When greed trumps science, we all lose. Three women suffered severe vision loss after treatment at the same private "stem cell clinic." Here we address what went so very wrong – and how it can be avoided.
The World Marathon Challenge of 7 marathons on 7 continents in 7 days is about to get underway. Are such extreme endurance sports healthy? Worth the risks?
The Global Trachoma Mapping Project is the largest ever project undertaken to track the prevalence of trachoma, the most common infectious cause of blindness globally. The effort revealed that 100 million people around the world are at risk of going blind.
Diabetic retinopathy a complication of diabetes caused by degeneration of the blood vessels in the retina is the most common diabetic eye disease, and a leading cause of blindness in American adults (after age-related macular degeneration). According to the
Open angle glaucoma (OAG), one of the leading causes of blindness, affects about 45 million individuals worldwide - about three million in the US - with that number projected to increase to 53 million by 2020. It is most commonly treated using prostaglandin analogue drops, which can lower the increased pressure in the eye,
Golden Rice, a genetically engineered crop enriched with beta-carotene which the body can then convert to vitamin A, has the potential to prevent blindness in populations prone to vitamin A deficiency. The WHO