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Why are first-born children more likely to be nearsighted?
Though research suggests a first-born child has bragging rights for better education, the flip side may be increased chances of myopia, according to a new study. (Medical News Today)

Up to 1 billion people at risk of blindness by 2050
Up to 1 billion people could be at risk of blindness by the middle of the century if an emerging short-sightedness (myopia) epidemic is ignored say researchers at the Brien Holden Vision Institute. (Medical News Today)

Restoring vision with stem cells
Age-related macular degeneration (AMRD) could be treated by transplanting photoreceptors produced by the directed differentiation of stem cells, thanks to findings published today by Professor... (Medical News Today)

Birth weight and poor childhood growth linked to hearing and vision problems in middle age
A study of up to 433,390 UK adults, led by The University of Manchester, has linked being under and overweight at birth with poorer hearing, vision and cognition in middle age. (Medical News Today)

MS experts link neuroophthalmic syndromes with visual neuropsychological task performance
US and Portuguese scientists collaborate on first study to look at self-reported history of neuro-ophthalmic syndromes among individuals with MS and poor performance on visual neuropsychological... (Medical News Today)

Ethnic, racial & socioeconomic disparities in retinoblastoma in children
Ethnic, racial and socioeconomic disparities appear to exist among children with retinoblastoma, a once uniformly fatal but now treatable eye cancer, and those disparities are associated with... (Medical News Today)

Scientists test new gene therapy for vision loss from a mitochondrial disease
NIH-funded study shows success in targeting mitochondrial DNA in miceResearchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a novel mouse model for the vision disorder Leber... (Medical News Today)

Cure for rare form of color blindness steps closer with novel gene insight
By analyzing the genes of dogs, researchers have uncovered new insight into the mechanisms underlying a rare form of color blindness called achromatopsia. (Medical News Today)

First-aid for defective mucus
Researchers discover mechanism for fixing defective mucinsIn our mouths, stomachs and eyes, mucus forms a protective layer that prevents friction and keeps foreign bodies out. (Medical News Today)

Big eyes!
"Why, Grandma, what big eyes you have!" Though similar in appearance, the hidden cause of those big eyes Little Red Riding Hood notices in Grimms' fairy tale has nothing to do with the hidden cause... (Medical News Today)

Penn Vet-Temple team characterizes genetic mutations linked to a form of blindness
Achromatopsia is a rare, inherited vision disorder that affects the eye's cone cells, resulting in problems with daytime vision, clarity and color perception. (Medical News Today)

Leading ophthalmologists present real world clinical outcomes on Oraya Therapy for wet AMD
Oraya Therapeutics Inc. has announced that leading ophthalmologists from three European countries presented patient results following one year after a single treatment with Oraya Therapy for wet... (Medical News Today)

Human visual cortex holds neurons that selectively respond to intermediate colors
Researchers from Tohoku University's Research Institute of Electrical Communication and RIKEN BSI have found the presence of neurons in the human brain which can each selectively respond to an... (Medical News Today)

How the retina marches to the beat of its own drum
One of many light-sensitive pigments was found to set the retina's own biological tempo while others set the body's master clock. (Medical News Today)

Age-related blindness cure steps closer with new stem cell trial
Researchers have successfully transplanted eye cells derived from stem cells into a patient with the hope of curing vision loss caused by wet age-related macular degeneration. (Medical News Today)

Why is an object's size perceived the same regardless of changes in distance?
The neural mechanism of size constancy clarifiedA group of researchers at Osaka University found that neurons in the monkey visual cortical area V4*1, one of the areas in the visual cortex... (Medical News Today)

Coriander: Health Benefits and Nutritional Information
Find out about the health benefits of consuming coriander, including reducing the risk of several cancers and eye disease due to containing a high level of antioxidants. (Medical News Today)

Do patients with age-related macular degeneration have trouble with touch screens?
Older adults with central vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration (AMD) have no problem with accuracy in performing touch screen tasks, according to a study in the October issue of... (Medical News Today)

Matricellular proteins are promising new therapeutic targets for ocular diseases
A special issue of Journal of Ocular Pharmacology and Therapeutics highlights the latest research on matricellular proteins, which play a critical role in inflammation and blood vessel formation in... (Medical News Today)

Microbiosensor: a device for monitoring bacterial contamination in contact lens cases
New research has developed a novel sensor device (microbiosensor) that alerts contact lens wearers when it is unsafe to put contact lenses in their eyes. (Medical News Today)

Can outdoor activities help prevent nearsightedness in children?
The rate of nearsightedness is increasing, especially in Asian countries. Now, new research suggests outdoor activities might help prevent the condition in children. (Medical News Today)

Diet, exercise, smoking habits and genes interact to affect AMD risk
People with a genetic predisposition for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) significantly increased their odds of developing the blinding eye disorder if they had a history of heavy smoking and... (Medical News Today)

Penn Vet team identifies a form of congenital night blindness in dogs
People with congenital stationary night blindness, or CSNB, have normal vision during the day but find it difficult or impossible to distinguish objects in low light. (Medical News Today)

Damage in retinal periphery closely matches loss of blood flow in people with diabetes
Finding about eye disease in areas of the retina not observed using traditional eye photography may aid in detection and treatmentResearch from the Joslin Diabetes Center's Beetham Eye Institute... (Medical News Today)

Identified genetic interaction offers possible new target for glaucoma therapy
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have elucidated a genetic interaction that may prove key to the development and progression of glaucoma, a blinding... (Medical News Today)

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