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  • Drug approved to combat elderly blindness

    06/30/2006 8:56:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 1,117+ views
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | June 30, 2006 | ANDREW BRIDGES
    ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON -- The first drug shown to significantly improve the vision of patients threatened by a major cause of blindness in the elderly won federal approval Friday. The drug, called Lucentis, treats the wet form of age-related macular degeneration, a disorder where blood vessels behind the retina leak blood and fluid, worsening vision and often causing blindness. An estimated 90 percent of the 1.4 million Americans who have lost their eyesight due to the disorder have the wet form. Lucentis, made by Genentech, Inc., a South San Francisco, Calif., biotechnology company, inhibits the growth of blood vessels when...
  • William Jefferson (Democrat-La.) can find hope in past case (praying for jury blindness)

    05/27/2006 5:15:44 PM PDT · by Libloather · 28 replies · 1,505+ views
    NOLA ^ | 5/26/06 | Lolis Eric Elie
    Jefferson can find hope in past caseFriday, May 26, 2006 Lolis Eric Elie "There are two sides to every story," Congressman William Jefferson said Monday. I doubt anybody would disagree with that general sentiment. But unanimity may have been lost when the New Orleans Democrat tried to apply that platitude to the specifics of his own situation. We've heard only the FBI's side, but it's pretty compelling. The feds say they have a videotape showing Jefferson accepting a $100,000 bribe. They also say most of that money ended up in Jefferson's freezer. Two of Jefferson's former associates have pleaded guilty....
  • Stem cells promise cure for vision loss

    04/20/2006 7:52:19 PM PDT · by Coleus · 11 replies · 735+ views
    new indpress ^ | 04.21.06
    NEW DELHI: Age-related degeneration of vision has been a common problem, which so far has no cure. However, an ongoing stem cell study at AIIMS might just provide a solution. For about six months now, Dr Rajender Prasad Centre for Opthalmic Sciences at AIIMS has been studying the effect of stem cells in patients who suffer from degenerative vision disorders — the patients taken in the Phase I of study can’t see beyond 3 metre and according to the WHO classification are termed ‘blind’. The study is being conducted on patients who have age-related vision loss or are affected by...
  • England: The day is coming when British Muslims form a state within a state [Essay? What essay?]

    03/11/2006 6:27:18 AM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 52 replies · 1,290+ views
    VirtueOnline (via Little Green Footballs) ^ | February 19, 2006 | Alasdair Palmer
    ENGLAND: The day is coming when British Muslims form a state within a state By Alasdair Palmer The Telegraph Group February 19, 2006 For the past two weeks, Patrick Sookhdeo has been canvassing the opinions of Muslim clerics in Britain on the row over the cartoons featuring images of Mohammed that were first published in Denmark and then reprinted in several other European countries. "They think they have won the debate," he says with a sigh. "They believe that the British Government has capitulated to them, because it feared the consequences if it did not. "The cartoons, you see, have...
  • Scientists prove blind people can 'see' with sixth sense

    11/03/2005 9:59:54 PM PST · by JRios1968 · 32 replies · 1,055+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 1 Nov 2005 | Rhiannon Edward
    THE uncanny ability of blind people to "sense" unseen objects has been demonstrated for the first time in sighted volunteers whose vision was blanked out by scientists. The findings suggest "blindsight", which has been observed in blind people whose eyes function normally but who have suffered damage to the brain's visual centre, is a real and not imagined phenomenon. In tests, the blind have been able to distinguish basic shapes of objects they cannot see, as well as their orientation and direction of motion. On other occasions a blind person has reported experiencing a "feeling" that an object is present,...
  • The GOP Could Lose in '06 - Have congressional Republicans lost their way? ~ John Fund

    10/03/2005 3:37:30 AM PDT · by Elle Bee · 31 replies · 1,030+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | October 3, 2005 | John Fund
    The GOP Could Lose in '06 Have congressional Republicans lost their way? With Rep. Tom DeLay's forced departure as majority leader, Newt Gingrich says, the Republican Party stands at a crossroads as important as any it has faced since nominating Ronald Reagan for president in 1980. "It must decide if it is going to be a party that fundamentally reforms government or one that merely presides over existing institutions and spends more money," he says. Which path the GOP now takes may determine not only how much damage it suffers in next year's elections but also whether it can hold...
  • Sexy images hurt your eyesight

    08/15/2005 7:57:02 PM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 39 replies · 5,052+ views
    The Times of India ^ | MONDAY, AUGUST 15, 2005 11:29:01 PM | The Times of India
    Researchers have finally found evidence for what good Catholic boys have known all along – erotic images make you go blind. According to a report in New Scientist, the research has added to road-safety campaigners' calls to ban sexy billboard-advertising near busy roads, in the hope of preventing accidents. The new study by US psychologists found that people shown erotic or gory images frequently fail to process images they see immediately afterwards. And the researchers say some personality types appear to be affected more than others by the phenomenon, known as "emotion-induced blindness". David Zald, from Vanderbilt University in Nashville,...
  • FDA Erects Label For Impotence Drugs (Not my headline, I swear)

    07/08/2005 8:03:18 PM PDT · by Responsibility1st · 9 replies · 428+ views ^ | 07/08/05 | Jason L. Miller
    Answering concern about reports of a rare form of sudden blindness afflicting men who had taken erectile dysfunction medications Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning label to adorn all new packaging. The particular form of blindness, non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION), is caused by lack of blood flow to the optic nerve and is most common in the elderly, especially among those suffering from diabetes or high blood pressure. The condition affects an estimated 1,000 to 6,000 Americans a year. After 38 Viagra users reported sudden vision impairment soon after taking the drug,...
  • FDA Looking Into Blindness-Viagra Link

    05/27/2005 7:38:40 AM PDT · by TX Bluebonnet · 30 replies · 1,020+ views
    AP ^ | 5/27/2005 | LAURAN NEERGAARD
    WASHINGTON - Federal health officials are examining rare reports of blindness among some men using the impotence drugs Viagra and Cialis, a disclosure that comes at a time when the drug industry can ill afford negative publicity about another class of blockbuster medicines. ADVERTISEMENT The Food and Drug Administration still is investigating, but has no evidence yet that the drug is to blame, said spokeswoman Susan Cruzan. This type of blindness is called NAION, or non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy. It can occur in men who are diabetic or have heart disease, the same conditions that can cause impotence and...
  • Stem cells used to restore vision

    05/02/2005 9:45:13 PM PDT · by Founding Father · 51 replies · 1,216+ views
    BBC News ^ | April 28, 2005
    Stem cells used to restore vision A hospital in West Sussex is pioneering the use of stem cells to restore the eyesight of patients. The trial, being carried out at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, has already helped 40 people see again. The surgery at the hospital has been developed over the past five years. Stem cells from the patient or a donor are used to redevelop the cornea, the transparent film at the front of the eye which lets in light. Opthalmic surgeon Sheraz Daya said: "Many people who've had injuries to their eyes, or even people born...
  • Small Number of Viagra Users Report Vision Loss

    04/04/2005 10:43:35 AM PDT · by MikefromOhio · 55 replies · 2,407+ views
    Fox News ^ | 04 April 2005 | Miranda Hitti
    Fourteen men reportedly have had vision loss while taking the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra, say ophthalmologists at the University of Minnesota. The men lost only part of their vision. Cases appear to be very rare. Most of the affected men had other health problems and the structure of their optic nerve (the nerve that handles vision) raised their risk of the condition. “The number of cases is extremely small,” says Howard Pomeranz, MD, PhD, who details seven of those cases in a new report. The condition is called nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). “The likelihood of this happening in...
  • Ophthalmologists Implant Five Patients with Artificial Silicon Retina Microchip

    02/08/2005 10:37:05 AM PST · by TChris · 8 replies · 677+ views
    Solar Cell Implant May Restore Some Sight for the Blind CHICAGO-Ophthalmologists at Rush University Medical Center implanted Artificial Silicon Retina (ASR) microchips in the eyes of five patients to treat vision loss caused by retinitis pigmentosa (RP). The implant is a silicon microchip 2mm in diameter and one-thousandth of an inch thick, less than the thickness of a human hair. Four patients had surgery Tuesday, January 25. The fifth patient is scheduled for a later date. Rush principal investigator Dr. John Pollack performed the surgeries with Dr. Kirk Packo, Dr. Pauline Merrill, Dr. Mathew MacCumber, and Dr. Jack Cohen. All...
  • Girls takes Children's Motrin, goes blind and sues Johnson & Johnson

    01/12/2005 10:57:04 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies · 890+ views
    Could Children's Motrin Make Your Child Blind?   A 7-year-old child recently developed blindness after taking a recommended dose of Children's Motrin.The BeginningThe tragedy started when the girl (age 6 at the time) had come home from school with a headache; her parents gave her a recommended dose of Children's Motrin. However, instead of "curing" her ache, the drug led to an acute allergic reaction known as Stevens-Johnson Syndrome -- a rare, violent allergic immune system response that causes fever and blistering, which may affect the cornea and other parts of the eye.The very next day the girl was...

    11/28/2004 10:18:41 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 11 replies · 795+ views
    Dan Rather, who has announced his "retirement" next March from the anchor desk he has held for 24 years, is a dinosaur. After the last old news anchor leaves (Peter Jennings will be the final one sitting), Mr. Rather, Tom Brokaw and Mr. Jennings will be fossils. There will not be their like again. It doesn't matter who replaces Mr. Rather. Everyone at that level of broadcast journalism has been ideologically vetted. No conservative is allowed to ascend to the top of major news organizations. If you disagree, try naming one.
  • Computer addicts could go blind!

    11/16/2004 6:01:55 AM PST · by LurkedLongEnough · 38 replies · 1,278+ views
    Newkerala ^ | November 16, 2004 | Health India
    A new research has found that constant use of computers may be linked to the development of a progressive eye disease, specially in shortsighted people, which eventually leads to blindness, according to a report published in the British Medical Journal. Glaucoma is a relatively common eye disease that develops very slowly, characterised by progressive sight defects or visual field abnormalities over time. Its exact cause is unknown, although potential risk factors, including smoking and high blood pressure, have been suggested. Researchers at the Toho University School of Medicine in Tokyo categorized the use of computers in blocks of five years,...
  • Gene Roddenberry, the "Prime Directive," and First World vs Third World Leftism

    11/10/2004 2:09:47 PM PST · by Zionist Conspirator · 79 replies · 3,734+ views
    VANITY | 11/10/"'04" | Zionist Conspirator
    You know, I've been trying to understand the bizarre ideological inconsistencies of the past week as our blue state liberals advocate Voltaire out of one side of their mouths and Russell Means out of the other. This spectacle of us "rednecks" being pummeled by a "tag team" of Charles Darwin and Sitting Bull has been bothering me for a very long time (for years, even). It's just that the whole issue has been omnipresent over the past seven days as the coasts fume at us for both rejecting Darwin and unforgivably altering the beliefs of "indigenous" religions (all that is...
  • Method to Turn Off Bad Genes Is Set for Tests on Human Eyes

    09/13/2004 11:08:36 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 586+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 14, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    <!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN"/> September 14, 2004 Method to Turn Off Bad Genes Is Set for Tests on Human EyesBy ANDREW POLLACK f all goes according to plan, about half a dozen elderly people at risk of blindness will visit Dr. Lawrence J. Singerman's retina clinic in the coming weeks to receive injections in the whites of their eyes. The experimental injections will contain a new type of drug based on a recently discovered genetic phenomenon, called RNA interference, that has excited scientists with its versatile and powerful ability to turn off genes. Having quickly become a...
  • Drug to Help Avert Blindness Moves Closer to Approval

    08/27/2004 10:37:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies · 586+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 28, 2004 | ANDREW POLLACK
    Eyetech Pharmaceuticals' drug to treat the leading cause of blindness in the elderly appeared to move closer to a broad government approval yesterday after an advisory panel to the Food and Drug Administration spoke favorably about it. The advisory panel was not asked to vote on whether the drug, Macugen, should be approved as a treatment for age-related macular degeneration. But committee members ruled unanimously that Eyetech had provided the F.D.A. with enough information to evaluate the drug. The panel members also did not seem to raise any serious new issues that would block approval. "It appears to me very...
  • Tooth-in-eye operation enables Thai youth to see (implanting tooth parts into eye restores vision)

    08/02/2004 7:16:05 AM PDT · by dead · 13 replies · 870+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | August 2, 2004
    A rare tooth-in-eye operation has enabled a Thai teenager to see again after six years of blindness, news reports said yesterday. Luck Pewnual, 19, now reads books and watches football on television after surgeons in Singapore completed a two-part operation implanting parts of a canine tooth into his right eye. His vision has improved since the second stage was performed in June, well enough for him to legally drive a car. Several patients from Malaysia, the Philippines and Mauritius in addition to Singaporeans have been lined up for the procedure. Pewnual's case is believed to be the first carried out...
  • Fruit Helps Eyes Stay Healthy (prevents macular degeneration)

    06/15/2004 12:36:29 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 5 replies · 258+ views
    Forbes ^ | June 14, 2004 | Amanda Gardner
    MONDAY, June 14 (HealthDayNews) -- Bananas, oranges, and other fruits may reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness among older people. Scientists have found that people who ate at least three daily servings of fruit had a 36 percent lower risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) than people who ate fewer than 1.5 servings a day. "This is the first good study that has some statistical value that documents what we've been thinking all along," said Dr. Robert Cykiert, a professor of ophthalmology at New York University School of Medicine in New York...
  • Was Blind But Now I See

    05/12/2004 12:47:24 PM PDT · by yonif · 2 replies · 150+ views
    Israel National News ^ | 22:17 May 11, '04 / 20 Iyar 5764
    Israeli technology does not have the ability, yet, to restore the gift of sight to the blind but it comes pretty close. VirTouch is an Israeli company which specializes in computer technology for the blind. Its CEO, Arnold Roth, described ViaTouch’s revolutionary work to Israel21c. Roth said that although text and numbers are readily accessible to the blind through Braille and software that reads text aloud, “when you look beyond the text…you run into problems - things like images, photographs, maps, charts and tables.” Roth said that initially there was no solution for graphic elements other than printing them out...
  • Toronto syphilis rates soar 800 percent

    02/16/2004 12:02:53 PM PST · by Loyalist · 50 replies · 340+ views
    Big News Network ^ | February 16, 2004 | Staff
    The rate of syphilis infection has soared 800 percent in the past two years, prompting Toronto health officials to call for education and prevention funding. Nearly 280 Torontonians tested positive for syphilis in 2003, up nearly 45 percent from 195 in 2002, the Toronto Sun said Monday, quoting a report to be presented next week to Toronto's health board. Those numbers are up from just 30 cases a year from 1997-2001. Nearly three-quarters of the cases were among men who have gay, unprotected sex, the report said. The city tried to fight the rise last spring with a month-long poster...
  • New treatment helps man's faltering sight (macular degeneration)

    10/17/2003 6:51:16 AM PDT · by Gritty · 44 replies · 1,732+ views
    Hendersonville Times-News ^ | October 17. 2003 | Jennie Jones Giles
    GREEN RIVER -- A young man from the Green River community diagnosed with an eye disease that results in blindness is participating in experimental research that has improved his vision. The experimental treatment conducted by an ophthalmologist in Connecticut could bring hope to thousands of people suffering from macular degeneration. Aaron Maybin, 23, was told in July by three area ophthalmologists that he had Stargardt's disease and would be completely blind in five to 10 years. Stargardt's disease is the most common form of juvenile macular degeneration. It is an inherited disease. Unaffected parents, who are carriers, have one gene...
  • Blind "See With Sound"

    10/08/2003 4:00:29 AM PDT · by foolscap · 4 replies · 144+ views ^ | Oct. 7,2003 | Lakshmi Sandhana
    Michelle Thomas is learning to "see", not with her eyes but her ears. Blind since birth, Ms Thomas is able to recognize the walls and doors of her house, discern whether the lights are on or off and even distinguish a CD from a floppy disk after only a week using a revolutionary new system. She is "seeing with sound". Developed by Dr Peter Meijer, a senior scientist at Philips Research Laboratories in the Netherlands, the system is called The vOICe (the three middle letters standing for "Oh I See"). It works by translating images from a camera on-the-fly into...
  • Blind Musher gets Green Light for Iditarod

    09/20/2003 6:07:55 AM PDT · by wallcrawlr · 3 replies · 300+ views
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska -- A blind musher will be allowed to compete in the 2004 Iditarod Dog Sled Race, board members of the Iditarod Trail Committee decided Friday. The board voted unanimously to waive certain rules to allow Rachael Scdoris, 18, of Redmond, Ore., to be guided by another musher to advise her of trail conditions. The board also approved use of two-way radios so the pair can communicate. "It was a fair compromise that will allow Rachael to realize her dream," said Rick Koch, the board chairman. Scdoris had hoped the board would allow her to be accompanied by two...
  • A Word Fitly Spoken

    09/04/2003 6:23:34 AM PDT · by Tribune7 · 9 replies · 184+ views ^ | 09/03/2003 | By Salvatore M. Riccio
    In one of the Gospel stories, Jesus gives the gift of sight to a blind man. Since we are not blind, we might think that the Gospel story has no relevance for us. In fact, it is because we can see that it has relevance for us. The question is: How well do we see? Because of his faith, the blind man, in a sense, saw things more clearly than the people who had physical sight. To see well, good eyesight alone is not sufficient. We must not think that blindness is an illness that affects the eyes only. There...
  • Man’s vision gives insight on seeing - Blind for 43 years Michael May can see again.

    08/25/2003 10:04:44 AM PDT · by bedolido · 50 replies · 370+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 08/25/03 | Staff Writer
    After 43 years of blindness, Michael May can see again. HE CAN play soccer with his sons, enjoy movies and, for the first time, gaze on the Sierra Nevada slopes he has expertly skied — sightless — since the late 1970s. But May can’t recognize his sons, Carson, 11, and Wyndham, 9, by their faces alone. The same goes for identifying Jennifer, his wife of 15 years. People “can’t fathom that,” said May, who owns a company in Davis, Calif., that makes navigational software for the blind. Three years after surgery restored sight to May’s right eye, researchers say May’s...
  • New Eye Gel Treatment to Improve Aging Eyesight

    08/06/2003 12:58:37 PM PDT · by yonif · 23 replies · 372+ views
    Reuters ^ | New Eye Gel Treatment to Improve Aging Eyesight
    LONDON (Reuters) - Millions of aging baby-boomers could be spared the need to use reading glasses to see the small print if a new treatment developed by scientists in Australia is proven safe and effective. The technique, which involves replacing the contents of the lens in the eye with a soft polymer gel, will initially be used to improve cataract surgery in elderly patients. "But once it is shown to be safe and effective, we think that more and more younger people who are starting to need reading glasses will adopt it as well," Arthur Ho, of the University of...
  • Researchers dsicover tight neckties 'could harm the eyes'

    07/31/2003 2:30:09 PM PDT · by yankeedame · 13 replies · 277+ views
    The Syndney Morning Herald ^ | July 30 2003 | staff writer
    Tight neckties 'could harm the eyes'July 30 2003Power-dressing businessmen could be increasing their risk of eye disease by wearing their tie too tight, research claims. A study, published in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, suggested that a tight tie constricted the jugular vein of the neck, which raised pressure in the veins and, in turn, increased pressure within the eyeball. This increased the danger of the serious eye condition glaucoma, which can severely affect vision. Researchers in New York tested the internal blood pressure of one eye in 20 healthy men and 20 male patients with glaucoma. To compare the...
  • Iditarod officials decide to reconsider blind musher's petition (What's next?)

    07/30/2003 8:11:32 AM PDT · by AlaskaErik · 26 replies · 420+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | July 30, 2003 | ZAZ HOLLANDER
    <p>WASILLA -- After putting off a decision in June, Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race officials will reconsider special accommodations for a legally blind Oregon teenager bent on competing next year.</p> <p>Iditarod Board president Rick Koch has scheduled a special meeting for Sept. 19 with an agenda focused on two questions, Koch said Tuesday.</p>
  • Tight ties could damage eyesight

    07/28/2003 8:51:13 PM PDT · by balls · 15 replies · 204+ views
    BBC News ^ | July 28, 2003
    Wearing your tie too tight could put you at increased risk of blindness, say doctors. The small study in New York measured the pressure of the fluid in the eyeball in a small group of men before and after they attached their tie. They found a significant rise - and warn that long-term pressure rises have been linked to the condition glaucoma. Glaucoma is diagnosed when increases in pressure are likely to cause damage to the eye, and in its most common form, affects approximately 1% of 50-year-olds in the UK. It is the most common cause of irreversible blindness...
  • Timmy's Song

    06/23/2003 5:49:00 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies · 408+ views ^ | 06.23.03 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Timmy's Song 2003-06-23 4:00 PM PST Deacon Keith A Fournier (c) Third Millennium, LLC It was a steamy day in the Nations Capitol. I was rushing to one final meeting in the Dirksen Building after attending Mass at noon. The morning had been packed and I was tired. This was a “stop by” visit, graciously accommodated at my request, in order to allow me to introduce a colleague of mine to one of the great Christian public servants of our age, the Honorable Rick Santorum. I have long admired Senator Santorum as one of the clear and consistent Catholic voices...
  • Stem Cell Transplants Offer New Hope in Some Cases of Blindness

    04/15/2003 4:09:24 AM PDT · by RJCogburn · 1 replies · 367+ views
    NYTimes ^ | 4/15/03 | GWEN KINKEAD
    little-known operation restores hope for people who lose sight from chemical or heat burns of the eye or certain rare diseases. The procedure, 50 to 100 percent effective in healing corneal damage, is used worldwide, including Iran, where it helps restore sight for victims of Iraqi mustard gas attacks. A variation on corneal transplants, the surgery grafts stem cells from a donor or a patient's good eye to the injured eye. The cells are from the limbus, a rim around the cornea. The cells resheath the cornea's surface, the 50-micron-thick epithelium, to maintain it as a transparent window. When burns...
  • Too Much MSG Could Cause Blindness

    10/26/2002 12:18:03 PM PDT · by blam · 28 replies · 633+ views
    New Scientists ^ | 10-26-2002 | Duncan Graham-Rowe
    Too much MSG could cause blindness 15:32 26 October 02 Exclusive from New Scientist Print Edition Eating too much monosodium glutamate - the flavour enhancer common in oriental and processed foods - could make you go blind. Easy on the tongue, hard on the eyes (Image: CARL DE KEYSER/MAGNUM) Researchers at Hirosaki University in Japan have found that rats fed on diets high in MSG suffer vision loss and have thinner retinas. Glutamate is an amino acid that acts as a neurotransmitter. It has already been shown to cause nerve damage in experiments where it is injected directly into the...
  • Visions for the future

    09/07/2002 1:51:56 PM PDT · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 4 replies · 127+ views
    DAILY BRUIN ^ | 6/22/02 | Edward Chiao
    UCLA researchers have helped to develop a "vision chip" which can help some blind patients see again. The development is good news for one in four Americans over the age of 64, who suffer from a now curable form of blindness according to the Macular Degeneration Research Foundation. In humans, normal vision starts when an image passes through the eyeball and into the retina at the back of the eye. The retina contains photoreceptors which break down the image and creates the corresponding neural stimulus, or signals, to the brain. In many blind patients, the retina degenerates and the photoreceptors...
  • Invasive Weeds Can Cause Blisters, Blindness

    07/25/2002 12:08:07 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 427+ views
    Date: Posted 7/25/2002 Invasive Weed Can Cause Blisters, Blindness AMHERST, Mass. – Gardeners, landscapers, farmers, hikers and others who spend time outdoors are being urged by the state agriculture department and the University of Massachusetts Amherst to watch out for an invasive, noxious weed that has been found in Massachusetts. The giant hogweed, a native plant of the Caucasus region of central Asia and found in the western Massachusetts town of Granville last week, can grow to 15 feet tall. The sap can cause severe skin irritation, blisters and swelling and contact with the eyes can cause temporary or permanent...

    07/01/2002 11:50:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 560+ views
    Associated Press | July 1, 2002 | Daniel Haney
    BOSTON (AP) _ To doctors' amazement, experimental new medicines are rescuing people from the brink of blindness so they can read and drive and sometimes even regain perfect vision. These lucky few are the first beneficiaries of an entirely new category of drugs that many hope will revolutionize the care of common eye diseases. Several competing medicines are in development, all based on similar principles. They are designed to stop the two top causes of adult blindness _ the ``wet'' form of macular degeneration, which affects the elderly, and diabetic retinopathy, the biggest source of blindness in working-age people. Vision...
  • Stephen King Is Going Blind

    05/10/2002 12:50:57 PM PDT · by jalisco555 · 35 replies · 535+ views
    Internet Movie Data Base ^ | 5/10/02 | World Entertainment News Network.
    Horror writing superstar Stephen King is going blind, after developing a condition called Macular Degeneration. The Green Mile novelist - who was severely injured in an car accident in June 1999 that left him in critical condition - claims he has a hereditary disease and that he could lose his sight at any moment. But King refuses to let the prospect of blindness get him down. He says, "At least I'm alive - that's the way I feel about it."