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FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to EYLEA Injection for treatment of diabetic retinopathy

FDA grants Breakthrough Therapy designation to EYLEA Injection for treatment of diabetic retinopathy

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection Breakthrough Therapy designation for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema (DME). [More]
Three-year safety data from INTREPID study of Oraya Therapy™ for wet age-related macular degeneration results announced

Three-year safety data from INTREPID study of Oraya Therapy™ for wet age-related macular degeneration results announced

Oraya Therapeutics Inc. announced that full results of three-year safety follow-up data from the INTREPID study of Oraya Therapy™ for wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) further demonstrated a favorable safety profile and also showed that there was no significant difference in vision outcomes in patients treated with Oraya Therapy compared with those receiving anti-vascular endothelial growth factor (anti-VEGF) injections alone. [More]
New class of compounds protect brain cells from traumatic brain injury

New class of compounds protect brain cells from traumatic brain injury

A new class of compounds has now been shown to protect brain cells from the type of damage caused by blast-mediated traumatic brain injury (TBI). [More]
Professor receives award for development of anti-angiogenic therapy for retinal disease

Professor receives award for development of anti-angiogenic therapy for retinal disease

Napoleone Ferrara, MD, distinguished professor of pathology and distinguished adjunct professor of ophthalmology at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and senior deputy director for basic sciences at UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, was named today as one of seven recipients of the Ant-nio Champalimaud Vision Award in Lisbon, Portugal. [More]
BioLight Life Sciences declares first sale of IOPtiMate system in Hong Kong

BioLight Life Sciences declares first sale of IOPtiMate system in Hong Kong

BioLight Life Sciences Investments Ltd., a firm that invests in, manages and commercializes biomedical innovations in ophthalmology and cancer diagnostics, announces the first sale of an IOPtiMate™ system in Hong Kong. [More]
New way to reduce abnormal blood vessel growth and leakage in eye

New way to reduce abnormal blood vessel growth and leakage in eye

Working with mice, a multicenter team of researchers has found a new way to reduce the abnormal blood vessel growth and leakage in the eye that accompany some eye diseases. The finding could lead to the development of new drugs for wet macular degeneration and diabetic macular edema. [More]
Bypassing politics, insurers pay for end of life talks

Bypassing politics, insurers pay for end of life talks

These doctor-patient conversations had been labeled "death panels" by opponents of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, in a bid to reduce backlogs, Medicare offers a deal to hospitals to pay 68 percent of short-term stay medical claims that were rejected by outside auditors. [More]
Study to measure and estimate global ablation market

Study to measure and estimate global ablation market

Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report: Ablation Devices: Technologies and Global Markets. [More]
iCo Therapeutics reports financial results for second quarter 2014

iCo Therapeutics reports financial results for second quarter 2014

iCo Therapeutics, today reported financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2014. Amounts, unless specified otherwise, are expressed in Canadian dollars and presented under International Financial Reporting Standards ("IFRS"). [More]

Reticular pseudodrusen predicts late-stage AMD

Reticular pseudodrusen increases the likelihood of people with choroidal neovascularisation in one eye also developing late-stage, age-related macular degeneration in the other eye, researchers report. [More]
Lifestyle factors modify vision impairment risk

Lifestyle factors modify vision impairment risk

Smoking, drinking alcohol and physical activity are modifiable behaviours that influence the risk of vision impairment, show findings from the Beaver Dam Eye Study. [More]
Central sclera thickening characterises dome-shaped macula

Central sclera thickening characterises dome-shaped macula

A dome-shaped macula appears to result from the relative thickening of the central macular sclera, researchers have found. [More]
Macular ischaemia, retinal thinning linked to reduced visual function in diabetic retinopathy

Macular ischaemia, retinal thinning linked to reduced visual function in diabetic retinopathy

Macular ischemia and retinal thinning are associated with reduced visual function in patients with diabetic retinopathy, research suggests. [More]
New Coalition helps prevent abuse, misuse, diversion of ADHD drug

New Coalition helps prevent abuse, misuse, diversion of ADHD drug

Today is the official launch of a newly formed Coalition of medical, mental health, higher education, student and pharmaceutical organizations that will work together to help prevent misuse, abuse and diversion of ADHD prescription stimulant medication. The Coalition will initially focus its efforts on college students. [More]
Study examines ocular changes seen in astronauts to treat spaceflight-induced visual impairment

Study examines ocular changes seen in astronauts to treat spaceflight-induced visual impairment

To reduce and better treat spaceflight-induced visual impairment, University of Houston (UH) optometrists are collaborating on a NASA study that examines ocular changes seen in a number of astronauts. [More]
Penn Medicine launches CAROT to build novel therapies for retinal and ocular disorders

Penn Medicine launches CAROT to build novel therapies for retinal and ocular disorders

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has launched the Penn Center for Advanced Retinal and Ocular Therapeutics (CAROT) to build on its previous success developing novel therapies for the personalized diagnosis and treatment of retinal and ocular disorders. [More]
DNA testing for congenital cataracts can accurately diagnose diseases linked to childhood blindness

DNA testing for congenital cataracts can accurately diagnose diseases linked to childhood blindness

Researchers in the United Kingdom have demonstrated that advanced DNA testing for congenital cataracts can quickly and accurately diagnose a number of rare diseases marked by childhood blindness, according to a study published online today in Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. [More]

French Ministry of Health approves financial support for Second Sight Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System

Second Sight Medical Products Inc. today announces that the French Ministry of Health has officially approved financial support for the Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System. Through the Forfait Innovation scheme, the French Government will pay for the first wave of groundbreaking treatment for 36 patients with severe to total sight loss due to retinitis pigmentosa (RP) in France. [More]
Research demonstrates that African Americans bear heavier burden of DME

Research demonstrates that African Americans bear heavier burden of DME

Research by Keck Medicine of USC ophthalmology scientists demonstrates that African Americans bear heavier burden of diabetic macular edema (DME), one of the leading causes of blindness in diabetic patients in the United States. [More]
Study identifies best course of treatment for endophthalmitis

Study identifies best course of treatment for endophthalmitis

The most common cause of endophthalmitis, a potentially blinding condition that can occur after eye trauma, eye surgery, and eye injections, are the well-known staphylococci ("staph") and streptococci ("strep") bacterial strains, according to a study published in the August issue of Ophthalmology and based on a review of 25 years of cases at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai (NYEE). [More]