ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Majority of College Students Report Backpack-Related Pain
Gene Therapy May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
CANCER
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection
CAREGIVING
Tainted China Formula Caused High Rate of Kidney Stones in Kids
Simpler Sleep Apnea Treatment Seems Effective, Affordable
Health Tip: Benefitting From Adult Day Care
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
DIABETES
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
DIET, NUTRITION
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
Compound in Red Wine Fights Ravages of Age
Many Kids Don't Need the Vitamins They're Taking
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
Dementia Underestimated in Developing Countries
Global Warming Linked to Heightened Kidney Stone Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
FITNESS
Occupational Therapy Plus Exercise Benefits Osteoarthritis
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Deployment Takes Toll on Army Wives
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
MENTAL HEALTH
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
SENIORS
Friends, Not Grandkids, Key to Happy Retirement
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Add your Article

Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness

THURSDAY, March 5 (HealthDay News) -- A gene that plays a major role in two forms of childhood blindness has been identified by an international team of researchers.

The discovery of the link between the retinal gene SPATA7 and Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) and retinitis pigmentosa is important because it pinpoints a new retinal metabolic disease pathway that might be crucial for many patients, according to the researchers. The finding could help lead to gene-based treatments, they say.

Previous research identified 14 genes involved in LCA, but SPATA7 is the first gene with a mutation that disrupts the protein transport between two important compartments of the cell -- the endoplasmic reticulum and the Golgi apparatus. Because all proteins in every cell have to pass through this transport system, a mutation in SPATA7 might affect many aspects of vision.

The study was published March 5 in The American Journal of Human Genetics.

"Until now, we were not aware that this cellular mechanism played a role in LCA or any other eye disease," the research team leader, Dr. Robert Koenekoop, director of pediatric ophthalmology and the McGill Ocular Genetics Laboratory at the Montreal Children's Hospital of McGill University Health Centre, said in a hospital news release.

"This is a very important step that opens up a number of new research avenues, particularly in our understanding of the specific cellular processes involved in blindness," Koenekoop said. "This finding also increases the number of potential therapeutic targets and, therefore, the chances of finding a treatment."

Sharon Colle, president and chief executive of The Foundation Fighting Blindness, said in the news release that "this is an incredible discovery that gives great hope to LCA patients and their families, that gene based therapies can and will be developed to restore sight." The foundation funded the research.

More information

The Foundation Fighting Blindness has more about LCA.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: McGill University Health Centre, news release, March 5, 2009

Last Updated: March 05, 2009

Copyright © 2009 ScoutNews, LLC. All rights reserved.

More articles at www.eholistic.com