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Mixed nuts
May 18, 2009
A new report from the Blue Mountains Eye Study finds that eating fish and nuts decreases the risk of early AMD, especially in people who avoid foods containing linoleic acid. There is growing evidence of the role of diet on the risk or the progression of AMD. The AREDS study found that a high-dose supplement of zinc and antioxidant vitamins (...

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Macular degeneration
Apr 23, 2009
AREDS investigators have constructed a statistical model using known genetic, demographic and environmental risk factors that is able to accurately predict the progression to advanced AMD with 81.3% certainty. Knowledge about genetic and epidemiologic risk factors for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) has grown exponentially in recent...

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Laboratory glassware
Apr 19, 2009
British scientists have developed the world's first stem cell therapy for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Surgeons predict it will become a routine, one-hour procedure that will be generally available in six or seven years' time. The treatment involves replacing a layer of degenerated retinal cells with new ones created from embryonic...

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Vegetables are good for maintaining eye health
Apr 15, 2009
Experts say there are things that can help you avoid AMD or at least ward off the worst effects. Unfortunately, some of the known risk factors for AMD are things you can't change: Age - Greater risk with increasing age Gender - Women may be at higher risk Race - Whites are most affected Genetics - AMD runs in families But there are some...

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Age-related Macular Degeneration
Apr 15, 2009
A new study of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in the United States finds that the prevalence of AMD will increase substantially over the next several decades, but new treatments will help to mitigate the number of people that will suffer severe vision loss from the disease. Newly discovered therapies for AMD could potentially offset...

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Implantable Miniature Telescope
Apr 14, 2009
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Ophthalmic Devices Advisory Panel has unanimously recommended that the FDA approve, with conditions, VisionCare Ophthalmic Technologies' premarket application for its implantable telescope therapy for end-stage age-related macular degeneration, the company announced in a press release. The panel's...

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Gait and balance
Apr 14, 2009
A new study reports that Visual impairment due to age-related maculopathy (ARM) can lead to balance and mobility problems. Among persons with low vision, important visual cues for effectively navigating through a complex environment may be degraded. As a result, individuals may require more time or effort to navigate safely through the...

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The pink flesh of wild salmon is due to astaxanthin
Mar 28, 2009
A new study finds that weekly fish consumption decreases the risk of late age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in persons with the high-risk complement factor H (CFH) genotype but not in persons with the low risk CFH genotypes. Complement factor H is an important regulator of the complement system. CFH specifically inhibits the alternative...

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Vegetables are good for maintaining eye health
Mar 20, 2009
A new study suggests that eating lots of red meat is linked to a higher risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The researchers conducted a cohort study of 6,734 persons aged 58–69 years in 1990–1994 in Melbourne, Australia. Meat intake was estimated from a food frequency questionnaire at baseline. The investigators...

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Complement pathway
Mar 19, 2009
The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is responsible for digesting the waste products of the photoreceptors. The digestion process is very efficient, but a tiny fraction of the waste is chemically indigestible, and will accumulate within the RPE. A hallmark of aging is the accumulation of undigested waste products in the form of lipofuscin within...

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