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The effects of zinc on the prevention and treatment of AMD are far from conclusive, according to a systematic review

Research from Tufts University, Boston, has indicated that evidence remains inconclusive in regards to whether or not zinc intake from foods and supplements is beneficial in the primary prevention and treatment of AMD.   Analysis, published in the journal, Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (Vishwanathan et al, Vol. 54, No. 6, pp 3985-3998) show that while […]

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Spark Therapeutics announces additional efficacy outcomes from first randomised US trial in gene therapy

Spark Therapeutics (NASDAQ:ONCE), a gene therapy company based in Philadelphia, USA, has announced additional efficacy results of the “first randomized, controlled phase 3 trial of a gene therapy for a genetic disease”. The company’s lead gene therapy product, termed “SPK-RPE65”, is a replacement gene therapy treatment for RPE65-mediated inherited retinal degeneration. The company had previously […]

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Phase I/II trial planned for Stargardt disease through collaboration between Foundation Fighting Blindness and Vision Medicine

Research into the development of therapies for Stargardt disease will receive a significant boost following announcement of the largest co-funding investment to date by the US Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB). The Foundation will commit $7.5 million to co-fund the clinical development of a small molecule drug candidate (“VM200”), designed to neutralize the toxic build-up of […]

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Systematic review and meta-analyses indicates that intensive insulin therapy reduces incidence of diabetic retinopathy

A systematic review of interventions for diabetic retinopathy, published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology, has found that intensive insulin pump therapy, compared to multiple daily injections, is more effective in preventing the occurrence and progression of diabetic retinopathy (DR). The results of the study, applicable to both adults and adolescents with Type-1 diabetes, showed […]

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November 17th, 2015: “EURETINA-Brief”© Issue No. 121

by Dr. Gearóid Tuohy   Dear EURETINA Members,   A very warm welcome to the November 16th, 2015 edition of EURETINA’s web-based digital magazine, “EURETINA Brief”. EURETINA are delighted to continue our delivery of up to date summary briefs on a range of topics of interest to retinal specialists and researchers across Europe. This resource […]

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