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New research shows that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. A team at the University of Copenhagen have tracked down a genetic mutation which took place 6-10,000 years ago and is the cause of the eye colour of all blue-eyed humans alive on the planet today.
Cholesterol - lowering eye drops may cure leading cause of elderly blindness
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The leading cause of blindness in older American adults may have met its match.
A new study finds cholesterol-lowering drugs given in the form of eye drops cured macular degeneration in mice, fueling hopes the same treatment may work for humans.
12 scary things your eyes say about your health
Researchers might have found the Holy Grail in the war against cancer, a miracle drug that has killed every kind of cancer tumor it has come in contact with.
The drug works by blocking a protein called CD47 that is essentially a "do not eat" signal to the body's immune system, according to Science Magazine.
Scientist: Synthetic Resveratrol May Help People Live To 150.
FDA Approves Device For Patients With Retinitis Pigmentosa.
The Food and Drug Administration's approval of a new device for patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) received heavy coverage in print and online, and was featured on two of last night's national news broadcasts. Most articles quote one or more FDA officials, and many point out that the National Eye Institute partially funded research on the device. Many sources also point to the innovative nature of the device and the potential benefits the device may hold for individuals with RP.
Bionic Eye May Soon Be Available In US.
The Wall Street Journal (1/29, D1, Wang, Subscription Publication, 2.29M) reports on a new technology, known as Argus II, that may soon be available in the US, which combines an eye implant and video-camera-enabled glasses. The retinal prosthesis is awaiting approval by the Food and Drug Administration, and will most likely benefit patients with retinitis pigmentosa, as well as those with severe macular degeneration, which, according to the National Eye Institute, is an age-related disease that damages the part of the eye that perceives fine detail.
Guys' eyes are more sensitive to small details and moving objects, while women are more perceptive to color changes, according to a new vision study that suggests men and women actually do see things differently.
"As with other senses, such as hearing and the olfactory system, there are marked sex differences in vision between men and women," researcher Israel Abramov, of the City University of New York (CUNY), said in a statement. Research has shown women have more sensitive ears and sniffers than men.
Human-derived stem cells can spontaneously form the tissue that develops into the part of the eye that allows us to see, according to a study published by Cell Press in the 5th anniversary issue of the journal Cell Stem Cell. Transplantation of this 3D tissue in the future could help patients with visual impairments see clearly.