Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Holiday Eating Tips

Friday, December 21, 2012

In the spirit of the season and because it seems appropriate,  I’m using a holiday letter I just received from a favorite cousin as this week’s Friday Pearl.  I don’t think she wrote it herself since I seem to remember reading it once  before.  I hope it brings a much-needed smile to your face, as it did to all of ours.  

Ginkgo biloba: Colds & Flu

Friday, December 07, 2012

A study published in the peer-reviewed November 2012 issue of Natural Medicines examined the influence of Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb)  on the infectivity of influenza viruses and found an inhibitory effect: specifically EGb interference with the interaction between influenza viruses and erythrocytes (red blood cells).  

Rediscovering Our Mojo

Friday, November 30, 2012

Our country seems to be in an ugly post-election funk. The unfortunate performance of elected officials on both sides of the aisle caused even the most positive of us to  lose some of our Mojo.  Rediscovering and sharing our Mojo with family, friends and colleagues will help move our country forward again.  

Contact Lens Comfort & Safety

Friday, November 16, 2012

Studies suggest that the two primary symptoms associated with contact lens-related dry eye are itching and discomfort. Patient self-perception of dry eye during contact lens wear suggests that folks over the age of 40 think their eyes feel dry and too often ache when they wear contacts. This leads to discontinuation of lens wear.

Pre-Dawn Sandy Thoughts

Friday, November 02, 2012

Listening to Hurricane Sandy coverage as I write this week’s Friday Pearl brought home lots of important messages:   Enjoy life to the fullest every day possible; always hope for the best, be kind and be prepared for and cautiously anticipate the worst.

11 Things to Remember About Multivitamins

Friday, October 26, 2012

It's easy to become confused with so many multivitamins choices available.  Today's Pearl will focus on ten things, plus one, that eye doctors and their patients should remember when recommending or selecting an ocular health / full-body multivitamin supplement. 

Sex Matters

Friday, October 05, 2012

Got your attention didn’t I. A number of years ago, information surfaced suggesting that the majority of human clinical drug studies had been done on males.  This resulted in females receiving drugs based on the results of male studies.  

Lactoferrin & Dry Eyes

Friday, September 28, 2012

Lactoferrin is an iron-binding protein found in milk. It is the main glycoprotein component of the middle watey layer of the tear film. Today's Pearl will mostly focus on lactoferrin's multi-function jobs including anti-inflammatory effects, tear film lipocalin balance, and inhibition of ocular surface bacterial biofilm formation.

More Fish Oil News

Thursday, September 13, 2012

A meta-analysis published in this September 12, 2012 JAMA re-examined the results of 20 randomized fish oil studies associated with major cardiovascular disease events.  The results suggest that fish oil benefits may not be as significant as claimed by many.

Everyone Needs a Multiple

Thursday, August 23, 2012

The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) nutritional values for fruits and vegetables today compared to 1975 is major cause for concern according to Al Sears, MD, nutrition specialist, prolific writer and member of a number of professional societies that focus on health, wellness and anti-aging.

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