July 2018: 39th Annual Medical Congress

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HES-containing products

Dear Healthcare Professional,BackgroundThe European Medical Agency’s (EMA) Pharmacovigilance Risk Assessment Committee (PRAC) has recommended the suspension of the marketing authorisations for hydroxyethyl-starch (HES) solutions...

Punctal plug deemed beneficial in ocular surface disease

For patients with ocular surface disease (OSD) using prostaglandin analogue monotherapy, a punctal plug improves OSD and reduces intraocular pressure (IOP), a study just...

Medical graduates fail competency test

Registrar of the Health Professions Councils of Namibia (HPCNA), Cornelius Weyulu, this week confirmed that of the 99 graduates who underwent the evaluation in...

Study assesses efficacy of plasma glucose in predicting diabetic retinopathy

One- and two-hour plasma glucose concentrations (1h-PG and 2h-PG, respectively) are similarly effective at predicting diabetic retinopathy (DR), a study published online in Diabetes Care...

Composite subretinal implants may lessen macular degeneration vision loss

A composite implant, termed the California Project to Cure Blindness-Retinal Pigment Epithelium 1 (CPCB-RPE1), which consists of a polarized monolayer of human embryonic stem cell-derived RPE (hESC-RPE)...

Low referral rate for low-vision rehabilitation

A study just published online in JAMA Ophthalmology has shown that few patients with irreversible vision impairment are referred for vision rehabilitation. M. Austin Coker,...

Unmet health needs for patients with uveal melanoma

Most patients with uveal melanoma, a study published online in JAMA Ophthalmology has observed, have unmet health information and psychological needs. Timothy J. Williamson, M.P.H., from the University of California,...

Poor quality of life factors identified in glaucoma patients

Reduced health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in surgically and medically treated patients with glaucoma is associated with factors including worse diplopia, poorer visual acuity...

Deadline for submitting financial data for practice cost studies extended again

SAMA has again called on doctors to submit their financial data for the Practice Cost Study survey as a matter of urgency, extending the deadline again...

App to assist the blind, visually impaired

A new mobile app, ViaOpta Hello, powered by Microsoft Cognitive Services and the Windows 10 Universal App Platform, was launched at the recent OSSA...

Only two weeks left to submit practice cost studies

With the deadline looming for healthcare professionals to complete the surveys for current practice cost studies as required by SAMA and the SAPPF, doctors have been...

Only two weeks left to submit practice cost studies

With the deadline looming for healthcare professionals to complete the surveys for current practice cost studies as required by SAMA and the SAPPF, doctors have been...

New discovery offers hope of protecting premature babies from blindness

There is hope of a new way to protect extremely premature babies from impaired vision or blindness resulting from the eye disease retinopathy of prematurity (ROP)....

Too few retinal infarction patients receive follow-up imaging

A new study shows that only 8% of patients with a retinal infarction are seen by a neurologist even though they are at high...

Diabetes doubles chance of developing cataract

People with diabetes are twice as likely to develop cataract as the general population and the relative risk is highest in those aged between 45 and...

Neuro-ophthalmology for primary care practitioners

Visual symptoms can be the presenting feature of a wide range of important neurologic diseases. MRI of the orbit can be a helpful diagnostic test...

Diet soda associated with higher odds of diabetic retinopathy

Diet soda consumption may up the odds of diabetic retinopathy (DR), according to a study published online in Clinical & Experimental Ophthalmology. Eva K. Fenwick, PhD, from...