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Prolonged space travel may damage astronauts' vision

NASA researchers are investigating a new eye condition that has the potential to permanently impair vision of astronauts who spend prolonged time in space explorations.

Men with bigger bellies more likely to go blind--study

Obesity is known to boost the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Now a new study warns that bulging tummy in middle age raises a man's risk of going blind later in life.

CDC warns of diabetes explosion in coming decades

Diabetes will see a massive explosion in the next few decades. Experts have been projecting a steep rise in diabetes cases for years now, and the disease is expected to triple in the next 40 years in America.

New test can spot parasitic disease

La Jolla, Calif. -- U.S. researchers say they've developed a test to quickly identify people with river blindness, a parasitic disease afflicting an estimated 37 million people.

Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, Calif., say the test could change treatment strategies in areas of the world where river blindness, also known as onchocerciases, is suspected, an institute release said Wednesday.

The vast majority of onchocerciasis infections occur in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly in rural Nigeria, and to a lesser degree in Yemen and in parts of Central and South America.

FDA approves tiny telescope for curing blindness in elderly

A decision that could be a real blessing for older adults suffering from end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval for implantable miniature telescope that will not only improve their vision but also the quality of their life.