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August 7, 2002

Study Shows That Vitamin E Does Not Prevent Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts August, 2002 Until recently, some doctors have thought that megadoses of Vitamin E might help prevent macular degeneration. This opinion was bolstered by the National Eye Institute study and the resulting AREDS report on the benefits of high doses of antioxidants and zinc, which included Vitamin E. New research has concluded, however,
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April 15, 2002

Email Discussion Groups May Improve Health

Posted in: Daily Living, Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts April 2002 Researchers have shown that participation in an email discussion group may improve health status and lower health care utilization for persons with recurrent back pain. This is the first study of its kind which looked at Internet support in connection with health improvement, and it is this writer’s belief that
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November 15, 2001

U-M Scientist Finds Clues in the Development of Light-Sensitive Eye Cells

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Betsy Nisbet November 2001 ANN ARBOR, MI – A paper published electronically by Nature Genetics offers important new insights into the development and differentiation of rod and cone photoreceptors, the light-sensitive cells in the eye’s retina that initiate vision and are essential for clear sight. A team led by Anand Swaroop, Ph.D., professor of
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November 5, 2001

You May Need Vitamin D

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts If you are protecting your retinas by avoiding direct sunlight, you may also be depriving yourself of a natural source of vitamin D. This is the vitamin which allows your body to absorb enough calcium for strong bones. It is also important to protect us against muscle weakness and possibly a risk
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July 15, 2000

Foundation Researchers Use Gene Therapy to Restore Retinal Function in an Animal Model of Retinal Degeneration

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Tom Hoglund July 2000 In the July issue of Nature Genetics, Foundation Fighting Blindness-supported researchers used gene replacement therapy to treat a rodent model of retinal degeneration. This is the first published study to show that gene replacement therapy can restore function to photoreceptor cells. These findings also demonstrate that gene replacement therapy can
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July 15, 2000

Researchers Restore Vision In an Animal Model of Childhood Blindness

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

By Tom Hoglund Information Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness July 2000 In a ground breaking study published in the July issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers rapidly restored lost vision in a mouse model of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) using oral doses of a chemical compound derived from vitamin A. LCA
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July 1, 2000

Artificial Retina Implanted in Humans

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

by Tom Hoglund Information Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness For the first time ever, researchers from a company called Optobionics surgically implanted an artificial retina into three patients who are blind from retinitis pigmentosa. These highly-experimental prosthetic devices, made of silicon computer chips, are intended to restore ambulatory vision, thereby giving people the freedom to walk
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May 21, 2000

Foundation Researchers Restore Vision in Canine Model of Childhood Blindness

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Tom Hoglund In one of the single most important advances in the history of retinal degeneration research, a group of Foundation Fighting Blindness-supported scientists used gene therapy to restore vision in a canine model of severe childhood blindness, known clinically as Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). This finding, published in the May issue of Nature
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March 12, 2000

Visually Impaired, Not Blind

Posted in: Latest News

People with age-related macular degeneration are pleased and relieved to see the word “blind” on its way out as a description of their visual condition. Grandview, MO (PRWeb) March 12, 2007–The word “blind” is becoming increasingly less associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), thanks in part to awareness efforts by MD Support and the conscientiousness
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September 27, 1999

New Drug May Halt Vision Loss

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts September 27, 1999 A new anti-angiogenesis agent called PKC 412 has halted abnormal growth of retinal blood vessels which cause vision loss in macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. It is made by Novartis Ltd. Pharmaceuticals, and much of the lab work is being done by Dr. Peter Campochiaro, professor of ophthalmology and
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