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August 5, 2015

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August 5, 2015

Trachoma Risk Tied to Sleeping Near Cooking Fires, Lack of Ventilation

Aug. 4, 2015 — Children who sleep in unventilated rooms with cooking fires are at greater risk for severe trachoma, a leading cause of preventable blindness in developing countries, according to the findings of a ... read more

New Eye-Tracker Method Shows 'Preferred Retinal Location' in Both Eyes

July 28, 2015 — Eyes with central vision loss adapt by developing a new fixation point in a different part of the retina, called the preferred retinal location (PRL). Now for the first time, a new method makes it ... read more

July 28, 2015 — New research is showing that less is more when it comes to the treatment of optic disc pits -- a rare eye condition. Many of the surgical techniques commonly used are unnecessary, a researcher now ... read more

New Technique for Precise Light-Activated Chemotherapy Drugs

July 9, 2015 — A new technique that uses light to activate chemotherapy drugs in specific cells shows promise as a way to improve the effectiveness of cancer therapies while preventing severe side effects, ... read more

New Guidelines for Treating Diabetic Retinal Degeneration

July 9, 2015 — Diabetes is frequently associated with serious retinal disorders. Along with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinal degeneration is one of the most common causes of blindness. Now new ... read more

Blood Test Could Identify Diabetes Decades Before It Develops

July 8, 2015 — Scientists show for the first time that a small molecule circulates in the blood of people who are in the early stages of type 1 diabetes. A simple blood test could detect this biological marker ... read more

Detecting Eye Diseases Using a Smartphone

July 4, 2015 — Researchers have developed software that detects eye diseases such as diabetic macular edema using a smartphone. The system is aimed at general physicians who could detect the condition and refer the ... read more

REM Sleep Critical for Young Brain Development; Medication Interferes

July 3, 2015 — Rapid eye movement or REM sleep actively converts waking experiences into lasting memories and abilities in young brains, reports a new study. The finding broadens the understanding of ... read more

July 2, 2015 — By growing two types of stem cells in a '3-D culture' and measuring their ability to produce retinal cells, a team of researchers has found one cell type to be better at producing retinal ... read more

July 2, 2015 — Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devouring them. These cells, called microglia, often play a beneficial role by helping to clear trash and ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Premature babies are at an increased risk for developing autism spectrum disorder. But a small study indicates that preemies who avoid eye contact in early infancy are less likely to demonstrate ... read more

July 1, 2015 — Elevated or diminished eye pressure impairs our ability to see, and in the worst cases, can even lead to blindness. Until now, there has been no effective long-term treatment. In response, ... read more

Women's Faces Get Redder at Ovulation, but Human Eyes Can't Pick Up on It

June 30, 2015 — Past research shows men find female faces more attractive at peak fertility. A new study shows an increased redness of women's face skin at the most fertile point of ovulatory cycle, but just ... read more

June 30, 2015 — People with blue eyes might have a greater chance of becoming alcoholics, according to a unique new study by genetic ... read more

Microtubule 'Roadway' in the Retina Helps Provide Energy for Vision

June 29, 2015 — Researchers have discovered a thick band of microtubules in certain neurons in the retina that they believe acts as a transport road for mitochondria that help provide energy required for visual ... read more

June 29, 2015 — The human retina contains some 100 million photoreceptor cells. When these are stimulated with light, they communicate that information to the brain and we perceive light. Researchers have now ... read more

RNASEH1 Mutations Impair mtDNA Replication, Cause Adult-Onset Mitochondrial Encephalomyopathy

June 26, 2015 — Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) technology offers an incredible opportunity for the rapid and relatively low-cost characterization of individual genomes, giving us a chance to make a substantial ... read more

Computer Vision and Mobile Technology Could Help Blind People 'See'

June 25, 2015 — Computer scientists are developing new adaptive mobile technology that could enable blind and visually-impaired people to ‘see’ through their smartphone or tablet. The team plans to use color and ... read more

New Nanotechnology Drug to Control Blindness

June 25, 2015 — A innovative product in the form of droplets, reduces the cost of current medications, scientists say. It is a nanotechnology product, which works with last generation liposomes particles, ... read more

Diabetic Blindness: Best Source of Stem Cells to Block Vision Loss

June 24, 2015 — Stem cells taken from donors are more likely to be more effective at battling diabetic retinopathy than cells taken from patients' own bodies, a new study concludes. The work is a critical step ... read more

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