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The Ivermectin Craze Is Being Fueled By Medical Front Groups With Ties To Right-wing Dark Money

Two years ago, ivermectin was an obscure drug consigned only to those who had the rare displeasure of contracting parasites like scabies or river blindness. American doctors wrote a mere 150,000 prescriptions for the drug in 2019 – roughly 0.1% of...
Related topics: Parasites, Ophthalmology

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Johns Hopkins Medicine's Wilmer Eye Institute Establishes The Sanford And Susan Greenberg Center To...

After losing his sight as a college student, Sanford "Sandy" Greenberg, an emeritus trustee of The Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Medicine, vowed to end blindness "permanently and for everyone." Now, to further that goal, the Johns...
Related topics: Ophthalmology, Medical Research

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Boosting The Cell's Power House

Severe fatigue, muscle weakness, even blindness -- mitochondrial diseases have various symptoms. In fact, the majority of genetic diseases are caused by defects of the mitochondria. Hence, understanding these 'power houses' of our cells is crucial...
Related topics: Ophthalmology, Genetics

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New Study Suggests That Aquaporin Could Be Key To Repairing Corneal Defects

Corneal defects often heal themselves, but serious injuries that are left untreated can result in inflammation, infection, ulceration and even blindness. A new study provides exciting evidence supporting the involvement of aquaporins in corneal cell...
Related topics: Medical Research, Ophthalmology

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Toxic Dna Buildup In Eyes May Drive Blinding Macular Degeneration

Damaging DNA builds up in the eyes of patients with geographic atrophy, an untreatable, poorly understood form of age-related macular degeneration that causes blindness, new research reveals. Based on the discovery, the researchers think it may be...
Related topics: DNA, Genetics, Ophthalmology, Medical Research

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American Society Of Retina Specialists (asrs) Launches See For A Lifetime See A Retina Specialist...

America's retina specialists are warning the public that millions in the US who don't know the facts about common retinal conditions such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy are at risk for preventable blindness or...
Related topics: Diabetes, Ophthalmology

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Here's Why Apellis Pharmaceuticals Is Getting Hammered Today

Shares of Apellis Pharmaceuticals (NASDAQ: APLS), a biopharmaceutical company focused on rare diseases, are sliding lower on Friday. Investors responding to conflicting clinical trial data for the company's experimental blindness prevention drug...
Related topics: Nasdaq, Clinical Trials, Ophthalmology

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The Ivermectin Boom Is The Inevitable Product Of Our Crass Culture Wars

Whoever runs the Food and Drug Administration’s Twitter feed has just about had it with the widespread off-label use of ivermectin—a generic anti-parasitic drug commonly used in veterinary medicine, as well as a treatment for diseases like river...
Related topics: Food And Drug Administration, Social Media, Ophthalmology

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New Biomarkers May Detect Early Eye Changes That Can Lead To Diabetes-related Blindness

Researchers have identified new biomarkers that may advance the early detection of diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in U.S. adults.
Related topics: Diabetes, Ophthalmology, Medical Research

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Research To Prevent Blindness And Association Of University Professors Of Ophthalmology Announce...

Donald Zack, MD, PhD, is recognized for ground-breaking contributions to the field of vision research, funded by Research to Prevent Blindness, an anonymous donor, and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology.
Related topics: Medical Research, Ophthalmology

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Research To Prevent Blindness And Association Of University Professors Of Ophthalmology Announce...

Donald Zack, MD, PhD, is recognized for ground-breaking contributions to the field of vision research, funded by Research to Prevent Blindness, an anonymous donor, and the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology.
Related topics: Medical Research, Ophthalmology

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Unvaccinated Turn To Veterinary Drug

Miami Herald: “Some people itching to get their hands on a COVID-19 cure are putting themselves in danger for taking unprescribed doses of ivermectin, an anti-parasitic drug used to treat diseases such as river blindness or scabies in people and...
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"the Sauba Ants That Could Reduce The Men’s Clothes And Rucksacks To Threads In A Single...

"... (another scourge) and the red hairy chiggers that consumed human tissue. The cyanide-squirting millipedes. The parasitic worms that caused blindness. The berne flies that drove their ovipositors through clothing and deposited larval eggs that...
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Woman Regains Vision After 15 Years Of Blindness

A woman known only as Connie, was misdiagnosed with glaucoma and lost her vision. She was blind for 15 years before being correctly diagnosed with cataracts, an easily operable condition. She had the operations in November of 2018. After the first...
Related topics: Ophthalmology, Glaucoma

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New Biomarkers May Detect Early Eye Changes That Can Lead To Diabetes-related Blindness

Optometry researchers have identified new biomarkers that may advance the early detection of diabetic retinopathy, the most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness in U.S. adults.
Related topics: Diabetes, Ophthalmology, Medical Research

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Glaucoma Test 'best Yet'

The latest investigations into a promising new genetic test for glaucoma - the leading cause of blindness worldwide - has found it has the ability to identify 15 times more people at high risk of glaucoma than an existing genetic test.
Related topics: Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Genetics

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Biobonds Use Wall Street Tools To Fund Medical Research

Karen Petrou invented a new funding model for curing blindness. Proposed legislation aims to apply it to medical research more generally.
Related topics: Medical Research, Ophthalmology

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Want To Tackle Poverty? Start With Blindness

One of the underreported tragedies of our time is that nearly 90% of the world's blind live in low-income countries where poverty and blindness perpetuate in a descending cycle. The main cause of this often needless and frequently avoidable...
Related topics: Ophthalmology

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Penn Scientists Correct Genetic Blindness With Single Injection Into The Eye

This article was originally published on our sister site, Freethink.Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have reversed a genetic form of blindness in a patient using just one course of antisense oligonucleotide therapy, Clinical OMICS...
Related topics: Genetics, Ophthalmology, Medical Research

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Optogenetics Gives Hope To Scientists Studying Brain Mechanism In Humans

Optogenetics, the technique of controlling neurons with light, may soon help scientists understand the mechanism of the human brain. Some researchers believe that the technique has the potential to cure blindness.
Related topics: Optogenetics, Neurons, Medical Research, Ophthalmology

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