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Brain “Rewires” Itself to Enhance Other Senses in Blind People


The brains of those who are born blind make new connections in the absence of visual information, resulting in enhanced, compensatory abilities such as a heightened sense of hearing, smell and touch, as well as cognitive functions (such as memory...
17-Mar-2017 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Patients with Depression Symptoms Due to Chronic Sinus Disease Are Less Productive

Depressed patients with chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) are more likely to miss days of work or school than those without depression symptoms, according to the results of a new study led by the Sinus Center at Massachusetts Eye and Ear.
2-Mar-2017 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

New Technique Generates High Volume of Sensory Cells Needed for Hearing


In 2013, Mass. Eye and Ear researchers restored partial hearing to mice by regenerating hair cells — tiny, sound-sensing cells in the ear, which are lost through noise damage, age, etc., and do not regenerate on their own — by converting stem...
17-Feb-2017 1:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Gene Therapy Restores Hearing in Deaf Mice… Down to a Whisper


In the summer of 2015, a team at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School reported restoring rudimentary hearing in genetically deaf mice using gene therapy. Now the Boston Children’s research team reports restoring a much higher...
1-Feb-2017 4:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

Growth Factor Shown to Protect the Retina in Early Stage Diabetes

Researchers from the Schepens Eye Research Institute of Massachusetts Eye and Ear have shown that a slight increase in transforming growth factor beta (TGF-β), which is present in preclinical animal models with diabetic eye disease, protects...
2-Feb-2017 12:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Mass. Eye and Ear Launches Collaboration with Bay State Council of the Blind to Improve Access

In partnership with the Bay State Council of the Blind, Massachusetts Eye and Ear today announced the launch of a comprehensive initiative to ensure that persons with visual disabilities have full and equal opportunity to the best possible care.
24-Jan-2017 4:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

Patients with Severe Chronic Rhinosinusitis Show Improvement with Verapamil Treatment


A clinical trial studying the use of Verapamil (a drug currently in use for cardiovascular disease and cluster headache) in alleviating chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) with nasal polyps revealed significant improvement in the symptoms of this subset of...
20-Jan-2017 2:00 PM EST Add to Favorites

Mass. Eye and Ear Launches Health Blog Related to Ear, Nose, Throat and Eye Care


Massachusetts Eye and Ear has launched a health blog to provide stories and insight from experts in otolaryngology (ear, nose, throat, head and neck care) and ophthalmology (eye care) to those interested in the hospital’s mission and areas of...
9-Jan-2017 5:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

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