Health and Nutrition

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April 14, 2016

Smoking and AMD—Are E-Cigarettes the Answer?

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts You’ve heard it before: “Tobacco Smoking Is A Major Cause Of Age Related Macular Degeneration”. According to most research, individuals 65 years of age and over double their risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) if they smoke. Why? Because tobacco smoking: Reduces levels of plasma antioxidant, a substance in the blood
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December 11, 2015

Triple Therapy with Zeaxanthin Lessens Burden of Treatment for Wet AMD

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News, Research and Developments

As far back as 2007, triple therapy for wet (neovascular) age-related macular degeneration (AMD) was shown to be superior to mono therapy (intraocular injection of a single anti-VEGF drug).* And now, a study described in a recent online publication of the peer-reviewed monthly, International Journal of Retina and Vitreous, found that triple therapy supplemented with
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June 4, 2014

Prevent Blindness List of Lists

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions, Health and Nutrition, Latest News, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts Editor-in-Chief, Prevent Blindness I was looking through our Prevent Blindness online library today and realized how many “listicles” there are. Listicles are articles formatted into lists, which old-school journalists say are rotting our brains. I should worry about that, but I enjoy reading and writing them, so I’ll take my chances. I
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May 30, 2014

A Fish Tale

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Ellen Troyer, MT, MA CEO, Biosyntrx While Biosyntrx supports a limited amount of omega-3 fatty acid EPA and DHA intake from fish or fish oil, we believe it’s important to discuss the growing amount of science that questions excessive fish oil intake. Hypothesis Vs. Outcome An April 14, 2014, meta-analysis-accepted manuscript in the Canadian
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March 3, 2014

Effects of AREDS Supplements Up In Smoke

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

Canadian researchers recently conducted a telephone survey to evaluate patients’ understanding of the importance and adherence to various lifestyle and Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) supplement recommendations. Tobacco smoking was one of the lifestyle choices looked at. Of the 92 patients contacted, 98% knew about the AREDS formula, with 74% agreeing that high doses of
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January 6, 2014

More Reason to Quit Cigarettes

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News, Research and Developments

A new study has found further evidence of the risk of cataracts caused by cigarette smoking. A report published January 2, 2014 in JAMA revealed that smoking more than 15 cigarettes per day was associated with a 42% higher likelihood of cataract development compared to those have never smoked. In people who quit smoking for
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November 8, 2013

7 Things You Should Know About Omega-3

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Ellen Troyer, MT MA, with Spencer Thornton, MD 1.  Results of studies on diets rich in seafood (fish and shellfish) and heart disease provide moderate evidence that people who eat seafood at least once a week are less likely to die of heart disease than those who rarely or never eat seafood. 2.  Published studies suggest that seafood
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November 8, 2013

FDA takes step to further reduce trans fats in processed foods

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

Trans fat intake has been associated with coronary heart disease and macular degeneration* The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced its preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” for use in food. The agency has opened a 60-day comment period
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October 25, 2013

B Vitamins: Brain and Eye Health

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Ellen Troyer, MT MA, with Spencer Thornton, MD Evidence continues to mount that links B vitamins deficiency, specifically B6, B12 and folate, to increased risk of developing Macular Degeneration and Alzheimer’s, as well as faster progression of the two disease processes. PLoS One, the open-access journal for the communication of all peer-reviewed scientific and
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September 24, 2013

What AREDS Means to You

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

Information from the National Eye Institute Researchers with the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) reported in 2001 that a nutritional supplement called the AREDS formulation can reduce the risk of developing advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The original AREDS formulation contains vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, zinc and copper. In 2006, the same research group,
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