Study Shows Medication Is Frequently, Unintentionally Given Incorrectly to Young Children

A newly published study shows how often adults make mistakes when giving medication to children. The study, led by researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital found that medication errors occur in a child every eight minutes in the United States, on average, and the numbers are increasing.

– Nationwide Children's Hospital|20-Oct-2014 12:15 AM EDT

Research Reveals Likelihood and Onset of Multiple Sclerosis Diagnosis Among Patients with Inflammatory Eye Disease

The results of the largest retrospective study of multiple sclerosis (MS) in uveitis patients has revealed that nearly 60 percent of patients with both diseases were diagnosed with each within a five-year span. The study is being presented today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. While it has long been known that there is an association between the eye condition and MS, this is the first study to provide a detailed description of the relative onset of uveitis and MS and to calculate the likelihood of an MS diagnosis among uveitis patients.

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)|19-Oct-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Many Older People Have Mutations Linked to Leukemia, Lymphoma in Their Blood Cells

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At least 2 percent of people over age 40 and 5 percent of people over 70 have mutations linked to leukemia and lymphoma in their blood cells, according to new research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.

– Washington University in St. Louis|19-Oct-2014 1:00 PM EDT

New Insight That “Mega” Cells Control the Growth of Blood-Producing Cells

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While megakaryocytes are best known for producing platelets that heal wounds, these “mega” cells found in bone marrow also play a critical role in regulating stem cells according to new research from the Stowers Institute for Medical Research. In fact, hematopoietic stem cells differentiate to generate megakaryocytes in bone marrow. The Stowers study is the first to show that hematopoietic stem cells (the parent cells) can be directly controlled by their own progeny (megakaryocytes).

– Stowers Institute for Medical Research|19-Oct-2014 1:00 PM EDT

Tear Duct Implant Effective at Reducing Pain and Inflammation in Cataract Surgery Patients

The first tear duct implant developed to treat inflammation and pain following cataract surgery has been shown to be a reliable alternative to medicated eye drops, which are the current standard of care, according to a study presented today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. The device, known as a punctum plug, automatically delivers the correct amount of postoperative medication in patients, potentially solving the issue of poor compliance with self-administering eye drops.

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)|19-Oct-2014 12:05 PM EDT

New Test Scans All Genes Simultaneously to Identify Single Mutation Causing Child’s Rare Genetic Disease

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A JAMA study found that sequencing the DNA of children with mystery genetic disorders produced a definitive diagnosis in 40 percent of UCLA’s most complex cases--a quantum leap from the field’s 5-percent success rate 20 years ago.

– University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences|18-Oct-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Smartphone Approach for Examining Progression of Diabetic Eye Disease Offers Comparable Results to Traditional Method

A smartphone-based tool may be an effective alternative to traditional ophthalmic imaging equipment in evaluating and grading severity of a diabetic eye disease, according to a study released today at AAO 2014, the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s 118th annual meeting. The results of the research indicate the lower-cost method could be useful for bringing the service to patients in isolated or underserved communities.

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)|18-Oct-2014 10:00 AM EDT

iPhones for Eye Health: Capturing Ocular Images in Difficult-to-Photograph Patients

Smartphone technology is a widely available resource which may also be a portable and effective tool for imaging the inside of the eye, according to results of a study released today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Researchers from the Ross Eye Institute at the University at Buffalo-SUNY are successfully using an iPhone® application as an inexpensive, portable and effective tool for imaging the inside of the eye, including in patients who are challenging to photograph by traditional methods.

– American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)|18-Oct-2014 10:00 AM EDT
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