Macular Degeneration News and Research RSS Feed - Macular Degeneration News and Research

Macular degeneration is a disease associated with aging that gradually destroys sharp, central vision. Central vision is needed for seeing objects clearly and for common daily tasks such as reading and driving.
Study could offer new way to treat, prevent diabetes-associated blindness

Study could offer new way to treat, prevent diabetes-associated blindness

Reporting on their study with lab-grown human cells, researchers at The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland say that blocking a second blood vessel growth protein, along with one that is already well-known, could offer a new way to treat and prevent a blinding eye disease caused by diabetes. [More]
LSDF awards $2.9 million in funding to help commercialize major medical breakthroughs

LSDF awards $2.9 million in funding to help commercialize major medical breakthroughs

Celiac disease-safe wheat, premature infant pain detection, and new medicines to fight flu and cancer are among the ideas to receive $2.9 million in funding from Washington's Life Sciences Discovery Fund (LSDF). [More]
Scientist receives $4.9 million CIRM grant to advance work in retinitis pigmentosa

Scientist receives $4.9 million CIRM grant to advance work in retinitis pigmentosa

Shaomei Wang, MD, PhD, a research scientist in the Eye Program at the Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors Regenerative Medicine Institute, received a $4.9 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine to advance her work in retinitis pigmentosa, a type of degenerative retinal disease. [More]
Anti-VEGF therapy benefits in wet AMD not sustained

Anti-VEGF therapy benefits in wet AMD not sustained

Real-world experience of anti-vascular endothelial growth factor therapy for patients with wet age-related macular degeneration suggests that initial improvements in visual acuity are not maintained over time. [More]

Submacular air injection aids tPA haemorrhage displacement

Submacular air injection with a microneedle is effective at facilitating the displacement of massive submacular haemorrhages dissolved with tissue plasminogen activator in patients with age-related macular degeneration, an interventional case series shows. [More]
Heavy metallic elements influence AMD progression

Heavy metallic elements influence AMD progression

Researchers report associations between age-related macular degeneration and five heavy metallic elements, in findings that highlight the detrimental effects of pollution but the possible benefits of essential elements supplementation. [More]
AMD severity and progression tracks across eyes

AMD severity and progression tracks across eyes

Age-related macular degeneration in one eye tracks the severity of it in the fellow eye at all stages of the disease, findings from the Beaver Dam Eye study show. [More]

No added benefit with pazopanib over ranibizumab for neovascular AMD

Pazopanib eye drops do not enhance visual outcomes in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration beyond those achieved with ranibizumab alone, study findings indicate. [More]

Risk factors predict geographic atrophy after anti-VEGF treatment of RAP

Researchers have found three factors that could identify which patients with retinal angiomatous proliferation receiving anti-vascular endothelial growth factor treatment are likely to develop geographic atrophy. [More]
hESC-derived cells offer source of macular tissue repair and replacement

hESC-derived cells offer source of macular tissue repair and replacement

Subretinal transplantation of retinal pigment epithelium derived from human embryonic stem cells appears to be a well-tolerated means of treating age-related macular degeneration and Stargardt’s macular dystrophy, suggest two open-label phase I/II studies. [More]

Envision presents awards for work in low vision rehabilitation

Envision presents the Lifetime Achievement Award from time-to-time to researchers whose careers have been marked by outstanding, creative and important contributions to low vision research... [More]
New edition of WHO Essential Medicines List includes new treatments for hepatitis C, cancers and multi-drug TB

New edition of WHO Essential Medicines List includes new treatments for hepatitis C, cancers and multi-drug TB

WHO today published the new edition of its Model List of Essential Medicines which includes ground-breaking new treatments for hepatitis C, a variety of cancers (including breast cancer and leukaemia) and multi-drug resistant tuberculosis (TB), among others. The move opens the way to improve access to innovative medicines that show clear clinical benefits and could have enormous public health impact globally. [More]

Parkinson's disease drug delays onset of age-related macular degeneration

L-DOPA, a routine drug taken by patients suffering from Parkinson's disease, has been found to delay the onset of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The research is being presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology this week in Denver, Colo. [More]

Trained nurses administer AMD treatments as safely and effectively as doctors

Nurses trained to deliver eye injections for patients with the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) administered the treatments as safely and effectively as doctors, according to a new study. The research is being presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology this week in Denver, Colo. [More]
AIDS patients at increased risk of developing intermediate-stage AMD

AIDS patients at increased risk of developing intermediate-stage AMD

Patients with acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) have a four-fold increase in their risk of developing intermediate-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) compared to people of the same age who are not infected with HIV, according to results from the Longitudinal Study of the Ocular Complications of AIDS (LSOCA) presented today at the 2015 ARVO Annual Meeting in Denver, CO. [More]

Makindus' MI-100 granted EMA orphan drug designation for treatment of Stargardt's Disease

Makindus, Inc. a specialty pharmaceutical development company focused on ophthalmology announced today that the European Medicines Agency has granted orphan drug designation for their lead candidate, MI-100, for the treatment of Stargardt's Disease. [More]
Fifth patient dosed in Benitec's TT-034 Phase I/IIa clinical trial for prevention of HCV infection

Fifth patient dosed in Benitec's TT-034 Phase I/IIa clinical trial for prevention of HCV infection

Benitec Biopharma, a biopharmaceutical company focused on providing potentially curative therapies with its proprietary gene-silencing technology called ddRNAi or "expressed RNAi," is pleased to advise that the fifth patient in the company's 'first in man', Phase I/IIa dose escalation clinical trial of TT-034 for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection, has today, been dosed at the Duke Clinical Research Unit. [More]
Supporting people with macular degeneration: an interview with Dennis Lewis, AMD Alliance International

Supporting people with macular degeneration: an interview with Dennis Lewis, AMD Alliance International

Once depression sets in, it's very hard to combat. Combinations of medication and talking therapy can help deal with that, but it can be tough when people reach rock bottom and that certainly does happen with macular degeneration... [More]
OAO report calls for better care for people living with eye disease, vision problems in Ontario

OAO report calls for better care for people living with eye disease, vision problems in Ontario

By 2031, the number of Ontarians living with eye disease and vision problems, already in the millions, is expected to double. This leads to significant costs for Ontario's healthcare system, with vision loss already costing the province $7.3 billion annually. [More]
TSRI study provides new insight into preventing diseases that cause vision loss in adults

TSRI study provides new insight into preventing diseases that cause vision loss in adults

A new study from scientists at The Scripps Research Institute shows that nerve cells and blood vessels in the eye constantly "talk" to each other to maintain healthy blood flow and prevent disease. [More]
Advertisement
Advertisement