Research and Developments

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February 28, 2008

CD36 Deficiency May Cause Dry AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts February 2008 CD36 is a protein molecule (called an “integral membrane protein”) permanently attached to the surface of certain human cells. It plays a role in the inflammation process, but researchers have now discovered that a deficiency of the protein may cause the dry form of macular degeneration. Researchers reported that deficiency
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February 28, 2008

AMD Associated With Heart Attack and Stroke

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Researchers at the University of Sydney have found that people suffering from AMD have twice the risk of dying from heart attack or stroke. 3,654 people aged 49 years old and older, were studied. Five years later, 2,335 people were re-examined, and after 10 years, 1,952 were re-examined. When the study began,
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February 23, 2008

SAILOR Study Results Favorable

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

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

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

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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December 23, 2007

The First Seven Years: An Overview of Stem Cell Transplantation Research for Treatment of Retinal Disease

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts A great deal has happened in an amazingly short time in the field of stem cell transplantation for treatment of retinal disease. This article overviews the first seven years and briefly summarizes the most important research. By no means comprehensive, it is intended to provide a helpful perspective for both doctors and
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November 23, 2007

Degenerative Myopia

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated November 2015) Overview Myopia is a condition whereby images come into focus in front of the eye, resulting in a blurred image on the retina. The more severe the nearsightedness, the farther the image is from the retina, which results in more blurry vision in the distance. Myopia causes light rays
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July 18, 2007

C3 Gene Variant Increases Risk of AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

Press Release July 18, 2007 Researchers have found a gene variant that can more than double the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The researchers based their findings on studies of patients with AMD (603 from England and 244 from Scotland) who were compared with 701 unaffected people. They found that a variant in the
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June 1, 2007

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration: 2006-2007

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts This is a summary of all major research and developments pertinent to macular degeneration that occurred between mid-May 2006 and mid-May 2007. It is organized by month of occurence under the subsets “Pharmacology,” “Surgery,” “Nutrition” and/or “Miscellaneous.” The final section, “The Future,” summarizes work in progress that may lead to promising developments
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November 21, 2006

Exercise May Protect Against Wet AMD

Posted in: Daily Living, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts November 2006 A study at the University of Wisconsin has shown that regular exercise may help to prevent the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). As reported in the November 2006 issue of British Journal of Ophthalmology, the study monitored almost 4,000 people between the ages of 43 and 86 over
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November 4, 2006

Drusen Lasering

Posted in: Research and Developments, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts (Updated 11/4/06) Drusen are thought to be fatty waste products from the photoreceptor cells. They often appear on the macula (the center of the retina) in the early stages of Macular Degeneration, and they can cause gradual loss of central vision. “Hard” drusen are common in aging eyes, and do not necessarily
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