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Vision Problems Common in Babies Infected with Zika
Impairments range in severity, two studies foundSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Infections and Pregnancy, Vision Impairment and Blindness, Zika Virus (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Diabetes Threatens Kidneys, Vision of Millions of Americans
WEDNESDAY, Sept. 13, 2017 -- Millions of Americans with type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes are at risk for chronic kidney disease, and another 59,000 Americans, 40 and older, are at risk for diabetes-related blindness. That's the sobering conclusion... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - September 13, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Infants with congenital Zika virus syndrome suffer serious visual impairment
(Elsevier) There is a broad collection of anomalies now known as congenital Zika syndrome (CZS). Some of the most serious are ophthalmologic. Two papers published in the Journal of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) evaluated visual function among infants with suspected and confirmed CZS. Both studies found that while about 40 percent of patients had ocular abnormalities, 100 percent of children tested had visual impairment. Thus, cortical visual impairment might be the most common cause of blindness among children with CZS. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - September 13, 2017 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Central heterochromia (two different eye colors): Causes and types
Central heterochromia occurs when a person has different colors in the same eye. Variations in the spread and concentration of skin pigment cause this. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - September 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Proactive deprioritization of emotional distractors enhances target perception - Kennedy BL, Newman VE, Most SB.
There are many situations in which it is important to focus on a task in the face of emotional distraction. Yet, emotional distractors can impair our ability to report items that appear soon after them, an effect known as emotion-induced blindness (EIB). T... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Distraction, Fatigue, Chronobiology, Vigilance, Workload Source Type: news

Blindness study shows how gene causes middle-age sight loss
(University of Edinburgh) Chemical changes in the eye that can lead to blindness have been identified by scientists, a conference has heard. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

New model for hard-to-study form of blindness paves way for future research
(University of Rochester Medical Center) URMC researchers have created the first patient-derived laboratory model of macular degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in older adults. With the new model, the team has identified possible drug targets for the disease, which they hope will help lead to an effective treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 6, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Patterns of ocular trauma among the elderly in a South-American urban area and the association between eye traumas with sleep disorders - Moreira SHN, Kasahara N.
AIMS: Eye trauma in the older population can lead to blindness. Sleep deterioration is associated with increased risk of occupational injuries. The purpose of the study was to assess the epidemiology of ocular trauma in the elderly population and to evalua... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

UK needs to perform thousands more obesity operations, say surgeons
NHS should offer more stomach-shrinking procedures to help people lose weight and prevent associated diseases, doctors argueThousands more stomach-shrinking operations need to be carried out in the UK, say surgeons, who warn the country is lagging behind the rest of Europe despite the toll being taken on people ’s health and warnings that the obesity crisis could bankrupt the NHS.Reducing stomach size prevents people eating more than small amounts at a time, leading to dramatic weight loss. It can also reversetype 2 diabetes, which carries the risk of amputations, blindness, heart attacks and strokes.Continue reading...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - September 1, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Sarah Boseley Health editor Tags: Obesity Science Health Society UK news NHS Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Eyelashes: The eyeball's flirtatious bodyguards
Eyelashes might look pretty, but they also have a serious job: to keep dust away from our eyes. If they are too long, they can no longer fulfill this role. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Genetic Causes of Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Genetic Causes of Optic Nerve Hypoplasia
Optic nerve hypoplasia is the most common congenital optic nerve anomaly and a leading cause of blindness. What advances have been made in determining a genetic cause?Journal of Medical Genetics (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - August 31, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Pathology & Lab Medicine Journal Article Source Type: news

FDA approved "Bionic Man" retinal implant to treat certain types of blindness... but there's no spy vision capability (yet)
(Natural News) The FDA has just granted approval to Second Sight Medical Products to embark on a human clinical study of its newest visual prosthesis system. Known as Orion, the device is a newer iteration of the Sylmar, California-based company’s successful Argus II retinal implant product. The Argus II gained approval in 2013, and it... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - August 30, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA clears Second Sight IDE trial of next-gen Orion cortical visual prosthesis
Second Sight Medical (NSDQ:EYES) said today it won FDA investigational device exemption to initiate a feasibility clinical study of its Orion cortical visual prosthesis system. The conditional approval gives the Sylmar, Calif.-based company clearance to enroll up to 5 patients at 2 US sites, but requires that the company conduct additional device testing and “address outstanding questions” within 45 days, it said. “This is an exciting milestone for the company given the potential of Orion to provide useful vision to millions of blind individuals worldwide who have no other option today. We are deligh...
Source: Mass Device - August 28, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Clinical Trials Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Optical/Ophthalmic Prosthetics second-sight-medical Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Color blindness: When red looks like brown
From street signs to our national flags, colors are an integral part of society. But for colorblind individuals, this can cause serious challenges. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 23, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Hopkins Nursing—Dean on Immunization / New Faculty / Saudi Arabian DNP Graduates
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Source: Johns Hopkins University and Health Systems Archive - August 22, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Blind 9/11 Survivor Delivers Compelling Keynote at 2017 National EMS Safety Summit
Michael Hingson, best-selling author and speaker, presented an inspirational talk at the National EMS Safety Summit on his 30 years in technology sales and management, his more than 50 years with guide dog partners and his survival of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He spoke about how to build a team on trust, using its strengths wisely, and harnessing the power of teamwork. Blind since birth, Hingson was presented with his first guide dog at the age of 14. The use of guide dogs allowed him to begin developing his skills in trust, teamwork, leadership and adaptation in adverse situations and...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Blind 9/11 Survivor Delivers Compelling Keynote at 2017 National EMS Safety Summit
Michael Hingson, best-selling author and speaker, presented an inspirational talk at the National EMS Safety Summit on his 30 years in technology sales and management, his more than 50 years with guide dog partners and his survival of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He spoke about how to build a team on trust, using its strengths wisely, and harnessing the power of teamwork. Blind since birth, Hingson was presented with his first guide dog at the age of 14. The use of guide dogs allowed him to begin developing his skills in trust, teamwork, leadership and adaptation in adverse situations and...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - August 22, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: A.J. Heightman, MPA, EMT P Tags: News Administration and Leadership Source Type: news

Worried About Your Eyes After the Eclipse? Here ’ s What You Should Know
You were warned about looking at the solar eclipse without protection, but you did it anyway. Eye specialists are ready to help. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - August 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: CHRISTINE HAUSER Tags: Eyes and Eyesight Eclipses Blindness American Academy of Ophthalmology Source Type: news

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(Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew)
Source: Food and Drug Adminstration (FDA): CDRHNew - August 22, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: ( at FDADeviceInfo) Source Type: news

Did You Hurt Your Eyes by Looking at the Solar Eclipse? You Won ’t Know Until Tomorrow
Shortly after a total solar eclipse swept across America on Monday, many eclipse gazers took to social media to complain about their eyes hurting or burning. For many viewers, that raised the question of whether they had permanently hurt their eyes by looking at the eclipse. While anyone who is concerned may want to visit an eye doctor for an official diagnosis, the short answer is that it’s likely too soon after the eclipse to observe any damage to your eyes. Starting directly at the sun during the partial phase of the eclipse without wearing special eclipse glasses could harm the retina, damaging the images your br...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - August 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Melissa Chan and Alana Abramson Tags: Uncategorized eclipse onetimes space space 2017 Source Type: news

What Happens to Your Eyes If You Look Directly at the Sun During a Solar Eclipse?
For the first time in U.S. history, a solar eclipse will travel exclusively across America, enabling millions of people to view the moon block out the sun on Aug. 21. But those who watch this rare celestial event need to take precautions, because staring right at the sun can quickly harm your eyes. “Looking directly at the sun is unsafe except during the brief total phase of a solar eclipse (“totality”), when the moon entirely blocks the sun’s bright face, which will happen only within the narrow path of totality,” NASA explains on its website. “The only safe way to look directly at the ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - August 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alana Abramson Tags: Uncategorized eclipse onetime space space 2017 Source Type: news

Safely Viewing a Solar Eclipse
Source: National Eye Institute - Related MedlinePlus Pages: Vision Impairment and Blindness (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Allergan gel-based stents are treating glaucoma
[Image from University of Michigan]An Allergan-developed gelatin-based stent is showing potential to treat glaucoma in a quicker and safer environment, according to new research from the University of Michigan. Glaucoma is a disease that damages the eye’s optic nerve and can cause vision loss and blindness. Medicines in the form of eyedrops or pills can be used to treat glaucoma. Another option is laser trabeculoplasty which helps drain fluid from the eye. Conventional surgery also creates a new opening in the eye for fluid to leave. Both surgical options are invasive and prone to complications. With the amount of gl...
Source: Mass Device - August 15, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Stents Surgical Allergan Inc. Glaucoma MedTech Source Type: news

Robot saved my sight by blasting my eye with radiotherapy
Michael Edwards (pictured), from Fawsley in Northamptonshire, was diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration - a leading cause of blindness in the over-60s. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eclipse 101: Safety
Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration Related MedlinePlus Pages: Vision Impairment and Blindness (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 10, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Solar Eclipse and Your Eyes
Source: Prevent Blindness America Related MedlinePlus Pages: Vision Impairment and Blindness (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 9, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Why do onions make us cry?
Few can escape the wrath of the onion; the chemicals released in self-defense make us well up. Scientists shed light on the enzyme responsible. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Nigeria: Why Nigerians Should Donate Their Eyes At Death
[Guardian] It is a rebirth for Emma Akana, Sikiru Akinbanjo and Friday Akagbue. The trio are not united by blood but what they have in common is that they have all once tasted two worlds - the agonizing experience of acute darkness through blindness and the ecstasy of having their eye sights restored. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 7, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Marcus Gunn pupil: Causes, diagnosis, and treatment
Marcus Gunn pupil is a condition affecting the eyes. In this article, learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for Marcus Gunn pupil. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 5, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

As world's population ages, blindness rates likely to grow
Researchers said bby 2050, the number of blind people is likely to hit 115 million, with 588 million more having limited sight. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Gene editing isn ’t about designer babies, it’s about hope for people like me | Alex Lee
What gives someone without an incurable condition such as blindness the right to stand in the way of potentially life-saving treatments?A landmark US study by scientists at Oregon Health and Science University in Portlandhas for the first time successfully edited out a genetic mutation that could cause heart disease, but the fearmongering over designer babies rages on. Where would research into cures for genetic diseases be without a good old debate around the scary future of eugenics?For once, let ’s not allow that rhetoric to take over the headlines, in the way that it did two years ago, when research intomitochond...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 3, 2017 Category: Science Authors: Alex Lee Tags: Genetics Blindness and visual impairment Reproduction Biology Science Health Aldous Huxley Society UK news Source Type: news

As World's Population Ages, Blindness Rates Likely to Grow
Study of 188 countries finds burden of impaired vision falls hardest on developing nationsSource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: International Health, Seniors' Health, Vision Impairment and Blindness (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

As World's Population Ages, Blindness Rates Likely to Grow
THURSDAY, Aug. 3, 2017 -- More than 36 million people worldwide are blind, while 217 million more have moderate to severe vision loss, and experts now report that they expect those numbers to surge. By 2050, the researchers said, the number of... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 3, 2017 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

As World's Population Ages, Blindness Rates Likely to Grow
Title: As World's Population Ages, Blindness Rates Likely to GrowCategory: Health NewsCreated: 8/3/2017 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 8/3/2017 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General)
Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General - August 3, 2017 Category: Opthalmology Source Type: news

Global blindness set to 'triple by 2050'
Researchers predict predict cases will rise from 36 million to 115 million by 2050. (Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition)
Source: BBC News | Health | UK Edition - August 3, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Dacryocystitis: Causes, symptoms, and treatment
What is dacryocystitis? In this article, learn about the causes of this infection that affects the tear ducts, how it is diagnosed, and treatment. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 1, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Missing signals lead to diabetic nerve injury
(Case Western Reserve University) Molecules that help cells communicate with each other--called cytokines--might be the key to repairing diabetic nerve damage, according to a new study published in Experimental Neurology. Diabetes devastates nerve cells, which can lead to poor circulation, muscle weakness, blindness, and other painful side effects. The new study showed diabetic mice can't repair nerve cells after damage due to low levels of specific cytokines. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 1, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Vision Problems Can Harm Kids' Development, Grades
Eye experts say children should have routine exams to detect trouble earlySource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Eye Care, School Health, Vision Impairment and Blindness (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

NICE backs biologic for treating condition that can cause blindness
A monoclonal antibody and a biodegradable corticosteroid implant have been approved for use by the NHS in England and Wales to treat an inflammatory eye condition that can lead to blindness. (Source: Nursing Times)
Source: Nursing Times - July 28, 2017 Category: Nursing Source Type: news

Eye screening linked to fall in sight loss in people with diabetes
Conclusion The results indicate that since the introduction of the screening programme for diabetic retinopathy in Wales, the total number and rate of new certifications of sight impairment and severe sight impairment have decreased. This is despite an increase in the number of people diagnosed with diabetes. The study shows a promising trend and highlights the possible benefit of such screening. However, there are some important considerations: Reporting of visual loss currently requires a consultant ophthalmologist to complete a Certificate of Vision Impairment, and this isn't compulsory. Patients may be reluctant to...
Source: NHS News Feed - July 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Contact lens warning: Leaving them in overnight could cause BLINDNESS
CONTACT lenses have vastly improved the options for those of poor sight. However, they can cause permanent vision loss if not worn properly. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - July 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The relationship between ocular trauma and substance abuse in emergency department patients - Chang SL, Patel V, Giltner J, Lee R, Marco CA.
INTRODUCTION: Eye injury is the second most common cause of visual impairment and a leading cause of monocular blindness in the United States. There are approximately 6 million ED visits related to drug use annually, including misuse or abuse of pharmaceut... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

$1.9 million NIH grant to Wayne State to research genetic disease that causes blindness
(Wayne State University - Office of the Vice President for Research) A team of Wayne State University researchers recently received a $1.9 million grant from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health to better understand leukodystrophies (LD) and genetic Leukoencephalopathies (gLE), rare genetic disorders affecting the white matter -- myelin -- in the central nervous system. Patients diagnosed with a leukodystrophy experience a gradual decline in development, including a progressive loss in gait, body tone, vision, hearing, swallowing and/or ability to eat. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 21, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Laser Therapy Shows Promise Against Eye'Floaters '
These spots in vision can increase with age, researchers note Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Eye Diseases, Vision Impairment and Blindness (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Impaired Eyesight May Be First Sign of Zika Damage in Babies
All infants with prenatal exposure to the virus need a vision exam, researchers saySource: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Fetal Health and Development, Vision Impairment and Blindness, Zika Virus (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 17, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

FDA accepts for priority review Spark Therapeutics' gene therapy for blindness
The gene therapy targets an inherited retinal disease that leads to blindness. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 17, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: John George Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Eyelid twitch: Common causes, treatment, and prevention
An eyelid twitch can be very frustrating, especially when it is an ongoing problem. Learn about the possible causes of eyelid twitch, and how to treat it. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 8, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Swollen eyelid: Twelve causes and treatments 

Twelve of the most common causes of swollen eyelid. In this article, learn about why swollen eyelids occur, how to prevent them, and how to treat symptoms. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 4, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

DeviceTalks: Big data, virtual reality and the connected brain in medtech
The future of medical technology could involve artificial intelligence, virtual reality and even direct connections to the human brain. A panel at DeviceTalks, lead by Worrell Design’s director of advanced development, Derek Mathers, discussed how technological developments like Amazon’s Alexa and the accumulation of big data could shape future trends in medtech.  Wielding big data for innovation Big data – the latest buzzword in health IT – could help usher in a new era of precision medicine and disease management, according to a panel of pharma and medtech experts at this year’s DeviceT...
Source: Mass Device - July 3, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Big Data Health Information Technology Healthcare Reform Hospital Care Neuromodulation/Neurostimulation Patient Monitoring Software / IT Abbott Amazon Apple Boston Scientific Google Inc. Merck Smiths Medical Teva Pharmaceutical Source Type: news

Nigeria: Ebonyi Budgets N1.8 Billion for Primary Health Care
[Leadership] Abakaliki -The Ebonyi State government at the weekend said that under the first round of 2017 Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Week, (MNCHW), 124, 900 children would be immunized against the polio virus, 588,908 would be immunized against night blindness, 147,249 would be dewormed while nursing mothers would also be targeted for immunization. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 3, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news