$5.1 million grant will fund research to develop stem cell-based therapy for blinding eye conditions
Scientists at the UCLA  Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research and the Stein Eye Institute have been awarded a $5.1 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to advance the development of a novel therapy for blinding retinal conditions.The award by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, or CIRM, will support the development of a treatment that will use patients ’ own skin cells to generate autologous induced pluripotent stem cells to derive retinal pigment epithelium cells, which are lost in many blinding eye conditions....
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - October 19, 2018 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How do you treat a droopy eyelid?
Ptosis refers to a droopy eyelid, where the upper eye area lowers downward. Causes include genetics, eye surgery, and excessive rubbing. Treatment can involve surgery, but usually for cosmetic reasons only. Prevention is harder due to genes playing a role. Learn more about this manageable condition here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 18, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Daily time with controlled blood sugar tied to risk of diabetic eye disease
(Reuters Health) - For people with diabetes, the chance of developing eye damage that can lead to blindness may depend on how many hours per day they can keep their blood sugar levels under control, a Chinese study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - October 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Multidisciplinary team to develop stem cell-based approaches to restore vision
(University of Pennsylvania) Gene therapies have had success in treating blindness but can't save areas of the retina where cells have already died. In a new effort, University of Pennsylvania scientists John Wolfe, also of CHOP, and William Beltran, along with David Gamm of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will attempt to develop a stem-cell-based approach that restores vision. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 16, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Africa:'If We Don't Wash Our Hands, It Will Devastate Generations' #GlobalHandwashingDay
[Wellbeing Foundation] Lagos -Today, on Global Handwashing Day, the focus of the global health community is on the importance of handwashing with soap as a highly effective way to prevent the spread of disease and save lives. The evidence for handwashing is well-known -- it can dramatically reduce the risk of diarrhoea and pneumonia, and thwarts the spread of diseases like Ebola. Access to clean water, good sanitation and hygiene is also a significant factor in the prevention of blindness caused trachoma. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 15, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Medical News Today: What is this white spot on my eyeball?
A white spot on the eye is often a corneal ulcer or a pinguecula. These eye conditions are treatable. It is essential to seek immediate medical attention for a white spot on the eye, as long-lasting damage can occur without treatment. Learn more about white spots on the eye, their causes, and treatment options here. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Widespread errors in 'proofreading' cause inherited blindness
(Newcastle University) Research has shown that mistakes in 'proofreading' the genetic code of retinal cells is the cause of a form of inherited blindness, retinitis pigmentosa (RP) with splicing factor defects, which affects up to 2.5 million people worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - October 12, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Liberia:Blindness Threatens Liberia's Population
[Observer] Blindness in Liberia is increasing by the thousands ever year, according to Dr. Edward B. Gizzie, head of the Liberia Eye Center at the John F. Kennedy (JFK) Medical Center, adding to more than 30,000 people who have already gone blind. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 11, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

MU, MIT Researchers Show Effectiveness of New Noninvasive Blood Glucose Test
For those living with diabetes, monitoring blood glucose accurately is necessary to prevent diabetes-related complications such as heart attacks, blindness and coma. Researchers from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently evaluated the accuracy of an MIT-developed technology to monitor blood glucose levels without needles or a finger prick. (Source: eHealth News EU)
Source: eHealth News EU - October 11, 2018 Category: Information Technology Tags: Featured Research Research and Development Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Drugs could one day treat nearsightedness, reveals gene study
The molecular pathways involved in the development of near- and farsightedness are different, according to an animal study of gene changes in the retina. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - October 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Could 2018 Really Be the Year of AI in Medtech?
Has there really been another topic in medtech this year that has generated more attention than Artificial Intelligence? There have been numerous approvals, clearances, and even in some cases praise from regulatory bodies about AI-based medtech. MD+DI has been on the frontlines covering the recent AI boom. That coverage spawned a webinar titled, How Artificial Intelligence Has Changed Everything for Medtech hosted by Dave Saunders CTO and Co-founder of Galen Robotics. In just a few short weeks at MD&M Minneapolis, AI will be discussed in depth at a session titled, Artificial Intelligence (AI): What You Need to Know to ...
Source: MDDI - October 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Digital Health Source Type: news

Mediterranean Diet May Help Preserve Your Vision: Study
THURSDAY, Oct. 4, 2018 -- A Mediterranean-style diet might significantly reduce your risk of a major cause of blindness, a new study suggests. Poor diet is emerging as an important factor in the development of a degenerative eye disease called... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - October 4, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Eating oranges can prevent you from going blind
(Natural News) You’ve probably heard that eating oranges can help you ward off colds, but did you know that these tangy fruits can also help prevent blindness? Australian researchers have discovered the people who eat one serving or more of oranges per day have a 60 percent lower likelihood of developing late macular degeneration than... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

A group of perfectly ordinary garden vegetables hold the key to preventing blindness
(Natural News) For many people, losing your eyesight is one of the strongest signs that you’re getting older. When you realize that you can no longer see as well as you once did, it’s easy to pass this off as a typical effect of aging, but the truth is that age-related macular degeneration, although common,... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - October 1, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Trachoma elimination: Iranians triumph against the world ’s leading infectious cause of blindness
26 September 2018 Tehran Cairo Geneva The World Health Organization (WHO) has validated the elimination of trachoma as a public health problem in the Islamic Republic of Iran. By achieving this milestone, the country becomes the third in WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean Region, after Oman in 2012 and Morocco in 2016, to overcome this centuries-old disease. “WHO is pleased to have supported the Islamic Republic of Iran through the validation process,” said Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean. “But this achievement was made possible by the Government and people of Isl...
Source: WHO EMRO News - September 26, 2018 Category: Middle East Health Source Type: news

Nationwide Children's gene therapy spinoff acquired for $100M
Yet another gene therapy spinoff from Nationwide Children's Hospital has been acquired for $100 million. Celenex is developing a treatment for Batten Disease, a rare, fatal neurological condition that causes blindness and progressive loss of speech and movement. Children who inherit it typically don't live past age 12. The startup was acquired by Amicus Therapeutics Inc., a Cranbury, New Jersey-base d biotechnology company that focuses on rare metabolic disorders. Columbus-based Rev1 Ventures,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - September 21, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Nationwide Children's gene therapy spinoff acquired for $100M
Yet another gene therapy spinoff from Nationwide Children's Hospital has been acquired for $100 million. Celenex is developing a treatment for Batten Disease, a rare, fatal neurological condition that causes blindness and progressive loss of speech and movement. Children who inherit it typically don't live past age 12. The startup was acquired by Amicus Therapeutics Inc., a Cranbury, New Jersey-base d biotechnology company that focuses on rare metabolic disorders. Columbus-based Rev1 Ventures,… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 21, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Carrie Ghose Source Type: news

Contact Lenses May Harbor Serious, Blinding Infection
Cases of an eye infection called Acanthamoeba keratitis have tripled in southeast England since 2011, a new study found. For one in every four of people infected, the disease results in a loss of most of their vision or blindness, the research team said. It’s typically caused by poor contact lens hygiene. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

UK doctors win battle with drug giants over cheaper eye medicine
Drug giants Novartis, Bayer and Roche on Friday lost a bid to stop British doctors from recommending a cheaper drug option for people with an eye disease that causes blindness, the High Court in London ruled. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

European advisory panel recommends approval of Spark's gene therapy
The European Medicines Agency advisory panel voted Friday to recommend approval of Luxturna, a one-time gene therapy developed by Philadelphia-based Spark Therapeutics for an inherited eye disorder that leads to blindness if untreated. Luxturna received Food and Drug Administration approval in late 2017. The European Medicines Agency typically follows the removal of its advisory panels. If the treatment is approved in Europe, it would become the first gene therapy for a genetic disease approved… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 21, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: John George Source Type: news

Outbreak of preventable eye infection in contact lens wearers
(University College London) A new outbreak of a rare but preventable eye infection that can cause blindness, has been identified in contact lens wearers in a new study led by UCL and Moorfields Eye Hospital researchers.The research team found a threefold increase in Acanthamoeba keratitis since 2011 in South-East England. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Diabetes type 2 symptoms: How to prevent eye problems associated with the condition
DIABETES type 2 is one of the leading causes of blindness in the UK, however sight loss associated with the blood sugar condition is preventable if the correct measures are taken. (Source: Daily Express - Health)
Source: Daily Express - Health - September 12, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

USPSTF Reaffirms Ocular Prophylaxis for All Newborns
(MedPage Today) -- Gonococcal ophthalmia neonatorum may cause perforation, blindness (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - September 11, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Regenerating light-sensing eye cells in mice
Researchers restored some vision in mice with congenital blindness by changing supportive cells in the retina called M üller glia into light-sensing cells. (Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH))
Source: NIH Research Matters from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - September 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Experimental treatment shows promise in treating rare form of blindness
Dutch drugmaker ProQR Therapeutics has reported promising results from an early stage trial targeting children with a rare form of blindness. (Source: PharmaManufacturing.com)
Source: PharmaManufacturing.com - September 5, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

ProQR soars as childhood blindness drug succeeds in early trial
Shares of ProQR Therapeutics NV surged 70 percent in premarket trading on Tuesday after an interim analysis of an early-stage trial showed that its experimental treatment for a rare form of childhood blindness improved vision. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

ProQR drug for rare childhood blindness succeeds in early trial
Dutch drug developer ProQR Therapeutics NV said on Tuesday its interim analysis showed that an early-stage trial of an experimental treatment for a rare form of childhood blindness was successful in improving vision. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 5, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Gene therapy breakthrough wins world's largest vision award
Seven scientists in the United States and Britain who have come up with a revolutionary gene therapy cure for a rare genetic form of childhood blindness won a 1 million euro ($1.15 million)prize on Tuesday, Portugal's Champalimaud Foundation said. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

How to identify the Giant Hogweed and protect yourself from its poisonous sap
(Natural News) Plants are a prime example that just because something can’t move doesn’t mean it can’t harm you. Take the giant hogweed, for example. This large, invasive plant now terrorizes several states with its highly toxic sap that can cause serious injuries, including burns and complete blindness. Unfortunately, the giant hogweed shares its looks... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - September 4, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Penn Medicine innovators receive International Award for work to treat childhood blindness
(University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine) Three Penn Medicine ophthalmology innovators received the 2018 Ant ó nio Champalimaud Vision Award for their revolutionary work leading to the first successful gene therapy to cure an inherited cause of childhood blindness. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Attention network plays key role in restoring vision after brain damage
(Institute for Medical Psychology, Otto-v.-Guericke University Magdeburg) About one-third of patients who have suffered a stroke end up with low vision, losing up to half of their visual field. This partial blindness was long considered irreversible, but recent studies have shown that vision training after optic nerve and brain damage can help restore or improve vision. A new study published in the journal Clinical Neurophysiology reports on key mechanisms of vision restoration: attention. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 4, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Crossing solutions at roundabouts and channelized turn lanes for pedestrians with vision disabilities - Schroeder B, Rodegerdts L, Jenior P, Myers E, Cunningham C, Salamati K, Searcy S, O ’Brien S, Barlow J, Bentzen BLB.
NCHRP Research Report 834 presents guidance for the application of crossing solutions at roundabouts and channelized turn lanes (CTLs) at signalized intersections for pedestrians with vision disabilities, including individuals with total blindness. The gui... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

How AI can diagnose a leading cause of blindness
Photo by Victor Freitas on Unsplash The study that led the FDA to approve an AI system for diagnosing diabetic retinopathy came out today, revealing how one of the leading causes of blindness can be detected in a primary care physician’s office. Published in the journal Nature Digital Medicine, the pivotal study of IDx-DR on 900 adults with diabetes showed 87% sensitivity, 90% specificity, and a 96% imageability rate, demonstrating the AI system’s ability to bring specialty-level diagnostics to primary care settings. Primary care staff at the 10 study sites received four hours of t...
Source: Mass Device - August 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Clinical Trials Diabetes Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Imaging idx naturedigitalmedicine Source Type: news

New urine dipstick test detects cause of disease that blinds millions
(Scripps Research Institute) Scientists at Scripps Research have developed a urine diagnostic to detect the parasitic worms that cause river blindness, also called onchocerciasis, a tropical disease that afflicts 18 to 120 million people worldwide. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - August 27, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Medical News Today: How can shingles affect the eyes?
Shingles is a common infection that can affect every part of the body, including the eyes. Shingles can cause vision problems, drooping of the eyelid, and, in some cases, vision loss. Here, we examine the effects of shingles on the eye. We also describe tips for prevention and the available treatment options. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

Plant roots evolved at least twice, and step by step | Susannah Lydon
The discover of a unique rooting anatomy from 407m years ago supports theory roots evolved at least twice, and step by stepMost of us do not spend much time contemplating plant roots. Not only do they suffer from the wider issue ofplant blindness, but they are also the bit of the plant that is not visible. In terms of getting people excited about plant science, it ’s a tough gig. This is a shame, because plant roots are critical to all of our lives: no roots means no food. Roots provide anchorage, and allow plants to gain water and nutrients from the soil. They also form akey symbiotic relationship with mycorrhizal f...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 23, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Susannah Lydon Tags: Science Plants Source Type: news

Kentucky biotech Apellis plans major expansion in Mass.
The company's drug would be the first-ever treatment for geographic atrophy, a leading cause of blindness that affects 1 million Americans annually. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 23, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Allison DeAngelis Source Type: news

Kentucky biotech Apellis plans major expansion in Mass.
The company's drug would be the first-ever treatment for geographic atrophy, a leading cause of blindness that affects 1 million Americans annually. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 23, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Allison DeAngelis Source Type: news

Regeneron's Anti-Blindness Drug Approved for Less Frequent Treatments Regeneron's Anti-Blindness Drug Approved for Less Frequent Treatments
Regeneron said on Friday it had won U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for less-frequent applications of its Eylea (aflibercept) anti-blindness treatment, which may come under pressure from a rival product made by Novatis.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

I was scared of losing my sight … then writing brought me clarity
After being told disease would destroy her vision, Paola Peretti wrote a children ’s novel – and found a template for lifePaola Peretti is losing her eyesight and she wouldn ’t have it any other way. When she was 14, she became very short-sighted, virtually overnight. Three years later came the diagnosis ofStargardt macular dystrophy, a degenerative disease that destroys central vision, damages colour perception and results in blindness. Two years ago, finding herself in a place of both “desperation and hope,” the 32-year-old Italian language teacher and debut novelist decided to step out from...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - August 19, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Genevieve Fox Tags: Blindness and visual impairment Books Disability Health Culture Society Psychology Science Life and style & wellbeing Source Type: news

AI System Accurately Detects 53 Kinds of Eye Disease AI System Accurately Detects 53 Kinds of Eye Disease
In'jaw-dropping'trial results, researchers find that an artificial intelligence system was as effective as some of the world's best eye experts in spotting diseases that could lead to blindness.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 17, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Uganda:Joint Effort to Eliminate River Blindness Bearing Fruit for Uganda
[East African] Uganda is edging closer to eliminating onchocerciasis or river blindness, a disease that can lead to permanent blindness if left untreated, but more effort from South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo will be crucial in preventing cross-border transmission. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Two-year-old boy battling rare cancer risks blindness as painful mass grows over his eye
Muhammad Junaid, from a small village in Mirpur Khas, Pakistan, suffers from Retinoblastoma - a type of carcinoma that usually affects children under the age of five. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Eritrea:Commendable Blindness Prevention Effort
[Shabait] Masawa -As part of the effort to control blindness, the Ministry of Health in cooperation with partners over the past five years conducted eye surgeries on 3856 patients and distributed eye glasses to over 6353nationals in the Northern Red Sea region, according to report. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 16, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

NIH-funded researchers reverse congenital blindness in mice
New technique generates rod photoreceptors that integrate into the retina and brain. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - August 15, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Reprogrammed Muller Glia Restore Vision in Mice
A double gene-transfer therapy transformed the non-neuronal cells into rod photoreceptors in the retinas of animal models of congenital blindness. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - August 15, 2018 Category: Science Tags: News & Opinion Source Type: news

Medical News Today: Vision loss in glaucoma may be due to immune response
Glaucoma is a condition that leads to progressive loss of vision, but its root causes remain unclear. New research says an immune response may be to blame. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Eye Health / Blindness Source Type: news

ME & MY OPERATION: The tap in the eye that could stop glaucoma patients from losing their sight
Glaucoma affects 300,000 people in the UK and is a leading cause of blindness. Here, Bernie Pedley, 73, from Preston, Lancashire, tells her story of life-changing surgery. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 14, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Viagra could be a new miracle cure for blindness, scientists claim  
The anti-impotence drug may stop age-related macular degeneration.   This follows a two-year trial led at Columbia University in New York. The condition is the UK’s leading cause of blindness. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - August 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

New Research Suggests Glaucoma May Be an Autoimmune Disease
FRIDAY, Aug. 10, 2018 -- The eye disease glaucoma may be an autoimmune disorder, a new study suggests. Glaucoma affects nearly 70 million people worldwide. It damages the retina and optic nerve and can lead to blindness. In research with mice,... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - August 10, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news