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Researchers advance the science behind treating patients with corneal blindness
Researchers in the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute have devised a novel way to generate transplantable corneal stem cells that may eventually benefit patients... (Medical News Today)

Hygiene practices affect contact lens case contamination, reports Optometry and Vision Science
Washing hands with soap, letting case dry are among steps to reduce contaminationContact lens wearers who don't follow certain hygiene habits have increased bacterial contamination of their... (Medical News Today)

What are the health benefits of zinc?
Find out about the potential health benefits of zinc including maintaining skin integrity and structure, aiding growth in children and fighting age-related macular degeneration. (Medical News Today)

People with sight loss can face at least 25% higher costs for everyday living, says new study
People with sight loss can face at least 25% higher costs for everyday living than those who are fully sighted, according to a new study1 released by the sight loss charity Thomas Pocklington... (Medical News Today)

Scientists map brains of the blind to solve mysteries of human brain specialization
New research suggests unexpected brain connectivity can lead to fast brain specialization, allowing humans to adapt to the rapid technological and cultural innovation of our generationProf. (Medical News Today)

Eye health could help diagnose people with chronic fatigue syndrome
Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is well known for causing exhaustion. It's also linked to a wide range of other symptoms such as pain, poor sleep and trouble concentrating. (Medical News Today)

Mapping the brains of blind people has 'challenged perceptions of how the brain works'
Work on enabling blind people to 'read' and 'see' using aural interpretations of visual data has provoked some interesting new claims on how the human brain functions. (Medical News Today)

Dry eye syndrome: Neuroptis successfully completes the pre-clinical phase for ML7
Neuroptis, a company specialized in the development of drugs to treat eye disorders, has announced positive results from a second animal trial of its preservative-free ML7 eye drops. (Medical News Today)

Major cause of blindness linked to calcium deposits in the eye
Microscopic spheres of calcium phosphate have been linked to the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a major cause of blindness, by UCL-led research. (Medical News Today)

Age-related macular degeneration may be triggered by tiny mineral deposits
New research from scientists at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UM SOM) has found that tiny lumps of calcium phosphate may be an important triggering factor for age-related macular... (Medical News Today)

Gene discovered that is tied to profound vision loss
An exhaustive hereditary analysis of a large Louisiana family with vision issues has uncovered a new gene tied to an incurable eye disorder called retinitis pigmentosa, according to an examination... (Medical News Today)

Surgery cannot completely undo the brain rewiring caused by long term blindness so how does the brain adapt?
Recent scientific advances have meant that eyesight can be partially restored to those who previously would have been blind for life. (Medical News Today)

How a map in the midbrain remembers the location of visual targets even as the eyes follow another object
On the upcoming Super Bowl Sunday, a lot of us will be playing arm-chair quarterback. (Medical News Today)

New pediatric mitochondrial syndrome identified with the discovery of CLPB gene
A new study published in the American Journal of Human Genetics demonstrates the continued important contributions from the Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine at Children's Mercy Hospital in... (Medical News Today)

Simulation may harm people's attitudes toward blindness
Using simulation to walk in the shoes of a person who is blind -- such as wearing a blindfold while performing everyday tasks -- has negative effects on people's perceptions of the visually impaired... (Medical News Today)

International research team finds link between retinal degeneration and lipid metabolism
Finding genes for retinal degenerations has immediate benefits for people living with blindness and vision loss, their families, and their physicians. (Medical News Today)

Mechanism involved in causing cataracts in mice identified
Cataract is one of the most common eye diseases, becoming more prevalent as people age. (Medical News Today)

Latest report from the Lasker/IRRF Initiative for Innovation in Vision Science - Restoring vision to the blind
Scientists have long known that species such as amphibians and fish can regenerate retinal cells -- so why can't mammals? (Medical News Today)

Risk of glaucoma increased by chronic high blood pressure
A new study published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (IOVS) has found that chronic (long term) hypertension increases a person's susceptibility to glaucoma. (Medical News Today)

People with sight loss who have problems with drink or drugs struggle to cope with inadequate support, says new research, UK
People with sight loss who have problems with drink or drugs are unable to get adequate support because services, both for sight loss and substance use are not equipped to deal with both concerns... (Medical News Today)

Echolocation: a 'sixth sense' for blind people
A new study has found that blind people using echolocation techniques were susceptible to the same size-weight illusion as sighted participants. (Medical News Today)

TxCell receives EU Orphan Drug Designation for Col-Treg in the treatment of non-infectious uveitis
TxCell SA, a biotechnology company developing innovative, cost-effective, personalized T cell immunotherapies using antigen specific regulatory T-cells (Ag-Tregs) for severe chronic inflammatory... (Medical News Today)

Using e-readers, tablets in the evening could harm sleep quality
Compared with paper books, evening use of light-emitting e-readers can have a detrimental effect on sleep quality, circadian rhythm and next-day alertness, says a new study. (Medical News Today)

A mystery of albinism unlocked
A team led by Brown University biologists has discovered the way in which a specific genetic mutation appears to lead to the lack of melanin production underlying a form of albinism. (Medical News Today)

Added benefit not proven for aflibercept in diabetic macular oedema
Neither positive nor negative effects for some patients, data lacking for other patientsSince August 2014, aflibercept (trade name Eylea) has been available also for patients with visual... (Medical News Today)

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