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Article ID: 711388

Eliminating routine but low-value preoperative tests for cataract surgery patients associated with cost savings

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

FINDINGS UCLA researchers found that eliminating routine but unnecessary procedures before people undergo cataract surgery has the potential to save costs and resources for hospitals serving lower-income patients. Forgoing routine chest x-rays, electrocardiograms and other preoperative procedures — which studies have found to have no clinical benefit prior to cataract surgery — was associated with a savings of $67,241 over three years at one of the medical centers analyzed in the study.

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15-Apr-2019 7:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 710960

NASA Twin Study Provides a Multi-omics View of the Human Body’s Response to a Year in Space

University of California San Diego Health

The NASA Twins Study is the most comprehensive integrated multi-omics, molecular, physiological, and behavioral analysis of how the human body responds to space flight to date. Study results were published in the April edition of Science.

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11-Apr-2019 2:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 711114

Nation’s Ophthalmologists Push to Remove Roadblocks to Patients’ Access to Medical and Surgical Eye Care

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

More than 400 eye physicians and surgeons from across the U.S. are in Washington, D.C., today to urge Congress to end federal policies that delay patients’ access to quality medical and surgical eye care.

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10-Apr-2019 4:05 PM EDT

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Article ID: 711019

Experimental Drug Delivers One-Two Punch to Vision Loss

Johns Hopkins Medicine

In studies with lab-grown human cells and in mice, Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers have found that an experimental drug may be twice as good at fighting vision loss as previously thought.

Released:
10-Apr-2019 10:00 AM EDT
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    8-Apr-2019 9:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 710817

Projection system to study insect vision could lead to new navigational aids

University of Alabama Huntsville

Development of a virtual reality-like projection system to study insect vision could eventually provide the U.S. Air Force with a new type of navigation system.

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4-Apr-2019 3:00 PM EDT
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Article ID: 710830

New discovery by UCI researchers may lead to alleviation of vision-related side effects caused by erectile dysfunction drugs

University of California, Irvine

High-resolution images capture previously unseen features of PDE6. Included among them were some very promising regions that resemble fish-hooks. These regions are responsible for controlling PDE activity. By targeting the fish-hook-like region with a new class of PDE inhibitors, drug development companies may be able to eliminate unwanted side effects of certain PDE targeting drugs.

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5-Apr-2019 8:00 AM EDT
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    4-Apr-2019 11:00 AM EDT

Article ID: 710567

Vision Loss Has Significant Impact on Use of Hospital Resources and Costs for Older Patients According to Study in JAMA Ophthalmology

Lighthouse Guild

A national study has found that older patients with vision loss who are hospitalized for common disorders are often not identified as requiring special attention, which can affect outcomes, resource use and costs. The study is published in the April 4, issue of JAMA Ophthalmology, authored by Alan R. Morse, JD, PhD, President and CEO of Lighthouse Guild.

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4-Apr-2019 11:00 AM EDT
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    4-Apr-2019 4:05 AM EDT

Article ID: 710517

Researchers Discover Groundbreaking Way to Treat Major Sight-Threatening Diseases of the Eye

Queen's University Belfast

Researchers from Queen’s University have discovered a new way of treating major diseases of the eye caused by the abnormal growth of new blood vessels.

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1-Apr-2019 8:45 AM EDT
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Article ID: 710740

Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals Researchers Receive Multi-Year Grants to Identify Genetic Biomarkers of Susceptibility and Resistance to Corneal Ulcers

Case Western Reserve University

More than 125 million people worldwide wear contact lenses, and while many are exposed to relatively common bacteria through their contact lenses, not all contract an eye infection. Researchers at the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and University Hospitals (UH) Cleveland Medical Center will study whether a contact-wearer’s genetics may play a role in who does or doesn’t contract infection—especially Microbial keratitis (MK), a bacteria-caused infection of the cornea, which, if left untreated, can cause blindness.

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3-Apr-2019 4:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 710713

Detecting Eye and Brain Disease Earlier

University of Illinois at Chicago

The eyes may be the window to the soul, but to scientists, they are also the window to the brain. In particular, the retina, a delicate light-sensing neural network with specialized cells at the back of the eyeball, is linked directly to the brain via the optic nerve and is considered by some to be part of the brain itself. Now, researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago are developing imaging techniques that will allow them to study minute changes in the retina that indicate the early stages of brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease.

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3-Apr-2019 2:05 PM EDT

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