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Many People With Diabetes Still Lose Vision, Despite Availability of Vision-Sparing Treatment

Posted by dlife on Fri, Dec 20, 13, 01:02 PM 0 Comment

December 20, 2013 (Newswise) - Despite recent advances in prevention and treatment of most vision loss attributed to diabetes, a new study shows that fewer than half of Americans with damage to their eyes from diabetes are aware of the link between the disease and visual impairm

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Physical Education Requirement at Four-Year Universities at All-Time Low

Posted by dlife on Mon, Jan 21, 13, 04:12 PM 0 Comment

January 9, 2013 (Newswise) — Even as policy makers and health experts point to an increased need for exercise, more than half of four-year colleges and universities in the United States have dropped physical education requirements compared to historic levels.

Almost every U.S. college student was required to take physical education and exercise requirements in the 1920

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Baylor Health Care System to Transform South Dallas Recreation Center into New Diabetes Institute

Posted by dlife on Wed, Feb 01, 12, 07:01 AM 0 Comment

October 2, 2009 (Newswise) - South Dallas residents are 30 percent more likely to be admitted to a hospital due to diabetes or a diabetes-related condition than other city residents. In fact by 2010, 13 percent of those living in South Dallas will be diabetic.Baylor Health Care System is reaching out to the traditionally underserved neighborhood, transforming a local recreation center into the areas first and only diabetes health and wellness institute. Baylor will invest $15 million in the project with the mis

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Retinal Rescue: Cells Derived from Human Embryonic Stem Cells Reverse Retinal Degeneration

Posted by dlife on Wed, Feb 01, 12, 07:01 AM 0 Comment

October 1, 2009 (EurekAlert) - A new study reports that transplanted pigment-containing visual cells derived from human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) successfully preserved structure and function of the specialized light-sensitive lining of the eye (known as the retina) in an animal model of retinal degeneration. The findings, published by Cell Press in the October 2nd issue of the journal Cell Stem Cell, represent an exciting step towards the future use of cell replacement therapies to treat d

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MIT Retinal Implant Could Help Restore Some Vision

Posted by dlife on Wed, Feb 01, 12, 07:01 AM 0 Comment

September 23, 2009 (EurekAlert) - MIT engineers have designed a retinal implant for people who have lost their vision from retinitis pigmentosa or age-related macular degeneration, two of the leading causes of blindness. The retinal prosthesis would help restore some vision by electrically stimulating the nerve cells that normally carry visual input from the retina to the brain.Why it matters: The chip would not restore normal vision but could help blind people more easily navigate a room or walk d

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