Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

A-Team Crisis Management

Friday, December 14, 2007

James Tielsch, PhD, one of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health presenters at this years Academy of Ophthalmology in New Orleans, suggested that the annual economic impact of eye care in the United States is estimated at 51 billion dollars, not counting the cost of refraction correction.

On Bungling Beta Carotene

Friday, December 07, 2007

The Center for Science in the Public Interest requested on December 5th that the Food and Drug Administration take enforcement actions against manufacturers of dietary supplements containing more than 5,000 IUs of synthetic beta carotene (a precursor of vitamin A) unless the labels of such products contain a statement warning consumers (think dietary supplement black box) that beta carotene may cause lung cancer in smokers.

On Being Most Thankful for Water

Friday, November 23, 2007

Praising food, drink, family, friends, and electronics was a normal happening around many Thanksgiving tables yesterday. My seven-year-old grandson decided, after much serious thought, that he was the most thankful for water.

Cataracts & Carbohydrates

Friday, November 16, 2007

A study published in the November 2007 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition suggests an increased risk of long-term incident cortical cataract in the study participants who consumed diets that included high glycemic carbohydrates over a ten year period.

More Vitamin E Defense

Friday, November 09, 2007

It seems important to continue last week’s defense of Vitamin E supplementation by introducing our readers to a particularly important study published in the Vascular Medicine section of the September 2007 Journal of the American Heart Association.

Vitamin E, Type 2 Diabetes & Heart Disease

Friday, November 02, 2007

We take calls almost daily from patients whose doctors are still telling them that the Vitamin E meta-analysis published two years ago is every reason for them not to take a full-spectrum multiple that includes 300 IUs of natural Vitamin E. Unfortunately, the meta-analysis did not include a number of statistically significient natural vitamin E studies that would have dramatically changed the analysis conclusion.

VEGF & Homocysteine

Friday, October 26, 2007

The expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) can be a by-product of hyperhomocysteinemia, which  has been implicated in the development and progression of atherothrombotic vascular diseases, including peripheral arterial disease (PAD), coronary heart disease, diabetic retinopathy, as well as an increased risk of developing wet AMD.  

Antioxidants Don't Prevent AMD!

Friday, October 12, 2007

“If I have not seen as far as others, it is because giants were standing on my shoulders.” Sir Isaac Newton The delicious quote above is directed at the dinosaurs that stand on the shoulders of nutritional biochemists and molecular biology researchers. It also speaks to our thoughts on the dietary antioxidant/age related macular degeneration meta-analysis published in this week’s British Medical Journal that concluded, "antioxidants don't prevent AMD."

CRN Facts to File

Friday, September 21, 2007

According to a national survey of health journalists conducted by the University of Missouri School of Journalism, only 18% of the newspaper and magazine writers surveyed said that they had specialized training in health reporting. 

Rx Roulette = FDA Reform

Friday, September 21, 2007

After a huge amount of compromise, including giving up banning direct-to-consumer drug advertisements, controlling drug prices, and preventing FDA drug-approval investigators from being paid consultants to drug companies, the Senate, just last night, sent to the White House, a bill passed, by more than two thirds majority of each the House and Senate, a bipartisan drug safety reform bill that will give the FDA the power to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable for safety problems. This will help ensure that the pharmaceutical industry can’t continue to keep drug risks hidden from the public.

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