Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

A Nation at Risk

Friday, September 16, 2011

"Never doubt the power of small groups to change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."  Margaret Mead, Anthropologist   Prevent Blindness America released a report estimating that the costs associated with adult vision problems in the United States now exceeds $51.4 billion a year. This report provides both the costs to the individual and their caregivers, and the impact on the U.S. economy of vision conditions including age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataract, diabetic retinopathy, primary open-angle glaucoma, refractive error, visual impairment and blindness.

Belly Fat Battle Plan

Friday, September 09, 2011

As more and more type-2 diabetes drugs are being recalled it's glaringly evident that medicine needs an armamentarium of clinically proven safe  methods to help patients win the belly fat battle before diabetes develops. 

Six mg of Lutein Not Enough

Friday, September 02, 2011

We have known for years that lutein can affect macular pigment optical density (MPOD) and visual function; however there is still a lot to learn about its effect. The aim of the study discussed in today’s Pearl was to assess the 1-year changes in MPOD and visual function in response to supplementation containing 6 mg of lutein.

Retina Degeneration & Omega-3s

Friday, August 26, 2011

Retinal degeneration is triggered by a number of events, including internal and external environmental factors that signal complex intracellular and intercellular biochemical reactions that set into motion the initial stages of degeneration.

Macula Degeneration Does Not Cause Blindness

Friday, August 19, 2011

To best serve patients, it's vital that the ophthalmic and optometric communities stay in touch with patient opinion. Today's Pearl again presents research sponsored by the most active macular degeneration internet support community,

Moving Faster Than the Speed of Science

Friday, August 12, 2011

An ongoing misconception among consumers of nutritional supplements is that it takes weeks or months for any supplement to start working.  Epicor has made a big scientific leap by tossing those misconceptions right out the window.

Bacterial Keratitis

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Extended wear contact lenses, dry eye syndrome, chronic blepharitis and keratopathies due to herpetic infection, represent an important risk factor for development of bacterial keratitis - one of the most visually threatening ocular infectious pathologies.Eventual bacterial resistance to all the fluoroquinolones suggests a dire need to focus on innate tools that can inhibit ocular biofilm ...

F as in Fat: Obesity Threatens America's Future

Friday, July 29, 2011

Americans are fat and getting fatter, according to a new report from The Trust for America's Health.  Obesity rates grew in 16 states over the last year and not one state declined.  The 10 states with the fattest adults and the 10 states with the fattest children are listed below, as well as the 10 most fit states in America.

Women, Diet & Psychosis

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

In a study published in Psychiatry dietary intake was estimated using a food frequency questionnaire on 33,623 women aged 30-49 years of age between the years of 1991 and 1992.   Information on psychotic-like symptoms was derived from a follow-up questionnaire on the same women in the years 2002 and 2003.

The Incredible Egg

Friday, July 15, 2011

Want to be incredible?  Eat incredible. The nutrient content of an egg is dependent on the laying hen's diet, just as human health including eye health is dependent on nutrient intake. What's good for the hen is good for the egg and what's good for the eye is good for the body.  Even slight nutrient deficiencies are now suggested to eventually cause cellular and DNA damage.

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