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Health News - Eye Health/Ophthalmology

Contact lenses: a look at the risks and recommendations
In this Spotlight feature, we take a look at some of the risky behaviors that need to be avoided when wearing contact lenses that the majority of users fail to avoid. (Medical News Today)

New lens effective treatment of dry AMD, established wet forms of AMD, other macular disease including maculopathy
Following revolutionary eye surgery at the London Eye Hospital to implant a state-of-the-art iolAMD lens in her eye, retired classroom assistant Irene Da Silva has realised her dream of seeing her... (Medical News Today)

'Lazy eye' may bully the brain into altering its wiring
Colorful and expressive, the eyes are central to the way people interact with each other, as well as take in their surroundings. (Medical News Today)

Study investigates whether blind people characterize others by race
Most people who meet a new acquaintance, or merely pass someone on the street, need only a glance to categorize that person as a particular race. (Medical News Today)

Medical terms lead to divide between parents and doctors
When discussing a child's symptoms, labels such as 'pink eye' can dictate how medical decisions are madeFew things are more stressful than dealing with a sick child. (Medical News Today)

Waterford research on Alzheimer's disease suggests that measuring macular pigment offers potential as a biomarker of cognitive health
Results to be showcased internationally in the Journal of Alzheimer's DiseaseOngoing European Research Council-funded research at Waterford Institute of Technology's (WIT) Macular Pigment... (Medical News Today)

Brief postnatal blindness triggers long-lasting reorganization in the brain
Temporary visual deprivation shortly after birth induces permanent auditory responses in the visual area of the brain, highlighting a crossmodal competition for brain territories during the early... (Medical News Today)

Study provides hope for some human stem cell therapies
An international team of scientists headed by biologists at UC San Diego has discovered that an important class of stem cells known as human "induced pluripotent stem cells," or iPSCs, which are... (Medical News Today)

Stem cells derived from amniotic membrane can benefit retinal diseases when transplanted
Tests on animal models show that MSCs secrete growth factors that suppress causes of diabetic retinopathy and macular degenerationA team of researchers in South Korea has successfully... (Medical News Today)

Retinal changes may serve as measures of brain pathology in schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is associated with structural and functional alterations of the visual system, including specific structural changes in the eye. (Medical News Today)

Gut microbes linked to major autoimmune eye disease
One major cause of human blindness is autoimmune uveitis, which is triggered by the activation of T cells, but exactly how and where the T cells become activated in the first place has been a... (Medical News Today)

Retinal changes may serve as measures of brain pathology in schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is associated with structural and functional alterations of the visual system, including specific structural changes in the eye. (Medical News Today)

Protective eyewear reduces field hockey eye injuries without increased concussion risk
A study conducted by researchers at Hasbro Children's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Fairfax (VA) County Public Schools and the University of Colorado School of Medicine has found that... (Medical News Today)

Can your brain control how it loses control?
A new study may have unlocked understanding of a mysterious part of the brain -- with implications for neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's. (Medical News Today)

Fortified against blindness
Sweet potato varieties developed to increase vitamin AThese are local community members evaluating the taste of sweet potato cultivars. (Medical News Today)

Brain plasticity after vision loss has an 'on-off switch'
KU Leuven biologists have discovered a molecular on-off switch that controls how a mouse brain responds to vision loss. (Medical News Today)

Sense launches guide on supporting patients with dual sensory loss, UK
National deafblind charity, Sense, has launched a new resource for primary healthcare staff on supporting patients with a dual sensory loss. (Medical News Today)

Study finds association between blood levels of trace metals and risk of glaucoma
In an analysis that included a representative sample of the South Korean population, a lower blood manganese level and higher blood mercury level were associated with greater odds of a glaucoma... (Medical News Today)

Receptor that helps protect brain cells has important role in support cells for the retina
A receptor that is already a target for treating neurodegenerative disease also appears to play a key role in supporting the retina, scientists report. (Medical News Today)

Seeing the sunnier side of life -- scientists bring a whole new meaning to winter blues
Scientists at the University of York have shed new light on how humans process colour - revealing that we see things differently in winter compared with summer. (Medical News Today)

HETLIOZ (tasimelteon) Phase III set and reset trial results published in The Lancet
Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. (Vanda) has announced publication of pivotal trial results related to patient entrainment in the August issue of The Lancet. (Medical News Today)

New discovery provides insight into the development of complications in type 1 diabetes
Findings by Joslin researchers may lead to early detection and treatment of complicationsJoslin scientists have advanced understanding of how the cellular repair process is impaired in type 1... (Medical News Today)

Fly brains filter out visual information caused by their own movements, like humans
Our brains are constantly barraged with sensory information, but have an amazing ability to filter out just what they need to understand what's going on around us. (Medical News Today)

General Optical Council approves standards of practice, UK
The General Optical Council (GOC) has agreed new standards of practice for optometrists and dispensing opticians, and new standards for optical students to come into effect from 1 April 2016. (Medical News Today)

New eye-tracker method shows 'preferred retinal location' in both eyes
Eyes with central vision loss adapt by developing a new fixation point in a different part of the retina, called the preferred retinal location (PRL). (Medical News Today)

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