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2013-08-19 15:30:13

Time-release coating allows drug for macular degeneration to last longer Johns Hopkins biomedical engineers have teamed up with clinicians to create a new drug-delivery strategy for a type of central vision loss caused by blood vessel growth at the back of the eye, where such growth should not occur. In addition to testing a new drug that effectively stops such runaway vessel growth in mice, the team gave the drug a biodegradable coating to keep it in the eye longer. If proven effective...

2013-08-15 20:46:06

In a study published on line this week in the journal Human Molecular Genetics, Drs. Donita Garland, Rosario Fernandez-Godino, and Eric Pierce of the Ocular Genomics Institute at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School, along with their colleagues, reported the unexpected finding that in mice genetically engineered to have an inherited form of macular degeneration, turning off the animals' complement system, a part of the immune system, prevented the disease. Macular...

2013-07-19 15:30:13

An anti-cancer drug has been proven to be equally as effective in treating the most common cause of blindness in older adults as a more expensive drug specifically formulated for this purpose. The results of a two-year trial, led by Queen's scientist Professor Usha Chakravarthy, and published in The Lancet today (Friday 19 July), show that two drug treatments Lucentis and Avastin are equally effective in treating neovascular or wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD). Wet AMD is...

Macular Degeneration Test Could Come From Astronomy Engineers
2013-07-17 15:24:22

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Engineers at the UK Astronomy Technology Center (UKATC), who are used to designing space-based telescopes, are applying their knowledge to develop a diagnostic test for Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). The engineers typically design and make instruments to detect faint light from distant stars and galaxies. However, they are collaborating with scientists from Cardiff University's School of Optometry and Vision Sciences to...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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