BBC News: Gene therapy to halt rare form of sight loss

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18 February 2020
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A new gene therapy has been used to treat patients with a rare inherited eye disorder which causes blindness. It’s hoped the NHS treatment will halt sight loss and even improve vision. Matthew Wood, 48, one of the first patients to receive the injection, told the BBC: “I value the remaining sight I have so if I can hold on

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BBC News: The Joseph Rowntree Foundation: Disabled people ‘pulled into poverty’ as benefits fall short

6 February 2020
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Nearly half the 14 million people living in poverty in the UK are disabled or live with someone who is, research for a charity suggests. The Joseph Rowntree Foundation blames the high cost of coping with disability and the struggles disabled people face in finding jobs that pay enough. Executive director Claire Ainsley said their plight was “fundamentally wrong”. The

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BBC News: Why do billions of people still not have glasses?

21 November 2019
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A really interesting article by Tim Harford, Presenter, 50 Things That Made the Modern Economy (Radio 4), about the history of glasses, how they became common place in many parts of the world, but also how many people who need glasses still don’t have them. Read the article here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-49991877

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BBC News: ‘Unlawful practices and buck passing’ over special needs

23 October 2019
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Parents seeking support for children with special educational needs face unlawful practices, buck passing and a “treacle of bureaucracy”, MPs say. The Commons Education Committee said the government had set councils up to fail by upping parents’ expectations while cutting council budgets overall. Already stretched families were being torn apart, its report said, as they fought for their children’s rights

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BBC News: Acid attack survivor regains sight via new surgery

10 September 2019
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James O’Brien was blinded in his right eye more than 20 years ago when a corrosive substance was thrown in his face. For the last 18 months he has been undergoing pioneering treatment at London’s Moorfields Eye Hospital. Surgeons used stem cells to replace the scar tissue over his eye. Read more on the BBC Website

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BBC News: Gene therapy for rare eye disease set to be offered on NHS

4 September 2019
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Patients with a rare inherited eye disorder are set to be able to access a new gene therapy on the NHS which slows down sight loss. Draft NICE guidance recommends the therapy (Luxturna) to treat inherited retinal dystrophies. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence estimates just under 90 people in England will be eligible for the treatment. Drug

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BBC: Blindness: Wales’ eye care waiting times risk sight loss

12 June 2019
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Almost 35,000 people at risk of permanent sight loss are waiting too long for eye care, according to new statistics from the Welsh Government. It has introduced a new target aimed at prioritising the most urgent patients and preventing those with treatable conditions losing their sight. The figures mean almost 35% of all patients in the highest risk category waited

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BBC News: Gene therapy first to ‘halt’ AMD the most common cause of blindness

19 February 2019
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A woman from Oxford has become the first person in the world to have gene therapy to try to halt the most common form of blindness in the Western world. Surgeons injected a synthetic gene into the back of Janet Osborne’s eye in a bid to prevent more cells from dying. It is the first treatment to target the underlying

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BBC News: More ‘social prescribers’ to ease pressure on GPs

28 January 2019
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The number of workers trained to prescribe social activities, like exercise groups and art classes, to GP patients who don’t need pills, is set to rise, under NHS England plans. The aim is that “link workers” will support GPs and reduce their workload. The link worker’s role is to help patients find suitable community activities to improve their health and

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BBC News: Contact lens recycling scheme launched across UK

16 January 2019
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Contact lens wearers will be able to recycle their lenses for free in a new UK-wide scheme launching this week. Wearers can dispose of their waste at public drop-off points, offered by Boots Opticians and other selected independent stores, or choose to have their old lenses collected. There are 3.7 million soft lens users in the UK who can access

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