leading cause of blindness

New research says glaucoma is in one’s genes


September 4th, 2012 - 1:38 pm ICT by IANS
Singapore, Sep 4 (IANS) Scientists have isolated three new genes linked to Primary Angle Closure Glaucoma (PACG), a leading cause of blindness, which affects 15 million people worldwide, 80 percent ... Read more...

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Diabetes drug can stave off leading cause of blindness


May 9th, 2012 - 7:51 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, May 9 (IANS) A drug prescribed for diabetes could also have another important use: treating one of the world's leading causes of blindness.In lab rat and cell-culture experiments, scientists ... Read more...

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Grapes can stave off age-related blindness


January 15th, 2012 - 4:17 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Jan 15 (IANS) Eating grapes seem to slow or help prevent the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition affecting millions of elderly people worldwide. AMD is a ... Read more...

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Stem cells could cure ’silent thief of sight’


March 12th, 2011 - 12:35 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 12 (ANI): In a first, medical experts have reported a major scientific breakthrough wherein stem cells could be used in the battle to cure blindness in humans.Using animals in lab ... Read more...

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Drug-carrying microbot roams through eye


March 11th, 2011 - 6:45 pm ICT by ANI
London, Mar 11 (ANI): A new system that effectively delivers drugs to the eyes, using a microbot, could offer hope to thousands of patients who suffer from conditions like age-related macular degeneration, ... Read more...

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Statins may prevent diabetic-related blindness


February 18th, 2011 - 1:53 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 18 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Georgia have found that a statin drug that is often known by the brand-name Lipitor may help prevent blindness in people with diabetes.In ... Read more...

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Brit scientists crack gene code of blindness-causing disease


September 16th, 2010 - 2:31 pm ICT by ANI
London, Sep 16 (ANI): Brit scientists have discovered the gene that could trigger glaucoma-a common eye disease that causes blindness.Researchers predict it may soon be possible to screen people's DNA to find ... Read more...

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Iron overload may be linked to macular degeneration


June 25th, 2010 - 4:18 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 25 (ANI): A research team, including an Indian-origin boffin, has found that the most common - and under-diagnosed - genetic disease in humans just may be a cause of the ... Read more...

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Red wine ingredient prevents blinding


June 25th, 2010 - 2:20 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, June 25 (IANS) Resveratrol, an ingredient found in red wine, grapes, blueberries, peanuts and some plants, stops uncontrolled blood vessel growth in the eye, says a study led by an Indian-American. ... Read more...

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Novel way to prevent blindness caused by retinitis pigmentosa


June 12th, 2010 - 4:29 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, June 12 (ANI): Scientists have discovered a novel way to use a radical new type of gene therapy to prevent blindness caused by retinitis pigmentosa.The research, led by Muna Naash, ... Read more...

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Glaucoma set to rise as population ages


March 11th, 2010 - 12:34 pm ICT by IANS
New Delhi, March 11 (IANS) In a bid to spread awareness about glaucoma, an eye disease that is the second leading cause of blindness across the world and is expected to rise ... Read more...

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Stem cell therapy may help restore sight in retinitis pigmentosa sufferers


February 25th, 2010 - 2:41 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, Feb 25 (ANI): Scientists have successfully used mouse embryonic stem cells to replace diseased retinal cells and restore sight in a mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa.According to the research team ... Read more...

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It’s never too late to stub the butt and save eyesight


December 31st, 2009 - 5:27 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Dec 31 (IANS) It's never too late to kick the butt, as even at ages beyond 80 smoking affects eyesight, a new study has shown. Even after age of 80, smoking continues ... Read more...

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What helps us see in bright or low light?


October 14th, 2009 - 5:27 pm ICT by IANS
Washington, Oct 14 (IANS) How do our eyes adjust during a blackout, seemingly without loss of time? Vision scientists at Washington University School of Medicine-St. Louis (WUSM-SL) have identified an intricate process ... Read more...

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Now, single jab that could prevent blindness


October 13th, 2009 - 12:03 pm ICT by ANI
London, Oct 13 (ANI): A single jab can now prevent people from losing their vision, thanks to researchers at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland, who have developed a new method to inject drug ... Read more...

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Two-thirds of world’s blind are women: Study


October 8th, 2009 - 4:09 pm ICT by IANS
London, Oct 8 (IANS) Two-thirds of blind people worldwide are women and girls, and the gender bias has resulted in men and boys having twice the access to eye-care, says an international ... Read more...

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Novel eye drops may reverse glaucoma symptoms


August 6th, 2009 - 1:09 pm ICT by ANI
London, Aug 6 (ANI): In an Italian study, researchers have found that a new type of medicated eye drop may be able to reverse symptoms of glaucoma.Glaucoma, the world's leading cause of ... Read more...

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Genetic link to age-related cataracts uncovered


July 31st, 2009 - 12:07 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, July 31 (ANI): The first gene associated with the formation of age-related cataracts, a leading cause of blindness, has been identified by researchers.Bing-Cheng Wang, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University School of ... Read more...

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Brains of vision loss patients reorganise their neural connections


November 21st, 2008 - 12:00 pm ICT by ANI
Washington, November 21 (ANI): Georgia Tech researchers have found that the brain of a patient with macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in the elderly, reorganises its neural connections in ... Read more...

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Lifestyle messages can reduce incidence of Type-2 diabetes


August 11th, 2008 - 11:08 am ICT by IANS
Sydney, Aug 11 (IANS) Intensive lifestyle changes can delay or prevent the onset of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. Researchers studied the effects of 12 key lifestyle messages, bearing ... Read more...

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Artificial cornea that could restore vision for millions close to reality


May 20th, 2008 - 2:15 pm ICT by admin
Washington may 20 (ANI): An improved artificial cornea that can restore the vision of more than 10 million people worldwide who are blind due to diseased corneas, is moving towards reality, ... Read more...

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