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IL-18 component offers hope for Macular Degeneration

The online journal, Science of Translational Medicine, details the breakthrough discovery of a component of the immune system known as IL-18 that may hold the key to treating macular degeneration. Researchers at Trinity College in Dublin discovered that IL-18 acts as a “guardian of eyesight” by suppressing the production of damaging blood vessels behind the […]

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Boost your SPF protection – naturally

With the spring sun slowly chasing the last remnants of winter away, our thoughts turn toward summer activities and being outside. Summertime fun also means summer sun protection and in addition to grabbing a bottle of sunscreen or sun block, there are some thing you can do naturally to boost your SPF protection. Of course, […]

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Can eating eggs prevent dementia?

A research team based at Tufts University near Boston is set to begin a study that will look at the effect of egg consumption on cognitive function in people over the age of 50. Researcher expect to prove that egg consumption is beneficial to neurological health. The focus of the study will be on lutein […]

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Exercise and light drinking help to protect vision

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin evaluated the influence that smoking, drinking alcohol and exercise have on vision by tracking medical records of almost 5,000 adults ranging in age from 43 to 84 between 1988 and 2013. Results were published in Ophthalmology online. While the research team noted that visual impairment developed in 5.4 percent […]

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Infrared vision could be possible in the near future

Working with graphene, which is the world’s strongest material, researchers at the University of Michigan have developed the first infrared light detector that is thin enough to be incorporated into contact lenses. Since graphene is only able to absorb about 2.3 percent of the light that hits it and it is unable to capture enough […]

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Omega-3s, lutein and zeaxanthin do not reduce cardivascular disease risk

Cardiovascular outcomes were also analyzed as part of the second Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS2) to determine the impact that supplements containing omega-3s, lutein and zeaxanthin had on cardiovascular disease risk. Previous diet studies had suggested that high intake of omega-3 fatty acids can reduce rates of cardiac death. 4,203 people were randomly selected […]

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Cosmetic injections can cause vision loss

The price of a youthful look may be loss of your vision. The common beauty procedure of cosmetic injections, while typically safe with just minor side effects, can have the devastating result of causing vision loss when used around the eyes. Cosmetic injections do have FDA approval for use in the middle parts of the […]

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Anti-VEGF eye injections could be replaced by eyedrops

Patients suffering from the wet form of macular degeneration may soon be able to say goodbye to unpleasant injections and hello to eye drops as treatment for the disease. Recent research points to eye drops that are safe and effective in treating wet macular degeneration. Anti-VEGF injections are the current method of treatment because the […]

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Decreased cataract risk in men who take multivitamins

A recent study published in Ophthalmology reveals that men who take multivitamins on a daily basis over a long period of time decrease their risk of developing cataracts. The same study found that multivitamin use had no real effect on macular degeneration. The study took place over 11 years and involved 14,641 male doctors who […]

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Researchers successfully create human model of AMD using skin cells

Macular degeneration research using rodents as test subjects has been limited because rodents do not have a macula, which presents limitations in what can be learned. In order to overcome this obstacle, Dr. Stephen Tsang at Columbia University created a human model of AMD. Using skin cells from two people who had a high risk […]