Why do scientists care about worms?

'Worm' is really a catchall term for a huge variety of animals with different characteristics that span the tree of life. They hold clues about our own origins as well as hints about human health.

Helen Robertson, Postdoctoral Scholar of Organismal Biology and Anatomy, University of Chicago • conversation
Dec. 10, 2020 ~7 min

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Hydrogel could treat glaucoma without surgery or drugs

A new microneedle-injected hydrogel could one day offer a way to treat glaucoma without drugs or surgery.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Dec. 8, 2020 ~7 min

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Reversing glaucoma damage and vision loss

Harvard Medical School scientists reverse age-related vision loss, eye damage from glaucoma in mice.

Ryan Jaslow • harvard
Dec. 2, 2020 ~11 min

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AI uses retinal scans to spot Alzheimer’s

A new AI model that examines retina images for changes that point to Alzheimer's disease may one day help diagnose the disease.

Sarah Avery-Duke • futurity
Dec. 1, 2020 ~5 min

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Coronavirus may be no match for the cornea

"Our findings do not prove that all corneas are resistant," says Jonathan Miner."But every donor cornea we tested was resistant to the novel coronavirus."

Jim Dryden-WUSTL • futurity
Nov. 6, 2020 ~5 min

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Technique to regenerate the optic nerve offers hope for future glaucoma treatment

Scientists have used gene therapy to regenerate damaged nerve fibres in the eye, in a discovery that could aid the development of new treatments for glaucoma,

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Nov. 5, 2020 ~5 min

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Your pupils show whether you’ll remember stuff

"...science now has tools that allow us to explain why an individual, from moment to moment, might fail to remember something stored in their memory."

Ker Than-Stanford • futurity
Nov. 2, 2020 ~7 min

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Big-eyed birds need gloom, not bright human landscapes

Brighter areas, such as agricultural land, aren't hospitable to big-eyed birds, research finds. The study links the size of bird eyes, habitat, and foraging style.

Natalie van Hoose-Florida • futurity
Oct. 13, 2020 ~9 min

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A dose of ketamine can treat ‘lazy eye’ in adults

Subanesthetic ketamine, already a treatment for depression and pain, can also treat amblyopia, or "lazy eye." Here's how.

Anne Warde-UC Irvine • futurity
Oct. 1, 2020 ~3 min

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Face masks: why your eyes might be saying more than you realise

Your mouth might be obscured, but science shows you say a huge amount with your eyes.

Nigel Holt, Professor of Psychology, Aberystwyth University • conversation
Sept. 1, 2020 ~6 min

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