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A national study finds that cataract surgery proves to be beneficial to age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients. The American Academy of Opthalmology details this report in their November issue of
November is Diabetes Awareness Month and many people do not realize that this
Lutein, found in spinach and other green leafy vegetables, is one of several important nutrients that helps protect the eyes from the free radical changes that can affect healthy eye function macular degeneration and cataracts. Two studies show that this carotenoid may support eye health in other ways as well.
The journal Ophthalmology, compared the injection of Lucentis (ranibizumab) and Avastin (bevacizumab) into mice. Lucentis and Avastin had similar efficacy at suppressing sub-retinal neovascularization (wet macular degeneration) in mice but the effect lasted longer with Avastin.
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Phytosterols, long known for their cholesterol-lowering action, are emerging as cancer-fighting powerhouses. Phytosterols, the structural components in the cell membranes of plants, have long been known to reduce serum total and LDL cholesterol levels. Now, new research indicates that they may help to prevent cancer as well.
It was just a few months ago on the VisiVite Blog that we published studies regarding stem cell research for treatment of eye disease which shortly followed the new federal laws that were enacted. But in a scientfic stem-cell breakthrough today out of the University of Wisconsin (Madison), resear
In LASIK (Laser-Assisted In Situ Keratomileusis), a flap is created and the laser reshaping is then performed below the flap. Laser treatment to treat near-sightedness, far-sightedness and astigmatism, is not benign.
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Insulin, a hormone manufactured by the islet cells in the Pancreas, is critical to good health. Insulin doesn?t dissolve glucose; rather, it moves glucose (simple sugar) out of the bloodstream and into the cells in muscle and the liver, where it is converted into glycogen, an energy storage molecule
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Many children in the United States have low vitamin D levels raising their risk for b
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If you haven't joined Facebook yet, you're missing out on my Ask The Eye Doctor group. (not to mention all the people from high school who you've long forgotten!) Let's face it - we all have questions when we go to th
Are you concerned about the state of musical education in our country? If so, I must share with all of you a speech given last week by Wynton Marsalis. Marsalis, who has won a Pulitzer Prize in Music a
Just three years after the discovery of some of the genetic causes of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a Canadian company is less than one year away of bringing to market a simple test of saliva that can be done at your doctor's office.
Newspapers are always looking for the next great story for excitement and to garner read
The Geron Corporation, based in Menlo Park, California, reported in a news release that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FD) cleared the company's Investigational New Drug application for the clinical trial of GRNOPC1 for the specific use in patients with subacute complete thoracic spinal cord injuries.
As this season's football teams celebrated their respective division championships with champagne, with corks flying around the room painting each others' faces with the pressurized spray, I was motivated to warn my readers about avoiding a potentially devastating eye injury. Just three months ag
Poor Genentech. The company is making the news frequently these days. And it?s not about new drug discoveries or other scientific breakthroughs that is earning the company such press, but rumors of the compan
Welcome to the VisiVite Blog, featuring subjects about eye health and alternative treatments for macular degeneration and dry eye syndrome, in particular.? My intention for the blog is to discuss the the latest eye health news, eye care research, and alternative eye treatment solutions. I also hope
It seems highly unlikely that one company would produce two drugs, at different prices, that treat the same ailment, and be in the middle of a medical industry dispute, but that's exactly the case of Genentech Inc. Lucentis, a federally approved drug for the most severe form of macular degenerati
A recent study shared at the Meeting of the American Physical Society of Fluid Dynamic pointed towards inefficient fluid mixing of the medication and the gel within the eye being responsib

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