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Major Breakthrough in Early Detection and Prevention of Age Related Macular Degeneration

(June 15th) Researchers at the University of Kentucky have discovered a path that can lead to a cure for neovascular age related macular degeneration.  The path, known as a biomarker, is a receptor designated as CCR3.  “CCR3 shows strong potential as a means for both the early detection of the disease and for preventive treatment.” according to researchers.

“This is a major paradigm shift in macular degeneration research,” said Ambati, a professor of physiology, professor and vice-chair of ophthalmology and visual sciences, and the Dr. E. Vernon and Eloise C. Smith Endowed Chair in Macular Degeneration at the UK College of Medicine. “With CCR3, we have for the first time found a unique molecular signature for the disease. This brings us closer than we have ever been to developing a clinical diagnostic tool to discover and treat the disease early, before vision is lost.”

Readers should be aware that this is not a “cure” but only a strong possibility for prevention methods.  Complete information was published in “Nature” and summarized in a University of Kentucky News Release.

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