Blindness

Race Riot Triggers Epidemic Of Color Blindness

A health crisis has broken out in Chicago. An epidemic of color blindness has devastated the already frail credibility of area journalists. Normally liberal journalists are acutely aware of color, to the point of placing their obsession with...
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First U.s. Patients Treated With Crispr As Gene-editing Human Trials Get Underway

This could be a crucial year for the powerful gene-editing technique CRISPR as researchers start testing it in patients to treat diseases such as cancer, blindness, and sickle cell disease.(Image credit: MOLEKUUL/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY/Getty...
Related topics: Genetics, Medical Research, Cancer, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Health Photos

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It's Tuesday, Let's See What's Up With The Mvnhs©

Oh:In The U.K., Blindness Is Free https://t.co/WdmI3bDUm3 from The Political Hat Blog— Political Hat Blog (@PoliticHatBlog) April 9, 2019It's what inevitably happens when health care becomes a "right."Original content copyright © InsureBlog
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A Soft Spot For Stem Cells Helps Cornea Healing

New research reveals a potential revolutionary way to treat eye injuries and prevent blindness -- by softening the tissue hosting the stem cells which then helps repair wounds, inside the body.
Related topics: Stem Cells, Medical Research, Ophthalmology

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Retinal Prion Disease Study Redefines Role For Brain Cells

Scientists studying the progression of inherited and infectious eye diseases that can cause blindness have found that microglia, a type of nervous system cell suspected to cause retinal damage, surprisingly had no damaging role during prion disease...
Related topics: Medical Research, Ophthalmology

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Hickenlooper Suffers From Face Blindness

“John Hickenlooper knows he knows you from somewhere. The former Colorado governor just doesn’t know if it’s really you,” CNN reports. “Such is the life of a politician who suffers from prosopagnosia, or face blindness,...
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Google Launches Effort In India To Screen For Leading Causes Of Blindness

Google on Monday launched an effort in India to use a new screening tool to combat diabetic retinopathy (DR) and diabetic macular edema (DME), two of the leading causes of blindness.In partnership with Verily, the parent company Alphabet's...
Related topics: Google, Ophthalmology, Diabetes

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Swiss Drug Giant Roche Reportedly Readies To Buy The Biotech Behind The First Fda-approved Gene...

Swiss drugmaker Roche is nearing a deal to buy Philadelphia-based biotech company Spark Therapeutics, the Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday. Spark's gene therapy is for a rare form of blindness and is the first of such treatments to be...
Related topics: Food And Drug Administration, Genetics, Ophthalmology

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Wild New Study Suggests Blindness May Protect Against Mental Illness

Schizophrenia is a puzzling disorder for medical professionals. It's a mental illness that can be treated but nobody really knows what causes it in the first place, posing a challenge from a preventative standpoint. Nobody knows what signs to look...
Related topics: Medical Research, Ophthalmology, Schizophrenia

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Why Too Much Dna Repair Can Injure Tissue

Researchers have discovered how overactive DNA repair systems can lead to retinal damage and blindness in mice. A DNA repair enzyme called Aag glycosylase becomes hyperactive, provoking an inflammatory response that produces necrosis, leading to...
Related topics: DNA, Genetics, Medical Research, Ophthalmology, Enzymes

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Diabetes Eye Exam Frequency In Us Is 'alarmingly Low'

In a large database of insured patients, almost half with type 2 diabetes and a third with type 1 diabetes had no eye exam in a 5-year period. Change is needed to stop retinopathy being the leading cause of blindness. Medscape Medical News
Related topics: Diabetes, Type 2 Diabetes, Type 1 Diabetes, Ophthalmology

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Researchers Home In On Genes Linked To Age-related Macular Degeneration

Scientists have zeroed in on genes associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss and blindness among people age 65 and older. These findings provide a more expanded and in-depth picture of the genetic...
Related topics: Medical Research, Genetics, Ophthalmology

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Monkeys With Superpower Eyes Could Help Cure Color Blindness

Squirrel monkeys don’t see color like people. But inject their eyeballs with a genetically engineered virus, and they suddenly can perceive a new rainbow. The same trick could someday be used on color-blind people.
Related topics: Ophthalmology, Genetics, Virus, Virology

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Denominator Blindness, Shark Attack Edition

Our discussion (Bloomberg) on how (or not) to use anecdotes had some interesting feedback to it. Not on the underlying concept, which noted that single or rare events should never be used to draw conclusions. But rather, my favorite example...
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Dying While Black: Perpetual Gaps Exist In Health Care For African-americans

Several years ago, MapQuest directed me on a 10-hour drive to visit my father in a Florida hospital. Complications from diabetes, including blindness, kidney failure, congestive heart failure, and a below-the-knee amputation, had taken their toll....
Related topics: African-American, Diabetes, Ophthalmology, Heart Failure

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New Findings “lend Confidence” To The Idea That Cortical Blindness Eliminates The Risk Of...

Not a single case of schizophrenia has ever been reported in someone who is cortically blind, according to the authors of a new population-wide study into the phenomenon By Emma Young Various visual impairments and abnormalities, such as unusual eye...
Related topics: Ophthalmology, Schizophrenia, Medical Research

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Researchers Rescue Photoreceptors, Prevent Blindness In Animal Models Of Age-related Macular...

Using a novel patient-specific stem cell-based therapy, researchers prevented blindness in animal models of geographic atrophy, the advanced 'dry' form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a leading cause of vision loss among people...
Related topics: Medical Research, Ophthalmology, Stem Cells

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300 Blind Mice Uncover Genetic Causes Of Eye Disease

Hundreds of new genes linked to blindness and other vision disorders have been identified in a screen of mouse strains. Many of these genes are likely important in human vision and the results could help identify new causes of hereditary blindness...
Related topics: Genetics, Ophthalmology

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Wearing Contacts 24/7 Can Bring Infection, Blindness, Doctors Warn

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 19, 2018 -- Dangerous infections, blinding ulcers in the eyes: These are just some of the troubles that can come from wearing your contacts for too long. Contact lenses are generally considered safe, but wearing them while asleep...
Related topics: Ophthalmology, Contact Lenses

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How The Brain Reacts To Loss Of Vision

If mice lose their vision immediately after birth due to a genetic defect, this has a considerable impact, both on the organization of the cerebral cortex and on memory. Researchers demonstrated that, in the months after blindness emerged, the...
Related topics: Memory Loss, Genetics, Medical Research, Ophthalmology

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