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Blindness & Restoring Sight Research

Discussion in 'Health Care' started by waltky, Apr 20, 2012.

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    waltky Well-Known Member

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    But won't people look funny with mouse eyes?...

    Mice eye research raises hopes of cure for blindness
    Fri, Apr 20, 2012 - Scientists have improved the eyesight of mice born with night blindness by injecting healthy light-sensitive cells into their retinas. The work is the first demonstration that cell transplants can restore useful vision.
     
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    Three blind mice can now see how they run...

    Blind Mice Given Sight After Device Cracks Retinal Code
    Aug 13, 2012 - Blind mice had their vision restored with a device that helped diseased retinas send signals to the brain, according to a study that may lead to new prosthetic technology for millions of sight-impaired people.
     
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    that is great.

    however, most blindness is not in affluent western nations - and can easily be fixed.

    in fact - according to the Fred Hollows Foundation, the world bank has identified cataract surgery as one of the most cost effective uses of public health funds

    http://www.hollows.org.au/our-work/ending-avoidable-blindness
     
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    Granny says get yer eyes checked...
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    Glaucoma, A Stealth Disease And Major Cause of Blindness
    September 26, 2012 - Glaucoma is a major cause of blindness around the world, but especially in developing countries. The World Health Organization says glaucoma is a greater public health challenge than cataracts, because the blindness caused by glaucoma is permanent.
     
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    Glaucoma is best caught and treated early...
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    Early Detection And Treatment A Must For Glaucoma Patients
    October 03, 2012 - Glaucoma is not one disease, but a group of diseases that can cause permanent blindness if left untreated. Just as there are different types of glaucoma, there are different treatments.
     
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    This is an indication that our medical system is responding properly and blindness is now not a problem which can't be treated
     
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    Three blind mice can see again...
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    Totally blind mice get sight back
    5 January 2013 - Totally blind mice have had their sight restored by injections of light-sensing cells into the eye, UK researchers report.
     
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    Hope for diabetes related blindness...
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    Scientists Explore Stem Cells to Treat Diabetic Blindness
    February 20, 2013 - Millions of diabetics around the world are threatened with vision loss, a secondary effect of their disease, but researchers are exploring whether stem cells can be used to treat or prevent this diabetic complication.
     
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    New test for river blindness...
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    Researchers Develop Simple Test for River Blindness
    February 28, 2013 - Diagnosing the tropical parasitic illness Onchocerciasis, also known as river blindness, might soon be as easy as testing a urine sample. Such a simple test would permit more effective diagnosis and treatment of a disease that now afflicts nearly 18 million people around the world.
     
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    Cholesterol drugs may prevent macular degeneration...
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    Macular degeneration: Cholesterol drugs 'may save sight'
    2 April 2013 - Eye drops designed to lower cholesterol may be able to prevent one of the most common forms of blindness, according to US researchers.
     
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    Can Tetris fix lazy eye?...
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    Playing Tetris video game 'fixes lazy eye', doctors say
    22 April 2013 - Canadian doctors say they have found an inventive way to treat lazy eye - playing the Tetris video game.
     
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    Synthetic retina grown from embryonic stem cells...
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    Procedure Could Reverse Common Form of Blindness
    July 22, 2013 > Scientists have taken a major step toward potentially reversing a common form of blindness.
     
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    New discovery about glaucoma...
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    Study: Blockage on Eye's Chemical Pathway Leads to Glaucoma
    September 10, 2014 ~ A new study using laboratory mice points to the mechanism behind a leading cause of blindness. The research also points to a possible treatment.
     
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    A poke inna eye to treat glaucoma...
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    Tiny Needles Treat Eye Disease
    November 14, 2014 ~ Tiny needles - too small to be seen by the naked eye - may one day offer an effective treatment for eye diseases, including glaucoma, the second-leading cause of blindness around the world.
     
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    Re-purposed HIV Drugs Show Promise in Treating Macular Degeneration...
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    HIV Drugs Show Promise in Treating Common Eye Disease
    November 20, 2014: WASHINGTON— A class of drugs used for three decades by people infected with the virus that causes AIDS may be effective in treating a leading cause of blindness among the elderly.
     
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    One of the "finest achievements" in regenerative medicine...
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    'Stunning' operation regenerates eye lens
    Wed, 09 Mar 2016 - A pioneering procedure to heal the eye has been described as one of the "finest achievements" in regenerative medicine.
     
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    Remember Lizzy in your prayers...
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    Pope Francis blesses eyes of 5-year-old girl going blind
    April 6, 2016 — Pope Francis on Wednesday blessed the eyes of a 5-year-old Ohio girl who suffers from a rare genetic disease that is gradually robbing her of her sight.
     
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    Combination therapy improves retinoblastoma results...
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    Study: Combination therapy improves retinoblastoma outcome
    April 15, 2016 - Inhibiting a protein that prevents cell death prolonged the efficacy of chemotherapy treatments, according to researchers.
     
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    Gene therapy reverses sight loss...
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    Gene therapy reverses sight loss and is long-lasting
    Thu, 28 Apr 2016 - A genetic therapy improves the vision of some patients who would otherwise have gone blind.
     
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    First vision...
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    In pictures: Criscent Bwambale sees for the first time in Uganda
    Tue, 05 Jul 2016 - Criscent Bwambale, six, sees for the first time after an operation to remove cataracts in Uganda.
     

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