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July 19, 2013

Gene Expression in the Retina Expanded

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Identifying the genetics of retinal degeneration has become especially important with progress of trials in gene therapy. Investigators have identified more than 200 retinal degeneration disease genes, but still haven’t been able to find the cause of disease in up to half of cases. Now Ocular Genomics Institute has announced that Drs. Michael Farkas, Eric
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July 17, 2013

Fish Oil and Prostate Cancer? Be Suspect

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Ellen Troyer, MT MA Biosyntrx CEO / Chief Research Officer Voting Member, Council for Responsible Nutrition A number of alarmist are suggesting that Omega-3 fatty acid intake increases prostate cancer risks, based on questionable follow-up conclusions of a 2011 prospective study published in The Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Here is a quick
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July 16, 2013

When News Gets Slow

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by Dan Roberts When news gets slow and papers still need to be sold, we’re likely to see just about anything in the headlines. Here are three I read just this past week: “Type A People Are Less Likely to Die From Type 1 Diabetes!” “Omega-3 Linked to Prostate Cancer!” “New Magnifying Contact Lens Gives
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July 15, 2013

Understand Drug Side Effects and Adverse Events

Posted in: Latest News

In the shadow of recent severe health problems caused by irresponsible repackaging (compounding) of drugs for use in the clinics, MD Support offers a free audio/visual presentation to help patients understand drug side effects and adverse events. Speaking to the International Low Vision Support Group, Dan Roberts addresses the compounding issue as part of a
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May 6, 2013

Clinical Trial Finds Antioxidants and Zinc Beneficial in Reducing Risk of Severe AMD

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Tom Hoglund, Information Officer Foundation Fighting Blindness October 2007 Reprinted by permission. (Updated May 6, 2013) Patients with advanced cases of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can moderately lower the risk of developing the more severe wet form of the disease and preserve vision by taking a daily dose of antioxidant vitamins and zinc.
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March 21, 2013

Stem Cells Found in Human Breast Tissue

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts In March of 2013, an online early edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reported that newly discovered stem cells from human breast tissue are more genetically stable than the human induced pluripoint stem cells (hiPS cells) currently being developed. In addition to avoiding the issue of using embryonic
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March 8, 2013

Stem Cell Procedures Promising

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated February 20, 2015) Several studies are showing success at using stem cell transplantation to treat retinal degeneration. This article describes the progress of the research. University of Washington In 2006, a team from the University of Washington used a mix of “growth factors”, natural proteins that encourage cell growth, to coax
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August 2, 2012

Alcohol Consumption Linked to AMD

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts August 2012 A study published July 29, 2012 in American Journal of Epidemiology has concluded that drinking more than 20 g of alcohol per day was associated with an approximate 20% increase in the odds of early AMD when compared with those who reported no alcohol intake at baseline. A typical glass
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June 5, 2012

Implantable Miniature Telescope (IMT) For AMD and Stargardt’s Disease

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated: June 5, 2012) The IMT is a micro-sized precision telescope, about the size of a pea, that is implanted in one eye in an outpatient surgical procedure conducted under local anesthesia. The IMT provides magnification of 3.0X or 2.2X, depending on the IMT model used. A magnified image is projected over
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May 11, 2012

The Financial Burden of Eye Disease

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

Ellen Troyer, MT MA Biosyntrx CEO/Chief Research Officer May 11, 2012 The National Eye Institute (NEI) estimates that the current annual cost of vision impairment and degenerative eye disease to the United States private and public sector exceeds $68 billion. And this number does not fully quantify the impact of lost productivity, diminished quality of
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