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Acanthamoeba is a genus of opportunistic protozoan amebic species widely distributed in nature. Furthermore, it is part of a broader family of free-living amebae that can autonomously survive in the environment, but can also parasitize in human, the host, and result in serious infections.
UAB optometrist offers tips to keep eyes healthy during summer months

UAB optometrist offers tips to keep eyes healthy during summer months

While the warm summer months are perfect for spending time outside, several environmental factors can spell trouble for eyesight. One University of Alabama at Birmingham optometrist says knowledge of what to do, and what not to do, will keep eyes healthy. [More]
New contact lens microbiology workshop aims at preventing Acanthamoeba keratitis

New contact lens microbiology workshop aims at preventing Acanthamoeba keratitis

The American Academy of Ophthalmology today announced a contact lens microbiology workshop on Sept. 12 aimed at preventing Acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare infection among contact lens wearers that causes severe eye pain, redness, light sensitivity and potential vision loss. [More]
FDA clears Abbott's RevitaLens Ocutec contact lens disinfecting solution

FDA clears Abbott's RevitaLens Ocutec contact lens disinfecting solution

Abbott has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) market clearance for RevitaLens Ocutec™, a unique next-generation multi-purpose disinfecting solution for silicone hydrogel and conventional soft contact lenses. [More]
Study reveals how galectin-3 carbohydrate-binding protein promotes angiogenesis

Study reveals how galectin-3 carbohydrate-binding protein promotes angiogenesis

A new study describes how a carbohydrate-binding protein, galectin-3, promotes angiogenesis, the growth of new blood vessels. Targeting the protein, scientists identified two approaches that significantly reduced angiogenesis in mice. These discoveries, published online August 16 in The Journal of Experimental Medicine, may lead to novel treatments for diseases caused by excessive angiogenesis, including age-related macular degeneration, cancer, and diabetes. [More]
Court certifies class action lawsuit against Abbott Medical Optics

Court certifies class action lawsuit against Abbott Medical Optics

An Orange County Superior Court Judge has certified a class action against Abbott Medical Optics, Inc., on behalf of all California consumers who purchased a contact lens solution the Centers for Disease Control have linked to a parasitic infection that can cause blindness or the complete loss of an eye. [More]
UT Southwestern ophthalmologist receives 2009 Castroviejo Medal

UT Southwestern ophthalmologist receives 2009 Castroviejo Medal

Dr. H. Dwight Cavanagh, vice chairman of ophthalmology at UT Southwestern Medical Center, has been named the 2009 recipient of the prestigious Castroviejo Medal, one of the top ophthalmology prizes in the world. [More]
A virus-infecting virus

A virus-infecting virus

Using the Genome Sequencer System from 454 Life Sciences, a Roche company, French scientists have identified a small virus that can actually be parasitic to a larger one. [More]
Contact lenses are home to pathogenic amoebae

Contact lenses are home to pathogenic amoebae

Contact lenses increase the risk of infection with pathogenic protozoa that can cause blindness. New research, published in the November issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology, shows that a high percentage of contact lens cases in Tenerife are contaminated with Acanthamoeba that cannot be killed by normal contact lens solution. [More]
Contact lens solution linked to Acanthamoeba keratitis

Contact lens solution linked to Acanthamoeba keratitis

The use of a particular contact lens solution has a strong association with Acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare severe eye infection, report researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago in a study published online this week by the American Journal of Ophthalmology. [More]
Contact lens solution found to cause serious infection

Contact lens solution found to cause serious infection

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States has issued a warning to health care professionals and consumers regarding a certain contact lens solution. [More]
Amoebe promote persistence of epidemic strains of MRSA

Amoebe promote persistence of epidemic strains of MRSA

Scientists in the UK have found that a type of amoeba acts as an incubator for MRSA bacteria. As amoebae are often found in healthcare environments this discovery has implications for the infection control strategies adopted by hospitals. [More]
Scientists show how MRSA sidesteps hospital protection measures

Scientists show how MRSA sidesteps hospital protection measures

The MRSA 'superbug' evades many of the measures introduced to combat its spread by infecting a common single-celled organism found almost everywhere in hospital wards, according to new research published in the journal Environmental Microbiology. [More]
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