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Newswise: Dual role discovered for molecule involved in autoimmune eye disease
Released: 23-Jul-2020 11:00 AM EDT
Dual role discovered for molecule involved in autoimmune eye disease
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

The inflammatory molecule interleukin-17A (IL-17A) triggers immune cells that in turn reduce IL-17A’s pro-inflammatory activity, according to a study by National Eye Institute (NEI) researchers.

Newswise: Vision loss in children whose eyesight may be 20/20 requires new diagnostic and teaching strategies
Released: 15-Jul-2020 11:20 AM EDT
Vision loss in children whose eyesight may be 20/20 requires new diagnostic and teaching strategies
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Cerebral (cortical) visual impairment (CVI) is a condition that interferes with the ability of the brain to process information from the eyes, and it has become a leading cause of visual impairment in the U.S.

Newswise: Researchers look to the eye for insights about the brain
Released: 23-Jun-2020 3:40 PM EDT
Researchers look to the eye for insights about the brain
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Researchers seeking to unravel the mysteries of how our amazingly complex brains do what they do, often start with the eye. An extension of neural tissue connecting the eye and brain, the retina, the light-sensing tissue at the back of the eye has long been a model for scientists to explore how the brain works.

Newswise: National Eye Institute establishes office of regenerative medicine
Released: 18-Jun-2020 10:20 AM EDT
National Eye Institute establishes office of regenerative medicine
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

The National Eye Institute (NEI) has established an office to accelerate progress in regenerative medicine for eye disease and vision disorders.

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Released: 16-Jun-2020 1:35 PM EDT
New research on Marfan syndrome focuses on eyes
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

New NEI-supported research provides insight into the eye conditions associated with Marfan syndrome, where weakened zonule fibers cause vision problems.

Newswise: Vision screening device improves detection of “lazy eye”
Released: 3-Jun-2020 1:05 PM EDT
Vision screening device improves detection of “lazy eye”
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

The National Eye Institute (NEI) has funded development of a handheld pediatric vision scanner that easily and accurately screens for amblyopia, or “lazy eye.” The device could facilitate earlier identification of children who need vision-saving treatment when therapy is likely to be more effective. It also could reduce unnecessary referrals to ophthalmologists.

Newswise: Very low-dose Avastin effective for preventing blindness in preterm infants
21-Apr-2020 12:05 PM EDT
Very low-dose Avastin effective for preventing blindness in preterm infants
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Babies born prematurely who require treatment to prevent blindness from retinopathy of prematurity (ROP) could be treated with a dose of Avastin (bevacizumab) that is a fraction of the dose commonly used for ROP currently. Results from the dose-finding study were published April 23 in JAMA Ophthalmology. The study was conducted by the Pediatric Eye Disease Investigator Group (PEDIG) and supported by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Newswise: NEI researchers link age-related DNA modifications to susceptibility to eye disease
20-Apr-2020 12:05 PM EDT
NEI researchers link age-related DNA modifications to susceptibility to eye disease
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

National Eye Institute (NEI) researchers profiling epigenomic changes in light-sensing mouse photoreceptors have a clearer picture of how age-related eye diseases may be linked to age-related changes in the regulation of gene expression. The findings, published online April 21 in Cell Reports, suggest that the epigenome could be targeted as a therapeutic strategy to prevent leading causes of vision loss, such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

Newswise: Researchers restore sight in mice by turning skin cells into light-sensing eye cells
14-Apr-2020 6:25 PM EDT
Researchers restore sight in mice by turning skin cells into light-sensing eye cells
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Researchers have discovered a technique for directly reprogramming skin cells into light-sensing rod photoreceptors used for vision, sidestepping the need for stem cells. The lab-made rods enabled blind mice to detect light after the cells were transplanted into the animals’ eyes.

9-Apr-2020 4:55 PM EDT
Diet May Help Preserve Cognitive Function
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

According to a recent analysis of data from two major eye disease studies, adherence to the Mediterranean diet – high in vegetables, whole grains, fish, and olive oil – correlates with higher cognitive function.

Newswise: It’s now or never: Visual events have 100 milliseconds to hit brain target or go unnoticed
Released: 7-Apr-2020 4:40 PM EDT
It’s now or never: Visual events have 100 milliseconds to hit brain target or go unnoticed
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have defined a crucial window of time that mice need to key in on visual events.

Newswise: NIH researchers discover tooth-enamel protein in eyes with dry AMD
Released: 13-Mar-2020 12:45 PM EDT
NIH researchers discover tooth-enamel protein in eyes with dry AMD
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

A protein that normally deposits mineralized calcium in tooth enamel may also be responsible for calcium deposits in the back of the eye in people with dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a study from researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI).

Newswise: AI may help spot newborns at risk for most severe form of blinding disease
Released: 4-Mar-2020 12:05 PM EST
AI may help spot newborns at risk for most severe form of blinding disease
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

An artificial intelligence (AI) device that has been fast-tracked for approval by the Food and Drug Administration may help identify newborns at risk for aggressive posterior retinopathy of prematurity (AP-ROP). AP-ROP is the most severe form of ROP and can be difficult to diagnose in time to save vision.

Newswise: NIH, NIST researchers use artificial intelligence for quality control of stem cell-derived tissues
Released: 14-Nov-2019 4:05 PM EST
NIH, NIST researchers use artificial intelligence for quality control of stem cell-derived tissues
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Researchers at the National Eye Institute used artificial intelligence to evaluate stem cell-derived “patches” of retinal pigment epithelium tissue for implanting into the eyes of patients with age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

Newswise: Treatment for common vision disorder does not improve children’s reading skills
18-Oct-2019 3:05 AM EDT
Treatment for common vision disorder does not improve children’s reading skills
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Results from a clinical trial funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) show that while vision therapy can successfully treat convergence insufficiency (CI) in children, it fails to improve their reading test scores.

Newswise: Two commonly used uveitis drugs perform similarly in NIH-funded clinical trial
6-Sep-2019 2:00 PM EDT
Two commonly used uveitis drugs perform similarly in NIH-funded clinical trial
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Methotrexate and the more expensive mycophenolate mofetil performed similarly in a head-to-head clinical trial that compared the two drugs for treating noninfectious uveitis

Newswise: Rosy health and sickly green: color associations play robust role in reading faces
Released: 8-Jul-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Rosy health and sickly green: color associations play robust role in reading faces
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Anyone who has ever sensed that a person is sick simply by looking at their face has experienced the wealth of information conveyed by face color. A new study by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, provides evidence that the human brain’s visual system is especially sensitive to the color of faces compared to the colors of other objects or things. Study results were published today in Nature Communications.

Newswise: Children’s Brains Reorganize After Epilepsy Surgery to Retain Visual Perception
31-May-2019 2:05 PM EDT
Children’s Brains Reorganize After Epilepsy Surgery to Retain Visual Perception
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Children can keep full visual perception – the ability to process and understand visual information – after brain surgery for severe epilepsy, according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health. A new report by Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, researchers from a study of children who had undergone epilepsy surgery suggests that the lasting effects on visual perception can be minimal, even among children who lost tissue in the brain’s visual centers.

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19-Mar-2019 4:05 PM EDT
NIH Study Finds No Evidence That Calcium Increases Risk of AMD
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Eating a calcium-rich diet or taking calcium supplements does not appear to increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to the findings of a study by scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI). AMD is a leading cause of vision loss and blindness among people age 65 and older in the United States. The study findings are published in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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14-Mar-2019 2:30 PM EDT
Imaging Method Reveals Long-Lived Patterns in Cells of the Eye
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Cells of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) form unique patterns that can be used to track changes in this important layer of tissue in the back of the eye, researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have found. Using a combination of adaptive optics imaging and a fluorescent dye, the researchers used the RPE patterns to track individual cells in healthy volunteers and people with retinal disease. The new finding could provide a way to study the progression and treatment of blinding diseases that affect the RPE.

Newswise: Nitisinone Increases Melanin in People with Albinism
Released: 20-Feb-2019 11:00 AM EST
Nitisinone Increases Melanin in People with Albinism
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

A small pilot clinical study at the National Eye Institute (NEI) suggests that the drug nitisinone increases melanin production in some people with oculocutaneous albinism type 1B (OCA-1B), a rare genetic disease that causes pale skin and hair and poor vision. Increased melanin could help protect people with the condition against the sun’s UV rays and promote the development of normal vision.

Newswise: Glaucoma detection gets potential boost from virtual reality, brain-based device
Released: 29-Jan-2019 1:05 PM EST
Glaucoma detection gets potential boost from virtual reality, brain-based device
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

A wearable brain-based device called NGoggle that incorporates virtual reality could help improve glaucoma diagnosis and prevent vision loss. Duke University researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) have launched a clinical study testing the device in hopes that it could decrease the burden of glaucoma, a major cause of blindness in the U.S.

Newswise: Faulty molecular master switch may contribute to AMD
Released: 22-Jan-2019 8:00 AM EST
Faulty molecular master switch may contribute to AMD
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

A signaling pathway controlled by transforming growth factor beta (TGF-beta) could be involved in the progression of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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Released: 16-Jan-2019 3:05 PM EST
NIH researchers rescue photoreceptors, prevent blindness in animal models of retinal degeneration
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Using a novel patient-specific stem cell-based therapy, researchers at the National Eye Institute (NEI) prevented blindness in animal models of geographic atrophy, the advanced “dry” form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which is a leading cause of vision loss among people age 65 and older. The protocols established by the animal study, published January 16 in Science Translational Medicine (STM), set the stage for a first-in-human clinical trial testing the therapy in people with geographic atrophy, for which there is currently no treatment.

Newswise: Researchers Design Technology That Sees Nerve Cells Fire
Released: 12-Dec-2018 4:50 PM EST
Researchers Design Technology That Sees Nerve Cells Fire
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Researchers at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California, have created a noninvasive technology that detects when nerve cells fire based on changes in shape. The method could be used to observe nerve activity in light-accessible parts of the body, such as the eye, which would allow physicians to quantitatively monitor visual function at the cellular level.

Newswise: NEI awards prize for progress toward developing lab-made retinas
Released: 4-Dec-2018 5:05 PM EST
NEI awards prize for progress toward developing lab-made retinas
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

The National Eye Institute (NEI) awarded $25,000 to a team led by Wei Liu, Ph.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine, for demonstrating progress toward the development of a living model of the human retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. The prize money was awarded for the first of two phases of the NEI 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge 2020 (3-D ROC 2020), a national initiative to generate human retina organoids from stem cells. NEI is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Newswise: NIH Researchers Discover Neural Code That Predicts Behavior
23-Nov-2018 6:00 PM EST
NIH Researchers Discover Neural Code That Predicts Behavior
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI) have found that neurons in the superior colliculus, an ancient midbrain structure found in all vertebrates, are key players in allowing us to detect visual objects and events.

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Released: 14-Nov-2018 4:30 PM EST
NIH Scientists Combine Technologies to View the Retina in Unprecedented Detail
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

By combining two imaging modalities—adaptive optics and angiography—investigators at the National Eye Institute (NEI) can see live neurons, epithelial cells, and blood vessels deep in the eye’s light-sensing retina. Resolving these tissues and cells in the outermost region of the retina in such unprecedented detail promises to transform the detection and treatment of diseases such as age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness among the elderly.

Newswise: NIH-funded study proposes blurry vision in babies may guide brain development
Released: 5-Nov-2018 1:05 PM EST
NIH-funded study proposes blurry vision in babies may guide brain development
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Shortly after birth when the world is a blur, babies may be learning to identify patterns. According to a new study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), the initial phase of blurry vision may be fundamental to the development of normal visual processing.

Newswise: NEI Investigator Hikosaka Awarded Gruber Prize in Neuroscience
Released: 1-Nov-2018 1:00 PM EDT
NEI Investigator Hikosaka Awarded Gruber Prize in Neuroscience
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Dr. Okihide Hikosaka, senior investigator at the National Eye Institute (NEI) Laboratory of Sensorimotor Research, is a recipient of the 2018 Gruber Prize in Neuroscience.

25-Sep-2018 1:00 PM EDT
Therapy Applied Directly Inside the Eye Best for Treating Uveitic Macular Edema
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Delivery of corticosteroids directly into the eye is more effective than injections adjacent to the eye, according to results from a comparative clinical trial of macular edema in patients with noninfectious uveitis.

Newswise: Study suggests maintaining good vision may stave off cognitive decline
Released: 24-Sep-2018 1:00 PM EDT
Study suggests maintaining good vision may stave off cognitive decline
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

During aging, loss of vision and cognition often coincide. In a new study, researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) and National Institute on Aging (NIA) have found that vision loss precedes loss of mental capacity. The findings suggest that maintaining eye health could help protect cognition in older adults.

Newswise: Researchers Find Potential New Gene Therapy for Blinding Disease
Released: 20-Aug-2018 5:00 PM EDT
Researchers Find Potential New Gene Therapy for Blinding Disease
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Scientists funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) report a novel gene therapy that halts vision loss in a canine model of a blinding condition called autosomal dominant retinitis pigmentosa (adRP). The strategy could one day be used to slow or prevent vision loss in people with the disease.

Newswise: NEI funded researchers identify 133 genetic variants that predict glaucoma risk
Released: 31-May-2018 10:05 AM EDT
NEI funded researchers identify 133 genetic variants that predict glaucoma risk
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Researchers funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) have identified 133 genetic variants that predict with 75-percent accuracy a person’s risk for developing glaucoma related to elevated pressure within the eye. Future genetic tests could identify high-risk individuals who would benefit from early interventions aimed at preventing vision loss from glaucoma, a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the United States.

Newswise: NIH Researchers Develop 'Hibernation in a Dish' to Study How Animals Adapt to the Cold
Released: 4-May-2018 11:05 AM EDT
NIH Researchers Develop 'Hibernation in a Dish' to Study How Animals Adapt to the Cold
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Researchers at the National Eye Institute have discovered cellular mechanisms that help the 13-lined ground squirrel survive hibernation. Their findings could be a step toward extending storage of human donor tissues awaiting transplantation and protecting traumatic brain injury patients who undergo induced hypothermia. NEI is part of the National Institutes of Health. The findings were published in the May 3 issue of Cell.

Newswise: Omega-3s From Fish Oil Supplements No Better Than Placebo for Dry Eye
13-Apr-2018 12:00 PM EDT
Omega-3s From Fish Oil Supplements No Better Than Placebo for Dry Eye
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Omega-3 fatty acid supplements taken orally proved no better than placebo at relieving symptoms or signs of dry eye, according to the findings of a well-controlled trial funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Newswise: Immune Cells in the Retina Can Spontaneously Regenerate
19-Mar-2018 2:05 PM EDT
Immune Cells in the Retina Can Spontaneously Regenerate
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Immune cells called microglia can completely repopulate themselves in the retina after being nearly eliminated, according to a new study in mice from scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI). The cells also re-establish their normal organization and function.

Newswise: NIH Launches International Study of AMD Progression
Released: 26-Feb-2018 10:05 AM EST
NIH Launches International Study of AMD Progression
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

A new clinical study led by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, will follow 500 people over five years to learn more about the natural history of early age-related macular degeneration (AMD). By using the latest technologies to visualize structures within the eye and measure their function, researchers hope to identify biomarkers of disease progression, well before it advances to late-stage disease and causes vision loss.

Newswise: Low Vision Research Shifts Into Overdrive
Released: 22-Feb-2018 8:00 AM EST
Low Vision Research Shifts Into Overdrive
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Tim Goetz drives about 200,000 miles each year. Remarkably, Goetz is legally blind. Research funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI) is helping Goetz and others like him get or stay behind the wheel while keeping roads safe for everyone.

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Released: 6-Feb-2018 4:05 PM EST
NEI Support Paved Early Pathway for Novel Glaucoma Therapies
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

The recent approval of two novel medications for glaucoma – the first new medications for the disorder in nearly 18 years – are fruit borne from decades of foundational scientific research supported by the National Eye Institute (NEI). The two medications, Vyzulta and Rhopressa, treat elevated eye pressure. High intraocular pressure is a causal risk factor for primary open-angle glaucoma, the most common form of glaucoma and a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in the U.S. and worldwide.

Newswise: NEI-Funded Research Suggests Repetitive Strain From Eye Movement May Play a Role in Glaucoma
Released: 4-Jan-2018 10:05 AM EST
NEI-Funded Research Suggests Repetitive Strain From Eye Movement May Play a Role in Glaucoma
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Common, unavoidable eye movements may be a cause of glaucoma in people with normal intraocular pressure (normal-tension glaucoma), according to new research supported by the National Eye Institute. The findings suggest that over time eye movement strains the optic nerve, the bundle of nerve fibers between the eye and brain. The research may also explain why tension-lowering eye drops can improve normal-tension glaucoma. Glaucoma is the second leading cause of blindness worldwide and January is Glaucoma Awareness Month.

Newswise: NIH Discovery Brings Stem Cell Therapy for Eye Disease Closer to the Clinic
29-Dec-2017 5:00 PM EST
NIH Discovery Brings Stem Cell Therapy for Eye Disease Closer to the Clinic
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Scientists at the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health, report that tiny tube-like protrusions called primary cilia on cells of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE)—a layer of cells in the back of the eye—are essential for the survival of the retina’s light-sensing photoreceptors. The discovery has advanced efforts to make stem cell-derived RPE for transplantation into patients with geographic atrophy, otherwise known as dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in the U.S. The study appears in the January 2 Cell Reports.

Newswise: Participation in Clinical Trials Improves Diabetes Care
Released: 8-Nov-2017 4:15 PM EST
Participation in Clinical Trials Improves Diabetes Care
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

The development of new therapies and cures would be impossible without patients volunteering for clinical research studies. In exchange, volunteers often receive care based on the latest research, while gaining the satisfaction of helping others. That was the case with David, a research nurse who has had type 1 diabetes since he was 11 years old. (He asked that we not use his full name.) Now 66, he owes his 20/20 vision to his participation in clinical research funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), a part of the National Institutes of Health.

Newswise: Fifty Years of Vision Research Opens Window Into the Brain
Released: 2-Nov-2017 10:00 AM EDT
Fifty Years of Vision Research Opens Window Into the Brain
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

The eye is more than a window to the soul; it is a window to the brain. To highlight the important connection between vision science and neuroscience, the NIH’s National Eye Institute is kicking off its 50th anniversary celebration with the symposium “Vision and the Brain,” Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C. The event takes place in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience and is the first in series of symposia scheduled through 2018.

Newswise: NIH Researchers Unleash Therapeutic Potential of IL-35
Released: 17-Oct-2017 3:45 PM EDT
NIH Researchers Unleash Therapeutic Potential of IL-35
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

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.

Newswise: Myopia: A Close Look at Efforts to Turn Back a Growing Problem
Released: 5-Oct-2017 2:00 PM EDT
Myopia: A Close Look at Efforts to Turn Back a Growing Problem
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Several studies indicate that the prevalence of myopia is increasing in the U.S. and worldwide, and researchers project that the trend will continue in the coming decades. Otherwise known as nearsightedness, myopia occurs when the eye grows too long from front to back. Instead of focusing images on the retina—the light-sensitive tissue in the back of the eye—images are focused at a point in front of the retina. As a result, people with myopia have good near vision but poor distance vision.

Newswise: National Eye Institute Awards Prize for ‘Retina in a Dish’ Competition
Released: 28-Sep-2017 11:05 AM EDT
National Eye Institute Awards Prize for ‘Retina in a Dish’ Competition
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

A proposal to create a living model of the human retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, won $90,000 in the National Eye Institute (NEI) 3-D Retina Organoid Challenge (3-D ROC). The NEI 3-D ROC is an initiative that seeks to design human retinas from stem cells. Erin Lavik, Sc.D., at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, led the awarded team. The NEI is part of the National Institutes of Health.

Newswise: Researchers Unlock Regenerative Potential of Cells in the Mouse Retina
25-Jul-2017 4:00 PM EDT
Researchers Unlock Regenerative Potential of Cells in the Mouse Retina
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Cells within an injured mouse eye can be coaxed into regenerating neurons and those new neurons appear to integrate themselves into the eye’s circuitry, new research shows. The findings potentially open the door to new treatments for eye trauma and retinal disease. The study appears in the July 26 issue of Nature, and was funded in part by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

Newswise: Safely Viewing a Solar Eclipse
Released: 24-Jul-2017 1:00 PM EDT
Safely Viewing a Solar Eclipse
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

A solar eclipse will be visible across North America for 2 to 3 hours on Monday, August 21, 2017. Watching the moon slowly block out the sun is a rare opportunity but should be attempted with caution.

Newswise: Eye Microbiome Trains Immune Cells to Fend Off Pathogens in Mice
6-Jul-2017 12:00 PM EDT
Eye Microbiome Trains Immune Cells to Fend Off Pathogens in Mice
NIH, National Eye Institute (NEI)

Bugs in your eyes may be a good thing. Resident microbes living on the eye are essential for immune responses that protect the eye from infection, new research shows. The study, which appears in the journal Immunity on July 11, demonstrates the existence of a resident ocular microbiome that trains the developing immune system to fend off pathogens. The research was conducted at the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health.


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