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July 18, 2007

C3 Gene Variant Increases Risk of AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

Press Release July 18, 2007 Researchers have found a gene variant that can more than double the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The researchers based their findings on studies of patients with AMD (603 from England and 244 from Scotland) who were compared with 701 unaffected people. They found that a variant in the
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June 1, 2007

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration: 2006-2007

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts This is a summary of all major research and developments pertinent to macular degeneration that occurred between mid-May 2006 and mid-May 2007. It is organized by month of occurence under the subsets “Pharmacology,” “Surgery,” “Nutrition” and/or “Miscellaneous.” The final section, “The Future,” summarizes work in progress that may lead to promising developments
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May 20, 2007

Omega-3 Proving to be Beneficial on Several Fronts

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts May 20, 2007 (Updated April 15, 2008) 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 docosahexaenic acid (DHA), an omega-3 fatty acid contained
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May 14, 2007

Good News For Chocolate Lovers, Cautionary Advice for Wine Drinkers

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts December 2003 (Updated May 2007) A report published in the December 2003 issue of Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry announced that cocoa has more antioxidant power that wine or tea. We have been told that red wine and green tea are beneficial for our retinas, but it looks like we should
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March 18, 2007

Zinc May Harm the Retina: New Finding

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts March 2007 BBC News announced on March 18, 2007 that researchers at London’s Institute of Ophthalmology think the mineral zinc may play a role in the development of AMD. The study, published in Experimental Eye Research, found that drusen containing high levels of zinc may contribute to progression of the disease. When
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February 21, 2007

Avastin for Wet AMD

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts Updated February 2007 (Editor’s note: This article is retained for archival purposes. More recent developments will be found elsewhere in the Low Vision Resources Library.) Off-label use of intravitreal Avastin (bevacizumab) has become a widespread treatment for wet AMD. This is a concern for some doctors and for Genentech Pharmaceuticals (developers of
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January 30, 2007

A Safer Way to Treat SAD

Posted in: Daily Living

by Richard L. Hansler, Ph.D. (Director, Lighting Innovations Institute, John Carroll University. Executive Director, Light and Health Foundation.) Originally published January 2007 The broadly accepted method of treating Seasonally Affective Disorder (SAD) is exposure to light in the early morning. The mechanism by which this improves mood is not well understood despite many studies. There
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November 22, 2006

Intraocular Injections and Eye Pain

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Dan Roberts November 2006 Some people have been reporting considerable pain and/or conjunctival hemorrhaging (eye redness) following intraocular injections of anti-angiogenic drugs (Macugen, Lucentis and off-label Avastin) for wet AMD. Most patients, however, are reporting nothing more than some discomfort. The following information has been gathered from patients who have undergone the procedure. In
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November 21, 2006

Exercise May Protect Against Wet AMD

Posted in: Daily Living, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts November 2006 A study at the University of Wisconsin has shown that regular exercise may help to prevent the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). As reported in the November 2006 issue of British Journal of Ophthalmology, the study monitored almost 4,000 people between the ages of 43 and 86 over
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November 4, 2006

Drusen Lasering

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

by Dan Roberts (Updated 11/4/06) Drusen are thought to be fatty waste products from the photoreceptor cells. They often appear on the macula (the center of the retina) in the early stages of Macular Degeneration, and they can cause gradual loss of central vision. “Hard” drusen are common in aging eyes, and do not necessarily
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October 20, 2006

Cataracts as a Complication of Retinal Surgery

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Wendy Strouse Watt, O.D. October 2006 Cataracts are a complication commonly associated with any retinal or vitreal surgery. When cells are released during surgery, they can attach to the back of the lens and grow, or proliferate, accelerating cataract changes. Many surgeons do double or triple procedures when doing retinal or vitreous surgery. An
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October 15, 2006

Discovery of HTRA1 Gene Provides Potential Marker for AMD

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts October 2006 The protein Complement Factor H (CFH) has previously been found to play a role in the development of soft confluent drusen leading to AMD (see “CFH and CFB Proteins May Lead to AMD”). CFH has implicated inflammation as part of the AMD pathogenesis, and now, discovery of a new gene
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August 29, 2006

How Copeable Are You?

Posted in: Daily Living

From The First Year: Age-Related Macular Degeneration by Daniel L. Roberts (Da Capo Press; August 29, 2006) Copeability is something everyone needs at some time or another in the course of life, particularly when experiencing loss of eyesight. It is something deep inside that waits until it is needed. When summoned, it rises to the
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July 29, 2006

Abortion Drug Offers Hope for People with Central Serous Chorioretinopathy

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

An abortion drug known as ru486 is showing potential as a treatment for central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC), a condition which can lead to loss of central vision. The drug, also called mifepristone, blocks the action of progesterone, a hormone necessary to sustain pregnancy. It is also a potent antiglucocorticoid agent. Glucocorticoids are drugs and hormones
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July 10, 2006

Age-Related Macular Degeneration Does Not Cause Blindness

Posted in: Eye Conditions, Latest News

An unprecedented survey of more than 250 AMD patients confirms the true facts about the disease. Kansas City, MO (PRWEB) July 10, 2006 — A recent opinion survey sponsored by Macular Degeneration Support (MD Support), a leading non-profit patient advocacy organization, shows that a strong majority of people affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD) do
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