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June 12, 2014

Stem Cell Trial for Myopic Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) announced in a shareholders’ conference call on June 9, 2014, that it has initiated its myopic macular degeneration (MMD) trial at Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA. The open-label study will enroll 12 patients, with cohorts of 3 patients each in an ascending dosage format. As with it’s current trials for
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June 10, 2014

Blood Pressure Meds and AMD

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by Dan Roberts A relationship has been found, but don’t throw away the meds. The media has recently been reporting research from the University of Wisconsin, which found an association between development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and use of blood pressure (BP) lowering medications. Before patients begin discarding their BP drugs, however, they should
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June 5, 2014

Making artificial vision look more natural

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Courtesy: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH) NIH-funded study could help improve retinal prosthetic devices In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the retina sees a moving object. Although more work remains, this is a step toward restoring natural,
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June 4, 2014

Prevent Blindness List of Lists

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions, Health and Nutrition, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts Editor-in-Chief, Prevent Blindness I was looking through our Prevent Blindness online library today and realized how many “listicles” there are. Listicles are articles formatted into lists, which old-school journalists say are rotting our brains. I should worry about that, but I enjoy reading and writing them, so I’ll take my chances. I
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June 1, 2014

25 Ways To See

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

An Overview of Low Vision Devices and Technology by Dan Roberts Available in audio/visual format Can a blind person see? Most thoughtful people now understand, or can be led to understand, that a blind person can indeed “see”. Just not with the eyes. Modern science has shown that it is our brains that see by interpreting the
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May 30, 2014

A Fish Tale

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Ellen Troyer, MT, MA CEO, Biosyntrx While Biosyntrx supports a limited amount of omega-3 fatty acid EPA and DHA intake from fish or fish oil, we believe it’s important to discuss the growing amount of science that questions excessive fish oil intake. Hypothesis Vs. Outcome An April 14, 2014, meta-analysis-accepted manuscript in the Canadian
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May 22, 2014

New Info About CDC Talent Search

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An announcement was posted earlier on this site about the Center for Disease Control’s search for candidates to be considered for an upcoming national education campaign. The age range for candidates was stated as between 40 and 65, but the range has now been extended into the late 70’s. Again, interested people should respond as
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May 22, 2014

Stem Cell Trial Progressing

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StemCells, Inc. announced that it has transplanted purified human neural stem cells (HuCNS-SC®) into the first five of eight patients in the final cohort of its 16-patient Phase I/II trial for dry AMD. The trial is currently enrolling patients at five centers at: Retina Foundation of the Southwest, Dallas, TX (214) 363-3911 Byers Eye Institute
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April 23, 2014

Real People Being Sought For Anti-Smoking Ads

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health is recruiting candidates to be considered for an upcoming national education campaign. Similar to previous campaigns which are now running on TV, real people who have had life-changing, smoking-related health problems will be featured. Selected participants will receive $2,500 plus travel expenses.
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April 16, 2014

Smart Contact Lenses For the Blind

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Google has taken their new Google Glass technology a step further with an idea that could have significant benefits for the blind. The company has applied for a patent for a contact lens containing a built-in camera. With this, a blind person would be able, for example, to receive an audible signal warning of an
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