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Health News - Eye Health/Ophthalmology

Genes related to pediatric glaucoma contribute to future stroke
Every year in Canada about 50,000 people suffer from a stroke, caused either by the interruption of blood flow or uncontrolled bleeding in the brain. (Medical News Today)

New clinical applications for assessing 'higher-order' visual abnormalities
A technique developed by astronomers seeking a clear view of distant objects in space is being intensively studied as a new approach to measuring and correcting visual abnormalities. (Medical News Today)

Retinal tumors in young children caused by a single, genetic change
Retinoblastoma is a childhood retinal tumor usually affecting children one to two years of age. Although rare, it is the most common malignant tumor of the eye in children. (Medical News Today)

Novartis announce licence change for leading sight loss treatment Lucentis® (ranibizumab)
Novartis has announced a change to the licence of Lucentis® (ranibizumab), which means treatment can now be offered without the need for monthly monitoring in patients with stable disease... (Medical News Today)

New scheme to raise sight loss awareness in UK care homes
With 'Sight after Sixty' a major focus for this year's National Eye Health Week (22nd - 28th September), the sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington Trust is offering free training to local sight... (Medical News Today)

Americans rate losing eyesight as having greatest impact on their lives
Many Americans across racial and ethnic groups describe losing eyesight as potentially having the greatest impact on their day-to-day life, more so than other conditions including: loss of limb... (Medical News Today)

Personalised treatment on horizon for rare genetic disease patients
UK researchers have identified the most serious genetic mutations responsible for a rare condition that causes blindness, opening the door for personalised treatment and tailored gene therapies. (Medical News Today)

Suggested change to patient care after glaucoma laser surgery
New research led by Queen's University professor Robert Campbell (Ophthalmology) has revealed using anti-inflammatory medications after glaucoma laser surgery is not helpful or necessary. (Medical News Today)

The eyes of flies reveal abnormal properties of cancer protein
Mutations in the human retinoblastoma protein gene are a leading cause of eye cancer. (Medical News Today)

Vitamin E, selenium supplements unlikely to effect age-related cataracts in men
Taking daily supplements of selenium and/or vitamin E appears to have no significant effect on the development of age-related cataracts in men. (Medical News Today)

Pupil size shows reliability of decisions
The precision with which people make decisions can be predicted by measuring pupil size before they are presented with any information about the decision, according to a new study published in PLOS... (Medical News Today)

Preventing blindness in premature babies at risk of retinopathy
According to a study conducted by pediatricians and researchers at Sainte-Justine University Hospital Research Center (Sainte-Justine) and Universite de Montreal published online in the prestigious... (Medical News Today)

How do I smell? Much the same as how you see
A collaboration between researchers from the Institute for Medical Physics and Biophysics (IMPB) at the Charité in Berlin and the European Synchrotron (ESRF) in Grenoble has uncovered a new common... (Medical News Today)

Three-year data from Oraya Therapeutics' INTREPID study continue to show favorable safety profile of non-invasive wet AMD therapy
Oraya Therapeutics Inc. has announced that full results of three-year safety follow-up data from the INTREPID study of Oraya Therapy™ for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) further... (Medical News Today)

Italian research provides preliminary evidence from an international study on the treatment of neurotrophic keratitis
Study ObjectivesThe poster presented during the EuCornea Congress describes the preliminary results of the Phase I segment of the REPARO Study, a randomized, double-masked, placebo controlled... (Medical News Today)

Roche initiates phase III trials for lampalizumab, first potential treatment for geographic atrophy (GA)
Roche has announced that phase III clinical studies have been initiated for lampalizumab, an investigational drug for geographic atrophy (GA), the advanced form of age-related macular degeneration... (Medical News Today)

Glaucoma cure may lie in targeting 'stiff cells' that impede fluid drainage
Study shows for first time if cells in a barrier that allows fluid to drain from the eye via Schlemm's canal are too stiff, pressure builds up in the eye, a hallmark of glaucoma. (Medical News Today)

Cheaper alternative to licensed drug for treating eye disease has similar side-effects says new Cochrane Review
Health policies which favour using ranibizumab for treating eye disease in older people over safety concerns for a cheaper alternative should take account of a new Cochrane Review. (Medical News Today)

Brain maps decoded to discover how we take aim
Serena Williams won her third consecutive US Open title a few days ago, thanks to reasons including obvious ones like physical strength and endurance. (Medical News Today)

Diseases result from gene mutations linked to a molecular motor responsible for human development
Another mystery of the human body has been solved by scientists who have identified how a molecular motor essential for human development works. (Medical News Today)

Scientists are developing eye drops to treat molecular basis of glaucoma
Northwestern Medicine® scientists have discovered a novel cause of glaucoma in an animal model, and related to their findings, are now developing an eye drop aimed at curing the disease. (Medical News Today)

UK eye health companies form Industry Vision Group to improve prioritisation of eye health
A number of companies have joined together to form the Industry Vision Group (IVG), which brings together pharmaceutical and medical technology companies with an interest in eye health. (Medical News Today)

Brain mechanism underlying the recognition of hand gestures develops even when blind
Does a distinctive mechanism work in the brain of congenitally blind individuals when understanding and learning others' gestures? Or does the same mechanism as with sighted individuals work? (Medical News Today)

A spontaneous retinal neovascular mouse model
Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which involves formation of abnormal blood vessels in the retina, is a leading cause of vision loss. (Medical News Today)

How the brain processes color and motion provides new understanding of attention
Despite the barrage of visual information the brain receives, it retains a remarkable ability to focus on important and relevant items. (Medical News Today)

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