Study identifies therapeutic target for diabetic retinopathy
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  March 20, 2017  
  Ophthalmology / Optometry  
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 Study identifies therapeutic target for diabetic retinopathyStudy identifies therapeutic target for diabetic retinopathy
 
Specific cells in the retina trigger inflammation and vision impairment associated with diabetes, according to new research out of Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
 
 
 Study findings could lead to novel therapies for preventing vision loss from degenerative retinal diseasesStudy findings could lead to novel therapies for preventing vision loss from degenerative retinal diseases
 
Silencing a gene called Nrl in mice prevents the loss of cells from degenerative diseases of the retina, according to a new study.
 
   Pittcon 2017: reflections from the floorPittcon 2017: reflections from the floor
 
Pittcon 2017 commenced with a fascinating talk by world-renowned optogenetics expert Dr. Karl Deisseroth, D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
 
   Newly developed hydrogels may pave way for novel eye surgery techniquesNewly developed hydrogels may pave way for novel eye surgery techniques
 
A newly developed elastic gel administered in liquid form and shown to turn jellylike within minutes after injection into rabbits' eyes to replace the clear gelatinous fluid inside their eyeballs, may help pave the way for new eye surgery techniques, says an international team of researchers led by Japanese scientists.
 
   New research identifies signal that appears to trigger retinal regeneration in zebrafishNew research identifies signal that appears to trigger retinal regeneration in zebrafish
 
If you were a fish and your retina was damaged, it could repair itself and your vision would be restored in a few weeks.
 
 Genentech grant funds home-based telemedicine program for treating MS patients
 
Genentech grant funds home-based telemedicine program for treating MS patientsMultiple sclerosis (MS) clinicians face continued challenges in optimizing neurological care, especially for people with advanced MS living in medically underserved communities. Because of insurmountable geographical and physical challenges, patients cannot always travel to neurology office appointments.
 
 
 Severe hypoglycemic episode in people with diabetes may increase risk for heart disease, death
 
Severe hypoglycemic episode in people with diabetes may increase risk for heart disease, deathA single instance of blood sugar falling so low as to require an emergency department visit was associated with nearly double the risk of cardiovascular disease or death, finds a new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health study of older adults with type 2 diabetes.
 
 
 Novel nanoengineered retinal prosthesis may help restore eyesight
 
Novel nanoengineered retinal prosthesis may help restore eyesightA team of engineers at the University of California San Diego and La Jolla-based startup Nanovision Biosciences Inc. have developed the nanotechnology and wireless electronics for a new type of retinal prosthesis that brings research a step closer to restoring the ability of neurons in the retina to respond to light.
 
 
 Breakthrough brain repair discovery could revolutionise treatment of Multiple Sclerosis
 
Breakthrough brain repair discovery could revolutionise treatment of Multiple SclerosisQueen's University Belfast scientists have discovered that specific cells from the immune system are key players in brain repair - a fundamental breakthrough that could revolutionise the treatment of debilitating neurological disorders such as Multiple Sclerosis.
 
 
 Deep learning in healthcare: a move towards algorithmic doctors
 
Deep learning in healthcare: a move towards algorithmic doctorsPeople are constantly trying to find more ‘human’ ways to interact with technology. Could the same be achieved for how we approach our health too?
 
 
 MPFI researchers develop new tool to study CaMKII kinetics in learning and memory
 
MPFI researchers develop new tool to study CaMKII kinetics in learning and memoryAs we learn, the structure of individual neurons in our brains change to strengthen important connections and weaken less important ones, a process known as structural plasticity.
 
 
 Electroacupuncture triggers neurological mechanism to promote tissue repair and relieve pain, study shows
 
Electroacupuncture triggers neurological mechanism to promote tissue repair and relieve pain, study showsA study led by Indiana University School of Medicine researchers demonstrates how electroacupuncture triggers a neurological mechanism that can help promote tissue repair and relieve injury-induced pain.
 
 
 Leprosy Complications
 
Leprosy ComplicationsLeprosy, a disease caused by Mycobacterium leprae, is fully curable if diagnosed and treated early, before permanent neurological damage sets in. The neuropathy that occurs in leprosy is the reason for the disfigurement and disability associated with the disease, but it is neither inevitable nor untreatable.
 
 
 TSRI scientists discover how key protein establishes proper vision
 
TSRI scientists discover how key protein establishes proper visionScientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute have discovered how a protein called α2δ4 establishes proper vision.
 
 
 In-home occupational therapy reduces depression symptoms in patients with impaired vision
 
In-home occupational therapy reduces depression symptoms in patients with impaired visionJohns Hopkins researchers report that in-home occupational therapy appears to reduce the rate and severity of depression in people at higher risk for the disorder because of seriously impaired vision.