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2012-04-23 22:29:39

A research team, led by John Guy, M.D., professor of ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has pioneered a novel technological treatment for Leber Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON), an inherited genetic defect that causes rapid, permanent, and bilateral loss of vision in people of all ages, but primarily males ages 20-40. Genetic mutations in the mitochondria (part of the cell that produces energy) cause the disorder. Currently,...

2011-07-26 12:07:50

A clinical trial led by Newcastle University shows that the drug, idebenone (Catena®), improved the vision and perception of colour in patients with Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). The inherited condition means patients, who can see normally, lose the sight in one eye then within 3 to 6 months lose the sight in their other eye. In some severely affected patients such as those who were unable to read any letters on the chart, the treatment with idebenone resulted...

2011-07-26 07:07:17

(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- A clinical trial led by Newcastle University shows that the drug, idebenone improved the vision and perception of color in patients with Leber's Hereditary Optic Neuropathy (LHON). The inherited condition means patients, who can see normally, lose the sight in one eye then within 3 to 6 months lose the sight in their other eye. In some severely affected patients such as those who were unable to read any letters on the chart, the treatment with idebenone resulted in a...

2011-03-28 13:29:00

PINE BROOK, N.J., March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Diopsys, Inc. has launched the new Diopsys® NOVA-DN VEP Vision Testing System to help optometrists and ophthalmologists detect optic nerve disease, including glaucoma and other neuro-visual disorders. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness in the world, reports the World Health Organization. According to Prevent Blindness America, glaucoma is often called the "sneak thief of sight" because half of all patients...

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2009-08-27 06:20:00

Researchers believe they have found a way to avoid certain genetically inherited disorders through a special kind of in vitro fertilization (IVF).  Ethical concerns abound, but experts say that the future of the procedure looks promising. In lab experiments with rhesus macaque monkeys, scientists from the Oregon Health and Science University were recently able to transfer DNA from the nucleus of an unhealthy egg cell into a normal egg cell without a nucleus, ultimately resulting in the...


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  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.