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New study shows mice get back vision

Updated: Jul 12, 2016 17:02 IST      
New study shows mice get back vision

Washington D.C., July 12 (ANI): Vision in mammals can be restored, shows experiments conducted, for the first time, under the leadership of a Stanford University School of Medicine investigator.

In experiments in mice the scientists coaxed optic-nerve cables, responsible for conveying visual information from the eye to the brain, into regenerating after they had been completely severed, and found that they could retrace their former routes and re-establish connections with the appropriate parts of the brain.

That unprecedented, if partial, restoration could pave the way to future work that enables blind people to see.

The animals' condition prior to the scientists' efforts to regrow the eye-to brain-connections resembled glaucoma, the second-leading cause of blindness after cataracts.

Cataracts can often be surgically removed, but there's no cure for glaucoma, said the study's senior author, Andrew Huberman.

Glaucoma, caused by excessive pressure on the optic nerve, affects nearly 70 million people worldwide. Vision loss due to optic-nerve damage can also accrue from injuries, retinal detachment, pituitary tumors, various brain cancers and other sources.

The study has been published in Nature Neuroscience. (ANI)

Soon, a 'powerful' pain reliever that could end opioid crisis

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 11:07 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 17 (ANI): A team of scientists has discovered what they say is a powerful pain reliever that acts on a previously unknown pain pathway.

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Using e-cigarettes daily can help you 'kick the butt'

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 10:17 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 17 (ANI): If you've been struggling to kick that cigarette addiction of yours, you may want to turn to the electronic version of butts as a recent study has suggested so.

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E-cigarette may help people quit smoking: Study

Updated: Aug 17, 2017 07:07 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 17 (ANI): Good news! Vaping is safer, as a study recently reveals that adults who use e-cigarettes daily were three times more likely to quit cigarettes compared to those who have never tried e-cigarettes.

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Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 16 (ANI): Older people receiving electric shock therapy, also known as electroconvulsive therapy (ECT), to combat the blues of age will need an additional treatment if insomnia is one of their symptoms, according to a recent study.

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A protein cocktail that helps mend a broken heart

Updated: Aug 15, 2017 12:54 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 15 (ANI): A team of researchers has uncovered a novel role for transcription factor Gata4 in reducing the post-heart attack fibrosis.

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You could be binge-watching your way to poor sleep

Updated: Aug 15, 2017 10:16 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 15 (ANI): Binge-watching may be fun, but it comes at a price, according to a recent study.

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Is diabetes cure right under our skin?

Updated: Aug 15, 2017 09:47 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 15 (ANI): The optimal location to treat type 1 diabetes (T1D) might be just under our skin, according to a recent study.

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Gautam Gambhir pledges to spread awareness for Organ Donation

Updated: Aug 14, 2017 06:08 IST     

New Delhi [India], August 14 (ANI): Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, in association and cricketer Gautam Gambhir, came together on the occasion of World Organ Donation Day to encourage people to take a pledge for donating organs to save countless lives.

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This memory trick may help older adults boost memory

Updated: Aug 13, 2017 15:42 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 13 (ANI): A team of researchers have revealed a helpful strategy that may help older adults improve their memory.

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New Delhi [India], August 13 (ANI): There are a large number of people still waiting for a transplant and it is a fact that these patients will succumb to their ailments due to an insufficient number of organ donors.

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New Delhi [India], August 13 (ANI): Every year, 90% people in need of a critical organ to save their life end up facing death due to unavailability of donors.

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New device can help you take more accurate BP readings

Updated: Aug 13, 2017 05:25 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 13 (ANI): A team of researchers has come up with a new device that could improve how systolic blood pressure (BP) is measured.

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E-cigarettes make your heart's ageing clock tick 'faster'

Updated: Aug 13, 2017 03:31 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 13 (ANI): A new study has suggested that a single exposure to e-cigarette vapour may be enough to impair vascular function.

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This monsoon, keep fungal infections at bay

Updated: Aug 12, 2017 14:42 IST     

New Delhi [India] August 12 (ANI): Monsoon has been here for a while now, but it's not just the muddy roads and never ending traffic, which is a matter of concern. Monsoon brings with it skin and fungal infection that can be downright uncomfortable for anyone.

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Top 8 radiation sources at your home

Updated: Aug 12, 2017 06:15 IST      By: Pallavi Aman Singh

New Delhi [India], Aug 12 (ANI): That tower, outside your home should concern you and rightly so; but what about the materials and products sitting around your house that could be emitting radiation?

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Using only alternative therapy for cancer ups death risk

Updated: Aug 11, 2017 05:19 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 11 (ANI): Patients who choose to receive alternative therapy as treatment for curable cancers instead of conventional cancer treatment have a higher risk of death, according to a recent study.

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When it comes to health, is any job better than no job?

Updated: Aug 11, 2017 03:21 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 11 (ANI): People employed in low paying or highly stressful jobs may not actually enjoy better health than those who remain unemployed, according to a recent study.

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Here's why you may want to stop judging your emotions

Updated: Aug 11, 2017 02:14 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 11 (ANI): Want to feel the sunshine? Embrace the cloudiness of your darker moods as according to a recent study, feeling bad about feeling bad can make you feel worse.

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You can literally lose sleep over being bullied

Updated: Aug 11, 2017 01:49 IST     

Washington D.C. [USA], Aug 11 (ANI): A good night's sleep may be hard to come by if you are being bullied, according to a recent study.

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