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May 24, 2017

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May 24, 2017

Current Stimulation May Keep Visual Neurons Alive After Injury -- But at a Cost

May 17, 2017 — Researchers report that for rats and mice, repetitive transorbital alternating current stimulation (rtACS) may help preserve visual neurons from cell death after ... read more

Photoreceptor Cell Death Leads to Blindness in CLN5 Form of Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis

May 16, 2017 — Researchers have discovered a likely cause for visual impairment and eventual loss of vision in the Finnish variant of Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (NCL). Visual impairment associated with the ... read more

May 16, 2017 — Discovering the role of pericytes in the blood-retinal barrier suggesting pathogenetic insights into diabetic retinopathy, outlines a new ... read more

The Blink of an Eye May Predict Risk for Alcohol Problems

May 11, 2017 — The startle response, often recorded as an eye-blink reflex, is a defensive measure believed to reflect emotional processing. Patients with alcohol use disorders (AUDs) show abnormal startle-reflex ... read more

May 10, 2017 — Researchers have developed gene-carrying nanoparticles that home in on target cells and prevent vision loss in mice with a human form of Leber congenital amaurosis. They believe the technology holds ... read more

May 10, 2017 — Six biological pigments called rhodopsins play well-established roles in light-sensing in the fruit fly eye. Three of them also have light-independent roles in temperature sensation. New research ... read more

Predatory Bacteria Kills Multi-Drug Resistant Bacteria on Eyes

May 10, 2017 — Scientists have developed a new method to clear antibiotic resistant bacteria from the surface of the eye -- introducing a new strain of bacteria that preys on other ... read more

May 10, 2017 — The threat of a major flu pandemic is a perennial concern. Now scientists have developed a fast and easy-to-use point-of-care diagnostic test that could one day help doctors and hospitals head off ... read more

Avastin as Effective as Eylea for Treating Central Retinal Vein Occlusion

May 9, 2017 — Monthly eye injections of Avastin (bevacizumab) are as effective as the more expensive drug Eylea (aflibercept) for the treatment of central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO), according to a clinical ... read more

For People With Down Syndrome, Varying Test Results Can Make It Harder to Get the Right Vision Prescription

May 4, 2017 — Even objective, automated vision testing—using a device called an autorefractor—gives variable results in patients with Down syndrome, reports a new ... read more

Prevalence of Visual Impairment Among Preschool Children Projected to Increase

May 4, 2017 — The number of preschool children in the US with visual impairment is projected to increase by more than 25 percent in the coming decades, with the majority of visual impairment resulting from simple ... read more

May 4, 2017 — A biomarker that appears linked to damage to cells in the retina of the eye has been identified by researchers. The marker may make it possible to better monitor the progression of glaucoma, as well ... read more

May 4, 2017 — A research team has proposed the possibility of in situ human health monitoring simply by wearing a contact lens with built-in wireless smart ... read more

Disfiguring Eye Symptoms Diminish in Graves' Eye Disease Drug Trial

May 3, 2017 — There has never been a safe and effective treatment for Graves' eye disease, also known as thyroid eye disease, for the one million Americans with the condition. A Graves' eye disease trial ... read more

May 2, 2017 — High throughput screens of image-based data allow a direct view of proteins' whereabouts in the cell but the lack of fast and accurate analysis tools has been a bottleneck. Scientists reveal ... read more

Preventing Graft Rejection in High-Risk Corneal Transplant Patients

May 1, 2017 — Treating donor corneas with a cocktail of molecules prior to transplanting to a host may improve survival of grafts and, thus, outcomes in high-risk corneal transplant patients, according to a new ... read more

Artificial Intelligence Shows Potential to Fight Blindness

Apr. 27, 2017 — Researchers have found a way to use artificial intelligence to fight a complication of diabetes that affects the ... read more

Underdiagnoses of Age-Related Macular Degeneration, Findings Suggest

Apr. 27, 2017 — Approximately 14 million Americans have age-related macular degeneration, and a new study suggests it may be underdiagnosed in primary eye care ... read more

New Eye Test Detects Earliest Signs of Glaucoma

Apr. 27, 2017 — Researchers have developed a simple, inexpensive diagnostic tool DARC (Detection of Apoptosing Retinal Cells). In clinical trials it allowed for the first time visualization of individual nerve cell ... read more

We Are More Than Our DNA: Discovering a New Mechanism of Epigenetic Inheritance

Apr. 27, 2017 — The existence of transgenerational epigenetic inheritance has now been demonstrated among Drosophila fruit flies. By temporarily modifying the function of Polycomb Group (PcG) proteins--which play an ... read more

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