News & Info


Page 20 of 28« First...10...1819202122...Last »

January 29, 2009

Vitamin C Can Lower CRP Levels

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Dan Roberts January 2009 A UC Berkeley study led by Gladys Block, PhD, suggests that 1,000 mg of daily supplemental vitamin C can lower concentrations of C-reactive protein (CRP), the marker associated with systemic inflammation. (Free Radical Biology and Medicine, Jan. 1, 2009). It suggests that a daily dose of supplemental vitamin C can
read more »

November 20, 2008

Brain Reorganizes to Adjust for Loss of Vision

Posted in: Research and Developments

Atlanta (November 20, 2008) – A new study from Georgia Tech shows that when patients with macular degeneration focus on using another part of their retina to compensate for their loss of central vision, their brain seems to compensate by reorganizing its neural connections. Age related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss
read more »

November 10, 2008

Interleukin-6 and Interleukin-8 Linked to Dry AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated November 10, 2008) Concentration of two cytokines, interleukin-6 and interleukin-8, have been found in two different studies to be potential biomarkers for incidence of dry AMD. Cytokines are signaling compounds in the cells that are involved in a variety of immunological, inflammatory, and infectious diseases. Janice C. Law, MD, and her
read more »

November 6, 2008

A Summary of Risk Factors for AMD

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. October 2003 (Updated November 2008) Research has revealed new risk factors in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Called epidemiological studies, they show correlations of the disease with obesity and consumption of certain dietary fats. These discoveries are being added to the list of more commonly-known risk factors, including
read more »

October 7, 2008

Blue Light and Antioxidants

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Dan Roberts October 2008 Prolonged exposure to intense blue light (eg. natural or artificial sunlight) is considered a risk factor for AMD. Foods high in antioxidants are also known to help protect the retina from light damage. Until recently, however, no studies have shown a direct correlation between light damage and antioxidant levels. Researchers
read more »

September 29, 2008

POT-4 for Treatment of AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated September 29, 2008) Potentia Pharmaceuticals, Inc. announced on March 20, 2007 that it was entering the clinical phase of development of POT-4 for treatment of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). According to the researchers, POT-4, a synthetic peptide, shuts down the complement activation system that can lead to local inflammation, tissue damage
read more »

September 22, 2008

Pearls from Recent Studies on Low Vision Rehabilitation and Psychosocial Issues

Posted in: Daily Living, Research and Developments

Research of interest to the AMD Community as presented at Vision 2008, Montreal, Canada Selected and Summarized by Dan Roberts, Director, MD Support These findings are derived by the referenced authors based solely upon the results of their respective studies. In every case, more research is recommended before final conclusions can be drawn. Pearl #1.
read more »

August 28, 2008

New Dry AMD Gene Found

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts As reported in the Aug. 28, 2008 online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine, researchers have found a genetic link associated with dry AMD. That’s the good news. The bad news is that siRNA drug therapy may increase the risk for dry AMD in patients who have that genetic variant.
read more »

August 23, 2008

Cone-Rod Dystrophy

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Dan Roberts (Updated February 21, 2016) Cone-Rod Dystrophy (CRD) is an inherited progressive disease that causes deterioration of the cone and rod photoreceptor cells and often results in blindness. It can be found as an autosomal dominant trait, but it is usually acquired as autosomal recessive. Symptoms of CRD are seen as decreased visual
read more »

July 7, 2008

Lutein And Zeaxanthin May Offer Protection Against MD

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Dan Roberts 1995 (Updated July 2008) Progress is being made in the study of both lutein and zeaxanthin as potentially effective nutritional supplements for macular degeneration patients. According to a 1995 study, increasing the consumption of dark green, leafy vegetables appears to offer some protection against macular degeneration. Because nutritional factors may play a
read more »

June 1, 2008

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration: 2007-2008

Posted in: Research and Developments

Compiled and edited by Dan Roberts JUNE 2007 Omega-3 Proving to be Beneficial on Several Fronts Recent studies have shown that Omega-3 fatty acids and fish consumption may reduce the risks of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), Alzheimer’s disease, inflammation and depression. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) Research Group showed that dietary total Omega-3 and
read more »

May 15, 2008

The Macular Disease Patient Charter

Posted in: Low Vision Rehabilitation

The Macular Disease Patient Charter, a bill of rights for people with macular disease, was developed and endorsed by AMD Alliance International in May 2008. The charter is a tool designed to outline the rights of people living with macular disease. It encourages them to seek the high quality of care they deserve through a
read more »

May 6, 2008

Sunglasses and Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Daily Living

by Dan Roberts May 2008 Why wear sunglasses? If you have a retinal disease, you are probably photosensitive, where too much direct light is painful for your eyes. You also have retinal cells that can be easily damaged by too much light, and some colors of light (even invisible light) have been shown to be
read more »

April 28, 2008

Gene Therapy Breakthrough

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts April 28, 2008 According to two studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine*, doctors have, for the first time, used gene replacement therapy to restore vision in patients with Leber’s congenital amaurosis. Leber’s syndrome is a form of retinitis pigmentosa (RP) that affects children and often leads to blindness by
read more »

March 19, 2008

Müller Cells May Restore Sight

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts March 19, 2008 Over the past several years, scientists have been taking an interest in certain cells within the patient’s own eyes as having the potential to transform into stem-like (progenitor) cells. Called Müller glial cells, they would then migrate to damaged areas of the retina and replace dead cells, restoring vision
read more »

Page 20 of 28« First...10...1819202122...Last »

Custom Wordpress design and web development by Jeff Roberts Web Design

WP-Backgrounds by InoPlugs Web Design and Juwelier Schönmann