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2008-09-10 09:00:48

HOUSTON, Sept. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- A landmark study at five university-based research centers found that TOZAL(R), a patented combination of antioxidants and micronutrients, enabled patients with "dry" macular degeneration to improve their vision. Patients in the study's placebo arm, who received the "AREDS-type" nutritional formulation (the current standard of care), continued to lose their eyesight. Results of the TOZAL study are supported by a major new study, which shows that omega-3...

2008-09-04 12:00:33

Neurotech Pharmaceuticals, a biotechnology company focused on the development of sight-saving therapeutics for chronic retinal diseases, has announced that the FDA has granted fast track designations for NT-501 for the treatment of visual loss in two indications - retinitis pigmentosa and the dry form of age-related macular degeneration. Neurotech is conducting two Phase II/III trials of NT-501 for the treatment of visual loss associated with retinitis pigmentosa (RP)-one consisting of...

2008-09-02 12:00:00

Doctors and medical centers across the United States are debating the use of electronic health records (EHR). This month's Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, provides a look at Eye M.D.s' actions and opinions on the issue. Also highlighted this month are two research studies that will help doctors identify patients who are most vulnerable to advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of severe vision loss in the United States and most...

2008-07-09 09:01:02

Pipex Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (AMEX: PP), a specialty pharmaceutical company developing innovative late-stage drug candidates for the treatment of central nervous system and autoimmune diseases, today announced results and publication of positive double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial results in the treatment of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) with oral Zinthionein(TM) (formerly Z-Monocys, zinc-monocysteine), meeting all global central retinal function measurements of the...

2008-06-26 09:03:12

ATLANTA, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Alimera Sciences, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company that specializes in the research, development and commercialization of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, today reported the interim month three safety and efficacy results from the first human pharmacokinetic (PK) study of Medidur(TM) FA, which Alimera Sciences intends to market under the tradename Iluvien(TM), if approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This 36-month,...

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2008-02-22 13:55:00

A device that measures metabolic stress could help eye doctors diagnose disease before symptoms appearScientists at the University of Michigan have shown that their new metabolic imaging instrument can accurately detect eye disease at a very early stage. Such a device would be vision-saving because many severe eye diseases do not exhibit early warning signals before they begin to diminish vision. The testing is noninvasive and takes less than 6 minutes to administer to a patient.In a recent...

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2007-03-15 16:40:00

Rochester, N.Y. "“ March 15, 2007 - According to a new study from the University of Rochester, playing action video games sharpens vision. In tests of visual acuity that assess the ability to see objects accurately in a cluttered space, game players scored higher than their non-playing peers. "Action video game play changes the way our brains process visual information," says Daphne Bavelier, professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester. "After just 30 hours...

2006-10-25 12:01:04

Optobionics Corporation, a developer of innovative medical devices for the treatment of vision loss due to degenerative retinal diseases, today provided an update on the interim results from its multi-center, pilot clinical study of the Artificial Silicon Retina (ASR®) device. Results from the 20 patients treated with the ASR device show measurable vision improvement in a significant number of Retinitis Pigmentosa patients. These patients currently have no treatment...

2006-05-09 15:10:41

By Michael Conlon CHICAGO (Reuters) - About one in 15 Americans has eyesight so poor they couldn't pass a driver's license vision test but most of them go without correcting the problem, a study released on Tuesday said. The situation is most severe among blacks, Hispanics, the poor and those without insurance, said the government report published in this week's Journal of the American Medical Association. "Our findings suggest that lack of access to health care and insufficient...

2005-10-19 13:28:55

Fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS), a disorder that is indicated by distinct facial characteristics, growth retardation, and poor intellectual and attentional function, can occur when mothers drink alcohol heavily during pregnancy. A new study in the October issue of The Journal of Pediatrics shows that prenatal alcohol exposure can also affect an infant's visual acuity or sharpness of vision. Sandra W. Jacobson, Ph.D. and colleagues from Wayne State University and University of Cape Town...


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