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Blindness, Myocilin, Glaucoma, glaucoma research, hereditary glaucoma, olfactomedin, Propeller, Protein Misfolding, Protein Misfolding Disease, Trabecular Meshwork, Trabecular, Prion, Amyloid Fibrils, Amyloid, Clogging, y-shape, tripartite, Coiled Coil, dimer, tetramer

‘Y’ a Protein Unicorn Might Matter in Blindness

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A protein shaped like a "Y" makes scientists do a double-take and may change the way they think about a protein sometimes implicated in glaucoma. The Y is a centerpiece in myocilin, binding four other components nicknamed propellers together like balloons on strings.

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brain training, Brain Tasks, Hearing, Hearing Aid

Brain Training Can Improve Our Understanding of Speech in Noisy Places

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For many people with hearing challenges, trying to follow a conversation in a crowded restaurant or other noisy venue is a major struggle, even with hearing aids. Now, Mass. Eye and Ear researchers reporting in Current Biology on October 19th have some good news: time spent playing a specially designed, brain-training audiogame could help.

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Wayne State Receives $1.9 Million NIH Grant to Develop Novel Approach to Treat Bacterial Endophthalmitis

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A Wayne State University research team recently received a $1.9 million grant from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health to develop new treatment approaches for Endophthalmitis, a severe inflammation of the interior of the eye caused by contaminating microorganisms that enter the eye following trauma or surgery.

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entemology, Fire Ants, indigenous cultures, Medicine, Disease, human commerce, Opthalmology, diseases of the eye, Veterinary Medicine

Being Behind the Curve Can ‘Sting,’ Especially for Medical Conditions

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A medical condition that puzzled physicians, scientists and veterinarians, and remained obscure for decades, was long known by indigenous peoples in Colombia.

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Blindness, Vision, DEAF, Retinitis Pigmentosa, Hearing Loss, Genetic Mutation, Research

New Findings Help Explain How Usher Syndrome Affects Vision and Hearing

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Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center utilized their Research to Prevent Blindness (RPB) grants to make progress in characterizing the genetic and physiologic components of Usher syndrome—the most common cause of deaf-blindness.

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ophtahlmology, Cancer, Pediactrics, Retina disease, genetic, Pathologist

Genetic Testing Recommended for Children Considered at Risk for Most Common Eye Cancer

Children who are considered to be at risk of developing eye cancer should receive genetic counseling and testing as soon as possible to clarify risk for the disease. This is the consensus of leading ophthalmologists, pathologists and geneticists, who worked to develop the first U.S. guidelines on how to screen for the most common eye tumor affecting children.

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Uveitis, multiple sclerosis, Inflammation, IL-35, inflammatory eye disease, Blindness

NIH Researchers Unleash Therapeutic Potential of IL-35

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NIH scientists have simplified manufacturing and dosing of a potential drug candidate for the autoimmune eye disease uveitis—a vision-threatening condition that accounts for about 15 percent of blindness in the U.S. The protein in question, part of the immune system signaling molecule interleukin-35 (IL-35), also shows efficacy in treating a mouse model of multiple sclerosis. The research was conducted at the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

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A Liquid Biopsy for Retinoblastoma

A recent study by a team of investigators at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Keck Medicine of USC, provides proof of concept for a safe and effective way to derive genetic information from a retinoblastoma tumor.

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world site day, lancet study, Lighthouse, Lighthouse Guild, Blindness, Vision Impairment, brien holden vision institute, vision loss expert group, Vision disorders

Citing Lancet Study, Lighthouse Guild Calls for Stronger Effort to Deal with Global Increase in Blindness and Vision Impairment

Lighthouse Guild is calling for a stronger effort to reverse the worldwide increase in blindness and vision impairment in response to a new study that analyzed the leading causes of blindness in 98 countries. The call-to-action comes on World Sight Day.







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