Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Vitamin E: Eye and Brain Health

Friday, January 28, 2011

Vitamin E is a family of eight natural components, but most studies related to diseases of the eye and brain simply look at alpha tocopherol, which is only one of the Vitamin E components. 

Zeaxanthin Research

Friday, January 21, 2011

Thanks to the unbridled passion for zeaxanthin science of our friend and fellow member/supporter of the Ocular Nutrition Society and the Council for Responsible Nutrition, Dennis Gierhart, PhD, the ophthalmic community better understands the important role that zeaxanthin plays in neural tissue health.

AMD Prevalence News

Friday, January 14, 2011

Epidemiology data presented by some of my favorite researchers from the University of Wisconsin: the doctors Klein, et al, was published in the January 2011 Archives of Ophthalmology.  The data suggests that the prevalence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) dropped from 9.4% of the US population to 6.5% of the US population between 1988 and 2008.

B Vitamins: A New Cause for Concern?

Friday, December 24, 2010

High concentrations of plasma total homocysteine are known to be associated with the risk of developing diabetes-related cardiovascular disease, nephropathy and proliferative retinopathy.

Food Intake Facts

Friday, December 17, 2010

Today's column is a friendly reminder to Eat, Drink and Be Merry during the largest holiday party weekend of the year. But, do exercise portion control if possible.

War is Metaphor for Inflammation

Friday, December 10, 2010

Most wars and all inflammatory responses happen because of outside threats.   At-the-ready defense systems and well-stocked arsenals are necessary to prevent and control damage.  However, over-reaction to perceived threat or attack is not appropriate and leads to depleted resources, and destructive chronic inflammation. 

Vitamin D Report Falls Short

Friday, December 03, 2010

Once again too many overzealous newspaper editors wrote headlines that don't match their reporters' articles.  Many even went so far as to suggest in this past week's headlines that the general public doesn't need vitamin D supplements at all - based on the new recommendations from the Institute of Medicine (ION). 

Dry Eye Pathophysiology

Friday, November 12, 2010

Dry eye disease is a common multfactorial ocular disorder of the tear film among middle-aged and older adults. The incidence of dry eye is higher in females than males and new science suggests the systemic disease link may differ between ethnic groups.

EpiCor Wins Immune Health Scientific Excellence Award

Friday, October 29, 2010

This October Supply Side West award is significant because it honors EpiCor's impressive library of human clinical research. In 2010, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine published the results of a clinical study that concluded EpiCor significantly reduced cold-and flu-like symptoms in non-vaccinated individuals. Supply Side West is the world's largest trade show for natural ingredients included in foods and supplements.

"Why Do You Think You Have Dry Eyes?"

Friday, October 22, 2010

I was asked that question by a delightfully earnest young man in a Dry Eye Device booth at last weekend's Academy of Ophthalmology meeting in Chicago - after I told him that I had dry eyes. The implication was that I could not possibly know if I had dry eyes until I knew the results of his test. 

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