5 Tips to Prevent Dry Eye This Winter

By Brian Boxer Wachler MD

1. Warm Compresses
Dry eye is caused by a lack of natural tears, which are composed of water and a much-needed oily substance. Over time, cells in the glands may harden, keeping the oil from getting into the tear film. Without that oil, the water in tears evaporates too quickly, leaving eyes feeling dry. A warm compress can help liquefy those plugs so the oil can flow into tears.

Telemedicine Screening for Diabetic Retinopathy

A telemedicine program to screen for a leading cause of blindness called diabetic retinopathy found the condition in about one in five people screened, according to a study published online in November 2014 by JAMA Ophthalmology. The program took place at urban clinics and a pharmacy predominantly serving racial/ethnic minority and uninsured patients with diabetes.

Alzheimer's-Related Memory Disorder Identified

A multi-institutional study has defined and established criteria for a new neurological disease closely resembling Alzheimer's disease called primary age-related tauopathy (PART). Patients with PART develop cognitive impairment that can be indistinguishable from Alzheimer's disease, but they lack amyloid plaques. Awareness of this neurological disease will help doctors diagnose and develop more effective treatments for patients with different types of memory impairment.

An Ebola Vaccine - Without a Needle?

A single-dose Ebola vaccine, given without a needle, has protected primates against infection for at least 21 weeks, according to a new study.

The vaccination was given to macaques, a kind of Asian monkey, through their nose and lungs.

The study was reported in the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics.

Artificial Retina Could Help Restore Vision

The loss of eyesight, often caused by retinal degeneration, is a life-altering health issue for many people, especially as they age. But a new development toward a prosthetic retina could help counter conditions that result from problems with this crucial part of the eye. Scientists published their research on a new device, which they tested on tissue from laboratory animals, in the ACS journal Nano Letters.


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