Smartphone Helps Diagnose Diabetic Retinopathy

Researchers test out a new smartphone-based diagnostic tool to detect diabetes-induced blindness
Researchers test out a new smartphone-based diagnostic tool to detect diabetes-induced blindness
University of Bonn/Sankara Eye Foundation

One of the disastrous effects of diabetes is the harm it can cause to the retina, with this degeneration of blood vessels in the eye now the leading cause of new blindness in working-age adults. An international team of scientists has developed technology that could pick up this so-called diabetic retinopathy in its early stages, using a standard smartphone as the basis for a low-cost diagnostic method that could greatly improve care in developing regions. read more

Colorblindness May Become a Thing of the Past

A small trial has demonstrated a gene therapy for treating color blindness as safe in adults, paving the way for larger trials in younger patients
A small trial has demonstrated a gene therapy for treating color blindness as safe in adults, paving the way for larger trials in younger patients

The results of a first human trial testing a gene therapy for complete color blindness have been published in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology. The research suggests the experimental gene therapy is safe, and potentially efficacious, opening the door to larger human trials in the future. read more