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Identification of autophagy gene regulation mechanism related to dementia and Lou Gehrig's disease
An international Research Team led by Dr. Jeong Yoon-ha at Korea Brain Research Institute has published the results of its research in 'Autophagy'. (2019-07-18)
Regenerating human retinal ganglion cells in the dish to inform glaucoma treatment
People have a limited ability to regenerate nerves after injury or illness. (2019-07-02)
Low-cost retinal scanner could help prevent blindness worldwide
Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a low-cost, portable optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanner that promises to bring the vision-saving technology to underserved regions throughout the United States and abroad. (2019-06-28)
Reducing the psychological distress of patients diagnosed with a common, retinal disease
A new study from City, University of London suggests that effective communication from eye health professionals may help reduce patient fears after they are diagnosed with the 'dry' form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). (2019-06-28)
Immune system can slow degenerative eye disease, NIH-led mouse study shows
A new study shows that the complement system, part of the innate immune system, plays a protective role to slow retinal degeneration in a mouse model of retinitis pigmentosa, an inherited eye disease. (2019-06-17)
Implanted drug 'reservoir' safely reduces injections for people with macular degeneration
In a clinical trial of 220 people with 'wet' age-related macular degeneration, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers, collaborators from many sites across the country, and Genentech in South San Francisco have added to evidence that using a new implant technology that continuously delivers medication into the eyes is safe and effective in helping maintain vision and reduces the need for injections in the eyes. (2019-06-13)
New web-based tool accelerates research on conditions such as dementia, sports concussion
A new new cloud-computing web platform created by scientists in the United States, Europe and South America will allow researchers to track data and analyses on the brain, potentially reducing delays in discovery. (2019-06-12)
Brighter possibilities for treating blindness
Advances in preclinical research are now being translated into innovative clinical solutions for blindness, a review published in the 10th anniversary series of science Translational Medicine depicts. (2019-06-05)
Searching for the origins of the depressive symptoms in Huntington's disease
About 40% of the affected patients with Huntington's disease -- a neurodegenerative pathology -- show depression symptoms, even in early stages before the apparition of the typical motor symptoms of the disease. (2019-05-31)
A road map to stem cell development
Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers report they have created a method of mapping how the central nervous system develops by tracking the genes expressed in cells. (2019-05-22)
Head injury effects halted by xenon gas, finds first ever life-long study in mice
Following traumatic brain injury (TBI), xenon prevented early death, improved long-term cognition, and protected brain tissue in mice in a new study. (2019-05-21)
Inhibition of protein phosphorylation promotes optic nerve regeneration after injury
Research results from a recent study led by a Waseda University-led team suggest that the inhibition of phosphorylation of microtubule-binding protein CRMP2 could be a novel approach to the development of treatments for optic neuropathies, such as glaucoma and traumatic injury. (2019-05-21)
Personalized 'Eye-in-a-Dish' models reveal genetic underpinnings of macular degeneration
Using stem cells derived from six people, UC San Diego School of Medicine researchers recapitulated retinal cells in the lab. (2019-05-09)
Why visual stimulation may work against Alzheimer's
MIT neuroscientists have found that using flickering light to stimulate gamma oscillations in the brain has widespread effects on neurons and immune cells called microglia. (2019-05-07)
Researchers uncover mechanism blocking retina regeneration
A discovery opens the possibility of one day restoring loss of vision by activating the retina's ability to regenerate. (2019-05-07)
Eye's vulnerability to macular degeneration revealed
Scientists have found significant differences in the shape and biology of the same type of cell taken from different parts of the retina, according to a study in eLife. (2019-05-07)
A better strategy for treating diabetic macular edema in people with good vision
People with diabetic macular edema, who still have good vision, as measured by standard exam with an eye chart, can safely forego immediate treatment of their macular edema as long as they are closely monitored, and treatment begins promptly if vision worsens. (2019-05-01)
Watchful waiting reasonable for patients with diabetic macular edema and good vision
People with good vision despite having center-involved diabetic macular edema can safely forego immediate treatment of their eye condition as long as they are closely monitored, and treatment begins promptly if vision worsens, according to clinical trial results. (2019-04-30)
Microglia, immune cells of the central nervous system, shown to regulate neuroinflammation
A research team at Massachusetts Eye and Ear has shown that microglia, the immune cells of the central nervous system -- including the retina -- serve as 'gatekeepers' of neuroinflammation. (2019-04-22)
Ginkgo seed extracts show antibacterial activity on skin pathogens
Extracts from the seeds of the Ginkgo biloba tree show antibacterial activity on pathogens that can cause skin infections such as acne, psoriasis, dermatitis and eczema. (2019-04-18)
Experimental drug delivers one-two punch to vision loss
In studies with lab-grown human cells and in mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have found that an experimental drug may be twice as good at fighting vision loss as previously thought. (2019-04-10)
Nature could provide the answer for blindness caused by diabetes, say experts
Mother Nature could have the answer to treating several causes of blindness, according to a ground-breaking study involving scientists from the University of Surrey and the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute at Indiana University School of Medicine in the USA. (2019-04-09)
Arbitrary categories improve visual learning transfer, study finds
This type of learning transfer opens the door for applying basic cognitive science research to help patients with vision loss. (2019-03-28)
Rejuvenation of aging cells helps to cure osteoarthritis through gene therapy
Recently, scientists from the Institute of Zoology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), Peking University and the Institute of Biophysics of CAS, found a protein factor, CBX4, safeguarded hMSCs against cellular senescence through the regulation of nucleolar architecture and function. (2019-03-27)
Retinal prion disease study redefines role for brain cells
National Institutes of Health scientists studying the progression of inherited and infectious eye diseases that can cause blindness have found that microglia, a type of nervous system cell suspected to cause retinal damage, surprisingly had no damaging role during prion disease in mice. (2019-03-27)
Many NHS partnerships with drug companies are out of public sight
NHS organisations are entering into working partnerships with drug companies, but they are not making the details, and even existence, of many of these deals available to the public, reveals an investigation by The BMJ today (2019-03-27)
NIH study finds no evidence that calcium increases risk of AMD
Eating a calcium-rich diet or taking calcium supplements does not appear to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to the findings of a study by scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI). (2019-03-21)
Study examines calcium intake, age-related macular degeneration progression risk
This study looked at the association of calcium intake (dietary and supplementation) with the risk and progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness. (2019-03-21)
With single gene insertion, blind mice regain sight
People left blind by retinal degeneration have one option: electronic eye implants. (2019-03-15)
Guardians of the synapse: Scientists identify a new role for nerve-supporting cells
Salk researchers have found, for the first time, that a blood-clotting protein can, unexpectedly, degrade nerves--and how nerve-supporting glial cells, including Schwann cells, provide protection. (2019-03-14)
Therapy could improve and prolong sight in those suffering vision loss
Ganglion cells in the eye generate noise as the light-sensitive photoreceptors die in diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa. (2019-03-13)
Iron measurements with MRI reveal stroke's impact on brain
A simple MRI method that measures iron content can provide a more comprehensive picture of the consequences of stroke-related damage to the brain, according to a new study. (2019-03-12)
Inhibiting post-translational modifications may lower oxidative stress in the aging eye
Advanced age is the largest risk factor for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). (2019-03-11)
Crystal-clear view of a key neuronal receptor opens door for new, targeted drugs
One of the most important protein signaling systems that controls neuronal guidance consists of the cell surface receptor 'Robo' and its cognate external guidance cue 'Slit.' The deficit of either of these proteins results in defects in brain structure and function. (2019-03-07)
Figuring out the fovea
Using high-throughput genetic sequencing methods, scientists have created the first cellular atlas of the primate retina, an important foundation for researchers to build on as they seek to understand how vision works in primates, including humans, and how vision can be disrupted by disease. (2019-02-21)
New drug for Duchenne muscular dystrophy clears phase 1 clinical trial testing in boys
Patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) have few treatment options. (2019-02-21)
WVU researcher explores what tumor cells and a healthy retina have in common
West Virginia University researcher Jianhai Du is parsing how the retina hijacks an energy-producing chemical reaction to churn out molecular building blocks to renew photoreceptor membranes that keep our vision sharp. (2019-02-21)
Heavy smoking can damage vision, Rutgers researcher finds
Smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day can damage your vision, a study co-authored by a Rutgers researcher finds. (2019-02-18)
Intervening in glial cells protects neurons in Parkinson's model
Stressed dopaminergic neurons call nearby glial cells for help. Those calls can over-activate the glial cells resulting in a cascade of inflammatory signaling that, over time, contributes to neuronal degradation. (2019-02-12)
New target could help protect vision following optic nerve trauma
When a car crash or explosion results in an optic nerve injury, eliminating an enzyme known to promote inflammation appears to aid recovery, scientists report. (2019-02-11)
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