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A ground-breaking study has, for the first time,
identified how cone photoreceptor cells die,
leading to Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP).
The study, conducted at the Massachusetts
Eye and Ear Infirmary, found receptor interacting
protein (RIP) kinase mediated necrosis is involved
in cone degeneration. Treatment with a drug that
inhibits RIP kinase significantly delayed cone cell
death and preserved cone photoreceptors.
Retinitis pigmentosa is an inherited condition
that causes irreversible vision loss due to the
degeneration of photoreceptor cells in the eye
called "rods" and "cones". Rods are responsible
for night vision, while cones are responsible for
daylight and central vision.
Vision loss from RP often begins with loss of
night vision, due to death of rods, followed by loss
of peripheral and central vision, due to death of
rods and cones. Such vision loss can have a
significant impact on people's daily lives, such as
affecting their ability to read or drive a car.
RP affects more than one million people around
Research, conducted by Dr Eliot L. Bersonof at
the Berman-Gund Laboratory for the Study of
Retinal Degenerations at Massachusetts Eye and
Ear, has shown, while Vitamin A supplementation
and an omega-3 rich diet can slow visual decline
resulting from RP, they do not completely stop
disease progression. For most patients, RP results
in irreversible vision loss.
Previous studies have identified mutations in
more than 50 genes that cause RP, but the
mechanisms by which rods and cones die
remained to be completely defined. Since many of
the genes associated with RP produce proteins
used specifically in rod cells, why and how cones,
which in some cases do not use the mutant
proteins, die after rods degenerate remained
"Though the precise mechanisms involved in
RIP kinase inducing necrosis remain unknown, our
finding that necrosis results in cone cell death
puts us one step closer to understanding this
disease and, more importantly, moves us one
step closer to being able to provide novel
therapies to millions of patients with vision loss,"
said Professor Demetrios G. Vavvas, who led the
The study was published in the Proceedings of
the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition.
Source: mivision, September 28, 2012
OPTOMETRISTS... Peter Oswald and Yee
AFTER months of prepara-
tions, fundraising and pro-
motions, the 2012 Upper
Yorke Peninsula Relay for
Life is finally here!
This Saturday and
Sunday, October 27 and 28,
the Kadina football oval
will be transformed into a
hub of activity, celebrating
and honouring those
whose lives have been
touched by cancer.
Upper YP Relay for Life
Janine Mercer invites
everyone in the community
to go along and join in the
"We have free activities
and entertainment for the
whole family starting from
noon on Saturday," she said.
"There will be face paint-
ing for the kids, a jumping
castle, bungee run, hobby
horses and lots of live
music on the main stage
right throughout the week-
A delicious choice of
healthy, nutritious food
and drinks will be available
from noon until the late
hours of Saturday, so take
the family along and stay
for the day.
The Relay for Life is a
fundraising event for the
Cancer Council and teams
have been raising money in
the months leading up to
Over the weekend, the
teams will all come togeth-
er to take on the challenge
of walking continuously
around the oval for 19
hours in a show of solidar-
ity and determination in
the fight back against can-
cer.Guest speaker Darren
"Sas" Barker will share his
inspirational story as part
of the opening ceremony,
before inviting other can-
cer survivors and their car-
ers to join him in the first
lap of the relay.
"The opening lap is to
honour and celebrate those
in the community who
have fought cancer or
cared for someone with
cancer," Janine said.
"Anyone wanting more
information, or those wish-
ing to register for the
Survivors' and Carers'
Walk, can call Bev
Prestwich on 0429 992 736
or email upperyprelayfor
"You can also register on
the day before 1.30pm."
The Relay for Life is not
just about raising money. It
is about raising awareness
and educating the commu-
nity about lifestyle choices
which will reduce the risk
It is about sharing with
others who have experi-
enced the same chal-
lenges and it is about cele-
brating your own life or
the life of someone you
Highlights of the week-
end will include the tradi-
tional candlelight cere-
mony, which provides an
opportunity to remember
those lost to cancer and to
show support for those
living with cancer.
A new addition this
year is the dawn service,
starting at 6am on
Sunday. Local cancer sur-
vivor Jenny Bruce will
share some words of hope
and strength as part of the
Upper YP Relay for Life
is on this weekend
ON THE COUCH... Upper YP Relay for Life
Committee members, back: Sheree Williams,
Belinda Knight, Bev Prestwich; front: Dale
Sawley, Janine Mercer, Georgina Weissmann
on the Purple Couch, which is new this year.
The Purple Couch will be a place for all team
members to visit and spend some quiet time to
gather and reflect, record their thoughts and
express their emotions throughout the week-
end. (Absent: Scott Mercer, Gerry Guerin.)
9am: Gates open, camp set-up.
11.30am: Team registrations open.
Noon: Food available from noon onwards.
12.30pm: Survivors and carers registration
1pm onwards: Children's entertainment
(jumping castle, face painting, bungee run,
hobby horse, et cetera).
1.25pm: Start of entertainment on main stage
leading up to opening ceremony; welcome
from committee chairperson Janine Mercer;
special guest speaker Darren "Sas" Barker;
reading of survivors' names; relay oath led by
Ardrossan Angels team member Adlen Lodge.
2pm: Ribbon cutting; survivors' and carers'
lap; all teams to start laps.
2.15-2.45pm: Survivors' and carers'
3pm: Munchy's Olympics.
3pm-4.15pm: Kadina Primary School choir and
recorder group; Wallaroo Primary School
choir; Harvest Christian School band.
4.30pm: Line dancing demonstration.
5-6pm: Entertainment provided by various
singers, Kadina Memorial High School jazz
band, et cetera.
6.15pm: Zumba demonstration.
6.45-7.45pm: Various singers leading up to
7.50pm: Teams invited to stop walking to
gather for candlelight ceremony.
8pm: Candlelight ceremony begins, conducted
by Rob Casburn.
9pm: Teams invited to re-join the track.
9.30pm-midnight: Rock 'n' roll/disco DJ dance
6am: Dawn service with Reverend Dave
McDougall and address by Cancer Council
ambassador Katherine Krollig.
6.30am: Breakfast catered for all team
8.30am: Marie Robertson and Joyce Adolph
8.45am: All team members on track for last 10
9am: Teams complete final lap and gather for
closing ceremony; address by chairperson
Janine Mercer; guest speaker Jenny Bruce;
presentations; announcements and closing
song by Marie Robertson and Joyce Adolph.
9.30am: Pack up tent sites and go home to
Ready to Relay
The Fruitloops Survivors Sparkle
Rock 'n' Roll Club
of the Village
World PRCC Invincibles
Be Heroes I
Be Heroes II
TEAMS... These are the teams participating in the Upper Yorke
Peninsula Relay for Life on October 27 and 28.
30 Yorke Peninsula Country Times Tuesday, October 23, 2012
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