition
Biogen is expanding its portfolio outside of neuroscience, announcing Monday it is purchasing a British biotech firm focused on retinal disorders for $800 million. Biogen (Nasdaq: BIIB) is acquiring clinical stage gene therapy company Nightstar Therapeutics (Nasdaq: NITE), which is developing treatments for multiple retinal disorders. Its lead candidate, a treatment for a rare hereditary eye disorder that leads to blindness, is currently being tested in a Ph ase 3 trial. The deal is expected to… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - March 4, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: Allison DeAngelis Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Single injection gives mammals night vision
By injecting nanoparticles into mice, researchers have found a way to give mammals night vision. The implications are far-reaching. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - March 4, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Image of the Day: In the Eye of a Fly
A missing microRNA leads to degenerating neurons and blindness in a fruit fly. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - February 26, 2019 Category: Science Tags: Image of the Day Source Type: news

More Babies Are Being Born With Syphilis. Blame Meth and Opioids.
Details the connection between drug use, the opioid epidemic, and the significant rise in syphilis and syphilis among newborns, or congenital syphilis. Some of the communities hit hardest by the opioid epidemic and a related methamphetamine spike are also the location of some of the steepest increases in syphilis. Congenital syphilis can cause deformities, severe anemia, an enlarged liver and spleen, jaundice or brain and nerve problems like blindness or deafness, and up to 40% may be stillborn or die as a newborn. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - February 26, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How to treat pinkeye at home
Pinkeye, or conjunctivitis, is a common eye condition. People can relieve irritation, itchiness, and discomfort at home, using various natural remedies. In this article, we discuss five possible home remedies for pinkeye. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 19, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Sales of Philadelphia-born gene therapy product hit $27M during first year
In its first year, Luxturna — the first Food and Drug Administrative-approved gene therapy treatment for an inherited disease — generated $27 million in sales for Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics. Spark said it has shipped 75 vials of Luxturna, a one-time gene therapy used to treat adult and pediatric patients with v ision loss caused by inherited retinal dystrophy from a genetic mutation. The inherited retinal disorder, which leads to blindness if untreated, afflicts an estimated 1,000… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - February 19, 2019 Category: American Health Authors: John George Source Type: news

Scientists launch first attempt to halt most common cause of age-related blindness with gene therapy
Surgeons at Oxford University have launched their first attempt at halting age-related macular degeneration, which is the most common cause of blindness and affects 600,000 people in the UK. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 18, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is orbital cellulitis?
Orbital cellulitis is an infection of the eye socket that can cause pain, swelling, and protrusion of the eyeball. It is a serious condition that can lead to vision loss and potentially life-threatening complications if a person does not get treatment. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - February 14, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Eritrea: Cataract Surgery in Dekemhare Sub-Zone
[Shabait] Dekemhare -The Ministry of Health branch in the Southern region in cooperation with the National Blindness Prevention is conducting cataract surgery in the Dekemhare sub-zone. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - February 13, 2019 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Diabetes Eye Exam Frequency in US Is'Alarmingly Low'Diabetes Eye Exam Frequency in US Is'Alarmingly Low '
In a large database of insured patients, almost half with type 2 diabetes and a third with type 1 diabetes had no eye exam in a 5-year period. Change is needed to stop retinopathy being the leading cause of blindness.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Diabetes & Endocrinology News Source Type: news

Revealed: How a phone's blue light may harm your skin and your sight
Last year, U.S. scientists published research suggesting that blue light might damage vision and speed up the onset of blindness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - February 12, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH researchers home in on genes linked to age-related macular degeneration
(NIH/National Eye Institute) National Eye Institute scientists led a collaborative study and zeroed in on genes associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss and blindness among people age 65 and older. These findings provide a more expanded and in-depth picture of the genetic contributions to AMD, and they present new pathways for treatment development. The study was published Feb. 11 in Nature Genetics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 11, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

What Should You Do About Head Banging?
Discussion Head banging and body rocking are common habits that young children exhibit that can be worrisome or frustrating for parents but that do not cause harm to the child. In a normally developing child they occur around 6-9 months age, and generally resolve around 2-3 years with most behaviors gone by 6-8 years. Children usually do not cause harm to themselves, but it can cause furniture to move causing noise, or potentially the child could lose balance and fall off a bed, or strike an object unintentionally and hurt themself (hit edge of a bed just right in a way that causes a small bruise). The behaviors appear to ...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 11, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Individual differences in change blindness are predicted by the strength and stability of visual representations - Andermane N, Bosten JM, Seth AK, Ward J.
The phenomenon of change blindness reveals that people are surprisingly poor at detecting unexpected visual changes; however, research on individual differences in detection ability is scarce. Predictive processing accounts of visual perception suggest tha... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 4, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news

Starwatch: look for the waxing crescent moon just after sunset
The newborn moon will be hard to spot at first, but getting clearer by the dayHaving chased the waning crescent moon in the morning sky last week, it is now time to look for the similarly slender crescent of the waxing moon this week. The search begins on 6 February in the evening sky, as the moon has now passed between the earth and the sun. Be warned, however, that the search will be a challenging one. The moon will only have 3% of its surface illuminated on the 6th. To stand a chance of seeing it, find somewhere with a good western horizon and note the position at which the sun sets. Then as the sky darkens keep a look ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - February 3, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Stuart Clark Tags: Science The moon Space The sun Source Type: news

A comparison of pediatric ocular injuries based on intention in patients admitted with trauma - Gise R, Truong T, Parsikia A, Mbekeani JN.
PURPOSE: Pediatric ocular trauma is a major source of morbidity and blindness and the number of epidemiological studies is incommensurate with its significance. We sought to determine differences in epidemiologic patterns of pediatric ocular injuries based... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 1, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Cost of military eye injury and vision impairment related to traumatic brain injury: 2001-2017 - Frick KD, Singman EL.
INTRODUCTION: Annual incidence of eye injury among members of the US armed services is high and can cause vision impairment and blindness. Traumatic brain injury is also associated with visual function. An estimate of the cost of treatment, benefits for th... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 30, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

WATCH: Why you should be wearing sunglasses in the winter
In winter months, bright UV exposure can cause photokeratitis, commonly referred to as snow blindness, and sometimes described as a sunburn for the eye. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - January 30, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Transplanting stem cells from donors' eyes could 'cure blindness'
A study by the University of Edinburgh of 13 people with limbal stem cell deficiency found transplanting stem cells from donors' corneas helped improve the patients' ability to read. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - January 28, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

What Are Common Causes of Blindness in Children?
Discussion According to the World Health Organization, about 1.3 billion people have some form of visual impairment. Most people with visual impairments are>50 years old, more are female than male, and more live in resource-limited areas than resource-rich areas. Most visual impairments are avoidable (80%) in all age groups with the leading causes globally and across ages being uncorrected refractive errors and cataracts. The most common causes of blindness are: Refractive errors, uncorrected Cataract Age-related macular degeneration Glaucoma Diabetic retinopathy Corneal opacity Trachoma The exact numbers vary by regi...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 28, 2019 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

It's possible: Nutritional recommendations that prevent age-related macular degeneration
(Natural News) Saffron is a highly-prized spice with many uses. However, according to several studies, the spice can also be used to reduce your risk of developing age-related macular degeneration. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in adults aged 50 and older. In the U.S., over 11 million older Americans have some degree of... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 26, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Study identifies new genes associated with the leading cause of blindness
(University of Liverpool) A new study, published in Clinical Epigenetics, identifies genes associated with Age-related Macular Degeneration (AMD) that could represent new targets for future drug development. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - January 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New mutations causing inherited deaf-blindness have been discovered
(Sechenov University) A team of scientists from Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University (MSMU) together with their colleagues from leading scientific centers of Moscow and India described a number of genetic mutations causing Usher syndrome (inherited deaf-blindness). They found previously unstudied unique mutations in investigated DNA regions. The results of the study were published in the Ophthalmic Genetics journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 22, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

They said I'd go blind. Now gene therapy has changed that
Matthew Bishop was told there was no treatment that could save his vision. But now scientific breakthroughs in gene therapy have given him, and others, hopeIn his office in Oxford ’s John Radcliffe hospital, Prof Robert MacLaren sits upright, his back as straight as a soldier’s, and tells me about the lowest point in his 20-yearcareer. It was the rejection, many years ago, of his grant application for a project investigating how gene therapy might treat conditions causing blindness. “It was completely panned by the reviewers,” he says. “We were told ‘There’s no way it’s ever ...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 19, 2019 Category: Science Authors: Moya Sarner Tags: Genetics Parents and parenting Biology Science Family Life and style Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Treating a chalazion at home
A chalazion is a small, painless lump that can develop on the eyelid. Anyone can a get a chalazion, but they are more common in people with an underlying skin condition. Chalazia usually heal on their own within a few weeks. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

The renaissance of PACS -- and why it didn't deconstruct
Five years ago saw the birth of "deconstructed PACS" -- the idea that hospitals...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Revisiting deconstructed PACS: Part 2 Revisiting deconstructed PACS: Part 1 The time is now for deconstructed PACSComments: 1/17/2019 6:31:05 AMThePACSman                 I read this at 3:45 am and started walking out my office door to get the kids to bring them down to the fallout shelter and then realized they were grown and gone already and I didn’t have to save them.           &nbs...
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - January 17, 2019 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Keep your eyesight healthy well beyond your sunset years with the Mediterranean diet
(Natural News) Nutritionists across the world highly recommend the Mediterranean diet, and research is finding more reasons to follow it. A team of scientists from the University of Bordeaux and Erasmus University Medical Center discovered that this type of diet reduces the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. According to... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 17, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NIH researchers rescue photoreceptors, prevent blindness in animal models of retinal degeneration
Findings set stage for first clinical trial of stem cell-based therapeutic approach for AMD. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - January 14, 2019 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Diet Soda Linked to Risk for Diabetic Blindness
Title: Diet Soda Linked to Risk for Diabetic BlindnessCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/9/2019 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/9/2019 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General)
Source: MedicineNet Diabetes General - January 9, 2019 Category: Endocrinology Source Type: news

Diet Soda Linked to Risk for Diabetic Blindness
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Source: eMedicineHealth.com - January 9, 2019 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Diet Soda Linked to Risk for Diabetic Blindness
Diet soft drinks have been marketed as healthier than regular soft drinks, yet a growing body of evidence has suggested that artificial sweeteners may also harm your health. Past research has linked diet soda to a higher risk of diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - January 8, 2019 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Pedestrian smartphone overuse and inattentional blindness: an observational study in Taipei, Taiwan - Chen PL, Pai CW.
BACKGROUND: Smartphone addiction has become a crucial social issue. Past studies have indicated that phone use such as talking or texting while walking constitutes a dual task that may cause pedestrians inattentional blindness and impair their awareness of... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 3, 2019 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

The breakthroughs that could save our lives
From reversing blindness and paralysis to new treatments for cancer and infertility. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - December 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Teen on a mission to raise money for sister's disease
Christiane Benson suffers from Batten disease, a rare neurological disorder degrades brain function and can cause blindness and seizures (Source: Health News: CBSNews.com)
Source: Health News: CBSNews.com - December 28, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Interorganizational Coordination and a Vulnerable Population during Hurricane Irma in 2017: A Qualitative Case Study on Joint Efforts for Undocumented Immigrant Disaster Safety
Source: University of Colorado at Boulder, Natural Hazards Center. Published: 2018. This qualitative case study aims to gain a greater understanding of the interorganizational coordination that assisted undocumented immigrants in South Apopka, Florida, during and immediately after Hurricane Irma in 2017. It discusses the study's central themes and suggests policy strategies to encourage community coordination to protect the lives of vulnerable people from institutional blindness in disasters. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Interorganizational Coordination and a Vulnerable Population during Hurricane Irma in 2017
Source: University of Colorado at Boulder, Natural Hazards Center. Published: 2018. This qualitative case study aims to gain a greater understanding of the interorganizational coordination that assisted undocumented immigrants in South Apopka, Florida, during and immediately after Hurricane Irma in 2017. It discusses the study's central themes and suggests policy strategies to encourage community coordination to protect the lives of vulnerable people from institutional blindness in disasters. (Text) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health)
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - December 22, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

300 blind mice uncover genetic causes of eye disease
(University of California - Davis) Hundreds of new genes linked to blindness and other vision disorders have been identified in a screen of mouse strains. Many of these genes are likely important in human vision and the results could help identify new causes of hereditary blindness in patients. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Wearing Contacts 24/7 Can Bring Infection, Blindness, Doctors Warn
Title: Wearing Contacts 24/7 Can Bring Infection, Blindness, Doctors WarnCategory: Health NewsCreated: 12/19/2018 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 12/20/2018 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General)
Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General - December 20, 2018 Category: Opthalmology Source Type: news

Wear Contacts 24/7? You Risk Infection, Blindness
Despite the introduction in the 1990s of silicone hydrogel contacts, which allow more oxygen to pass through, the overall risk of corneal infection has held steady over decades, experts say. About one in every 2,500 lens wearers is affected. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - December 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Wearing Contacts 24/7 Can Bring Infection, Blindness, Doctors Warn
WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 -- Dangerous infections, blinding ulcers in the eyes: These are just some of the troubles that can come from wearing your contacts for too long. Contact lenses are generally considered safe, but wearing them while asleep... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - December 19, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

How the brain reacts to loss of vision
(Ruhr-University Bochum) If mice lose their vision immediately after birth due to a genetic defect, this has a considerable impact, both on the organisation of the cerebral cortex and on memory ability. Researchers demonstrated that, in the months after blindness emerged, the density of neurotransmitter receptors that regulate excitation balance and are required for memory encoding was altered in all areas of the cortex that process sensory information. Furthermore, the hippocampus, a brain region that plays a crucial role in memory processes, was profoundly affected. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 19, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Childhood blindness therapy shows 'very promising' results
(University College London) A new therapy aimed at improving the sight of people with one of the most common forms of childhood blindness, has shown 'very promising' initial results, according to a study involving UCL researchers. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Injection improves vision in a form of childhood blindness
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) A new treatment for patients with a form of congenital retinal blindness has shown success in improving vision, according to results published today in Nature Medicine led by researchers at the Scheie Eye Institute in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 17, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Do I have night blindness?
Night blindness occurs when an existing eye condition leads to an inability to see clearly in dim light. Treatments depend on the cause but often involve managing the underlying condition. Learn more here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - December 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Google launches Thai AI project to screen for diabetic eye disease
Google said on Thursday it had launched an artificial intelligence program in Thailand to screen for a diabetic eye disease which causes permanent blindness. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - December 13, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news