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Liz Hillman

Science Writer, Editor (and Hobbyist Baker)


Science and Medicine

New compound shows promise in reversing, preventing cataracts in eye drop form | Ophthalmology...

L ets try to imagine a world where the leading cause of blindness was no longer attributable to cataracts. It would really change the dynamics in some Third World countries if this disability was conquered. We have many great ophthalmologists and societies that donate their time and expertise to go abroad and do charitable surgeries, but the number of these patients is so vast.

Phaco turns 50 Phaco turns 50

Dr. Kelman (seated) and lab assistant Cheryl Jalbert (right) conducted research on lab animals at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hopsital, before later performing the first phacoemulsification on a human subject in 1967.

Drug used for alcohol addiction found to have application in ocular scarring disease |...

Recent research has found a possible treatment for scarring caused by ocular mucous membrane pemphigoid-an already licensed drug used for alcohol addiction. Source: John Dart, MD Researchers identify possible therapy to treat ocular cicatricial pemphigoid scarring W hile trachoma might be the leading infectious cause of scarring-related blindness worldwide, it's largely confined to developing countries.

Alternative procedures seek to reduce stress on limited supply of donor corneas | Ophthalmology...

Since Gerrit Melles, MD, PhD, first described posterior lamellar keratoplasty in 1998, there has been a revolution in techniques to avoid a penetrating keratoplasty (PK) in cases where a full-thickness transplant might not be needed, such as deep lamellar endothelial keratoplasty (DLEK), Descemet's stripping endothelial keratoplasty (DSEK), and Descemet's membrane endothelial keratoplasty (DMEK).

Drug approved to fight breast cancer shows potential in protecting photoreceptor cells |...

"We had not planned to directly study tamoxifen's protective effect in the eye; our discovery of its effects was serendipitous." -Wai Wong, MD, PhD Tamoxifen researched as possible therapy for retinal diseases that currently lack treatment A drug already approved to fight breast cancer was recently found to protect photoreceptor cells in two mouse models.

Vancomycin-associated HORV: What do we know now? | Ophthalmology Magazine

"We urge ophthalmologists to report suspected cases so that we can continue to learn about the frequency and characteristics of this sobering complication" -David Chang, MD The latest data on vancomycin-associated HORV and where to go from here In July 2016, ASCRS and the American Society of Retina Specialists (ASRS) formed a joint task force and established a registry to better track, analyze, and understand hemorrhagic occlusive retinal vasculitis (HORV), a rare, sight-threatening condition...

Researchers pinpoint what might be causing visual deterioration among astronauts

In 2005, John Phillips, PhD, embarked on his second of three NASA space-flight missions. From April to October that year, Dr. Phillips served on the International Space Station (ISS) as NASA's science officer and flight engineer. For 6 months-179 days and 23 minutes-to be precise, Dr. Phillips was in space, according to his NASA profile.


Nanosecond laser cataract surgery update

Dr. Tanev performs nanosecond laser cataract surgery. Source: Ivan Tanev, MD Proponents find the technology to be safe, affordable, and well-suited for the normal surgical workflow W hile headlines about laser cataract surgery are usually focused on the femtosecond laser, another type of technology-the nanosecond laser-was discussed at the 2016 European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark.

The "robolution" is upon us | Ophthalmology Magazine

Study and proof-of-concept show feasibility of robotic cataract surgery The world's first cases of robot-assisted ocular surgery took place in June 2014 at the Strasbourg University Hospital, Strasbourg, France, using the da Vinci Xi Surgical System (Intuitive Surgical, Sunnyvale, California). They included several types of ocular surface surgery such as pterygium surgeries 1 and amniotic membrane transplantations.

Public Health

Human Interest

The Blaze
Meet the Man Who Is Running Across the Country in Just 100 Days

Running across the country in 100 days is like running at least a marathon - 26.2 miles - each day. And that's exactly what Daren Wendell is doing. On a typical day, Wendell told TheBlaze he drinks up to seven 9-ounce bottles of water. And water is what...


Crosslinking paperwork: Clearing up confusion | Ophthalmology Magazine

In the June 2017 issue of EyeWorld, the "YES connect" column focused on pearls for young eye surgeons who are beginning to offer corneal crosslinking to their patients with keratoconus and post-refractive surgery keratectasia. Many of us were surprised to learn that although crosslinking was approved in the U.S.

The Blaze
The Apple With a 'Bit of Mystery' That's Taking the Country by Storm

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - At first glance, the trees look like the runts of the litter, falling several feet shorter than their taller, broader peers. Their fruit is far from an enticing "Snow White"-apple red. Yet, Honeycrisp apples still cost up to $3 a pound - sometimes more - in...

Is Cursive Handwriting Dying? And Is That Bad for Society?

Rachel Jeantel, the 19-year-old witness who took the stand in the recent case against George Zimmerman for the death of Trayvon Martin, stunned many when she admitted she couldn't read cursive. But should it really be that surprising? Is cursive actually a dying trend? And if so, is that...

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