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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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June 25, 2006

Age-related Macular Degeneration Does Not Cause Blindness

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

A revealing opinion poll sponsored by MD Support shows that a strong majority of people affected by AMD do not think of themselves as blind, and they do not want the term to be used to describe their visual impairment. The pronouncement is well known: “age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness
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June 1, 2006

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration: 2005-2006

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts This is a compilation of significant research in the field of macular degeneration during the period May 2005 through May 2006, beginning with new findings as presented at the 2006 meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Triple therapy found to be effective for wet AMD Triple therapy
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June 1, 2006

Summary of Research and Developments in Macular Degeneration: 2005-2006

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts This is a compilation of significant research in the field of macular degeneration during the period May 2005 through May 2006, beginning with new findings as presented at the 2006 meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO). Triple therapy found to be effective for wet AMD Triple therapy
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April 20, 2006

Stem Cells Promise Cure

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts April 20, 2006 Here is a summary of an article that appeared in Science Magazine regarding stem cell transplantation for treatment of retinal degeneration: Stem Cells Promise Cure For Vision Loss Wednesday, April 19, 2006 New Delhi: Dr Rajender Prasad Centre for Opthalmic Sciences at AIIMS has been studying the effect of stem
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March 23, 2006

Stargardt Disease Information for Patients and Their Families

Posted in: Eye Conditions

by Janet S. Sunness, M.D. March 2006 Stargardt disease is the most common cause of macular degeneration and central visual loss in young people. Stargardt disease often develops in the teens or twenties, but may develop in younger children (the youngest child I have seen with it is 5) or may develop somewhat later in
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March 7, 2006

No Smoking

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

By Linda Kaspari Updated, March 2006 Cigarette smoking reduces levels of plasma antioxidant, a substance in the blood stream, which protects retinal cells. Smoking causes the protective layer between the retina and blood vessels to erode, resulting in poor circulation, irritation and scarring. Smoking is damaging to the blood supply. Smoking exposes the body to
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February 22, 2006

Gene Therapy Studies Successful in Slowing Neovascularization

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts January 2002 (Updated February 2006) Researchers at Johns Hopkins’ Wilmer Eye Institute have been able to successfully slow blood vessel growth in laboratory mice in two different experiments involving injection of genes, and human trials have begun. In one study (Mori, K., et al., “Inhibition of Choroidal Neovascularization by Intravenous Injection of
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February 21, 2006

Drusen Fragments May Lead to Wet AMD

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts February 2006 Dr. Jayakrishna Ambati (University of Kentucky HealthCare physician and Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences), has announced that his lab has identified fragments of two known components of drusen that may be the cause of dry age-related macular degeneration (AMD) progressing to the
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