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Health News - Eye Health/Ophthalmology

Distinctive developmental origin for a drainage tube in the eye
A Jackson Laboratory based research team has conducted a comprehensive exploration of an eye structure known as Schlemm's canal: a key gatekeeper for the proper flow of eye fluid, presenting a... (Medical News Today)

Age-related macular degeneration occurs much earlier than previously assumed
It is widely accepted that age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of visual impairment and blindness in industrialized countries. (Medical News Today)

Call for boost in kids' eye-protection
Standards for protective eyewear for children and public health campaigns encouraging its use are crucial to reducing the incidence of ocular injuries in children, according to a clinical focus... (Medical News Today)

Researchers detect love and lust through eye movements
Whether a person focuses their gaze at a stranger's face or body could reveal whether he or she is either romantically or sexually attracted to the other person, say researchers. (Medical News Today)

Study links loss of vision to employment status
A nationally representative study finds that people with visual impairment are less likely to be employed than people with normal vision. (Medical News Today)

UV exposure: why do we ignore the health risks?
Exposure to ultraviolet radiation is the leading cause of skin cancer. But although many of us know this, we still ignore safety recommendations. We investigate why. (Medical News Today)

New treatments on the horizon to treat inherited retinal diseases
The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Horizon Scanning Centre (HSC), working with Fight for Sight, has identified 40 potential new treatments which are currently being developed for... (Medical News Today)

Tumor growth and metastasis controlled by new drug combo in mouse model
Researchers at UC Davis, University of Massachusetts and Harvard Medical School have created a combination drug that controls both tumor growth and metastasis. (Medical News Today)

Immune response damaging in acute glaucoma
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Sun Yat-sen University in China have shown that acute glaucoma in mice is largely an inflammatory disease and that high... (Medical News Today)

Could eye and smell tests offer early Alzheimer's diagnosis?
Four new studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2014 suggest that eye and smell tests could be used for early detection of Alzheimer's. (Medical News Today)

Animal study of cellular stress in degenerative illnesses finds new compound to treat blindness and diabetes
In a new study led by UC San Francisco (UCSF) scientists, a chemical compound designed to precisely target part of a crucial cellular quality-control network provided significant protection, in rats... (Medical News Today)

Four research trials show smell and eye tests offer potential to detect Alzheimer's early
A decreased ability to identify odors might indicate the development of cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease, while examinations of the eye could indicate the build-up of beta-amyloid, a... (Medical News Today)

Noninvasive retinal imaging device may provide highly predictive early detection of changes associated with Alzheimer's disease
A noninvasive optical imaging device developed at Cedars-Sinai can provide early detection of changes that later occur in the brain and are a classic sign of Alzheimer's disease, according to... (Medical News Today)

Apoptotic retinal ganglion cells reduced in diabetes by Inhibition of NgR expression
Activation of Nogo receptor (NgR) is an essential factor of nerve regeneration inhibition, neuronal atrophy and even apoptosis. (Medical News Today)

Vision loss patients benefit from personalized gene therapy using patient-specific stem cells
Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) researchers have created a way to develop personalized gene therapies for patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a leading cause of vision loss. (Medical News Today)

Rehab for age-related loss of vision cuts depression risk in half
Research finds that a technique called behavioral activation leads to a 50% decrease in the chances of people with age-related macular degeneration developing clinical depression. (Medical News Today)

Regeneration of retinal ganglion cell axons and gene therapy
Because the adult mammalian central nervous system has only limited intrinsic capacity to regenerate connections after injury, due to factors both intrinsic and extrinsic to the mature neuron... (Medical News Today)

Survival and regeneration of retinal cells after injury promoted by dental pulp stem cells
Researchers at the University of Birmingham, UK, led by Dr. Ben Scheven, Dr. (Medical News Today)

Human corneas regrown to restore vision
In one of the first known examples of making tissue from an adult-derived human stem cell, scientists have found a way to enhance regrowth of corneal tissue to restore vision. (Medical News Today)

Limbal stem cells, identified with new marker, could reverse a leading cause of blindness
Boston researchers have identified a way to enhance regrowth of human corneal tissue to restore vision, using a molecule known as ABCB5 that acts as a marker for hard-to-find limbal stem cells. (Medical News Today)

Allergan receives FDA approval for Ozurdex® treatment option for use in certain patients with diabetic macular edema
Allergan, Inc., has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved OZURDEX® as a new treatment option for diabetic macular edema (DME) in adult patients who have an... (Medical News Today)

Research may help prevent eye injuries among soldiers
Researchers at UTSA are discovering that the current protective eyewear used by our U.S. armed forces might not be adequate to protect soldiers exposed to explosive blasts. (Medical News Today)

New resource to help more blind young people into work backed by UK Ministers
The Royal London Society for Blind People, a leading charity for blind and partially sighted young people has launched a dual purpose resource pack. (Medical News Today)

Wearable computer gloves 'help teach braille'
Researchers from Georgia Tech have created a wearable computer glove that they say can teach people to read and write braille, even when their attention is elsewhere. (Medical News Today)

Higher education levels linked to increased nearsightedness
Those of us on our computers may want to take a break and head outside; new research suggests the more time spent studying and the less time outside, the higher the risk of myopia. (Medical News Today)

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