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VEGF is a substance made by cells that stimulates new blood vessel formation. Also called vascular endothelial growth factor.
Transplanting mesenchymal stromal cells derived from amniotic membranes can benefit eye diseases

Transplanting mesenchymal stromal cells derived from amniotic membranes can benefit eye diseases

A team of researchers in South Korea has successfully transplanted mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) derived from human amniotic membranes of the placenta (AMSCs) into laboratory mice modeled with oxygen-induced retinopathy (a murine model used to mimic eye disease). [More]
Risk for endophthalmitis no higher with Avastin, finds study

Risk for endophthalmitis no higher with Avastin, finds study

Eye injections of the drug Avastin, used to treat retinal diseases, bring no greater risk of endophthalmitis, a potentially blinding eye infection, than injections with the much more expensive drug Lucentis made by the same company, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Their findings are published today in JAMA Ophthalmology. [More]
Novel treatment target found for RV failure in PAH

Novel treatment target found for RV failure in PAH

Researchers have identified a molecular pathway by which downregulation of microRNA-126 contributes to right ventricular failure in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. [More]
Current and new treatments for AMD: an interview with Dr Alan Cruess, AMD Alliance International

Current and new treatments for AMD: an interview with Dr Alan Cruess, AMD Alliance International

For two decades beginning in the late 1970’s through 2001, clinicians relied upon laser photocoagulation in the treatment of wet AMD caused by choroidal neovascularization. Attempts to obliterate the neovascular lesions often led to acute central visual loss and often, even with modest success, the lesions recurred with even more vision loss. [More]
New findings point toward potential blood test to detect schizophrenia

New findings point toward potential blood test to detect schizophrenia

High blood levels of a growth factor known to enable new blood vessel development and brain cell protection correlate with a smaller size of brain areas key to complex thought, emotion and behavior in patients with schizophrenia, researchers report in the journal Molecular Psychiatry. [More]
Globavir agrees to exclusively license novel oncology compound to Sorrento Therapeutics

Globavir agrees to exclusively license novel oncology compound to Sorrento Therapeutics

Globavir Biosciences, Inc., a specialty biotechnology company developing small molecule drugs to treat cancer and infectious diseases, and Sorrento Therapeutics, Inc., an oncology company developing new treatments for cancer and associated pain, announced today that the companies have entered into an agreement under which Globavir exclusively licensed its novel oncology compound, BC001, to Sorrento Therapeutics. [More]
Up-to-date treatment and diagnostic guidelines for diabetic retinal degeneration

Up-to-date treatment and diagnostic guidelines for diabetic retinal degeneration

Around 600,000 Austrians suffer from diabetes. This condition is frequently associated with serious retinal disorders. Along with age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinal degeneration is one of the most common causes of blindness. The Department of Ophthalmology and Optometry at MedUni Vienna was chosen by the European Society of Retina Specialists (EURETINA) to coordinate the development of up-to-date treatment and diagnostic guidelines. [More]
Computer model shows how cancerous tumors manipulate blood-vessel growth for their own benefit

Computer model shows how cancerous tumors manipulate blood-vessel growth for their own benefit

Rice University researchers have built a simulation to show how cancerous tumors manipulate blood-vessel growth for their own benefit. [More]

DME treatment evolves in favour of intravitreal anti-VEGF injections

Treatment strategies for diabetic macular oedema have evolved over the past decade, with focal laser therapy being largely replaced by intravitreal injections, an observational case series of more than 1500 patients shows. [More]
Phase IIIb CONSIGN study confirms benefit of regorafenib in patients with pre-treated mCRC

Phase IIIb CONSIGN study confirms benefit of regorafenib in patients with pre-treated mCRC

The phase IIIb CONSIGN study has confirmed the benefit of regorafenib in patients with previously treated metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC), researchers announced at the ESMO 17th World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer 2015 in Barcelona. [More]

Polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy shows distinct classification

Researchers have found that idiopathic polypoidal choroidal vasculopathy has significant clinical differences to neovascular age-related macular degeneration and suggest that it should be considered a distinct entity. [More]

ORT incidence increases in nAMD despite anti-VEGF treatment

Swiss researchers report that patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nAMD) experience increased incidence of outer retinal tubulation over time, despite treatment with a vascular endothelial growth factor blocker. [More]
No overall survival benefit for bevacizumab in ovarian cancer

No overall survival benefit for bevacizumab in ovarian cancer

Addition of bevacizumab to first-line platinum-based chemotherapy does not improve overall survival in women with ovarian cancer, according to the mature data of the ICON7 trial. [More]
Bayer Yakuhin receives MHLW approval in Japan for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection to treat RVO patients

Bayer Yakuhin receives MHLW approval in Japan for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection to treat RVO patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that Bayer HealthCare's Japanese subsidiary, Bayer Yakuhin, Ltd., received approval for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan for the treatment of patients with macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion (RVO). [More]
The Lancet Oncology publishes results of CYRAMZA (ramucirumab) Phase III trial for HCC treatment

The Lancet Oncology publishes results of CYRAMZA (ramucirumab) Phase III trial for HCC treatment

Eli Lilly and Company announced that The Lancet Oncology has published results of the Phase III REACH trial that evaluated CYRAMZA (ramucirumab) as a second-line treatment for people with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), also known as liver cancer. While the REACH trial's primary endpoint of overall survival favored the CYRAMZA arm, it was not statistically significant. [More]
New study reports more practical approach to heal the heart after a heart attack

New study reports more practical approach to heal the heart after a heart attack

Stem cell have been the main focus of healing therapy research because they can morph into new cells, and using a patient's own stem cells will not induce an autoimmune response. For healing after a heart attack, the ideal time to administer these therapies is when reopening the clogged blood vessel because the heart is easily accessible. While stem cells show promise for heart attack treatment, the process of harvesting and reintroducing the cells—which can take days or weeks—is too slow for this window. [More]
RXi Pharmaceuticals receives Notice of Allowance from USPTO for novel, self-delivering RNAi platform

RXi Pharmaceuticals receives Notice of Allowance from USPTO for novel, self-delivering RNAi platform

RXi Pharmaceuticals Corporation, a biotechnology company focused on discovering and developing innovative therapeutics, primarily in the areas of dermatology and ophthalmology, today announced that it received a Notice of Allowance from the United States Patent and Trademark Office on its novel, self-delivering RNAi platform (sd‑rxRNA). [More]
Medicare physician reimbursement data could be confusing to the public

Medicare physician reimbursement data could be confusing to the public

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released to the public data relating to 2013 Medicare payments made to physicians and other providers. In response, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is providing necessary context for the reimbursement data, which in its raw form are often complex and difficult to understand. [More]
Lenvatinib-everolimus combination extends PFS in patients with mRCC versus everolimus alone

Lenvatinib-everolimus combination extends PFS in patients with mRCC versus everolimus alone

Eisai Inc. announced today results from an investigational Phase 2 trial which showed that lenvatinib, when used in combination with everolimus, significantly extended progression-free survival (PFS) in patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) versus everolimus alone. [More]
Mirati Therapeutics presents preliminary results of MGCD265 tyrosine kinase inhibitor at ASCO 2015

Mirati Therapeutics presents preliminary results of MGCD265 tyrosine kinase inhibitor at ASCO 2015

Mirati Therapeutics, Inc. today presented data that demonstrated preliminary evidence of clinical activity from its investigational targeted tyrosine kinase inhibitor candidate, MGCD265, as part of the developmental therapeutics category at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting being held in Chicago from May 29-June 2, 2015. [More]
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