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September 26, 2013

Legislation Agreed Upon to Address High-Risk Drug Compounding Practices

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WASHINGTON, DC – Leaders from the Senate and House committees overseeing health policy today announced that they have reached an agreement on legislation to help ensure the safety of compounded drugs and our nation’s pharmaceutical supply chain. This legislation, the Drug Quality and Security Act, reflects a bipartisan, bicameral effort to improve drug safety and
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September 24, 2013

Non-Mydriatic Retinal Cameras Offer Safer Examination

Posted in: Latest News, Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Liz Trauernicht, Director MD Foundation A significant amount of evidence finds that very bright light, especially blue light, can damage the macula. Traditional slit lamp devices used during eye exams produce high light levels, which may be problematic for people with macular degeneration. Before these devices can be used effectively, the pupil of the
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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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September 22, 2013

Talking Books Service Has Gone Mobile

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

Talking Books is a service of the National Library Service (NLS), Library of Congress. People who are certified as legally blind, or otherwise unable to comfortably read print, may access over 50,000 titles in audio format at no cost. Until now, participants have been sent audio materials on tape, playable on special machines provided by
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September 20, 2013

Statin Use Associated With Cataracts

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Statin drugs are known to reduce cholesterol, which benefits the retina. The medications may, however, also increase the risk of cataracts, according to a report published September 19, 2013 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. An analysis of 6,972 subjects showed that those taking the medication had a 9% higher risk of cataract
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September 18, 2013

Strong Support for Effective FDA Regulation of Compounding Pharmacies

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

Voters Expect to Be Informed If They Are Prescribed A Drug Not Approved By the FDA  WASHINGTON – As Congress considers legislation to address the oversight of compounding pharmacies, a new, independent survey released today highlights the large gap between voters’ expectations that the medications they receive are FDA-approved and loopholes in federal law that
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September 18, 2013

September is National Guide Dog Month

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

By Elle Aldridge Freelance writer and Security & Safety Expert Securitycompanies.com Over the past century, improvements to optical health — specifically blindness, macular degeneration (MD) and other disorders — have evolved tremendously. From public initiatives to medical procedures, advances have come a long way. 
One option for those who suffer from macular degeneration and other
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September 17, 2013

C3 Gene Variant Linked To Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Researchers report that a change in the C3 gene, which plays a role in inflammation and in the body’s immune response, also contributes to macular degeneration. After sequencing DNA from 10 regions of the genome that had been previously linked to AMD in previous genetic studies, the researchers turned up two gene variants: one in the
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September 14, 2013

High Dose Stem Cell Transplant Performed

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Stem Cells (STEM) has announced the first patient to receive a high dose of one million purified human neural stem cells (HuCNS-SC®) in their Phase 1/2 clinical trial. This followed an independent review by the Data Safety Monitoring Committee, which found no safety issues with proceeding to the high dose. The 16-patient trial is designed to evaluate the
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September 14, 2013

Prevent Blindness America Launches New Online Resource, “Living Well with Low Vision”

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To directly address the needs of those with low vision and their caregivers, Prevent Blindness America has launched a new online resource: “Living Well with Low Vision”. The goal of the new website is to make it as easy as possible for people to educate themselves about loss of vision, to meet the daily challenges
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