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July 10, 2006

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Does Not Cause Blindness

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Latest News

An unprecedented survey of more than 250 AMD patients confirms the true facts about the disease. Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) July 10, 2006 — A recent opinion survey sponsored by Macular Degeneration Support (MD Support), a leading non-profit patient advocacy organization, shows that a strong majority of people affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD) do
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June 25, 2006

Age-related Macular Degeneration Does Not Cause Blindness

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

A revealing opinion poll sponsored by MD Support shows that a strong majority of people affected by AMD do not think of themselves as blind, and they do not want the term to be used to describe their visual impairment. The pronouncement is well known: “age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness
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April 20, 2006

Stem Cells Promise Cure

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts April 20, 2006 Here is a summary of an article that appeared in Science Magazine regarding stem cell transplantation for treatment of retinal degeneration: Stem Cells Promise Cure For Vision Loss Wednesday, April 19, 2006 New Delhi: Dr Rajender Prasad Centre for Opthalmic Sciences at AIIMS has been studying the effect of stem
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January 17, 2006

Gene Therapy Successful in Halting CNV

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Researchers have been able to halt (at least temporarily) choroidal neovascularization (CNV) with gene replacement therapy. This was done by single injections into the eyeballs of patients during a phase I clinical trial. Here is more detail, as reported on January 17, 2006 by Genetic Engineering News (www.genengnews.com): Clinical Trial on Gene
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July 13, 2005

Phototrop Improves Vision in ARMD Patients

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts July 13, 2005 Phototrop (a combination of compounds which affect mitochondrial lipid metabolism) is now available in the United States. The compound was reported to yield significant results in a paper published in May 2005. (“Improvement of visual functions and fundus alterations in early age-related macular degeneration treated with a combination of
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March 10, 2005

Photrex Trials Show Beneficial Results

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated March 10, 2005) Doctors reported successful results from analyses of Miravant Medical Technologies’ Phase III clinical trials for Photrex (aka rostaporfin or SnET2) on October 25, 2004 at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting in New Orleans. Photrex is a proprietary photodynamic therapy drug which has been studied in two
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March 4, 2005

Mouse Model Developed for AMD and Stargardt’s Research

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts March 2005 A research team at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the University of Utah have developed a mouse model of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Stargardt’s disease. As reported in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (March 4, 2005),
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November 15, 2004

Stem Cells Have Restored Vision

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts November 2004 Scientists from Harvard’s Schepens Eye Research Institute have, for the first time, successfully improved the vision of mice with transplanted stem cells. Neural stem (progenitor) cells were obtained from day-old mice and grafted into the degenerating retinas of mature mice. The transplanted cells were then seen to develop into mature
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October 22, 2004

Human Retinal Stem Cells Discovered

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Research in vision restoration has taken another step forward with the discovery of human retinal stem cells that have the ability to regenerate themselves. The announcement was made in October 2004 to the National Academy of Sciences by Derek Van der Kooy from the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of
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September 15, 2004

Sight From Fetal Cell Transplantation

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts January, 2003 (Updated September, 2004) Scientists are researching a new method of retinal transplantation in the continuing effort to restore sight to the blind. Drs. Robert Aramant and Magdalene Seiler (Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles) have had preliminary success transplanting double layers of cells from the retinas of aborted fetuses. The two
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