Tag: "blindness" at biology news
Dog 'model' for studying inherited human blindness
...er from macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness
in the aging population. Others, however, will suffer from RP, of which XLRP is one of the most common forms of the disease. Funding for the Cornell research team also was provided by the Foundation Fighting Blindness and the Van Sloun Fund for Can...
Stanford researchers shine light on new genes involved in multiple sclerosis
...lead to paralysis and sensory disturbances such as blindness
or deafness. Steinman looked at which genes were being expressed in both acute and chronic attacks and compared them with the genes active in normal brain tissue. To do this, Steinman's team isolated messenger RNA from acute, chronic and normal brai...
Scientists discuss microbial pathogenesis in era of bioterrorism, drug resistance
... including cold sores, genital herpes lesions, and blindness
or death of infants born to mothers with an active genital herpes infection. Looking slightly further down the road, she says that the transporter mechanism will be a good vehicle to carry desired genes to the cellular DNA in gene therapy. Underst...
Spinal cord injury and Alzheimers risk among topics at American Chemical Society meeting
...ached retinas, a technique that could help prevent blindness
in thousands. (POLY 374, Wednesday, April 10, 10:45 a.m., Convention Center, Room 314A, Level Three) Survey identifies drugs most likely to be found in the environment Antidepressants, anticonvulsants, anticancer drugs and antimicrobials are...
Built-in 'failsafe' device blocks abnormal growth of new blood vessels
...hy and macular degeneration, the leading causes of blindness
in the Western world. Research has shown that new blood vessel growth relies on an exquisite balance of proteins that either induce or inhibit new growth of the endothelial cells that form the walls of new blood vessels. Identifying the componen...
Glaucoma leading cause of blindness in Hispanics
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness
among U.S. Hispanics, while cataracts are the lead...he journal Ophthalmology, showed the prevalence of blindness
among U.S. Hispanics to be 0.3 percent. This figure is somewhat high for developed countries, the r...
Genetic causes of hypertension identified
...ces such as kidney failure, heart failure, stroke, blindness
of high blood pressure, said Dr. Jose and Dr. Felder. Identification of this leading cause of hypertension should lead to improved medical treatments for the disease. The University of Virginia and Georgetown teams, in collaboration with Dr. Hironobu...
River blindness caused by bacteria, not worms, suggesting antibiotic treatment for the disease, Science researchers say
...he body's severe inflammatory response, leading to blindness
and serious skin disorders, the researchers report...killed by the common antibiotic doxycycline. River blindness
is the second leading infectious cause of blindness
in the world. It is spread to humans by the bite...
Eat your veggies: Indirect anti-oxidants provide long-term protection
..., from cancer to blindness. As long ago as 1952, blindness
resulting from damage to the retina -- the part of the eye that detects and sends images to the brain -- was linked to attacks by oxidants. Recent evidence suggests that dietary anti-oxidants can help prevent or reduce damage to retinal cells. As a ...
Nature's own medicine for vision loss: Inhibitor of angiogenesis found by biologists at The Scripps Research Institute
...y potential applications [for TrpRS], ranging from blindness
to cancer, that we want to pursue," says Schimmel. Angiogenesis is a natural biological process that can sometimes go awry. Abnormal angiogenesis is the cause of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) and diabetic retinopathy, diseases that afflict...
Researchers discover 'thermostat' that regulates bone density
...ver symptoms of very brittle bones and progressive blindness
convinced us that this was an important disease to solve. So, with the support of my mentor, professor Bjorn Olsen at Harvard Medical School, we formed an osteoporosis-pseudoglioma collaborative group to enlist affected families and their physicians ...
Hidden toxin gene in chlamydia linked to chronic illnesses
... a key gene that enables certain bacteria to cause blindness
and debilitating genital tract infections. Using... to trachoma, the most common cause of preventable blindness
worldwide. In the United States, C. trachomatis infection is the most common sexually transmitted ...
Yale researchers develop new molecule that eradicates cancer by destroying tumor blood vessels
..., such as macular degeneration, the major cause of blindness
in older people....
Spinach protein could offer new hope for the blind
...is pigmentosa, diseases that are leading causes of blindness
worldwide, may find hope in this research. "Althou...t affects the center of vision. It rarely leads to blindness
but people with the disease have difficulty reading, driving and performing other activities that re...
Gene therapy may be a tool to prevent blindness
...on and diabetic retinopathy, the leading causes of blindness
in older and younger people, respectively, in developed countries. "These studies show that when therapeutic genes are introduced before the stimulus for abnormal blood vessel growth, they partially prevent the abnormal vessels from growing," says P...
First evidence of gene therapy for abnormal blood vessel growth in newborns
...rviving premature babies. It is a leading cause of blindness
and defective vision in children, and despite surgical advances, around half of babies with the most severe form of the disease will become blind. Disordered blood vessel growth from the retina needs to be prevented in order to treat the disease. Th...
In gene therapy first, scientists restore vision to dogs born blind
...ly untreatable condition that typically results in blindness
from birth or shortly thereafter. "In gene therap...dy with grant funds, said the success in reversing blindness
in dogs is an important advance. "With this study, gene therapy has overcome a major hurdle," said G...
Northwestern receives $17 million for functional genomics research
...s ranging from Alzheimers disease and addiction to blindness
and sleep disorders. "The timing of this project is perfect," said center director Joseph S. Takahashi, who cloned the first mammalian circadian gene, Clock, in 1997. "Our work will be very complementary and synergistic with the information being pro...
With an eye on safety, UF experts explore cellular mechanisms of gene therapy
... cystic fibrosis, hemophilia, and genetic forms of blindness
and heart and lung diseases. "The main potential safety problem in gene therapy comes from the vector rather than from the gene being delivered," said Dr. Terence R. Flotte, an associate professor of pediatrics, director of UF's Genetics Institute a...
The masculinization of the X chromosome: many genes for early male sperm production reside on the X chromosome
... chromosome may cause a disease (for example color blindness
or hemophilia). The mother, who has a defective ge...k if infertility can be inherited, just like color blindness
and hemophilia. Previous research from the Page lab had suggested that the genetic defect underlying...
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