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July 1, 2005

Blue Light and Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

From “Macular Degeneration–The Complete Guide To Saving And Maximizing Your Sight” by Lylas G. Mogk, M.D. and Marja Mogk (Reprinted with permission) In many primate studies, blue light has been shown to cause a photochemical reaction that produces free radicals in the RPE and the rods and cones. Researchers believe that these free radicals interact
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March 25, 2005

Transpupillary Thermotherapy (TTT) Trials Continue

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Originally published on MDSupport, updated March 2005 Since March 2000, an experimental study (“Transpupillary Thermotherapy of Occult Subfoveal Choroidal Neovascular Membrane,” or TTT4CNV”) has been underway using transpupillary thermotherapy (TTT) for the treatment of the occult form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The therapy utilizes a low dose of infrared laser light
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March 10, 2005

Photrex Trials Show Beneficial Results

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts (Updated March 10, 2005) Doctors reported successful results from analyses of Miravant Medical Technologies’ Phase III clinical trials for Photrex (aka rostaporfin or SnET2) on October 25, 2004 at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting in New Orleans. Photrex is a proprietary photodynamic therapy drug which has been studied in two
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March 4, 2005

Mouse Model Developed for AMD and Stargardt’s Research

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts March 2005 A research team at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the University of Utah have developed a mouse model of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and Stargardt’s disease. As reported in the online edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (March 4, 2005),
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December 25, 2004

Depression and Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Daily Living, Low Vision Rehabilitation

from Macular Degeneration–The Complete Guide To Saving And Maximizing Your Sight by Lylas G. Mogk, M.D. and Marja Mogk (Originally published September 2004. Reprinted with permission) Many people who lose vision go through a short period of mild depression as they grieve their loss and adjust their lives. But many others experi ence prolonged periods
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December 7, 2004

Is Brittany Blind?

Posted in: Daily Living, Eye Conditions

A presentation to students of Music Therapy at the University of Missouri, Kansas City December 7, 2004 Presenter: Dan Roberts Founding Director Macular Degeneration Support Introduction Ten-year-old Brittany has been a music and composition student of mine for three years. She was born with a rare condition called anophthalmia, which translates as “without organs of
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December 6, 2004

Fifteen Tips For Family And Friends

Posted in: Daily Living

Condensed from Macular Degeneration: The Complete Guide to Saving and Maximizing Your Sight, by Lylas G. Mogk, M.D., & Marja Mogk (September 2004. Reprinted by permission of the authors.) Many family members and friends of people with ARMD have asked me what they can do to help. Here are fifteen tips: 1. Be direct about
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November 15, 2004

Stem Cells Have Restored Vision

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts November 2004 Scientists from Harvard’s Schepens Eye Research Institute have, for the first time, successfully improved the vision of mice with transplanted stem cells. Neural stem (progenitor) cells were obtained from day-old mice and grafted into the degenerating retinas of mature mice. The transplanted cells were then seen to develop into mature
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October 25, 2004

Drugs & Supplements With Adverse Effects on Ophthalmic Conditions Drugs

Posted in: Eye Conditions

This list of drugs is derived from the American Academy of Ophthalmology Syllabus for “Drug-Related Adverse Effects of Clinical Importance to the Ophthalmologist (F.W. Fraunfelder, MD, Instructor). For details about each drug, see the Syllabus. DRUGS topiramate (Topamax) 10% phenylephrine pledgets (Neo-Synephrine) sildenafil (Viagra) isotretinoin (Accutane)amiodarone (Cordone) hydroxychloroquine/chloroquine (Plaquenil) marijuana tamoxifen Bisphosphonates: alendronic acid ibandronate pamidronate zolendronate Carbonic Anhydrase
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October 22, 2004

Human Retinal Stem Cells Discovered

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts Research in vision restoration has taken another step forward with the discovery of human retinal stem cells that have the ability to regenerate themselves. The announcement was made in October 2004 to the National Academy of Sciences by Derek Van der Kooy from the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of
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September 25, 2004

Antioxidant Values in Fruits And Vegetables

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Dan Roberts September 2004 A study from Tufts University in Boston ranks the antioxidant value of commonly eaten fruits and vegetables using an analysis called ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity). This is a test tube analysis that measures the total antioxidant power of foods and other chemical substances. Antioxidants are special compounds that protect
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September 15, 2004

Sight From Fetal Cell Transplantation

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts January, 2003 (Updated September, 2004) Scientists are researching a new method of retinal transplantation in the continuing effort to restore sight to the blind. Drs. Robert Aramant and Magdalene Seiler (Doheny Eye Institute, Los Angeles) have had preliminary success transplanting double layers of cells from the retinas of aborted fetuses. The two
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September 14, 2004

Charles Bonnet Syndrome (CBS)

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Dan Roberts September 2004 This syndrome is characterized by visual hallucinations in people who have a sudden change in vision such as that brought on by macular degeneration. Named after the man who first described it in 1780, it was later defined as “persistent or recurrent visual pseudohallucinatory phenomena of a pleasant or neutral
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July 25, 2004

Descriptive Terminology for Macular Degeneration

Posted in: Daily Living

by Dan Roberts Originally published July 2004 By their choice of words, eye care professionals, public relations writers and media reporters hold the power to influence the psychological impact of macular degeneration on newly-diagnosed patients. This article attempts to bring awareness of terminology that is both accurate and sensitive to patient welfare, thereby establishing a
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July 22, 2004

Second AMD Gene Discovered

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

A second gene, called fibulin 5, has been shown to be related to age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The discovery was announced in the July 22, 2004 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine by a team from the Research Center for Macular Degeneration and Allied Retinal Diseases at the University of Iowa. Earlier research
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