May 07, 2010
Scientists have suspected for more than 50 years that reactive oxygen species (ROS) is one of the major instigators of aging. These oxygen byproducts of metabolism wreak havoc with a large number of molecules, as well as inhibit the body's ability to repair the damage they cause.
April 30, 2010
Last night, Dr. Jackson Coleman became the ninth recipient of the University of Tennessee Sir Harold Ridley Distinguished Visiting Professorship for Creativity and Innovation in Ophthalmology. The ceremony was broadcast live around the world from the Freeman Auditorium at the University.
April 09, 2010
It is appropriate to discuss this subject since the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Spring Symposium and Congress opens tomorrow in Boston, MA.
April 02, 2010
A study published in the American Journal of Ophthalmology suggested that dry eyes affect more than 5 million people in the United States. This disease significantly impacts the quality of life of people who suffer this malady.
March 26, 2010
Folic acid is an essential nutrient that plays a major role in intracellular metabolism. The Institute of Medicine has found it safe when consumed in doses up to 1,000 micrograms (mcg) daily. Today's column is a Council for Responsible Nutrition response to an article on folic acid in the April edition of Prevention Magazine.
March 19, 2010
Acetyl-L-Carnitine (ALC) is a combination of the amino acid l-carnitine with an acetyl group attached, thereby giving ALC the ability to transport long-chain fatty acids into the mitochrondia (referred to as the intracellular power plants because the mitochrondia generates ATP chemical energy).
March 12, 2010
The Low Vision Community lost a favorite son last week. George Buys, the inventor of TalkingCommunities.com (the forerunner of all live-on-line teaching software applications) died of emphysema. George frequently referred to himself as “Blind guy on a mission!”
March 05, 2010
Nutrition science has advanced considerably since the Age Related Eye Disease (ARED) study formulation was designed in the late 1980s. The formulation included 28,000 IU beta carotene, 500 mg vitamin C, 400 IU vitamin E, 80 mg zinc oxide, and 2 mg copper oxide.
January 29, 2010
It has come to my attention that "Through My Eyes: The Charlie Kelman Story," which aired on PBS in mid January, was not available in some parts of the country. Today's Pearl includes a tribute to Charlie and a link to the complete program for our Friday Pearl readers who did not have access to the documentary on this 20th century Renaissance man.
January 08, 2010
Black currant seed (BCSO) oil has an excellent fatty acid profile that includes omega-6 alpha-linolenic acid, gamma-linolenic acid, and the omega-3 fatty acid, stearidonic acid. It's fatty acid content makes it the oil of choice for those suffering from dry eye disease or Sjogrens.