Drug developer Spark Therapeutics Inc said its lead experimental drug helped improve the vision of patients with a type of inherited eye disorder, in a late stage study. The drug, SPK-RPE65, met the main goal of improving vision and sensitivity to light in patients who were previously at the risk of complete blindness, the company […]

The first patient has been treated in Britain in a pioneering trial of a new treatment co-developed by Pfizer and derived from embryonic stem cells designed for patients with a condition that can cause blindness. Specialists at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital said the operation, described as “successful”, was the first of 10 planned for participants […]

(Reuters Health) – Diabetes affects up to 14 percent of the U.S. population – an increase from nearly 10 percent in the early 1990s – yet over a third of cases still go undiagnosed, according to a new analysis. Screening seems to be catching more cases, accounting for the general rise over two decades, the […]

Hetlioz, a prescription pill designed to help blind people sleep at night and stay awake during the day, helped some achieve normal sleep rhythms in two company-funded studies. Vanda Pharmaceuticals Inc. won U.S. marketing approval for Hetlioz (tasimelteon) last year as a treatment for what’s known as non-24-hour sleep-wake disorder, or “non-24,” a chronic circadian […]

Thousands of West Africans who were infected with the Ebola virus but survived it are suffering chronic conditions such as serious joint pain and eye inflammation that can lead to blindness, global health experts said on Friday. Ebola survivors who fought off the most severe bouts of infection are the most likely to suffer ongoing […]

Thousands of West Africans who were infected with the Ebola virus but survived it are suffering chronic conditions such as serious joint pain and eye inflammation that can lead to blindness, global health experts said on Friday. Ebola survivors who fought off the most severe bouts of infection are the most likely to suffer ongoing […]

The drug research field of cell therapy received a boost on Friday when British biotech company ReNeuron raised 68.4 million pounds ($106 million) to help fund its work into stroke, blindness and cancer. ReNeuron, which has been toiling away at developing stem cell treatments since being founded in 1997, said it was the largest funding […]

“Shark Week,” the insanely popular week-long festival of flesh-ripping, terror-inducing finned creatures, is in full-swing on the Discovery Channel and no doubt will be just as popular as ever in its 28th year. With shows bearing titles like “Return of the Great White Serial Killer” and “Super Predator” this season promises to scare millions of […]