Posts Tagged ‘Corey Haas’

Giving Sight by Therapy With Genes

By Pam Belluck © The New York Times — By the time Corey Haas was 7, the retinal disease he was born with had already stolen much of his vision. “He always clung to me or my wife,” said Corey’s father, Ethan Haas. The boy relied on a cane and adults to guide him, and, unable to see blackboard writing, sat in back with a teacher’s aide, large-type computer screen and materials in braille. Legally blind, Corey was expected eventually to lose all sight. Then, 13 months ago, after his eighth birthday, he underwent an experimental gene therapy procedure, receiving an injection in his left eye. His vision in that eye improved quickly…. READ ARTICLE

Gene Therapy Helps Blind Boy See

By Harry Smith © CBS — Just over a year ago, 9-year-old Corey Haas and his family feared he would go blind. But, thanks to an experimental procedure, Corey has new outlook on life — and everything in it…. READ ARTICLE

Gene therapy experiment restores sight in a few

By Phil Furey © Reuters, PHILADELPHIA — Nine-year-old Corey Haas can ride his bike alone now, thanks to an experimental gene therapy that has boosted his fading vision with a single treatment. The gene therapy helped improve worsening eyesight caused by a rare inherited disease called Leber’s congenital amaurosis, or LCA, which makes most patients blind by age 40. Twelve treated patients, including Corey, now have better vision, their doctors told a joint meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology in San Francisco on Saturday…. READ ARTICLE

Study Shows Hope for Type of Blindness

By Ron Winslow © The Wall Street Journal — A small but provocative study showed that a form of gene therapy significantly improved the vision of patients left legally blind by a rare genetic eye disease. The benefit was especially striking among children. Researchers said the findings amount to an important advance toward medicine’s ambitious but generally unrealized dream of replacing disease-causing mutant or missing genes with normal DNA to treat and cure debilitating illnesses. A young boy shows the results of eye treatment in the blind/near-blind as having remarkable effects in restoring vision. In the study, 12 patients, including four children between ages 8 and 11 years old, underwent a surgical procedure in which a gene that makes a protein critical to vision function was injected into one eye. The second eye wasn’t treated. While normal sight wasn’t restored in any of the patients, all reported some improvement. Six gained enough vision that they may no longer meet criteria for being legally blind, researchers said, including the four children for whom substantial recovery of vision appears to have transformed their lives…. READ ARTICLE

Gene Therapy Gives Sight to Blind Children With Rare Disorder

By Rob Waters © Bloomberg — Eight-year-old Corey Haas stared skyward four days after he had been to the doctor and noticed for the first time in his life that the sun hurt his eyes. He had undergone experimental gene therapy to correct an inherited defect that left him with little vision and likely to go blind as an adult. The experiment, described today in the journal Lancet, worked. The youngster from Hadley, New York, was the seventh of 12 people with the condition known as Leber’s congenital amaurosis to have a gene injected into one eye…. READ ARTICLE