Regular eye checks can avoid blindness
Two major vision organisations are calling on people to undergo eye tests more regularly in order to avoid the risk of eye problems and help to combat the onset of blindness.
The Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) and Action for Blind People are supporting the Great Big Eye Check, which persuades people to pay regular visits to their opticians in order to have their vision checked out.
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Stem-cell Treatments Help Ease Patients’ Blindness
One of the first uses of controversial embryonic stem cells in human beings has slightly eased a degenerative form of blindness without side-effects, scientists have said.
The results are preliminary, but publication of the research in The Lancet marks an important step for embryonic stem cells, which were hailed as a miracle cure after they were discovered in 1998 but then ran into ethical controversies.
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FriendShop - new shopping service from SDCVS
South Derbyshire CVS is now offering FriendShop a new Shopping Service for people who struggle to get out to do essential shopping (for example, due to ill health or a disability).
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Genetic test to aid diagnosis
A genetic test for inherited blindness was launched at the UK Eye Genetics meeting in Bristol last week.
Developed with support from Fight for Sight and RP Fighting Blindness, the test is described as being able to analyse more than 100 genes in parallel. It aims to give patients a definitive diagnosis of their condition and allow some to preserve their sight for longer with directed medical management and new treatments.
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Advanced Cell Technology: Stem cell retinal implants safe
Early results from the world's first human trial using embryonic stem cells to treat diseases of the eye suggest the method is safe, say researchers.
US firm Advanced Cell Technology told The Lancet how two patients who had received the retinal implants were doing well, four months on.
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Choir sings to raise funds for local charity
On 17th March Derbyshire Constabulary and Chapel-en-le-Frith Ladies Choir are helping to raise money for Sight Support Derbyshire.
Tickets are priced at just £8 each!
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IMPORTANT - Check Identity of All Callers
When someone calls at your door, do you remember to check their identity?
To be burgled whilst at home must be horrendous and very frightening for the person involved. Sadly distraction crimes are on the increase especially amongst the elderly and vunerable people. While the occupant is being distracted it leaves the opportunity for an accomplice to steal belongings.
Be on the lookout and use the doorstep code, wherever you live.
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