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Monday 26, Apr 2010

  Autoimmune diseases of the body can be treated with eye protein

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Autoimmune diseases of the body can be treated with eye proteinA factor (protein) in the human eye may prove effective to prevent and halt autoimmune eye disease in animal models besides useful for preventing and treating other autoimmune diseases, including multiple sclerosis and diabetes, as per scientists at the Schepens Eye Research Institute.

The factor alpha-MSH, when harnessed and used as a therapeutic drug, was demonstrated by the authors in a study in the November issue of the Journal of Leukocyte Biology to be useful in successfully preventing the onset of and stop progression of uveitis.

The Schepens Eye Research Institute team was awarded a $330, 000 grant by the Wadsworth Foundation to explore new therapies for multiple sclerosis on the virtue of this study and the basic research leading up to it.

Saturday 23, Jan 2010

  Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) approved by FDA for endogenous anterior uveitis

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Supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA) approved by FDA for endogenous anterior uveitisSirion Therapeutics, Inc. has made an announcement that its supplemental New Drug Application (sNDA), which was submitted to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for seeking market approval of Durezol(TM) (difluprednate ophthalmic emulsion) 0.05% has been accepted for review. The review was accepted for drug use for treating endogenous anterior uveitis.

Barry Butler, CEO of Sirion Therapeutics, said that it is encouraging to note that the FDA is reviewing the drug application that can treat Uveitis. It is important to note here that the ailment is a debilitating and painful complication, which is believed to be one of the major causes of blindness in the United States.

It is considered that this drug would offer a new dimensional approach for treating the sight threatening condition, uveitis.

Friday 05, Jun 2009

  Steroids helpful in curing Uveitis

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Steroids helpful in curing UveitisTreating uveitis patients with steroids can help in minimizing inflammation to a considerable extent, as per UTMB Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Assistant Professor Kota Ramana.

In a study with laboratory rats, scientists at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston revealed that there has been development of a potential new therapy that can cure Uveitis to a significant extent.

Uveitis is an inflammation of the uvea (a tissue layer that lies just below eyeball’s outer surface and consists of the iris).

Uveitis is caused by autoimmune and infectious ailments and is estimated to be the reason behind 5-15 percent of all blindness cases in the United States. Uveitis is believed to affect a very large population in the developing countries due to lack of health care and greater incidence of infectious diseases.