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2014-01-16 20:22:14

Nicox further expands North American diagnostic portfolio with access to the RetnaGene AMD test, a genetic laboratory-developed test to predict the risk of progressing to late-stage or "wet" age-related macular degeneration (AMD) SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, France and SAN DIEGO, Jan. 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Nicox S.A. (NYSE Euronext Paris: COX), and Sequenom, Inc. (NASDAQ:SQNM), today announced that their affiliate companies (Nicox Inc. and Sequenom Laboratories) have entered into an...

Eye Gene Therapy
2014-01-16 09:44:41

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A newly developed genetic therapy for treating a type of inherited blindness called choroideremia is showing some promise and allowing patients to see incrementally more than they had before the treatment, according to a new report in The Lancet. Six patients in the study had one eye treated with the gene therapy in operations at the Oxford Eye Hospital in the United Kingdom. After six months, the treated eye showed improved vision in...

2014-01-13 16:26:26

GENEVA, Jan. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Selexis SA, a serial innovation company focused on drug discovery for lead identification and cell line development for scale-up and manufacturing of therapeutic protein drugs announced today that Opthea Pty Ltd has entered into a commercial license agreement with Selexis covering the use of the CHO-M Cell Line and related technologies for the production of OPT-302 (formerly VGX-300), an Fc fusion protein for the treatment of wet Age-Related...

2014-01-09 00:21:38

Report Examines the Impact of Digital Media on Vision Health ALEXANDRIA, Va., Jan. 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A report released today at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show by The Vision Council finds that nearly 70 percent of U.S. adults experience digital eye strain while on digital devices - including computers, tablets and smartphones. Yet, about half of adults don't know how to or have never tried to reduce their visual discomfort. As the market experiences a surge in high technology-related...

Scientists Use Drug To Repair Rare Birth Defect
2013-12-22 17:37:52

University of British Columbia Success in mouse model is first instance of drug reversing a congenital deformity University of British Columbia and Vancouver Coastal Health scientists have developed a potential cure for a rare eye disease, showing for the first time that a drug can repair a birth defect. They formulated the drug Ataluren into eye drops, and found that it consistently restored normal vision in mice who had aniridia (ANN-uh-ridee- uh), a condition that severely limits...

2013-12-18 23:01:23

Low Vision optometrist and nutritionist John M. Pino O.D., Ph.D., the only International Academy of Low Vision Specialists (IALVS) doctor in Tennessee, holds a doctorate in nutrition. Dr. Pino concurs with a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggesting that taking certain B vitamins may prevent Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Lebanon, Tennessee (PRWEB) December 18, 2013 While it’s normal for eyesight to decline over the years, some of the leading causes of...

2013-12-12 23:31:21

Two events at the American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting (AAO) highlighted the importance of visual evoked potential (VEP) and pattern electroretinography (ERG) being used in the clinical assessment of ophthalmology patients. Pine Brook, NJ (PRWEB) December 12, 2013 Doctors Farrell Tyson, MD and Mark Latina, MD led two important discussions on office-based electrophysiology at this year’s American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting (AAO) in New Orleans. Attendees crowded into the...

Astronauts Diagnosed With Eye Problems After Returning From Space
2013-12-11 16:34:15

NASA Those who travel to space are rewarded with a beautiful sight – planet Earth. But the effects of space travel on the human sense of sight aren’t so beautiful. More than 30 percent of astronauts who returned from two-week space shuttle missions and 60 percent who spent six months aboard the International Space Station were diagnosed with eye problems. Two recent investigations examined mechanisms that may explain eye changes in spaceflight, help find ways to minimize this health...


Word of the Day
humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'