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NIH Study Shows No Benefit of Omega-3 Supplements for Cognitive Decline


While some research suggests that a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids can protect brain health, a large clinical trial by researchers at the National Institutes of Health found that omega-3 supplements did not slow cognitive decline in older persons....
21-Aug-2015 3:00 PM EDT

In Uveitis, Bacteria in Gut May Instruct Immune Cells to Attack the Eye


The inflammatory eye disorder autoimmune uveitis occurs when a person’s immune system goes awry, attacking proteins in the eye. What spurs this response is a mystery, but now a National Eye Institute study on mice suggests that bacteria in the gut...
18-Aug-2015 1:05 PM EDT

Trachoma Risk Tied to Sleeping Near Cooking Fires, Lack of Ventilation


Children who sleep in unventilated rooms with cooking fires are at greater risk for severe trachoma, a leading cause of preventable blindness in developing countries, according to the findings of a recent study conducted in Tanzania. The study was...
4-Aug-2015 9:40 AM EDT

In Blinding Eye Disease, Trash-Collecting Cells Go Awry, Accelerate Damage

Spider-like cells inside the brain, spinal cord and eye hunt for invaders, capturing and then devouring them. These cells, called microglia, often play a beneficial role by helping to clear trash and protect the central nervous system against...
29-Jun-2015 1:00 PM EDT

The Brain’s Autofocus System Helps Stabilize Vision Despite Motion


Much like the automatic focus of a camera, our eyes and brains must constantly recalibrate so that we can get a clear view of the changing—and always moving—world around us. Two studies funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) show how the...
28-May-2015 9:05 AM EDT

NIH-Funded Study Points Way Forward for Retinal Disease Gene Therapy


Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) is an inherited disorder that causes vision loss starting in childhood. This is the latest report from an ongoing clinical trial of gene therapy for the disorder, funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of...
30-Apr-2015 10:00 AM EDT

NIH Launches Research to Gaze Deeply Into Your Eyes

Five bold projects will develop new technology to noninvasively image cells of the eye in unprecedented detail. The National Eye Institute (NEI) announced the awards as part of its Audacious Goals Initiative. NEI has committed $3.8 million to the...
29-Apr-2015 10:15 AM EDT

Eylea Outperforms Other Drugs for Diabetic Macular Edema with Moderate or Worse Vision Loss

In an NIH-supported clinical trial comparing three drugs for diabetic macular edema (DME), Eylea (aflibercept) provided greater visual improvement, on average, than did Avastin (bevacizumab) or Lucentis (ranibizumab) when vision was 20/50 or worse...
13-Feb-2015 11:30 AM EST

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