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Image 1 - Gene Therapy For Inherited Blindness Succeeds In Patients' Other Eye
2012-02-10 04:53:45

In 3 Adults, Repeat Dose Safely Improves Vision Gene therapy for congenital blindness has taken another step forward, as researchers further improved vision in three adult patients previously treated in one eye. After receiving the same treatment in their other eye, the patients became better able to see in dim light, and two were able to navigate obstacles in low-light situations. No adverse effects occurred. Neither the first treatment nor the readministered treatment triggered an...

2011-08-09 12:24:31

A diet of flaxseed shows protective effects against radiation in animal models Flax has been part of human history for well over 30,000 years, used for weaving cloth, feeding people and animals, and even making paint. Now, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have discovered that it might have a new use for the 21st century: protecting healthy tissues and organs from the harmful effects of radiation. In a study just published in BMC Cancer,...

2010-12-27 13:49:27

A team from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Utrecht University has deciphered a key step in an evolutionarily old branch of the immune response. This system, called complement, comprises a network of proteins that "complement" the work of antibodies in destroying foreign invaders. It serves as a rapid defense mechanism in most species from primitive sponges to humans. In a study published in the December 24 issue of Science, the groups of John Lambris, PhD, the Dr. Ralph...

2010-04-23 13:04:00

DALLAS, April 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Tonight on HDNet's "Inside MMA," former UFC Lightweight and Welterweight champion BJ Penn joins UFC Middleweight Chael Sonnen on the panel to discuss the latest MMA news of the week with Kenny and Bas. Topping the list on this week's program is a review of the post-fight melee at April 17 Strikeforce event WHAT: - including commentary from the panelists. Penn also tells the panel about...

2009-10-24 13:00:00

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Born with a retinal disease that made him legally blind, and would eventually leave him totally sightless, the nine-year-old boy used to sit in the back of the classroom, relying on the large print on an electronic screen and assisted by teacher aides. Now, after a single injection of genes that produce light-sensitive pigments in the back of his eye, he sits in front with classmates and participates in class without extra help. In the playground, he...

2005-07-08 18:50:00

(Philadelphia, PA) - Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine have determined how serotonin decreases the body's sensitivity to light and that exposure to constant darkness leads to a decrease in serotonin levels in the brain of fruit flies. These findings suggest that serotonin may play a role in maintaining circadian rhythm, as well as modulating light-related disorders such as seasonal affective disorder (SAD). Senior author Amita Sehgal, PhD, Professor of...


Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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