Miraculous stem-cell operation will restore sight to many – EXPRESS COMMENT

Miraculous stem-cell operation will restore sight to many – EXPRESS COMMENT

The other devastating condition which can cause blindness is age-related macular degeneration (AMD) which affects 600,000 people in the UK.

For some years this has been the subject of wrangling between the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence and the big drug companies over the availability of drugs such as Lucentis, Eylea and Avastin. So much time has been wasted yet with AMD the importance of quick diagnosis and treatment cannot be overstated.

But now as we report today the London Project to Cure Blindness has announced that two patients with AMD have been successfully treated at Moorfields Eye Hospital with stem-cell therapy rather than drugs. A single embryonic stem cell is grown into a 6mm patch of 100,000 retinal pigment cells which is then inserted into the eye and placed behind the retina.

The procedure will take no more than 45 minutes, carried out under local anaesthetic. In time it should become as routine as cataract surgery.

This wonderful new operation will give a better quality of life to all those who benefit from it.

Good news indeed.

EU deal is at least a start

There have been concessions on both sides as there always must be in any negotiation. But somehow, after what seems like an eternity, Britain and the European Union have reached a milestone agreement on a 21-month transition period pre Brexit.

At a press conference the EU's chief negotiator Michel Barnier and Brexit Secretary David Davis announced the details which they described as a "decisive step". Northern Ireland has been put on the back burner.

Britain gets the ability to ratify trade deals during the transition period and EU citizens who arrive in the UK during the 21-month phase will get much the same rights as those here before Brexit. You win some you lose some. Not everyone will be happy but neither will everyone be unhappy. There's still a long way to go but it's a start.


It really takes the biscuit

Our bog standard cuppa is an endangered species such is the variety of tea on offer.

Yorkshire Tea has developed a brew that tastes like tea plus a soggy biscuit. It is intended to appeal to slimmers.

Perhaps McVitie's will retaliate with a biscuit that tastes like a cup of tea.

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