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June 10, 2014

Blood Pressure Meds and AMD

Posted in: Latest News

by Dan Roberts A relationship has been found, but don’t throw away the meds. The media has recently been reporting research from the University of Wisconsin, which found an association between development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and use of blood pressure (BP) lowering medications. Before patients begin discarding their BP drugs, however, they should
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June 5, 2014

Making artificial vision look more natural

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Courtesy: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH) NIH-funded study could help improve retinal prosthetic devices In laboratory tests, researchers have used electrical stimulation of retinal cells to produce the same patterns of activity that occur when the retina sees a moving object. Although more work remains, this is a step toward restoring natural,
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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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June 1, 2014

25 Ways To See

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

An Overview of Low Vision Devices and Technology by Dan Roberts Available in audio/visual format Can a blind person see? Most thoughtful people now understand, or can be led to understand, that a blind person can indeed “see”. Just not with the eyes. Modern science has shown that it is our brains that see by interpreting the
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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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May 22, 2014

New Info About CDC Talent Search

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An announcement was posted earlier on this site about the Center for Disease Control’s search for candidates to be considered for an upcoming national education campaign. The age range for candidates was stated as between 40 and 65, but the range has now been extended into the late 70’s. Again, interested people should respond as
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May 22, 2014

Stem Cell Trial Progressing

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StemCells, Inc. announced that it has transplanted purified human neural stem cells (HuCNS-SC®) into the first five of eight patients in the final cohort of its 16-patient Phase I/II trial for dry AMD. The trial is currently enrolling patients at five centers at: Retina Foundation of the Southwest, Dallas, TX (214) 363-3911 Byers Eye Institute
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May 12, 2014

Summary of Research and Developments, 2013-2014

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts View an audio/visual version of this presentation. This has been a year of watching and waiting, as many studies and clinical trials are bearing down on promising treatments and cures for retinal diseases. My ninth annual report will offer brief descriptions of the work done in pharmaceutical treatments, anti-VEGF and combination therapies
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April 29, 2014

Experimental Therapies for CSR

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

by Dan Roberts April 2014 Updated September 8, 2015 Research has shown that corticosteroids produced by the body (endogenous) and administered externally (exogenous) can raise adrenaline levels, which can harm the central retina. Some people have high levels of endogenous steroids that can lead to a condition called central serous retinopathy (CSR), aka central serous
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April 23, 2014

Real People Being Sought For Anti-Smoking Ads

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The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Office on Smoking and Health is recruiting candidates to be considered for an upcoming national education campaign. Similar to previous campaigns which are now running on TV, real people who have had life-changing, smoking-related health problems will be featured. Selected participants will receive $2,500 plus travel expenses.
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April 16, 2014

Smart Contact Lenses For the Blind

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

Google has taken their new Google Glass technology a step further with an idea that could have significant benefits for the blind. The company has applied for a patent for a contact lens containing a built-in camera. With this, a blind person would be able, for example, to receive an audible signal warning of an
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March 29, 2014

Blindness and Visual Impairment Rates Have Fallen

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

234 out of 15,000 studies between 1980 and 2012 have shown that rates of blindness and visual impairment have decreased significantly in developed countries during the past two decades. Macular degeneration now appears to be the leading cause of chronic vision loss, surpassing cataracts and glaucoma. The most common cause of partial vision impairment continues
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March 19, 2014

Talking Rx Labels Now Available

Posted in: Daily Living, Latest News

CVS pharmacy now provides ScripTalk talking prescription labels for prescriptions ordered for home delivery through its online pharmacy. The ScripTalk labels provide a safe and convenient way to access information on prescription labels for individuals who cannot read standard print. The ScripTalk labels are free to CVS.com pharmacy customers who are blind or visually impaired.
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March 6, 2014

Medicare Coverage of Low Vision Devices Pending Legislation

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by Mark Richert, Esq. Director, Public Policy The American Foundation for the Blind For decades, the vision loss community has been advocating for Medicare’s coverage of assistive technologies, particularly low vision devices. Currently, Medicare will not pay for any device that happens to use a lens, regardless of whether such device incorporates any other features.
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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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