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  • Researchers regrow corneas using adult human stem cells

    07/03/2014 7:40:26 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 02, 2014 | Loren Grush
    Boston researchers have successfully regrown human corneal tissue—a feat that could potentially restore vision in the blind. The achievement also marks one of the first times that scientists have constructed tissue using adult-derived human stem cells. In a new study published in the journal Nature, researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear Institute, Boston Children’s Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the VA Boston Healthcare System detailed their groundbreaking research. According to the paper, the key to the study’s success revolves around a molecule known as ABCB5, which serves as a biomarker for previously elusive limbal stem cells. Residing in the...
  • Walk in the Light – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent

    03/30/2014 1:35:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 3/29/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In today’s Gospel, Jesus, the Light of the World, brings light to a man born blind. If you are prepared to accept it, you are the man born blind, for all of us were born blind and in darkness. It was our baptism alone, and the faith it gave, which has rendered us able to see, and, by stages, to come more fully into the light. The man in today’s Gospel shows forth the stages of the Christian walk, out of darkness, and into the beautiful light of Christ. Let’s take a moment and observe these stages evident in this...
  • Time to Stock Up on Incandescent Bulbs Before They Go Out Permanently

    12/26/2013 4:33:05 AM PST · by IbJensen · 65 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | December 26, 2013 | Nicholas Loris
    If your New Year’s resolution is to change your light bulbs, don’t worry—the federal government’s here to help. Beginning January 1, 2014, the federal government will ban the use of 60-watt and 40-watt incandescent light bulbs. The light bulb has become a symbol in the fight for consumer freedom and against unnecessary governmental interference into the lives of the American people. 2007, Congress passed and President George W. Bush signed into law an energy bill that placed stringent efficiency requirements on ordinary incandescent bulbs in an attempt to have them completely eliminated by 2014. The law phased out 100-watt and...
  • Gouging Our Own Eyes...Nairobi

    Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee. And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel. And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days’ respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come...
  • Blind friends told they can’t fly to Mallorca because they won’t be able to see safety demonstration

    05/01/2013 12:27:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:06 EST, 1 May 2013 | Rob Cooper
    Two blind friends have been told they can’t go on holiday to Majorca together just two weeks before they were due to fly because they need a carer. Lauren Wigglesworth, 27, and Stephen Sherwood, 24, were told by Thomson that they must take someone with them because they won’t be able to see the in-flight safety demonstration. Lauren was looking forward to the break at the the luxury C’an Picafort resort as she recovers from a grueling 11-hour operation and prepares for her next stint in hospital. … Lauren and Stephen, from Hereford, were told that they would not know...
  • Coffee Linked to Vision Loss

    10/05/2012 4:32:22 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 72 replies
    Healthline, Yahoo! Health ^ | Friday, October 5, 2012 | Lisa Collier Cool
    A new Harvard study has discovered a high incidence of vision problems among men and women who drank three or more cups of coffee a day. The research, published in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, http://www.iovs.org/content/53/10/6427.abstract?sid=9dd04ef5-beba-4204-b980-19a9afd4a3aa linked heavy consumption of caffeinated coffee with increased likelihood of developing exfoliation glaucoma, an eye disorder that affects about 10 percent of adults over age 50 and can lead to vision loss or blindness. Specifically, the researchers reported that adults who drank three or more cups of coffee daily were 34 percent more likely to develop exfoliation glaucoma, compared to those who abstained from...
  • An Artificial Retina With the Capacity to Restore Normal Vision

    08/17/2012 8:56:14 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    ScienceDaily ^ | August 14, 2012
    Two researchers at Weill Cornell Medical College have deciphered a mouse's retina's neural code and coupled this information to a novel prosthetic device to restore sight to blind mice. The researchers say they have also cracked the code for a monkey retina -- which is essentially identical to that of a human -- and hope to quickly design and test a device that blind humans can use.
  • Goji berry may be key to treat blindness (diabetic retinopathy)

    07/26/2012 7:14:48 PM PDT · by Innovative · 2 replies
    Inner West Courier, Australia ^ | July 10, 2012 | Shireen Khalil
    UNIVERSITY of Sydney researchers could be on to a remedy to fight blindness caused by long-term diabetes. Lead researcher Professor Basil Roufogalis said pharmacy researchers have identified the ancient Tibetan goji berry could help fight diabetic retinopathy. "Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness for people with diabetes, with up to 60 per cent of people living with either type one or type two diabetes developing chronic hyperglycaemia, a condition which can damage retina cells," he said. Prof Roufogalis said the goji berry is abundant in taurine. "We found that goji berry protected against the death of cells caused...
  • Britain's Dame Judi Dench losing eyesight

    02/18/2012 7:05:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    UPI ^ | 02/18/2012
    British actress Judi Dench has said friends must read film scripts to her because she is gradually losing her eyesight to macular degeneration. "I can't read scripts any more before because of the trouble with my eyes and so somebody comes and reads them to me, like telling me a story," she said. The actress, who won an Oscar for her role in "Shakespeare in Love," said she can no longer see faces in front of her due to the condition, The Daily Telegraph reported Saturday. "You get used to it. I've got lenses and glasses and things and very...
  • The Blind Man Who Taught Himself To See

    05/14/2011 3:48:05 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 23 replies
    Men's Journal ^ | Michael Finkel
    Daniel Kish has been sightless since he was a year old. Yet he can mountain bike. And navigate the wilderness alone. And recognize a building as far away as 1,000 feet. How? The same way bats can see in the dark... The first thing Daniel Kish does, when I pull up to his tidy gray bungalow in Long Beach, California, is make fun of my driving. “You’re going to leave it that far from the curb?” he asks. He’s standing on his stoop, a good 10 paces from my car. I glance behind me as I walk up to him....
  • THE HEALING OF [the eyes of] GEMMA DI GIORGI [by St. Padre Pio] [Ecumenical]

    04/02/2011 10:05:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies
    PadrePioDevotions.org ^ | not given | PadrePioDevotions
    THE HEALING OF GEMMA DI GIORGIAmong the many miracles of healing attributed to Padre Pio, some are so unusual and unique that they have been the subject of much discussion and controversy in medical circles. In these particular cases, the person who has been healed lives a completely normal life afterward, even though they continue to have all the physical symptoms of their illness. From a scientific viewpoint, they are still sick. One such person is Gemma di Giorgi.Gemma di Giorgi was born on Christmas day in 1939, in the Sicilian town of Ribera. Almost immediately, her mother realized that...
  • Muslim Brothers;not quite the YMCA

    The Washington Post yesterday commented that the Muslim Brotherhood , which was founded in 1928 by Hassan Al Banna, and inspired Hamas and Al Quida , was inspired by the YMCA. “inspired by the YMCA when it was founded in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood has been under a ban since 1948, and its real size is difficult to gauge. The group was brutally repressed by President Gamal Abdel Nasser in the 1950s and 1960s. Since then, it has at times been propped up as a foil – especially for Western audiences – with periodic crackdowns that have sent many of...
  • The Eyeless Boy Who Could See As Good As If He Had Eyes (Uplifting Story W/Video)

    11/07/2010 8:19:48 AM PST · by Amos McCoy · 16 replies
    ChicoER ^ | 11/7/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Last week I shared with you a story and a video of Rowan, the German Spitz  that was born no eyes, but used echolocation to see. In the article I explained the nature of echolocation and how Rowan uses it to see the world around him. Today, I have something even more amazing than the blind dog who sees like dolphins and bats. I have a story with an accompanying video of a boy who lost his eyes to cancer at the age of three, but you would never have known it if you had seen him riding his bike....
  • Unexpected findings of lead exposure may lead to treating blindness

    10/25/2010 12:29:19 PM PDT · by decimon · 3 replies
    University of Houston ^ | October 25, 2010 | Unknown
    Research team at UH sees novel changes in retinal anatomy, results published in high-impact journalHOUSTON, Oct. 25, 2010 – Some unexpected effects of lead exposure that may one day help prevent and reverse blindness have been uncovered by a University of Houston (UH) professor and his team. Donald A. Fox, a professor of vision sciences in UH's College of Optometry (UHCO), described his team's findings in a paper titled "Low-Level Gestational Lead Exposure Increases Retinal Progenitor Cell Proliferation and Rod Photoreceptor and Bipolar Cell Neurogenesis in Mice," published recently online in Environmental Health Perspectives and soon to be published in...
  • New England Journal of Medicine: Blindness Reversed in Dozens of Patients By Adult—Not Embryonic—

    06/23/2010 4:16:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 7 replies
    cns news ^ | 6/23/10 | Alicia Chang
    Los Angeles - Dozens of people who were blinded or otherwise suffered severe eye damage when they were splashed with caustic chemicals had their sight restored with transplants of their own stem cells--a stunning success for the burgeoning cell-therapy field, Italian researchers reported Wednesday. The treatment worked completely in 82 of 107 eyes and partially in 14 others, with benefits lasting up to a decade so far. One man whose eyes were severely damaged more than 60 years ago now has near-normal vision.
  • Second Dose Of Gene Therapy For Inherited Blindness Proves Safe In Animal Study

    03/06/2010 10:41:26 PM PST · by neverdem · 4 replies · 271+ views
    Gene therapy for a severe inherited blindness, which produced dramatic improvements last year in 12 children and young adults who received the treatment in a clinical trial, has cleared another hurdle. The same research team that conducted the human trial now reports that a study in animals has shown that a second injection of genes into the opposite, previously untreated eye is safe and effective, with no signs of interference from unwanted immune reactions following the earlier injection. These new findings suggest that patients who benefit from gene therapy in one eye may experience similar benefits from treatment in the...
  • Chicago bar visit leaves Steelers fan blind

    12/10/2009 11:17:04 AM PST · by kingattax · 29 replies · 1,631+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 12-10-09 | Charles Robinson
    CHICAGO – Almost three months have passed, and the Chicago Police Department appears no closer to solving one of the most bizarre acts of fan-on-fan violence in recent memory. One that left Pittsburgh Steelers fan Zack Heddinger blind, and local authorities searching for a group of Chicago Bears fans that allegedly poisoned him. The frustrating search for clues began a few days after Heddinger passed out at South Loop bar Kitty O’Shea’s, and was taken to Rush University Medical Center following Chicago’s Sept. 20 win over Pittsburgh at Soldier Field. After drinking alcohol that was allegedly offered by a Bears...
  • Gene Therapy Transforms Eyesight Of 12 People With Rare Visual Defect

    10/24/2009 2:00:36 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 10 replies · 517+ views
    LATimes ^ | October 24th 2009
    Gene Therapy Transforms Eyesight Of 12 People With Rare Visual Defect A single injection in a patient's eye brings 'astounding' results. The findings may offer hope for those with macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. Thomas H. Maugh II October 24, 2009 Pennsylvania researchers using gene therapy have made significant improvements in vision in 12 patients with a rare inherited visual defect, a finding that suggests it may be possible to produce similar improvements in a much larger number of patients with retinitis pigmentosa and macular degeneration. The team last year reported success with three adult patients, an achievement that was...
  • Burst of Technology Helps Blind to See

    09/27/2009 9:59:13 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 751+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 27, 2009 | PAM BELLUCK
    Blindness first began creeping up on Barbara Campbell when she was a teenager, and by her late 30s, her eye disease had stolen what was left of her sight. Reliant on a talking computer for reading and a cane for navigating New York City, where she lives and works, Ms. Campbell, now 56, would have been thrilled to see something. Anything. Now, as part of a striking experiment, she can. So far, she can detect burners on her stove when making a grilled cheese, her mirror frame, and whether her computer monitor is on. She is beginning an intensive three-year...
  • Vernon, N.J. family reaches out to others with rare eye disorder (Peters anomaly)

    07/15/2009 3:47:46 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 479+ views
    star ledger ^ | July 05, 2009 | Joe Moszczynski
    Jennifer and Jason Bott knew immediately there was something terribly wrong with their newborn daughter. "Something in my heart said something was wrong," said Jennifer Bott, 31, whose daughter, Emily, was born with slightly misaligned eyes and "cloudy" corneas, a condition that was initially a mystery to the young Vernon parents -- as well as to their doctors. "We were on such a high, to be parents again, and this was like a slap in the face. They didn't alert us of any problems until the next day," added 32-year-old Jason Bott. The Botts eventually learned their daughter, now 20...
  • Hope for blindness cure with laser breakthrough

    07/07/2009 8:48:52 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 14 replies · 841+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 5 July 2009 | Denis Campbell
    Millions of people could have their eyesight saved thanks to ground-breaking laser treatment that has the potential to eradicate the most common cause of blindness. One of Britain's leading eye experts has developed a technique to reverse the disabling effects of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which leaves many older people unable to read, drive or live independently, and eventually robs them of sight in one or both eyes. Professor John Marshall has developed a way of "cleaning" eyes which, due to the ageing process, have accumulated tiny particles of debris which start to cloud their sight. His pioneering technique uses...
  • Omega-3 fatty acids appear to impact AMD progression

    06/18/2009 3:01:23 PM PDT · by decimon · 23 replies · 704+ views
    Tufts University, Health Sciences ^ | Jun 18, 2009 | Unknown
    BOSTON (June 18, 2009) - Omega-3 fatty acids found in fatty fish such as tuna and salmon may protect against progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but the benefits appear to depend on the stage of disease and whether certain supplements are taken, report researchers at the Laboratory for Nutrition and Vision Research (LNVR), Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University. The researchers calculated intakes of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) from dietary questionnaires administered to 2,924 men and women, aged 55 to 80 years, participating in an eight-year supplement trial, the...
  • The cell that might save sight - Why stem-cell therapy could start with the eyes

    06/19/2009 12:48:32 PM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 936+ views
    Nature Reports Stem Cells ^ | 11 June 2009 | Amber Dance
    Look to the retina as a likely site for the first success in stem-cell therapy. "The eye is the best place to test proof-of-concept for stem cell-based therapies," says Martin Friedlander of the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. Friedlander is co-founder of EyeCyte, also in La Jolla, whose investors include industry heavyweight Pfizer. Several laboratories are exploring stem-cell-derived transplants to delay or prevent blindness, and Pfizer recently put up funds for a project nearing human trials at University College London (UCL). Why the eye appeal? As organs go, it is easily accessible, somewhat protected from the immune system's...
  • Major Breakthrough in Macular Degeneration

    06/17/2009 7:39:04 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 13 replies · 896+ views
    Consumer Affairs ^ | June 16, 2009
    Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the leading causes of blindness in adults, a growing problem as the population ages. Now a team of researchers at the University of Kentucky has raised hope for early detection and preventive treatment. Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati and colleague have discovered a biological marker for AMD, a receptor known as CCR3. They say it shows strong potential as a means for doctors to lesson the impact of the much-feared condition. The findings were reported in an article published online Sunday by the journal Nature. "This is a major paradigm shift in macular degeneration research,"...
  • (Not Embryonic)Stem-cell Contact Lenses Cure Blindness in one Month

    06/04/2009 6:20:19 AM PDT · by Dutchgirl · 21 replies · 2,058+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 06/03/09 | Adam Frucci
    Here's something that people with poor or no vision will be excited about: three patients had their sight restored in less than a month by contact lenses cultured with stem cells. All three patients were blind in one eye. The researchers extracted stem cells from their working eyes, cultured them in contact lenses for 10 days, and gave them to the patients. Within 10 to 14 days of use, the stem cells began recolonizing and repairing the cornea. Of the three patients, two were legally blind but can now read the big letters on an eye chart, while the third,...
  • Blind to be cured with stem cells

    04/19/2009 1:52:43 PM PDT · by ak267 · 5 replies · 608+ views
    Times On Line ^ | 04/19/2009 | ak267
    BRITISH scientists have developed the world’s first stem cell therapy to cure the most common cause of blindness. Surgeons predict it will become a routine, one-hour procedure that will be generally available in six or seven years’ time. The treatment involves replacing a layer of degenerated cells with new ones created from embryonic stem cells. It was pioneered by scientists and surgeons from the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London and Moorfields eye hospital.
  • Blind to be cured with embryonic stem cells (claim)

    BRITISH scientists have developed the world’s first stem cell therapy to cure the most common cause of blindness. Surgeons predict it will become a routine, one-hour procedure that will be generally available in six or seven years’ time. The treatment involves replacing a layer of degenerated cells with new ones created from embryonic stem cells. It was pioneered by scientists and surgeons from the Institute of Ophthalmology at University College London and Moorfields eye hospital. This week Pfizer, the world’s largest pharmaceutical research company, will announce its financial backing to bring the therapy to patients. The treatment will tackle age-related...
  • A Strange Sort of Blindness

    03/02/2009 2:27:42 PM PST · by AJKauf · 5 replies · 533+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | March 2 | Andrew Klavan
    One thing that has always astonished me is how leftists can be blind to the wisdom of the very arts they love and sometimes even the arts they create. How can you tell me you’re a Lord of the Rings fan and yet not understand that evil exists and must be defeated? How can you give an Oscar to No Country for Old Men and not realize that nihilistic chaos follows the breakdown of cultural norms and good manners? How can you read 1984 and continue to be a leftist at all? I’ve just finished reading the novel Blindness. Its...
  • Attacks on RFFM.org Director's Character From a So-called Conservative Nothing But Lies

    09/13/2008 10:31:38 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 98+ views
    RFFM.org ^ | September 13, 2008 | Daniel T. Zanoza
    On March 18th, 2006, one day after the fourth of what would be five operations on the only eye which gave me partial sight, a doctor removed the final bandage and I was totally blind. I could not see shadows. I could not see the doctor's head lamp. I was totally blind. In medical terms, I am considered functionally blind and the one certainty I was later to learn was that I would never see my wife's face again. In the years prior to the complete loss of my sight, I imagined what it would be like to be completely...
  • Stem cell transplants cure blindness; Lifestyle can activate healthy gene activity

    06/29/2008 4:58:24 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 226+ views
    iZumi Bio has agreed to license some patents from the J. David Gladstone Institutes as they begin to work together on new adult stem cell technology involved in devising cardiovascular therapies. ReportStem cell transplants were used to restore the sight of six blind patients at a London hospital. StorySome 2,500 delegates attended the recent International Society for Stem Cell Research in Philadelphia. And insiders say that the development of induced pluripotent stem cells has clearly energized the entire field. ReleaseIn a new study regarding age-related diseases, researchers identified two key regulatory pathways that control how well adult stem cells...
  • Pfizer to invest in adult stem-cell treatment for eyes

    06/27/2008 9:01:08 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies · 260+ views
    cna ^ | 06.25.08
    The pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has announced that it is funding a new adult stem-cell treatment that could treat diabetes-induced retinal damage, a leading cause of blindness. Forbes Magazine says that Pfizer is funding the creation of a San Diego biotech company named EyeCyte to develop stem-cell treatments for eye diseases. The company will base its work upon Scripps Research Institute ophthalmologist Martin Friedlander’s research involving stem-cells from blood and bone marrow. EyeCyte will receive about $3 million from Pfizer, which in return has the right of first refusal regarding the new company’s products. In animal experiments, adult stem-cells have shown...
  • Therapy in China gives blind Ark. girl some sight

    06/14/2008 7:46:06 AM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 34 replies · 175+ views
    The Cabin ^ | JOANNE BRATTON
    MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. — When 9-year-old Kacie Sallee saw her father's face more clearly for the first time in her life, she had a question. "She said, 'Is that what he looks like?'" said her mother, Marinda Sallee. Kacie, who is blind, returned last week from China, where she received umbilical-cord stem cell treatment in hopes of improving her eyesight. The nearly four-week trip and medical treatment was paid through $60,000 in local donations. Kacie was born with septo-optic dysplasia, an underdevelopment of the optic nerve and pituitary gland. She could see bright colors out of her right eye but...
  • New Method Of Adult Stem Cell Growth Treats Cornea Disorders

    08/04/2007 8:45:44 PM PDT · by Coleus · 77+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 07.22.07
    A new method of adult stem cell growth, designed in the Area of Cellular Therapy of the University Clinic (University of Navarra), has demonstrated its efficacy for its capacity to grow cornea stem cells. So Ana Fernández Hortelano, ophthalmologist at the Hospital demonstrated applying the growth technique in treating diseases of the cornea, using stem cells, in 70 test animals (rabbits). The aim of the procedure was to regain the damaged epithelium and thus restore transparency to the cornea. In concrete, the thesis defended by doctor Fernández Hortelano at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Navarra, proves the...
  • Adult Stem Cells: Local Vision Awareness Rally shows hope for those with vision problems

    08/04/2007 8:29:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 480+ views
    Sun Herald ^ | 07/25/07 | Teddi Thosath
    * During a Braille Institute of Florida summer camp, a Vision Awareness Rally was held at the Bayfront YMCA Center in Punta Gorda. Cameron Petersen, the nonprofit's poster child, along with friends, family and Stem Cells China's vice president of foreign patient relations participated in the forum type event. PUNTA GORDA -- Cameron Petersen smiled quietly from his father's lap as Dr. Gail Ghigna-Hallas explained what is learned at the Braille camp. The 18-month-old poster child for the Braille Institute of Florida bounced and giggled, while Kirshner Ross-Vaden stood up and began telling the room about the stem-cell treatment...
  • New Treatment For Glaucoma Shows Promise In Laboratory, Say Researchers

    08/03/2007 4:41:22 PM PDT · by Coleus · 3 replies · 242+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 08.02.07
    Iowa State University researchers have developed a new technique that successfully treated rats for blindness caused by glaucoma. Their experimental treatment will be used on canine patients in the next year. If successful, it is expected to move to human trials.   An estimated 3 million people in the U. S. are affected by glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness in the developed world and the number one cause of vision loss among blacks. People with elevated intraocular pressure are at greatest risk for developing glaucoma. Iowa State researchers leading the six-year project are Dr. Sinisa Grozdanic, a veterinary ophthalmologist...
  • Zebrafish study may point way to blindness cure

    08/03/2007 4:29:16 PM PDT · by Coleus · 1 replies · 276+ views
    yahoo ^ | 08.01.07 | Ben Hirschler
    The ability of zebrafish to regenerate damaged retinas has given scientists a clue about restoring human vision and could lead to an experimental treatment for blindness within five years. British researchers said on Wednesday they had successfully grown in the laboratory a type of adult stem cell found in the eyes of both fish and mammals that develops into neurons in the retina. In future, these cells could be injected into the eye as a treatment for diseases such as macular degeneration, glaucoma and diabetes-related blindness, according to Astrid Limb of University College London's (UCL) Institute of Ophthalmology. Damage to...
  • 45-minute operation to restore sight to millions

    06/05/2007 5:16:34 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 38 replies · 1,328+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 6th June 2007 | FIONA MACRAE
    A revolutionary technique being developed by British scientists could cure blindness in millions of people around the world. The first 45-minute operations could take place within five years and could be as commonplace as cataract surgery in a decade. The improvement is likely to be great enough to transform lives, allowing the blind to regain the ability to carry out everyday tasks such as reading or driving. The pioneering stem cell surgery tackles age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most common cause of blindness in the elderly. There are about 300,000 sufferers in this country and the number is expected to...
  • Scientists Hope to Treat Blindness, Adult Stem Cell Research Already Has

    06/05/2007 4:48:32 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 681+ views
    Life News ^ | 6/5/07 | Steven Ertelt
    London, England (LifeNews.com) -- British scientists hope to use embryonic stem cells to cure blind patients age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness among elderly people. However, other doctors have already used adult stem cell research to treat blind patients and their conditions have vastly improved. Retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) cells within the eye play a vital role in the survival and maintenance of the rods and cones that detect light and color. Death of RPE cells may lead to the condition known as AMD. The British researchers hope to develop the embryonic stem cells, which can only...
  • Bone marrow stem cells differentiated, produced keratocan in mouse study

    05/23/2007 7:16:24 PM PDT · by Coleus · 155+ views
    OSN ^ | 05.23.07
    Stem cells derived from bone marrow and intrastromally injected into the corneas of mice can differentiate into keratocan-producing cells, according to an experimental study by researchers at the University of Cincinnati. Winston Whei-Yang Kao, PhD, and colleagues investigated whether bone marrow stem cells could differentiate into cells that expressed keratocan, a characteristic of corneal keratocytes. The study involved Kera-/- mice. Hongshan Liu, PhD, a research scientist in the university's ophthalmology department, presented their findings at the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology meeting. The researchers found that, after 1 week, the abnormal corneas of animals injected with the stem...
  • 90-Year-Old's Memoir Filled With Ageless Lessons On Race

    05/23/2007 10:48:31 AM PDT · by Rose in RoseBear · 2 replies · 364+ views
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 05/21/2007 | Bo Emerson
    Eva Rutland wrote her name in a careful scrawl on the first page of her memoir, "When We Were Colored: A Mother's Story," and included an endearment for her old friend Ruth Hill Thompson. Rutland, who is blind, could be forgiven the poor penmanship. When Thompson quickly checked the signature, as if to verify its authenticity, Rutland protested: "I can write my name!" And a great deal more. The 90-year-old graduate of Spelman College, who joined the 70th reunion of the class of 1937 (the most senior alumna to attend this year's graduation ceremonies), pursued a part-time career as a...
  • Bone Marrow Stem Cells May Cure Eye Disease

    05/10/2007 6:04:40 PM PDT · by Coleus · 2 replies · 177+ views
    Cincinnati - Adult bone marrow stem cells may help cure certain genetic eye diseases, according to UC researchers. Scientists have completed a study using mice which showed that bone marrow stem cells can switch roles and produce keratocan, a natural protein involved in the growth of the cornea—the transparent, outer layer of the eyeball. This ability of marrow cells to “differentiate” into keratocan-producing cells might provide a means for treating abnormal corneal cell growth in people. Winston Whei-Yang Kao, PhD, professor of ophthalmology, and Hongshan Liu, PhD, research scientist in the department of ophthalmology, will present their findings at the...
  • Gene cure for blindness [proved successful at restoring the sight of dogs]

    05/02/2007 6:27:44 AM PDT · by bedolido · 5 replies · 544+ views
    theaustralian.news.com.au ^ | 05-02-2007 | David Rose
    A BRITISH hospital has made the world's first attempt to treat blindness with a revolutionary gene therapy. Surgeons at the Moorfields Eye Hospital in London operated on Robert Johnson, who was born with a rare sight disorder known as Leber’s congenital amaurosis (LCA), which deteriorates with age. Mr Johnson, 23, who had genes inserted into one eye, could see only outlines during the day and very little at night before having the procedure yesterday. He is one of a dozen young patients selected for the first clinical trial to test the new therapy, which has already proved successful at restoring...
  • Adult Stem cell patch restores vision

    04/18/2007 4:39:08 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 2,166+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/18/07 | LifeSiteNews
    MELBOURNE, April 18, 2007 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A man's vision has been restored by a corneal patch grown from adult stem cells by a team at the University of Melbourne's Centre for Eye Research Australia (CERA) and the Bernard O'Brien Institute of Microsurgery (BOBIM). The patch, which replicates the cornea, was cultivated from a single stem cell from a donor eye and was transplanted to the surface of the man's eyes. The research team was led by Dr Mark Daniell (CERA) and Dr Erik Thompson (BOBIM). The process, known as a limbal stem cell transplant, is thought to be the first...
  • Prayers for Antoinette

    03/11/2007 7:32:10 AM PDT · by janereinheimer · 27 replies · 286+ views
    Please join me in prayer for Antoinette who has lost vision in her right eye due to macular degeneration. I pray to Almighty God that this is a temporary situation only and that vision will be restored through the healing power of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Trials for 'bionic' eye implants

    02/16/2007 4:41:50 PM PST · by PlanoMike · 4 replies · 386+ views
    BBC News ^ | Friday, 16 February 2007 | Jonathan Fildes
    A bionic eye implant that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years. US researchers have been given the go-ahead to implant the prototype device in 50 to 75 patients. The Argus II system uses a spectacle-mounted camera to feed visual information to electrodes in the eye. Patients who tested less-advanced versions of the retinal implant were able to see light, shapes and movement. "What we are trying to do is take real-time images from a camera and convert them into tiny electrical pulses that would jump-start the otherwise blind...
  • 'Bionic' eye implants look ahead

    02/16/2007 3:23:11 AM PST · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 48 replies · 2,913+ views
    BBC ^ | Friday, February 16, 2007 | Jonathan Fildes
    A bionic eye implant that could help restore the sight of millions of blind people could be available to patients within two years. US researchers have been given the go-ahead to implant the prototype device in 50 to 75 patients. The Argus II system uses a spectacle-mounted camera to feed visual information to electrodes in the eye. Patients who tested less-advanced versions of the retinal implant were able to see light, shapes and movement. "What we are trying to do is take real-time images from a camera and convert them into tiny electrical pulses that would jump-start the otherwise...
  • ADULT Cell Transplants Restore Vision in Mice

    11/09/2006 6:51:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 63 replies · 614+ views
    WLEX-TV ^ | 11.08.06 | E.J. Mundell
    Scientists say they've restored the vision of blind mice by introducing light-sensitive cells into the rodents' retinas.       These "photoreceptor precursor cells" are not undifferentiated stem cells but come from a later stage of cell development when stem cells have already "committed" to being a particular cell type -- in this case the rod-and-cone photoreceptors the eye uses to sense light.The study invigorates the search for cell transplants that might someday restore the vision of millions of people who suffer from a loss of these photoreceptors.  "We think this is a major breakthrough because it shows what can be achieved," said...
  • An eye on stem cells

    12/02/2006 1:17:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies · 396+ views
    The Hindu Magazine ^ | December 3, 2006 | DR. MOHAN RAJAN, DR. SUJATHA MOHAN, DR. SRINIVAS K. RAO, DR. S. RADHIKA
    Transplant of limbal stem cells offers hope to patients with corneal disorders. Photo: K. GopinathanUnique capacity: A part of the eye constantly renews itself.CAN you imagine a part of your eye that constantly renews itself for the whole of your life? Half the cells are replaced every two months under normal conditions. The cells replicate fast and move across the surface at an incredible speed of 60 to 80 mm per hour. These are the properties of the Corneal epithelium — the outermost layer, or "skin" of your cornea, composed of five to six layers of specialised cells that...
  • Now, vision possible with ADULT stem cells

    11/13/2006 9:28:13 PM PST · by Coleus · 18 replies · 590+ views
    Indian Express Newspapers ^ | 11.12.06 | Khushboo Sandhu
    “After every Diwali, a large number people are blinded while bursting fire crackers. There are others who suffer from blindness due to chemical burns. But there is a ray of hope for such patients,” said Dr Radhika Tandon, Additional Professor, Ophthalmology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at the national symposium on stem cells being held at Panjab University. “Standard corneal transplant does not work in cases where blindness is due to chemical burning. But stem cell transplant can prove to be effective,” she said, adding that stem cell transplants do not ensure a perfect vision, but the patient...
  • Obesity can lead to blindness

    01/03/2006 6:08:35 AM PST · by billorites · 19 replies · 723+ views
    Daily Times Pakistan ^ | January 2, 2006
    Overweight and obese people should be aware that their unhealthy lifestyle could put their eyesight at risk, scientists say. It is common knowledge that expanding waistlines are linked to conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. But research shows that obesity is also linked to eye problems, which could lead to loss of eyesight. Two Israeli ophthalmologists are now warning that the prospect of eye disease should also be a powerful incentive to lose weight. Professor Michael Belkin and Dr Zohar Habot-Wilner, from the Goldschleger Eye Institute at the Sheba Medical Centre, reviewed more than 20 studies involving thousands...