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Diabetic retinopathy causes 12,000 to 24,000 new cases of blindness every year.

National Diabetes Statistics. http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/statistics/index.htm. Published November 2005

Reference

Title
National Diabetes Statistics
Publication Date
Published November 2005
Authors
National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases
URL
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Categories

  • Cost of Disease
  • Human Burden

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