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February 3, 2010

Study Shows Lucentis and Avastin to be Equal

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts February 3, 2010 Investigators at Kaiser Permanente Southern California in Pasadena reported in the February 2010 issue of Ophthalmology that Avastin and Lucentis performed equally in recent testing. In an indirect comparison of the two drugs, study author Dr. Donald Fong and coauthors reviewed the records of 452 patients treated for wet
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January 30, 2010

PEG-POD – New Gene Delivery Tool

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by Dan Roberts January 2010 Researchers have developed a new tool for gene therapy that significantly increases gene delivery to cells in the retina compared to other carriers and DNA alone. The study was published in the January 2010 issue of The Journal of Gene Medicine by Tufts University School of Medicine and the Sackler
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January 29, 2009

Echothiophate (ECHO) Therapy Causes a Stir in the Low Vision Community

Posted in: Latest News, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts November 2003 (Updated January 29, 2009) A Connecticut ophthalmologist has been reporting success from a deceptively simple treatment on patients with Stargardt’s disease and other non-neovascular forms of retinal disease. Dr. Gerard Michael Nolan has performed the treatment, called ECHO therapy, for nearly three years on more than 200 patients at the
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August 28, 2008

New Dry AMD Gene Found

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by Dan Roberts As reported in the Aug. 28, 2008 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers have found a genetic link associated with dry AMD. That’s the good news. The bad news is that siRNA drug therapy may increase the risk for dry AMD in patients who have that genetic variant.
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April 28, 2008

Gene Therapy Breakthrough

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by Dan Roberts April 28, 2008 According to two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine*, doctors have, for the first time, used gene replacement therapy to restore vision in patients with Leber’s congenital amaurosis. Leber’s syndrome is a form of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) that affects children and often leads to blindness by
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March 19, 2008

Müller Cells May Restore Sight

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by Dan Roberts March 19, 2008 Over the past several years, scientists have been taking an interest in certain cells within the patient’s own eyes as having the potential to transform into stem-like (progenitor) cells. Called Müller glial cells, they would then migrate to damaged areas of the retina and replace dead cells, restoring vision
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March 17, 2008

Robo-4 and Slit2 May Team Up Against Wet AMD

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts March 17, 2008 “Robo-4” sounds like a movie by Arnold Schwarzenegger, but in this case, it is a link to another potential treatment for wet AMD. Short for “Roundabout,” Robo-4 is a protein receptor found on the surface of blood vessel cells. When it binds with another protein called Slit2, the combination
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February 23, 2008

SAILOR Study Results Favorable

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by Dan Roberts February 23, 2008 The final results from Cohort 1 of the Phase IIIb SAILOR study of Lucentis in patients with wet AMD were presented on February 23, 2008 at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Angiogenesis meeting by Dr. David Boyer (Retina-Vitreous Associates Medical Group, Los Angeles). The final, one-year data support the
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February 1, 2008

Retina Developed From Human Stem Cells

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by Dan Roberts (Updated February 1, 2008) Advanced Cell Technology (ACT) in Massachusetts announced on September 23, 2004 that they had engineered human embryonic stem cells which could be used to repair a damaged retina. The research team worked with stem cells taken from human embryos made by another team at Harvard University and coaxed
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August 20, 2007

Low Vision Rehabilitation Delivery Model Launched

Posted in: Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

Kansas City, MO (August 10, 2007) — An historic event in low vision care was officially announced on August 10, 2007 at the third annual Envision 07 Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. As part of the keynote speech, R. Tracy Williams, O.D. described a model that has been developed over the past five months by
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