Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Meet The 2006 Science Idol!

Friday, October 06, 2006

This past summer creative minds throughout America had the opportunity to show off their artistic and comedic talents in support of independent science by entering Science Idol: the Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest.

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Friday, September 29, 2006

The recent Ethiopian Rift Valley discovery of a 3.3-million-year-old female child skeleton is the most exciting discovery in paleontology. Baby Lucy, by far the oldest human ancestor fossil ever discovered, is estimated to be almost 100,000 years older than Lucy, and she shares the same kaleidoscope eyes.

Stem Cells, Immune System & Eye Disease

Friday, September 15, 2006

Multipotent hemopoietic stem cells (MHSC) are found in the bone marrow. These precursor cells are responsible for the continuing formation of our blood cells, including our immune system leukocytes (white blood cells). Leukocytes include monocytes, macrophages, neutrophils, basophils and eosinophils.

Cataracts & Nutrition

Friday, September 01, 2006

Loss of vision is the second greatest fear, next to death, among the elderly. Age related cataracts are one of the major causes of loss of vision worldwide. Approximately 20 million people in the United States have their vision obstructed by cataracts and 500,000 new cases are diagnosed annually.

DNA Nutrition Connection

Friday, August 25, 2006

Our genes are formed from microscopic double-strands of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA). They are dependent on adequate nutrition for their structure and activity. By appropriately switching on and off (this is called transcription in the genome research world) our genes direct the behavior of our body's 60 trillion cells. Many genetic researchers consider our genes to be the Rosetta stone of health and disease.

Let's Get it On

Friday, August 04, 2006

"There are three topics in modern science that have caused more controversy than stem cells " the development of nuclear bombs, the notion that the sun is at the center of our solar system and the theory of evolution," so says Michael Stebbins, PhD, the director of biology policy for the Federation of American Scientists and a former US congressional fellow in science policy.

Ginkgo Biloba and Disease

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Ginkgo biloba has been used medicinally for thousands of years. It has become a very popular herbal supplement for its potential benefit in alleviating symptoms associated with peripheral vascular disease, demantia, asthma, and tinnitus.

Vision Loss Slowed by Antioxidants

Friday, July 28, 2006

Scientific evidence, as well as common sense, is mounting regarding the need for daily intake of the full-spectrum of micronutrients to protect eye health, in spite of the huge amount of B&L marketing dollars spent advertising the simplistic ARED formulation, which includes questionable amounts of beta-carotene and zinc.

Fish Oil Supplements Safer Than Fish

Friday, July 21, 2006

For optimal health of the whole body, including the eyes, the consumption of two or more servings of fish high in Omega-3 fatty acids per week is advocated by the American Heart Association, the American Medical Association, the FDA and the most recent edition of the peer-reviewed journal, Ophthalmology. However, fresh wat

Zeaxanthin and Diabetic Retinopathy

Friday, June 30, 2006

A large body of literature suggests the retina experiences increased oxidative stress in diabetes. Overproduction of superoxide by the mitochondrial electron transport chain activates nuclear transcription factors (NFkB) and the three major pathways postulated to be involved in the pathogenesis associated with retinal capillary cell apoptosis in diabetic retinopathy.

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