Archive for June 2015

Diabetes drug linked with reduced glaucoma risk

A commonly prescribed diabetes drug has been found to reduce the risk of open-angle glaucoma (OAG) in patients with diabetes. Metformin hydrochloride is a medication used to help patients with type 2 diabetes manage their blood glucose levels. It mimics the effects of caloric restriction by inhibiting the release of stored glucose into the bloodstream by…

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Octopus has ‘eyes’ in its skin

Octopuses change the colour of their skin using the same light-sensitive proteins found in their eyes, allowing them to effectively ‘see’ with their skin. Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) studying the Californian two spot, or “bimac,” octopus found that the intelligent molluscs can detect light with their skin using light-sensitive cells…

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UK leads Europe in new AMD therapy

Ophthalmologists in the UK are leading adopters of a new treatment for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), it was announced yesterday (May 19) at the Royal College of Ophthalmologists Annual Congress, in Liverpool. Oraya Therapy delivers targeted, low-energy X-rays to the damaged retinas of patients with wet AMD. The non-invasive treatment is intended as a single…

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