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2009-04-10 13:36:42

People with macular degeneration are being taught to read using the undamaged parts of their eyes, says a vision specialist in Britain. Macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness, causes central vision to be lost but peripheral vision to remain intact. A program developed by Britain's Macular Disease Society teaches people to regain basic skills they thought they had lost for good, said Tom Bremridge, a spokesman for the society. People with macular degeneration can be taught to fill...

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2008-10-08 10:30:00

Scientists have identified one of the genes implicated in age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of blindness in developed countries. The research, published online yesterday in the Lancet, adds to the growing understanding of the genetics of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which the researchers believe should ultimately lead to novel treatments for the disease. Almost two-thirds of people aged 80 years or older are affected by AMD to some degree, with more than one...

2008-08-28 03:00:19

THOUSANDS of people all over the country will be able to receive sightsaving drugs thanks to a campaign spearheaded by three Warwickshire patients. The drug Lucentis will now be available on the NHS to anyone with 'wet' macular degeneration - an eye disease which sends sufferers blind. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (Nice) recommended doctors use the drug because it could cut the cost of treating a patient by more than pounds 8,000 over ten years. Campaigners...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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