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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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April 6, 2013

How Many People are Legally Blind from Wet AMD?

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts April 2013 The latest report I have seen that provides anything close to an accurate estimate of legal blindness among people with wet age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is Wilmer Eye Institute’s “Causes and prevalence of visual impairment among adults in the United States” by Congdon N, et al (Arch Ophthalmol. 2004 Apr;122(4):477-85).
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April 6, 2013

Cholesterol and AMD

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Originally published and updated, April 6, 2013 This is a continuously updated review of research since 2002 on cholesterol and age-related macular degeneration. It presents studies of statin treatment and it introduces recent findings regarding reduction of cholesterol by restoring macrophages. Statins Statins are a type of cholesterol-reducing drug that lower the
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March 25, 2013

All About Magnifiers for AMD

Posted in: Daily Living

by Joe Fontenot, MD, CLVT Medical Director Community Services for Vision Rehabilitation 600 BelAir Blvd. Mobile AL 36606 Reprinted with permission from The Magnifier – Issue #90, Jan – Mar 2013, MD Foundation   Almost all people with macular degeneration do see better if things are larger or closer, and magnifiers make things seem larger
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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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January 1, 2013

Locating a Low Vision Specialist

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

These sites will help you find low vision specialists in your area. Before contacting a specific service, however, you may want to educate yourself about what you should expect. For a good deal of information, see the Low Vision Rehabilitation section of our library.   Eschenbach – interactive map and search for low vision professionals by
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December 19, 2012

Aspirin and AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Updated 12/19/12 This is an attempt to shed some light on the issue of aspirin and macular degeneration. In the spring of 2005, a large study introduced some interesting new information about aspirin. The study was done using 39,876 women over a 10-year period in order to clarify the suspected differences between
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September 27, 2012

Antiangiogenic Drugs Are Stopping Neovascularization in Wet Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts A substance in the body called Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF) is responsible for the growth of new blood vessels. It promotes this growth by stimulating the endothelial cells, which form the walls of the vessels and transport nutrients and oxygen to the tissues. Evidence shows that when the retinal pigment epithelial
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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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August 1, 2012

Nutritional Risk Factors for AMD

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Dan Roberts August 1, 2012 (Reviewed by Jeffrey Anshel, O.D., F.A.A.O. (CEO, Ocular Nutrition Society) Risk factors for developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) can be genetic, environmental, behavioral, or nutritional. This is a list of nutritional factors that have been linked to development of retinal dystrophies. High dosages of aspirin High caloric intake High
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July 7, 2012

Doctor Overload: What Can We Do to Help?

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Low Vision Rehabilitation

by Dan Roberts July 2012 As our older population grows and the number of care providers dwindle, doctors fear that their ability to provide sufficient care will soon begin to be overburdened by the sheer number of people who will need it. A low vision rehabilitation delivery system is in place, but it can work
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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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June 1, 2012

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration, 2011-2012

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts June 2012 Introduction Here is MD Support’s summary of the the past twelve months of significant research and development in the field of macular degeneration. We begin with the field that has been making the most news: pharmacology. _______________________________ PHARMACOLOGY SEP: Infection Risk From Repackaged Avastin The big pharmaceutical news of the
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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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