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Making Gene Therapy Useful for More Conditions

May 8th, 2013 by FFB Canada

Gene therapy is one promising approach to treating inherited retinal diseases. In this type of therapy uses a viral vector, a hollowed-out virus (with the disease-causing components removed). This viral vector is used to carry a healthy new gene into the cell.  In many types of inherited retinal disease, this healthy gene may be able…

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Retinitis Pigmentosa Drug may have Long-Term Positive Effect

May 6th, 2013 by FFB Canada

Earlier this year, we reported on the Japanese glaucoma drug, unoprostone isopropyl, and its use for the treatment of retinitis pigmentosa.  In early trials of the drug to determine the best dosage (phase II trials), people taking the drug reported improvement in their night-time and dim-light vision. After six months of treatment of receiving the…

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Vitamin Supplements & AMD

May 6th, 2013 by FFB Canada

Vitamin supplements are widely used by people with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) to slow the development of the disease. A large US study, called AREDS (age-related eye disease study), was completed several years ago, which showed that one formulation of vitamins, now called the AREDS formulation, could reduce the risk of developing advanced AMD by…

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The Genetics of Choroideremia

May 6th, 2013 by FFB Canada

Dr. Ian MacDonald and his team at the University of Alberta are internationally recognized experts in the study of choroideremia, a rare blinding disease that typically affects young men beginning in adolescence. Dr. MacDonald and his team plan to begin the first Canadian clinical trial of a therapy for choroideremia, later this year. Your donations…

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XIAP Gene Therapy May Protect Against AMD

May 5th, 2013 by FFB Canada

Dry age-related macular degeneration is a common disease of older adults. It occurs when the cells of the retina are damaged by the build-up of toxins. These toxins are visible in the retina in clumps of waste called drusen. Dr. Matsubara and her team at the University of British Columbia have previously shown that components…

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Gastric Reflux Drugs May Cause Hallucinations in Some People With Wet-AMD

April 23rd, 2013 by FFB Canada

New research suggests that some medications may trigger a particular type of hallucination in people with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Dr. Anne Hanneken at the Scripps Research Institute in California and the Dr. Wallace Thoreson at the University of Nebraska Medical Center observed five people taking medications to treat gastric acid reflux. Each of…

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