ScienceDaily reports that a study with lab-grown human cells shows that blocking a newly discovered blood vessel growth protein, along with one that is already well-known, could offer a new way to treat and prevent the disease. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland have discovered this protein and their work is summarized in tne Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Diabetic eye disease results when abnormal blood vessels leak fluid or bleed into the eye, damaging the retina and causing blindness. Forty to 45 percent of Americans with diabetes have diabetic retinopathy, according to the National Eye Institute. Laser-sealing eye blood vessels can save central vision, but this often sacrifices peripheral and night vision, according to Akrit Sodhi, M.D., Ph.D., an assistant professor of ophthalmology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
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