Google “sees” heart attack risk in your eyes

New artificial intelligence (AI) developed by Google has the ability to predict whether a person has high blood pressure or is at a risk of heart attack or stroke. While the algorithms didn’t outperform conventional medical testing such as blood tests, the software does offer the potential of allowing doctors to provide a tool that […]

Study compares Lucentis regimens for wet AMD

The treat-and-extend (TE) protocol of Lucentis (ranibizumab) is just as effective as a monthly regimen of ranibizumab when looking at increasing visual acuity in patients with neovascular age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The 12-month study was conducted in Portugal and led by Rufino Silvia, MD, PhD and involved 650 wet AMD patients aged 50 and older. […]

Taking a look at diabetic retinopathy

Diabetics can develop an eye disease known as diabetic retinopathy, which is caused by damage to blood vessels in the retina due to high blood sugar. The damaged blood vessels either swell and leak or they close up preventing blood from passing through. In some case, abnormal blood vessels grown on the retina. Any of […]

Lipid mediators may stop progress of glaucoma

Glaucoma is the second-leading cause of blindness that affects about 80 million people around the world and has no cure. New research takes a look at a naturally occurring molecules known as lipid mediators as a treatment that may potentially stop the progress of glaucoma. Researchers at the University of California-Berkeley used both rats and […]

FDA approves glucose monitoring system

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved the FreeStyle Libre Flash Glucose Monitoring System to be sold in the United States. The Libre is manufactured by Abbott and is currently only available overseas. The system allows patients to view blood sugar every minute of the day without pricking a finger. The device will be available […]

Effects of blue light exposure reduced with lutein and zeaxanthin

Benefits of lutein and zeaxanthin supplementation on blue-absorbing macular pigment, sleep quality and visual performance The results of the study were published in Foods. The macular carotenoids, lutein and zeaxanthin isomers, are known as high-energy blue light filters. Blue light penetrates deep into the eye and can cause the formation of free radicals. In the […]

Scientists stumble upon drug to lower brain pressure

Victoza and Trulicity, drugs that are currently used to treat Type II diabetes or obesity, may also help reduce brain pressure. University of Birmingham researchers published in Science Translational Medicine their results from a three-year study. The researchers examined whether Glucagon-Like peptide 1 receptor-1 (GLP-1) agonist drugs could reduce intracranial pressure in rats. Increased brain […]

Broccoli design offers clue to improve retinal implants

Researchers at the University of Oregon are currently exploring the possibility that retinal implants with a fractal design might provide the first viable therapy in treating people who have lost vision due to retinal diseases. Implants that are currently being used have not demonstrated the kind of vision restoration that doctors and patients were looking […]

Consumer Alert – .gov site unreliable source of legitimate drug trials

ClinicalTrials.gov, that the public listing of medical trials on the site is not a list of trials that have been verified as legitimate by the National Institutes of Health. The National Institutes of Health is the agency that operates ClinicalTrials.gov. People tend to assume that any trials listed on ClinicalTrials.gov have been carefully screened and […]

New Treatment for Damaged Eyes

Researchers at the University of Washington have discovered a way to activate retinal cells in mice to turn into new neurons. This discovery could potentially lead to new a new treatment for human eyes that have suffered from trauma or disease. A viral gene-swapping technique was used in the study. A version of a particular […]