Tag: "blindness" at medical news
Smoking may strongly increase long-term risk of eye disease
...ral portion of the retina] is the leading cause of blindness
in the Western world, according to background information in the article. In addition to smoking, AMD is postulated to share other risk factors with cardiovascular disease, such as elevated cholesterol level and hypertension. Smoking may also interac...
Miniature implanted devices could treat epilepsy, glaucoma
...of blindness," Irazoqui said. The disease causes blindness
from a buildup of fluid pressure in the interior chamber of the eye, killing fibers in the optic nerve. Glaucoma patients go to the doctor periodically to have their eye pressure checked. If it is high, the doctor prescribes medication or performs su...
Advocates ask fashion industry to support braille clothing tags; talking Web site
...rofits will also be used to help fight preventable blindness
in children living in developing countries. Fashion is just the starting point, Brill says. ...
UK scientists set their sights on cure for AMD
...the vast majority of patients who currently suffer blindness
through Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is ... some 14 million people in Europe currently suffer blindness
through the condition, caused by defects in the retinal support cells. There is currently no treatme...
MUHC-led international team identifies gene responsible for blindness in infants and children
...aurosis (LCA), the most common cause of congenital blindness
in infants and small children. The study, partly ... identify all the genes responsible for congenital blindness
in children and then study them so that we can then use gene therapy to rescue their vision. Worki...
Quality improvement effort pays off in diabetes care
...concluded, should reduce the lifetime incidence of blindness
from 17 percent of patients down to 15 percent, of kidney failure from 18 down to 15 percent and of coronary artery disease from 28 to 24 percent. Next they tried to place a dollar value on the benefits of the programa longer life with fewer compli...
Higher intake of fish and vitamin D levels linked to lower risk of age-related macular disease
...riorates over time. It is the most common cause of blindness
among older adults in the United States, affecting more than 7 million individuals older than 40 years, according to background information in the articles. The prevalence of AMD is likely to increase as the population ages. There is currently no kno...
Bone marrow stem cells may cure eye disease
...cceeds, Kao said, the procedure could help prevent blindness
in future generations who suffer from genetic corneal diseases. He added that cornea transplants have been successful to some degree but do not always eliminate the problem. "When the donor cells disappear after a few years, the corneal disease ...
First clinical trial of gene therapy for childhood blindness
...inical trial to test a revolutionary treatment for blindness
in children has been announced by researchers at UCL (University College London). The trial, funded by the Department of Health, is the first of its kind and could have a significant impact on future treatments for eye disease. The trial involves...
Standard long-acting insulin as good as newer medications
...relative impact on long-term complications such as blindness
or kidney failure also was not clear. "For the patient the good news is that the older medication works very well," said John Buse, M.D., president-elect of the American Diabetes Association. "In most people it will lower blood sugar with little r...
Educational video increases knowledge but not behavior
... as the macula. It is the leading cause of (legal) blindness
among European-descended people older than 65 years. Without assistive devices and adaptive behaviors, sufferers of AMD are often unable to perform daily tasks such as reading, writing, driving, and face recognition, which can cause a loss of self-es...
Many Americans at high risk of vision loss do not have access to eye care
...e. "Many conditions causing visual impairment and blindness
are often asymptomatic in their early, treatable stages," they conclude. "There is substantial inequity in access to eye care in the United States. Better targeting of resources and efforts toward people at high risk may help reduce these dispariti...
2007 ARVO Annual Meeting draws spotlight on aging eye
...es are the leading causes of vision impairment and blindness
throughout the world. With the worlds population of seniors at an all-time high and still growing, addressing the issues of vision loss in the older population is, now more than ever, of paramount importance....
JRRD releases single-topic issue focused on vision rehabilitation
...egeneration (AMD). AMD is the most common cause of blindness
among people over age 55 in the United States (including veterans). In most AMD patients with severe visual loss, abnormal blood vessels grow under the central retina (the area that provides high resolution vision) and cause bleeding, scarring, and b...
Scripps research combination therapy obliterates new vessel growth in tumors and retinopathy
... vessel growth in the eye that is a major cause of blindness
worldwide. "Our combination therapy reduced tumor mass and increased survival in the glioblastoma model," Friedlander said. "In models of neovascular eye diseases, the therapy resulted in complete inhibition of pathological neovascularization in mor...
High levels of blindness in southern Sudan following years of war
...t there ended in 2004, found much higher levels of blindness
than anticipated. The results, published in PLoS M...s were not included in survey. A very high rate of blindness
was found4%. This is more than twice the level that would be expected, given what is known about the...
Drug treatment slows macular vision loss in diabetics
...as shown promise in stemming a common precursor of blindness
in diabetics, which involves the same central light-sensitive area of retina, Johns Hopkins Wilmer Eye Institute scientists report. Encouraged by the effect of ranibuzumab in people with macular degeneration, the Hopkins researchers injected the d...
Major visual disorders in people over 40 may be costing the US economy billions
...s. Millions of Americans have visual impairment, blindness
or other eye diseases, according to background information in the article. These diseases include age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, primary open-angle glaucoma and refractive errors, which are correctable with g...
Pakistani women 30 percent more likely to be blind than men
...ned several factors in measuring the prevalence of blindness
in Pakistan, the sixth most populous country in th...upation. The study showed that the prevalence of blindness
was higher in women in every age category surveyed except those aged 30 to 39 years. After adjustin...
Light-sensitive photoswitches could restore sight to those with macular degeneration
...ring light sensitivity in people with degenerative blindness
such as macular degeneration. "We're asking the q...ht detectors in the retina - is the major cause of blindness
in the United States. One in four people over age 65 suffers vision loss as a result of this conditi...
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