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November 5, 2001

You May Need Vitamin D

Posted in: Health and Nutrition, Latest News

by Dan Roberts If you are protecting your retinas by avoiding direct sunlight, you may also be depriving yourself of a natural source of vitamin D. This is the vitamin which allows your body to absorb enough calcium for strong bones. It is also important to protect us against muscle weakness and possibly a risk
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September 15, 2001

Spinach For Sight

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

Light-sensitive proteins in chlorophyll may provide treatment for some eye diseases. by Carolyn Krause Reprinted with permission from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory ORNL Reporter, Issue 30, September 2001. Spinach, a vegetable famously rich in vitamins and minerals, can be safely assumed to be good for the eyes. A collaboration between ORNL researchers and the
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August 22, 2001

Stem Cell Research: Hope With An Ethical Price Tag

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts August 2001 Background On The Research Stem cells are undeveloped structures which are able develop into any of the nearly 220 cell types that make up the human body, and which can theoretically reproduce themselves infinitely. Recent discovery of adult stem cells, or progenitor cells, in the eyes of adult rodents has
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July 6, 2001

Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Posted in: Daily Living

How To Avoid Charity Rip-offs by Dan Roberts 2001 Wherever you find people who are affected by incurable diseases, you will find others trying to relieve them of their money. Often hiding under the guise of nonprofit charitable organizations and carefully following all of the requirements imposed by law, they present a facade of benevolence,
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April 7, 2001

A New Look At Eye Health

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Bill Sardi (Reprinted with permission from Nutrition Science News, April 2001.) Many people with deteriorating vision are seeing nutritional therapy as a successful alternative to conventional medicine or surgery. An example is Mildred Frank of Ormond Beach, Fla., who experienced a dramatic improvement in her vision that was not the result of lasers or
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January 21, 2001

Carotenoids

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

A report on new information from the Gordon Research Conference by Gislin Dagnelie, Ph.D. January 21, 2001 Over the past week I attended the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on carotenoids, a meeting that is held once per 3 years to exchange the most current information in the area of research on plant and animal substances
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October 25, 2000

Descriptions of Antioxidant Vitamins, Nutrients, and Minerals

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

Compiled by Wendy Watt, O.D. October 25, 2000 Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of central vision loss in the United States today, and it is the eye disease that most often results in legal blindness. Studies have shown that AMD responds well to antioxidant vitamins, nutrients, and minerals that could prevent the
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September 25, 2000

Vitrectomy Surgery

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

originally published September 2000 The vitreous is a jelly-like fluid which fills the middle of the eye and helps it hold its shape. In order for repairs to be made to the retina, the vitreous must be removed and then replaced after surgery. The vitreous may also need to be replaced if it is inflamed
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July 15, 2000

Foundation Researchers Use Gene Therapy to Restore Retinal Function in an Animal Model of Retinal Degeneration

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Tom Hoglund July 2000 In the July issue of Nature Genetics, Foundation Fighting Blindness-supported researchers used gene replacement therapy to treat a rodent model of retinal degeneration. This is the first published study to show that gene replacement therapy can restore function to photoreceptor cells. These findings also demonstrate that gene replacement therapy can
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July 15, 2000

Researchers Restore Vision In an Animal Model of Childhood Blindness

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

By Tom Hoglund Information Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness July 2000 In a ground breaking study published in the July issue of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers rapidly restored lost vision in a mouse model of Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA) using oral doses of a chemical compound derived from vitamin A. LCA
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July 1, 2000

Artificial Retina Implanted in Humans

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

by Tom Hoglund Information Officer, Foundation Fighting Blindness For the first time ever, researchers from a company called Optobionics surgically implanted an artificial retina into three patients who are blind from retinitis pigmentosa. These highly-experimental prosthetic devices, made of silicon computer chips, are intended to restore ambulatory vision, thereby giving people the freedom to walk
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July 1, 2000

Information on Bilberry and other Bioflavinoids

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

by Linda Kaspari July 2000 Billberry, Huckleberries, cranberry, grape seed, elderberry and pine bark extract are Anthocyanidin Bioflavonoids. These bioflavonoids are particulary effective in strengthening capillaries. Patients should include vitamin C and bioflavonoids as part of a lifetime regimen to help prevent progressive loss of sight. Essential for proper absorption and use of vitamin C,
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May 21, 2000

Foundation Researchers Restore Vision in Canine Model of Childhood Blindness

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Tom Hoglund In one of the single most important advances in the history of retinal degeneration research, a group of Foundation Fighting Blindness-supported scientists used gene therapy to restore vision in a canine model of severe childhood blindness, known clinically as Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA). This finding, published in the May issue of Nature
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May 7, 2000

Glucocorticoids and Secondary Stress as Combined Causes of Chronic Central Serous Chorioretinopathy in Type A People

Posted in: Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts, Director Macular Degeneration Support, Inc. May 7, 2000 Introduction Central serous chorioretinopathy (CSC), also known as central serous retinopathy (CSR), is characterized by a serous detachment of the retina which often occurs in middle-aged, caucasian males who exhibit Type A behavior patterns. Chronic CSC may result from the biological effects of glucocorticoids
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March 12, 2000

Visually Impaired, Not Blind

Posted in: Latest News

People with age-related macular degeneration are pleased and relieved to see the word “blind” on its way out as a description of their visual condition. Grandview, MO (PRWeb) March 12, 2007–The word “blind” is becoming increasingly less associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD), thanks in part to awareness efforts by MD Support and the conscientiousness
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