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If you have friends or family who struggle with vision issues, there is reason to be hopeful. Medical researchers may be close to a huge breakthrough, using stem cell technology to stabilize and perhaps improve vision in patients who are legally blind or vision-impaired.  I know folks who are affected, so I've been following this story for awhile, and am hoping that we get definitive news from trial injections that were done in California this summer.  The field of regenerative medicine strikes me as a fundamentally sound approach, rather than bombarding ourselves with toxic pharma products that mainly treat the symptoms.  With health care costs getting out of control, perhaps stem cells offer a way for us to deal with health issues and the huge financial challenges associated with treatment of various ailments. The Chinese are very interested in stem cell therapy, and are already taking big steps in that direction.

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  •  Tip Jar (4+ / 0-)
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    awcomeon, Nespolo, Woody, edrie

    How can we have a third party when we don't even have a second party?

    by Eagleye on Mon Dec 19, 2011 at 02:51:11 PM PST

  •  Thank you for bringing this possibly great news to (1+ / 0-)
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    the forefront.  Sure hope this research pans out to provide desperately needed improvements.

  •  Wow, Almost Purely a Business Story. (1+ / 0-)
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    The condition being addressed is first mentioned in the 15th paragraph, next to last.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Dec 19, 2011 at 03:23:36 PM PST

    •  wtf? so you think ALL "business" is bad? (0+ / 0-)

      uh, where do you grow your own food, tan your own leather to make your shoes - how do you manufacture your auto parts or refine your own gas?

      this "business=bad" trip is a bad trip - period!

      PLEASE tell me i misread your comment - PLEASE!!!!

      Is GlowNZ back yet?

      by edrie on Mon Dec 19, 2011 at 09:33:08 PM PST

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  •  Sigh... good news (1+ / 0-)
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    but won't help my family members.

    My MIL does have macular degeneration -- she's also 81 and in very frail health.

    My son is severely farsighted -- so bad that his vision is not fully correctable, and at this point he's right on the borderline of being able to get a driver's license.  He's not quite old enough for surgical options (he's 18) -- even if they worked well for far sightedness.  And he's leery about risking what sight he has for procedures that don't work all that well (yet?) for far sightedness.

    A little tender courage at that rare right instant, and things might well have turned out differently -- Ken Kesey

    by Frankenoid on Mon Dec 19, 2011 at 03:38:55 PM PST

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