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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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March 4, 2000

Submacular Surgery

Posted in: Therapies, Treatments, and Procedures

by Judy Prevost March 4, 2000 (Updated November 2004) Age Related Macular Degeneration (ARMD) is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people over the age of 65. This can be caused by the growth of abnormal blood vessels and neovascularization under the macula, or in the center of the macula, leading to loss
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September 27, 1999

New Drug May Halt Vision Loss

Posted in: Latest News, Research and Developments

by Dan Roberts September 27, 1999 A new anti-angiogenesis agent called PKC 412 has halted abnormal growth of retinal blood vessels which cause vision loss in macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy. It is made by Novartis Ltd. Pharmaceuticals, and much of the lab work is being done by Dr. Peter Campochiaro, professor of ophthalmology and
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May 30, 1999

Doctors Don’t Like Talking to Patients

Posted in: Daily Living

An editorial by Frank J. Weinstock, M.D., F.A.C.S. Reprinted with permission from Opthalmology Management (May 1999) If you’re frustrated by your doctor’s lack of social skills, you’re not alone. It’s a problem common enough that doctors themselves sometimes have to remind one another of the importance of good communication with their patients. Here is an
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December 9, 1998

Phi-Motion Angiography and Micro-Laser Treatment

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

by Dan Roberts December 1998 The Glaser Murphy Retina Treatment Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland, announced on December 9, 1998, the development of a new treatment called Phi-Motion Angiography that can improve the vision of people who have the wet form of Macular Degeneration. According to Drs. Bert Glaser, Robert Murphy and Robert Flower, the
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October 20, 1998

Alternative Medicine: The Risks of Untested and Unregulated Remedies

Posted in: Health and Nutrition

Contained in this document is an article followed by two opposing viewpoints on alternative medicine. by Marcia Angell, M.D. and Jerome P. Kassirer, M.D. ©1998, Massacusetts Medical Society Published in 9/17/98 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. Summarized here by Dan Roberts What most sets alternative medicine apart [from conventional medicine] is that
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