American Academy of Ophthalmology Release: Inflammatory Factors May be Key to Controlling Diabetic Macular Edema

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--With a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicting that diabetic retinopathy will triple from 5.5 million in 2005 to 16 million in 2050, improved treatments are urgently needed for this leading cause of blindness in working-age people. The CDC study is the latest indicator of a world-wide diabetes epidemic that is motivating ophthalmic research around the globe. Hideharu Funatsu, MD, and colleagues at the Tokyo Women’s Medical University, Japan, focused on diabetic macular edema (DME) a serious complication of retinopathy. Their findings on inflammatory factors associated with DME are presented in this month’s Ophthalmology, the journal of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

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