[AI] New drug to treat blindness

renuka warriar erenuka at gmail.com
Sat Mar 15 10:36:17 EDT 2008


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Renuka
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From: "dr.u.n.sinha narain" <drunsinha at gmail.com>
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Sent: Saturday, March 15, 2008 2:04 PM
Subject: Re: [AI] New drug to treat blindness


> good news. i hope in my life time you will see the world.
>
> On 3/14/08, Aruni Sharma <aruni100 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> New drug to treat blindness
>> London (PTI): A ray of hope for millions of visually challenged people
>> worldwide! A new drug to
>> treat common forms of blindness is all set to go for clinical trial.
>> Researchers at the University of Bristol have developed the drug to
>> treat eye diseases affecting
>> the elderly and diabetics, such as age-related muscular degeneration
>> (AMD) and diabetic etinopathy,
>> the British media reported on Friday.
>> The research team, led by Prof Dave Bates and Dr Steve Harper of the
>> varsity's Microvascular
>> Research Laboratories, has identified a novel, naturally occurring form
>> of a compound which
>> inhibits the formation of new blood vessels -- a major cause of the
>> "wet" type of AMD and also
>> diabetic retinopathy. The research has been funded by Britain's leading
>> eye research charity, Fight
>> for Sight.
>> The news of the drug comes just days after scientists in the United
>> States had claimed that a
>> bionic eye which can restore sight to the blind would be available
>> commercially within two years.
>> The second-generation device, current being trialled, consists of three
>> elements. First, a
>> miniature camera worn in a pair of dark glasses, which transmits images
>> to a radio receiver
>> implanted near the patient's eye.
>> This then sends a signal on to a tiny silicon and platinum chip, about
>> four millimetre square, that
>> sits on the retina. The chip's electrodes stimulate the ganglion cells
>> that transmit visual
>> information to the optic nerve and onwards to the brain, which can then
>> construct a visual image.
>> "A plate is seen as a saucer of light, and a knife as a runway of light.
>> It works by building up
>> images like a dot-matrix printer, or pixels on a computer screen," lead
>> researcher Prof Mark
>> Humayun had said.
>>
>> http://www.thehindu.com/holnus/008200803141550.htm
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