AHA Issues Statement on Central Retinal Artery Occlusion
MONDAY, April 12, 2021 -- Acute central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) is a medical emergency, and patients should be immediately triaged to an emergency department for appropriate management, according to a scientific statement issued by the... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - April 12, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Computer model fosters potential improvements to 'bionic eye' technology
(Keck School of Medicine of USC) Researchers developed an experimentally validated advanced computer model that reproduces the shapes and positions of millions of nerve cells in the eye, as well as the physical and networking properties associated with them. Focusing on models of nerve cells that transmit visual information from the eye to the brain, the researchers identified ways to potentially increase clarity and grant color vision to future retinal prosthetic devices. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 9, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bilateral visual projections exist in non-teleost bony fish and predate the emergence of tetrapods
In most vertebrates, camera-style eyes contain retinal ganglion cell neurons that project to visual centers on both sides of the brain. However, in fish, ganglion cells were thought to innervate only the contralateral side, suggesting that bilateral visual projections appeared in tetrapods. Here we show that bilateral visual projections exist in non-teleost fishes and that the appearance of ipsilateral projections does not correlate with terrestrial transition or predatory behavior. We also report that the developmental program that specifies visual system laterality differs between fishes and mammals, as the Zic2 transcri...
Source: ScienceNOW - April 8, 2021 Category: Science Authors: Vigouroux, R. J., Duroure, K., Vougny, J., Albadri, S., Kozulin, P., Herrera, E., Nguyen-Ba-Charvet, K., Braasch, I., Suarez, R., Del Bene, F., Chedotal, A. Tags: Evolution, Neuroscience r-articles Source Type: news

Bilateral retinal toxicity as a result of poisoning with pure iodine - Esra BC, Yasin SG.
Iodine is an essential mineral that is necessary for the synthesis of thyroid hormones, which can cause many diseases in the body. The application of adding potassium iodate to table salts started in Turkey in 1998. High doses of iodate cause retinal toxic... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 7, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Marijuana for glaucoma treatment: a recipe for disaster - Daga FB, Almeida I, Prata TS, Paranhos AJ.
Glaucoma is the leading cause of irreversible blindness worldwide(1). It occurs more frequently in elderly individuals, but it can also develop in young adults, children, and newborns. Glaucoma is characterized by the dysfunction and loss of retinal gangli... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Vitamin A for nerve cells
(University of Freiburg) Freiburg researchers prove structural and functional plasticity in human synapses. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 31, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

An efficacy and safety study of intra-arterial recanalization of occluded ophthalmic arteries in patients with monocular blindness caused by injection of hyaluronic acid in facial tissues - Wang J, Shen H, Liu T, Li Q, Lyu Z, Yu Y.
PROPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of recanalizing hyaluronic acid-occluded retinal central artery by intra-arterially infusing hyaluronidase. METHODS: Between December 2015 and December 2016, 30 patients with monocular blindness due to t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 30, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Weighing the Risks of Treating Floaters With Vitrectomy Weighing the Risks of Treating Floaters With Vitrectomy
Although vitrectomy for floaters is largely safe, the risk for subsequent retinal detachment and cataract surgery remains a concern.Medscape Ophthalmology (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology Viewpoint Source Type: news

NIH-led team sets new bar in retinal imaging
By eliminating extraneous light, the scientists improved resolution by 33%. (Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases)
Source: National Institutes of Health (NIH) News Releases - March 11, 2021 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Retinal Imaging Study Diagnoses in COVID-19 Retinal Imaging Study Diagnoses in COVID-19
Are ocular signs and symptoms in COVID-19 under recognized? This patient presented with retinal lesions but no other symptoms of COVID-19.Journal of Medical Case Reports (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - March 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Journal Article Source Type: news

NIH-led team sets new bar in retinal imaging
(NIH/National Eye Institute) A team led by scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI) has noninvasively visualized the light-sensing cells in the back of the eye, known as photoreceptors, in greater detail than ever before. Published in Optica, the researchers report how they improved imaging resolution by a third by selectively blocking the light used to image the eye. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 11, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Central Retinal Artery Occlusion a'Medical Emergency'Central Retinal Artery Occlusion a'Medical Emergency '
CRAO is a medical emergency, and systems of care need to evolve to allow prompt recognition, triage, and management in a manner similar to that of cerebral ischemic stroke, the new AHA statement concludes.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - March 10, 2021 Category: Neurology Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

Retinal implants can give artificial vision to the blind
(Ecole Polytechnique F é d é rale de Lausanne) A team of EPFL engineers has developed technology that could partially restore vision in blind people. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - March 5, 2021 Category: Biology Source Type: news

How Retinal Imaging May Help Identify Alzheimer's Disease How Retinal Imaging May Help Identify Alzheimer's Disease
An exploratory analysis into combining optical coherence tomography and artificial intelligence shows promising results.Medscape Ophthalmology (Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Ophthalmology Headlines - March 5, 2021 Category: Opthalmology Tags: Ophthalmology Commentary Source Type: news

Frequency of vitreoretinal surgical procedures in US during COVID-19 pandemic
This study of more than 526,000 procedures across 17 institutions reports a significant decrease in the use of lasers and cryotherapy, retinal detachment repairs and other vitrectomies, beginning mid-March last year and lasting at least until May. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - March 4, 2021 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Oregon researchers unveil the weaving fractal network of connecting neurons
(University of Oregon) High-resolution imaging and 3D computer modeling show that the dendrites of neurons weave through space in a way that balances their need to connect to other neurons with the costs of doing so. The discovery emerged as researchers sought to understand the fractal nature of neurons as part of a project to design fractal-shaped electrodes to connect with retinal neurons to address vision loss due to retinal diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

A new blindness gene uncovered in a canine study
(University of Helsinki) A study recently completed at the University of Helsinki has uncovered a mutation in the IFT122 gene in blind dogs. The gene defect now discovered results in the progressive destruction of photoreceptor cells and retinal dystrophy. IFT122 is a new candidate also for retinal dystrophy in humans. A gene test in support of breeding and diagnostics has been developed based on the finding. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 2, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Macrophages of the Human Eye Come into Focus
Imaged in real time in living people, immune cells at the surface of the retina could serve as biomarkers to detect retinal and possibly neurological diseases and track their progression. (Source: The Scientist)
Source: The Scientist - March 1, 2021 Category: Science Tags: The Literature Magazine Issue Source Type: news

'In the blink of an eye' statistics
(National Research University Higher School of Economics) HSE University researchers Yuri Markov and Natalia Tiurina discovered that when people visually estimate the size of objects, they are also able to consider their distance from the observer, even if there are many such objects. The observers rely not only on the objects' retinal representation, but also on the surrounding context. The paper was published in the journalActa Psychologica. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - February 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Bringing innovation to rare disease patients in Europe
Why is Biogen focusing on rare diseases?  About 6,000 different rare diseases have been identified to date and these are estimated to affect 30 million people across Europe. It is essential that we collaborate across the medical community, industry, and governments to develop new therapies, explore new technologies and ensure equitable access to treatment. We must innovate across every aspect of treatment to transform the lives of people in these underserved communities.  At Biogen, we have shown that pioneering in neuroscience can change the course of treatment for certain rare diseases. We have transformed the ...
Source: EyeForPharma - February 17, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Izzy Gladstone Source Type: news

Successful Crop Innovation Is Mitigating Climate Crisis Impact in Africa
A woman farmer in Mozambique with DT maize harvest. Credit: CIMMYT / IITABy Martin Kropff and Nteranya SangingaIBADAN and MEXICO CITY, Feb 17 2021 (IPS) 17 February – African smallholder farmers have no choice but to adapt to climate change: 2020 was the second hottest year on record, while prolonged droughts and explosive floods are directly threatening the livelihoods of millions. By the 2030s, lack of rainfall and rising temperatures could render 40 percent of Africa’s maize-growing area unsuitable for climate-vulnerable varieties grown by farmers, while maize remains the preferred and affordable staple food...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - February 17, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Martin Kropff and Nteranya Sanginga Tags: Africa Climate Change Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Economy & Trade Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Security and Nutrition Headlines Health Poverty & SDGs Sustainability TerraViva United Nat Source Type: news

Knowledge and attitude towards hazardous effects of laser pointers among attendees of football matches in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - Altwijri R, Alsuliman SA, Alanazi L, Aldossari SH, Ahmad A, Al Dhibi H, Alsulaiman SM.
PURPOSE: There has been a recent increase in accidental retinal injuries due to the careless use of handheld laser devices. The scenarios under which these incidents occur suggest a lack of awareness of the sight-threatening hazards of some handheld lasers... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - February 8, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Synthesized very-long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids improved retinal function in mice
(University of Utah Health) A University of Utah ophthalmologist is investigating how lipids known as VLC-PUFAs could be used to prevent eye disease thanks to a new way to synthesize them for research. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Vaithianathan receives $1.9 million grant for retinal research
(University of Tennessee Health Science Center) Thirumalini Vaithianathan, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology, Addiction Science, and Toxicology at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, has spent a decade studying molecular signaling involved in vision. She has just received $1.9 million from the National Eye Institute for her project titled, " Dynamics of calcium signals control neurotransmitter release in retinal ribbon Synapses " . (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CU researchers win prize from National Eye Institute
(University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus) Natalia Vergara, PhD, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, has been awarded a 3D ROC prize by the National Eye Institute (NEI) for her research team's work to create better models to accelerate the development of new therapies for retinal diseases. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 3, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Janssen to Highlight Robust Solid Tumor Portfolio and Pipeline at 2021 ASCO GU
February 2, 2021 (RARITAN, N.J.) – The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson announced today it will highlight the depth of its solid tumor portfolio at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Genitourinary (ASCO GU) Cancers Symposium with 12 data presentations, including three company-sponsored oral presentations from the ERLEADA® (apalutamide) clinical development program. The virtual meeting will take place February 11-13, 2021. “We are committed to the development of innovative therapies for patients with genitourinary cancers for whom there remains a high unmet need,” said C...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - February 2, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: Our Company Source Type: news

Ambient Air Pollution Tied to Age-Related Macular Degeneration Ambient Air Pollution Tied to Age-Related Macular Degeneration
People with higher exposure to ambient air pollution are at increased risk for age-related macular degeneration and changes in retinal thickness, a UK study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - February 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Ophthalmology News Source Type: news

Halved risk for severe retinal disease in extremely premature infants
(University of Gothenburg) Risk for a severe form of retinopathy of prematurity, which can cause blindness in extremely premature babies, was halved when the newborns were given a new supplement combining various fatty acids. This was shown in a Swedish study led from the University of Gothenburg. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - February 1, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Air Pollution May Up Risk for Age-Related Macular Degeneration
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2021 -- Greater exposure to fine ambient particulate matter with an aerodynamic diameter
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 27, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Dramatic fall in retinal detachment presentations during the CoViD-19 pandemic: collateral damage due to CoViD-19 - Dawkins RCH, Paul RA, Allen PJ, Yeoh J, Essex RW.
[The publisher has not provided an abstract for this article.] Language: en... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Roche ’s faricimab meets primary endpoint in two global phase III studies and shows potential to extend time between treatments up to 16 weeks for people with neovascular age-related macular degeneration
Basel, 25 January 2021 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced positive topline results from two identically designed global phase III studies, TENAYA and LUCERNE, evaluating its investigational bispecific antibody, faricimab, in people living with neovascular or “wet” age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). Both studies met their primary endpoint and showed that people receiving faricimab injections at fixed intervals of up to every 16 weeks achieved visual acuity outcomes that were non-inferior to those receiving aflibercept injections every eight wee ks. Nearly half (45%) of people in both stud...
Source: Roche Media News - January 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche ’s faricimab meets primary endpoint in two global phase III studies and shows potential to extend time between treatments up to 16 weeks for people with neovascular age-related macular degeneration
Basel, 25 January 2021 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced positive topline results from two identically designed global phase III studies, TENAYA and LUCERNE, evaluating its investigational bispecific antibody, faricimab, in people living with neovascular or “wet” age-related macular degeneration (nAMD). Both studies met their primary endpoint and showed that people receiving faricimab injections at fixed intervals of up to every 16 weeks achieved visual acuity outcomes that were non-inferior to those receiving aflibercept injections every eight wee ks. Nearly half (45%) of people in both stud...
Source: Roche Investor Update - January 25, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Genome editing to treat human retinal degeneration
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Gene editing therapies, including CRISPR-Cas systems, offer the potential to correct mutations causing inherited retinal degenerations, a leading cause of blindness. Technological advances in gene editing, continuing safety concerns, and strategies to overcome these challenges (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 25, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Vegan diet significantly remodels metabolism in young children
(University of Helsinki) University of Helsinki researchers report a comprehensive pilot study on the metabolic effects of full vegan diet on young children. The study found vegan children to have remarkably altered metabolism and lower vitamin A and D status compared to children with no special diet. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 21, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Retinal Changes Linked to Cognitive Function in T1DM Patients
Structural and vascular changes detected on noninvasive retinal imaging tied to performance on tests of cognitive function (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - January 20, 2021 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Ophthalmology, Psychiatry, Journal, Source Type: news

Retinal Changes Linked to Cognitive Function in T1DM Patients
WEDNESDAY, Jan. 20, 2021 -- Abnormalities detected on noninvasive retinal imaging are associated with markers of cognitive dysfunction in older individuals with type 1 diabetes, according to a study published online Dec. 30 in the Journal of... (Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News)
Source: Drugs.com - Pharma News - January 20, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Promising Steps Toward Retinal Cell Transplants to Fight Blindness
Title: Promising Steps Toward Retinal Cell Transplants to Fight BlindnessCategory: Health NewsCreated: 1/19/2021 12:00:00 AMLast Editorial Review: 1/20/2021 12:00:00 AM (Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General)
Source: MedicineNet Eyesight General - January 20, 2021 Category: Opthalmology Source Type: news

Promising Steps Toward Retinal Cell Transplants to Fight Blindness
TUESDAY, Jan. 19, 2021 -- A promising step toward using retinal cell transplants to treat blindness is reported in a new study. Adult retinal stem cells from deceased human donors survived when they were transplanted into the eyes of non-human... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - January 19, 2021 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Genome editing to treat human retinal degeneration
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Gene editing therapies, including CRISPR-Cas systems, offer the potential to correct mutations causing inherited retinal degenerations, a leading cause of blindness. Technological advances in gene editing, continuing safety concerns, and strategies to overcome these challenges (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - January 19, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Dengue —an Epidemic Within a Pandemic in Peru
International Year of Volunteers: A volunteer ombudsman in Peru helps a local woman with her problem, 2001. Credit: UN PhotoBy Carmen ArroyoUNITED NATIONS, Jan 15 2021 (IPS) While the world is grappling with the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Peru is still dealing with an epidemic that it has not been able to control—the mosquito-borne viral disease known as dengue. With almost 56,400 confirmed cases as of December, Peru is suffering the worst dengue epidemic since 2017, when the virus infected over 68,000 people. The illness, coupled with the novel coronavirus crisis, has left thousands of people exposed to m...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - January 15, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Carmen Arroyo Tags: Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food Security and Nutrition Headlines Health Humanitarian Emergencies Labour Latin America & the Caribbean TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Barilla Center for Food and Nutrition F Source Type: news

Retinal stem cells from cadavers may help restore vision in blind, study finds
Retinal stem cells collected from human cadavers offer a potential treatment for blindness, according to the authors of an article published Thursday by Stem Cell Reports. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Blue light found to accelerate aging and damage retinal cells
(Natural News) Bad news: Constant exposure to blue light from your phone, computer and even household fixtures could be affecting your longevity — even if it’s not shining directly in your eyes. This is according to a new study conducted by a research team at Oregon State University (OSU), which found that the blue wavelength... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Intentional retinal injury with handheld lasers is an underrecognized form of self-harm - Simonett JM, Shakoor A, Bernstein PS.
Self-inflicted damage to the retina using handheld lasers is a growing and underrecognized form of self-harm. Here was share retinal images from two patients with histories of major depressive disorder and self-harm behaviors that ultimately resulted in ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 4, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Home and Consumer Product Safety Source Type: news

How Good is Photoscreening For Young Children ’ s Vision Problems?
This study showed that not only was smartphone photoscreening feasible, but was quite good at screening for potential vision problems. Smartphone photoscreening has the advantages of being more ubiquitously available and thus children in almost any location can be screened. A study of photoscreening using a handheld digital photoscreener in primary care offices validated the technology showing an overall referral rate of 10% to an ophthalmologist with suspected astigmatism, anisometropia and strabismus being the most common reasons. The overall positive predictive rate was 0.60. “…[O]ver 60% of children referr...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - January 4, 2021 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Pediatric Education Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

Why Do We Dream? A New Theory on How It Protects Our Brains
When he was two years old, Ben stopped seeing out of his left eye. His mother took him to the doctor and soon discovered he had retinal cancer in both eyes. After chemotherapy and radiation failed, surgeons removed both his eyes. For Ben, vision was gone forever. But by the time he was seven years old, he had devised a technique for decoding the world around him: he clicked with his mouth and listened for the returning echoes. This method enabled Ben to determine the locations of open doorways, people, parked cars, garbage cans, and so on. He was echolocating: bouncing his sound waves off objects in the environment and cat...
Source: TIME: Science - December 29, 2020 Category: Science Authors: David Eagleman and Don Vaughn Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news

What are the most effective interventions during pregnancy for preventing stillbirth?
Antenatal interventions for preventing stillbirth, fetal loss and perinatal death: an overview of Cochrane systematic reviewsA stillbirth is generally defined as the death of a baby before birth, at or after 24 weeks of development. It is most common in low ‐ and middle‐income countries but also affects people in high‐income countries. Numbers of stillbirths have not fallen much in the last 20 years and, despite the high numbers, it is not widely recognised as a global health problem.This overview of Cochrane systematic reviews included 43 Cochrane reviews that assessed 61 different ways of preventing stillbirth duri...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - December 21, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Roche ’s faricimab meets primary endpoint and shows strong durability across two global phase III studies for diabetic macular edema, a leading cause of blindness
Basel, 21 December 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced positive topline results from two identically designed global phase III studies, YOSEMITE and RHINE, evaluating its investigational bispecific antibody, faricimab, in people living with diabetic macular edema (DME). Both studies met their primary endpoint and showed that faricimab given every eight weeks and at personalised dosing intervals of up to 16 weeks demonstrated non-inferior visual acuity gains compared to aflibercept given every eight weeks. Faricimab was generally well-tolerated, with no new safety signals identified. The studies each h...
Source: Roche Investor Update - December 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Roche ’s faricimab meets primary endpoint and shows strong durability across two global phase III studies for diabetic macular edema, a leading cause of blindness
Basel, 21 December 2020 - Roche (SIX: RO, ROG; OTCQX: RHHBY) today announced positive topline results from two identically designed global phase III studies, YOSEMITE and RHINE, evaluating its investigational bispecific antibody, faricimab, in people living with diabetic macular edema (DME). Both studies met their primary endpoint and showed that faricimab given every eight weeks and at personalised dosing intervals of up to 16 weeks demonstrated non-inferior visual acuity gains compared to aflibercept given every eight weeks. Faricimab was generally well-tolerated, with no new safety signals identified. The studies each h...
Source: Roche Media News - December 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Zika virus affects eye development before but not after birth
(University of California - Davis) A new study from UC Davis finds that Zika infection during the first trimester of pregnancy can impact fetal retinal development and cause congenital ocular anomalies. The virus does not appear to affect ocular growth postnatally. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

intravitreal anti-vascular endothelial growth factor use in France during COVID-19 pandemic
This study quantified changes in the use of   intravitreal (IVT) anti-vascular endothelial growth factors (anti-VEGF), the main treatment for retinal vascular abnormalities, since the COVID-19 pandemic started in France. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - December 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news