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Hydrogels can put stem cells to sleep
Unlike normal cells, stem cells are pluripotent -- they can become any cell type, which makes them powerful potential treatments for diseases such as diabetes, leukemia and age-related blindness. (Medical News Today)

Researchers discover a genetic mutation that prevents diabetes complications
A number of complications are associated with diabetes, but they are more prevalent in some patients than in others. (Medical News Today)

Using the physics of your perfect pancake to help save sight
Understanding the textures and patterns of pancakes is helping UCL scientists improve surgical methods for treating glaucoma. (Medical News Today)

'Smart' lens could predict risk of glaucoma progression
A 'smart' contact lens that can monitor eye pressure in glaucoma patients 24 hours a day has proven effective for identifying which patients are at risk of disease progression. (Medical News Today)

Potential new approaches to treating eye diseases
Potential new approaches to treating eye diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) are described in a new study, "IL-33 amplifies an innate immune response in the degenerating... (Medical News Today)

Mature drivers favor checks on over 70s, new study finds
The majority of older drivers are in favour of tighter rules on checking the health and suitability of over-70s to drive - even if those checks could take them off the road themselves - according... (Medical News Today)

Patients with macular degeneration show improvement with high-dose statin treatment
Researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School and the University of Crete have conducted a phase I/II clinical trial investigating the efficacy of statins (cholesterol-lowering... (Medical News Today)

Edited stem cells offer hope of precision therapy for blindness
Findings raise the possibility of treating blinding eye diseases using a patient's own corrected cells as replacement tissue. (Medical News Today)

Farsighted kids' reading skills fall behind before they start first grade
Kids with uncorrected farsightedness lose ground on reading skills before they ever start first grade, a new study has found. (Medical News Today)

S. aureus can spread from blood to eye, endangering vision
Nearly ten percent of cases of Staphylococcus aureus infections of the blood spread to the eyeball, according to a team of Korean clinical investigators. (Medical News Today)

Breakthrough discovery in the genetics of corneal dystrophies
Researchers at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology and Moorfields Eye Hospital London, in collaboration with colleagues in the Czech Republic, have discovered a new genetic cause of corneal... (Medical News Today)

Study: sight loss patients with depression are "routinely overlooked"
A new study has revealed that nearly half of people attending NHS low vision clinics for help with sight loss suffer from symptoms of clinical depression - but they are not being diagnosed or given... (Medical News Today)

Dartmouth study helps fill in gaps in our visual perception
A Dartmouth College study sheds light on how the brain fills in the gaps of how we visually perceive the world around us. (Medical News Today)

Chickenpox, shingles vaccine may cause corneal inflammation in some patients
Primary care physicians should be aware of possible vision side effect for susceptible patients. (Medical News Today)

UK NSC recommendations include new bowel cancer screening test
The UK National Screening Committee (UK NSC) has published a number of recommendations today (15 January 2015) following its meeting on 19 November 2015. (Medical News Today)

Drug 'cocktail' could restore vision in optic nerve injury
Research from Boston Children's Hospital suggests the possibility of restoring at least some visual function in people blinded by optic nerve damage from glaucoma, estimated to affect more than 4... (Medical News Today)

Eating your greens might stave off glaucoma
Eating greens is indisputably beneficial for general health, and the latest research says that leafy vegetables might help save your sight, too. (Medical News Today)

Glaucoma: why are so many of us blind to this sight-stealing disease?
Many people with glaucoma do not realize they have it until they notice some vision loss. We look at the importance of regular eye exams for preventing glaucoma-related blindness. (Medical News Today)

Largest-ever study of cornea condition reveals hidden risk factors
Keratoconus -- which makes eye cone-shaped -- associated with African American and Latino heritage, asthma, sleep apnea, Down syndrome. (Medical News Today)

Study finds that explaining blindness is a struggle
A new study shows that explaining their blindness to others is the biggest difficulty faced by people with Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP), which results in tunnel vision. (Medical News Today)

Vision problems in space travelers inform eye health, disease research
Discovery of a genetic link in astronauts with disease-related vision issues suggests such research could lead to treatment options for both space travelers and terrestrials. (Medical News Today)

Researchers discover three glaucoma-related genes
An analysis funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, has identified three genes that contribute to the most common type of glaucoma. (Medical News Today)

Decades-long quest to beat river blindness edges towards world's first vaccine
The world's first vaccine for a disease that causes misery for millions in Africa could be tested within five years. (Medical News Today)

What are the long-term implications for children with cancers affecting vision?
Retinoblastoma is the most common childhood cancer of the eye. New research investigates the health implications for survivors over the ensuing decades. (Medical News Today)

Gene editing technique improves vision in rats with inherited blindness
A new technique that has the potential to treat inherited diseases by removing genetic defects has been shown for the first time to hinder retinal degeneration in rats with a type of inherited... (Medical News Today)

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