Scientists restore key parts of vision in blind mice for first time

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For the first time, scientists have been able to restore key parts of vision in mice blinded by loss of nerve connections between the eye and the brain. The achievement is a significant step forward in finding ways to restore or improve sight in people with glaucoma and eye injuries that affect the optic nerve. […]

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3-D ‘mini-retinas’ grown from mouse and human stem cells

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Stem cell science has progressed so that researchers can now share recipes for making human retinas–the part of the eye that is sensitive to light. The first protocols enabled the generation of retinal cells in laboratory plates and more recently as complex tissue in the form of tiny eye-like cups. Researchers in Germany now have […]

Smartphones enable the world’s largest disease study

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The results of the largest infectious disease study ever to be undertaken have revealed that 100 million people around the world are at risk of blindness from the infectious disease trachoma. Smartphones enabled organizers to ensure that data could be easily collected in even the most remote parts of the world and then subsequently transmitted […]

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Study suggests Alzheimer’s lost memories may be recoverable

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Forgetting loved ones’ names, important dates or events, and details of one’s earlier life are the telltale, heartbreaking signs of Alzheimer’s disease. http://bit.ly/1pAF7gk Until recently, the scientific community generally accepted the idea that the disease destroys the process by which these memories are stored, thus resulting in their complete loss. But new research in mice […]

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First-of-its-kind cataract surgery using stem cells shows promise

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A young cataract patient treated by lens stem cell therapy regained vision. Picture Credit:┬áKANG ZHANG & YIZHI LIU A new form of cataract surgery using a patient’s stem cells has restored vision in babies for the first time, and someday the technique may hold promise for millions of older Americans who undergo traditional cataract eye […]