RNAi: Stopping the Power of Misfolded Proteins

(DGIwire) – The idea of targeted, personalized medicine has been a dream for decades—and it is now becoming a reality thanks to advances in genetics. As recently reported in an article on the website of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), a large part of this revolution is being driven by advances in understanding […]

RNAi: Paving the Way to a New Class of Treatments

(DGIwire) – These are exciting times for gene therapy. As Business Insider recently reported, a biopharmaceutical company announced positive results from a late-stage clinical study of a drug for a rare nerve disorder, familial amyloid polyneuropathy. This drug, notes a report in STAT, harnesses a phenomenon called RNA interference (RNAi). This is a naturally occurring […]

Could a Tiny Telescope Help Those With Age-Related Macular Degeneration?

(DGIwire) – Neovascular or wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an incurable eye disease that damages the macula, the small area near the center of the retina that contains a high concentration of light receptors, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology. In “wet” AMD, abnormal blood vessels grow underneath the macula, often leaking fluids […]

Vision Problems to Rise as Baby Boomers Age

(DGIwire) – Baby boomers have seen dramatic shifts in society over the past few decades. But as they get older, their ability to see might degrade. In June 2016, the deputy clinical director of the National Eye Institute (NEI), a division of the National Institutes of Health, told the Pocono Record that as the youngest […]

Age-Related Macular Degeneration: A ‘20/20 Vision’ for Better Care

(DGIwire) – What do actors Dabney Coleman, Roseanne Barr and Dame Judi Dench have in common? All three suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a condition that is the leading cause of vision loss, affecting more than 10 million Americans—more than cataracts and glaucoma combined, according to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation. AMD is a […]

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