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Closing the gap in Indigenous eye heath is within reach

Health agencies are closer to eradicating preventable blindness in Indigenous Australians, according to an update on progress released today by the University ...

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Initiates Pioneering Gene Therapy Targeting Choroideremia

A research team at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has performed gene therapy on ...

Appropriateness of Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Trends Show Significant Change in Management

WASHINGTON — New findings presented today at the American Heart Association (AHA) Scientific Sessions 2015 show that cardiologists are selecting patients with greater care before subjecting them to procedures to open heart artery blockages. These procedures place stents, or tiny metal braces, in heart arteries to prop them open. Stents can relieve chest pain called angina, or stop a heart attack in its tracks and save lives. ... Full story

Could colour blindness in men be an advantage?

A new Western Australian study aims to find out whether colour blindness in men can actually be an advantage. ... Full story

Eye Drops Could Clear Up Cataracts Using Newly Identified Chemical

Compound Restores Transparency to Mouse Lenses, Human Lens Tissue ... Full story

Researchers develop test to diagnose 'face blindness'

Scientists from the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre at King’s College London have created a short questionnaire for people who suspect they have prosopagnosia, a condition that causes an inability to recognise faces. The researchers hope the questionnaire will help improve diagnosis of the condition. ... Full story

Eye’s recycling process key to seeing color, bright light

By Jim Dryden - As many of us learned in high school science class, the retina’s rods and cones allow us to see. Rods are for night vision, and cones operate in bright light and allow us to distinguish colors. But although scientists have an idea of what makes rods perform and flourish, they’ve been somewhat in the dark about what keeps cones working and thriving. ... Full story

Researchers measure gait to reduce falls from glaucoma

By Michelle Fredrickson, Voiland College of Engineering & Architecture ... Full story

Gene therapy staves off blindness from retinitis pigmentosa in canine model

NIH-funded study suggests therapeutic window may extend to later-stage disease ... Full story

Scientists at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Test New Gene Therapy for Vision Loss

Researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine funded by the National Institutes of Health have developed a novel mouse model for the vision disorder Leber hereditary optic neuropathy (LHON), and found that they can use gene therapy to improve visual function in the mice. LHON is one of many diseases tied to gene mutations that damage the tiny energy factories that power our cells, called mitochondria. ... Full story

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