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Thanks to the work of NEI scientists and grantees, we’re constantly learning new information about the causes and treatment of vision disorders. Get the latest updates about their work — along with other news about NEI.

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Scientists say eye-disease drug may also help fight COVID

November 15, 2022

A UCLA-led group found that the eye drug verteporfin stops replication of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
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Iriqat and Lee deliver Global Health Vision Lectures

October 7, 2022

Series fosters global collaboration and exchange of information among international vision researchers and eye health clinical scientists
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Wayne State University researchers use drug repurposing to treat resistant bacterial eye infections

September 15, 2022

Researchers from Wayne State University School of Medicine have identified three non-antibiotic drugs that can protect the eye from severe inflammation during bacterial infection.
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Mosquitoes are seeing red: Why new findings about their vision could help you hide from these disease vectors

February 4, 2022

New research led by scientists at the University of Washington indicates that a common mosquito species — after detecting a telltale gas that we exhale — flies toward specific colors, including red, orange, black and cyan.
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NIH scientists develop faster COVID-19 test

August 16, 2021

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have developed a new sample preparation method to detect SARS-Cov-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
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What makes us sneeze?

June 15, 2021

A team led by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has identified, in mice, specific cells and proteins that control the sneeze reflex.
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Vision researchers at Wayne State discover new therapy to treat eye infections

May 20, 2021

Researchers at the Wayne State University School of Medicine have discovered that a metabolite called itaconate produced during cellular metabolism plays a role in protecting the eye from abnormal inflammation during infection.

Cold Sores: Here’s How Stress, Illness and Even Sunburn Trigger Flareups

February 10, 2021

Researchers at the UVA School of Medicine have shed light on what causes herpes simplex virus to flare up, explaining how stress, illness and even sunburn can trigger unwanted outbreaks.
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Zika Virus Affects Eye Development Before But Not After Birth

December 18, 2020

A new study has found that Zika infection during the first trimester of pregnancy can impact fetal retinal development and cause congenital ocular anomalies. The virus does not appear to affect ocular growth postnatally.
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COVID-19 Found in The Cornea: Are Transplants a Transmission Risk?

December 10, 2020

A multi-institutional study finds that COVID-19 can be found in post-mortem corneal tissue, highlighting the importance of the donor screening process.