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Using Stem Cells in Macular Degeneration

This article in Scientific American reports about a 70 year-old Japanese woman who received a retinal cell transplant for her age-related macular degneration (AMD).  A small sheet of retinal pigment epithelium was transplanted into her retina. The stem cells were created from the patient’s skin cells that were changed into retinal cells via induced pluripotent stem […]

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Interval Training Helps Control Diabetes

This NPR article quotes a report in Diabetologia.  Study participants were divided into three groups with one group performing interval exercise, one group performing continuous exercise, and the last group using their normal routine.  The interval training group experienced 20% improvement in their blood sugar reading.  Surprisingly, the continuous exercise group’s blood sugar did not improve. What […]

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Why Back-To-School Exams Are Important

As a parent, you may wonder whether your preschooler has a vision problem or when you should schedule your child’s first eye exam. Eye exams for children are extremely important, because 5 to 10 percent of preschoolers and 25 percent of school-aged children have vision problems.* Early identification of a child’s vision problem can be […]

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Blood Pressure Drugs Linked to Higher Risk for Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Taking vasodilators and oral beta blockers for high blood pressure has been associated with a higher risk for developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Analysis of data from the long-term Beaver Dam Eye Study of nearly 5,000 people found that taking vasodilators such as Apresoline and Loniten seems to bring a 72 percent greater risk of […]

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