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Cataracts – Causes and Treatments

Cataracts: Causes and Treatments

A widespread disorder in the eye is the development of cataracts. For many people, getting cataracts are a natural part of the aging process. According to the National Institute of Health, in the United States alone, more than 24.4 million people over the age of 40 have been affected by cataracts. This number is expected to jump to 50 million by the year 2050. Facts About Cataracts A cataract is when your eye’s natural lens becomes cloudy, as proteins in your lens break down and cause things to look blurry, hazy, or less colorful. Cataracts are diagnosed during a comprehensive

Sight + Sound Bites | Head and Neck Reconstruction: Past, Present, and Future

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Please join us for this lunch and learn webinar, where we will be joined by Mark W. Kubik, MD, who will give a presentation about advancements in reconstruction of the oral cavity taking place within the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Kubik is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology and Department of Plastic Surgery. He completed his residency in Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh before pursuing a fellowship in Head and Neck Oncologic and Microvascular Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina. Following fellowship, he joined the faculty at

EEF in the Global News This Week (BBC, TIME Magazine, Wall Street Journal, and More)

José-Alain Sahel, MD

In a breakthrough study published May 24th in Nature Medicine, Dr. José-Alain Sahel, our Chairman of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh, reports a relatively simple yet remarkably effective way to restore partial vision to RP patients—one that, with further study, may soon have wide application. Below is a collection of the many news article this research has garnered. National Newspapers and Magazines (General News, U.S. and U.K.-Based) The New York Times: Scientists Partially Restored a Blind Man’s Sight With New Gene Therapy TIME magazine: A Blind Patient Regained Partial Sight in a Breakthrough Study, Offering Hope to Millions The Wall Street

Breakthrough Study on Restoring Vision to Retinitis Pigmentosa Patients

Nature Medicine

The darkness descends slowly for people with retinitis pigmentosa (RP), a degenerative eye disease that affects 2 million people worldwide. The condition is typically diagnosed in childhood or adolescence. Still, it can take until middle age before a person’s vision has deteriorated severely enough that they are fully or effectively blind. When the lights finally do go out, however, they stay out. Or that is the way things used to be. In a breakthrough study published May 24th in Nature Medicine, Dr. José-Alain Sahel, our Chairman of Ophthalmology at the University of Pittsburgh, reports a relatively simple yet remarkably effective

The New York Times | Scientists Partially Restored a Blind Man’s Sight With New Gene Therapy

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By Carl Zimmer May 24, 2021 A team of scientists announced Monday that they had partially restored the sight of a blind man by building light-catching proteins in one of his eyes. Their report, which appeared in the journal Nature Medicine, is the first published study to describe the successful use of this treatment. “Seeing for the first time that it did work — even if only in one patient and in one eye — is exciting,” said Ehud Isacoff, a neuroscientist at the University of California, Berkeley, who was not involved in the study. The procedure is a far

Sight + Sound Bites Webinar: Cochlear Implants: Candidacy and New Developments

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The EEF hosted a lunch and learn webinar presented by Jonas Johnson, MD, Barry Hirsch, MD, and Elena LaQuatra on advancements in cochlear implant technology within the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. The patient perspective was also covered. Dr. Hirsch is Professor of Otolaryngology, Director, Division of Otology/Neurotology, and Program Director, Neurotology Fellowship Program. A board certified neurotologist, Dr. Hirsch is a surgeon specializing in treatment of benign and malignant tumors of the temporal bone and skull base. These areas include the ear canal and middle ear, posterior and middle fossae and cranial nerves.

Taking Control of Balance and Dizziness

Susan L. Whitney, DPT, PhD, NCS, ATC, FAPTA

Have you ever stood up too fast, felt dizzy, and nearly lost your balance? Well, it turns out those issues are related and provides a glimpse of the debilitating conditions that millions of patients around the world live with every day. Researchers and clinicians in the Departments of Otolaryngology and Physical Therapy at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine are taking years of research to the next level as they work to enhance and improve diagnosis and treatment of balance and dizziness disorders. “We need to learn to treat everybody differently because every patient comes with their own set

Good Eyes, Good Genes?

Genetic Counseling

What is Genetic Counseling? An emerging field of medical technology is Genetic Counseling. According to the World Health Organization, genetic counseling is the process through which trained professionals share knowledge about the genetic aspects of illnesses with an increased risk of either having a heritable disorder or passing it on to their unborn offspring. A genetic counselor provides information on the inheritance of diseases and their recurrence risks; addresses the concerns of patients, their families, and their health care providers; and supports patients and their families dealing with these illnesses (World Health Organization). With significant advancements in understanding the complexities

Sinusitis

Eric Wang, MD, FACS

“Spring, when your nose does more running than you do.” —Anonymous The beginning of Spring is when people often suffer from allergies and rhinosinusitis issues due to the increase of pollen in the air from the blooming of flowers and trees. While many people will get quick relief from common medications such as antihistamines and nasal steroids, a segment of the population feels like every day of the year is a mid-April day due to chronic sinusitis. For these individuals, advances in sinus and allergy treatments can dramatically change their daily quality of life. What is Chronic Sinusitis? Chronic sinusitis

Sight + Sound Bites Webinar: Innovative Treatments for Nasal Obstruction and Chronic Rhinosinusitis

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The Eye & Ear Foundation hosted a webinar on Innovative Treatments for Nasal Obstruction and Chronic Rhinosinusitis featuring Eric Wang, MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Following the presentation, there was a Q&A where our panelists answered questions from our audience. Visit https://eyeandear.org/donate to support our research and educational efforts. Please register for the mailing list to stay informed on our research and patient care advances. Should you have any questions please email Craig Smith at craig@eyeandear.org.

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