Detecting diabetic eye disease with machine learning

Diabetic retinopathy — an eye condition that affects people with diabetes — is the fastest growing cause of blindness, with nearly 415 million diabetic patients at risk worldwide. The disease can be treated if detected early, but if not, it can lead to irreversible blindness.  A few years ago, a Google research team began studying whether machine learning could be used to screen for diabetic … [Read more...]

Cause of inflammation in diabetes identified

Inflammation is one of the main reasons why people with diabetes experience heart attacks, strokes, kidney problems and other, related complications. Now, in a surprise finding, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have identified a possible trigger of chronic inflammation.  Through a series of experiments in the animals and in cell cultures, the researchers, … [Read more...]

Intraocular therapy prevents or reverses diabetic retinopathy in mice

Pathologic changes of the retina caused by diabetes is the leading cause of blindness in working adults. Diabetic retinopathy has no known cure, treatment options are inadequate, and prevention strategies offer limited protection. In the first of its kind, a report in The American Journal of Pathology describes a potential new intraocular treatment based on manipulating the renin angiotensin … [Read more...]

New Trial Shows Drugs are Effective for Diabetic Macular Edema

 Diabetes is a significant risk factor for developing eye diseases. The most common diabetic eye disease and a leading cause of blindness is diabetic retinopathy.  Americans with diabetic retinopathy have diabetic macular edema (DME) in which fluid leaks into the macula, the area of the retina used when looking straight ahead.  Over the past few years, drugs that target VEGF have become a standard … [Read more...]

Regular Eye Exams Can Detect Diabetes

"People with diabetes are 10 to 20 times more likely to go blind than someone without the condition, due to diabetic retinopathy. However, if this condition is detected early through an eye examination and treated, blindness can be prevented in 90% of cases" http://www.irishhealth.com/article.html?id=20014 … [Read more...]

Adolescents with Diabetes Experiencing Decrease in Retinopathy

A long-term study from Australia has claimed that there has been a significant reduction in the number of cases of retinopathy among young patients with type 1 diabetes who have had intensive glycaemic control therapy. http://www.diabetes.co.uk/news/2011/Oct/adolescents-with-diabetes-experiencing-decrease-in-retinopathy-95087803.html … [Read more...]

Retinopathy Prevalence Decreasing in Diabetic Adolescents

A 20-year observational study has chronicled notable declines in retinopathy for young patients with type 1 diabetes who receive intensive glycemic control therapy, confirming earlier findings that found a link between normalized blood glucose levels and the slower progression of eye, kidney, and nerve damage.  http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/752133 … [Read more...]

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