Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

On Conjecture and Theorems

Tuesday, May 01, 2007

A reclusive Russian mathematician, Grigori Perelman, used the equations of Ricci flow (a process by which topological regions of high curvature flow into regions of lower curvature) to finally prove the daunting 100 year old Poincare Conjecture - arguably one of the most famous unsolved math problems in the world.

Innovation: The Pain, The Pleasure

Friday, April 27, 2007

Robert Stegmann, MD, discussed the pain and the pleasure of living an innovative life as a surgeon when he was awarded the "Sir Harold Ridley Distinguished Visiting Professorship for Creativity and Innovation in Ophthalmology," by Jerre Freeman, MD and Barrett Haik, MD, of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Tennessee, Memphis on Wednesday, April 25th, 2007.

Chimps, Chance & Nutritional Status

Friday, April 20, 2007

A study published in a recent Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that since the human-chimp split about 6 million years ago, chimpanzee genes have evolved more than human genes. 

The Eye and Female Symbolism

Friday, April 06, 2007

The renaissance ophthalmologist, Juan Murube, MD, PhD, Professor of Ophthalmology, University of Alcala, Madrid, Spain, president of the International Society of Dacryology and editor of the Sources in Time section of the peer-reviewed journal The Ocular Surface, wrote a most interesting article in the January 2007 edition called The Ocular Surface and Its Symbolism. This week our Friday Pearl column addresses Dr. Murube’s brilliant literary enfeoffment to his readers.

B Vitamin Deficiency: A Preventable Coronary Artery Disease Risk Factor.

Friday, March 30, 2007

The traditional risk factors associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) include diabetes mellitus, hypertension, elevated cholesterol, smoking and a family history of CAD. However, a large amount of recent science suggests hyperhomocysteinemia to be an equally important independent risk factor for CAD, as well as other conditions associated with CAD including pseudoexfoliation glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, wet macular degeneration, Alzheimer's and erectile dysfunction.

Zinc Daggers - et tu, Brute?

Friday, March 23, 2007

Another variation on our Ides of March theme: Recently published Age-Related Eye Disease (ARED) study data analysis by urology scientists at the University of Wisconsin suggest that hospital admissions in those patients taking 80 mg of zinc oxide are much higher than previously thought. This comes as no surprise to the nutrition science community who has been insisting for years that 80 mg of zinc oxide is far too much for safe daily consumption.

Beware the Eyes of March

Friday, March 16, 2007

Just as Julius Caesar chose to ignore warnings about his impending Ides of March destiny in 44 BC, the Age Related Eye Disease (AREDs2) formulation design committee chose to ignore a large number of scientists' warnings about the futility of having AMD patients consume the large amounts of supplemental beta-carotene included in the original ARED formulation.

Healthy Lifestyle and Multiples Go Hand in Hand

Friday, March 09, 2007

The most recent report on supplement use from the National Institute of Health (NIH) suggests that  multiples are used by individuals who practice the healthiest lifestyles. They also report that close to half of the population now takes daily multiple vitamin/mineral/antioxidants. This amounts to over 145,000,000 individual daily doses, or just under 53 billion doses annually.

JAMA Article Misuses Meta-Analysis Methods

Friday, March 02, 2007

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the undisputed science strength of the supplement industry, suggests the Feb 28th 2007 JAMA meta-analysis examining the effect of antioxidant supplements on all-cause mortality, misuses meta-analysis methods to create generalized conclusions that may inappropriately confuse and alarm consumers who can benefit from supplementing with antioxidants.  

Vitamin D Now Flying Above the Radar

Friday, February 23, 2007

Medical journals are overflowing with the latest research findings on vitamin D and the many ways it protects our health. Yet, few doctors are informing their patients about the health advantages associated with this miracle vitamin.

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