Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

AMD Clinical Study Review

Friday, May 05, 2006

The biochemistry and molecular biology genome science associated with retinal health, and particularly macular degeneration, suggests a strong connection between dietary intake, gene regulation, and disease prevention and progression.

BioTears U.S. Patent Granted

Friday, April 28, 2006

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has awarded patent #7,029,712 for Biosyntrx's BioTears Oral GelCapsĀ®, a dry eye, tear film integrity formulation. The U.S. patent was granted on all 20 of the inventors' claims. Nutrients included in the BioTears oral formulation have been suggested in clinical studies to systemically control the inflammatory process associated with dry eye synd...

Our Dry Eye World Is Also Flat

Friday, April 21, 2006

Thomas L. Friedman's best selling book, The World is Flat, brilliantly speaks to the way technology and circumstances have flattened the 21st century world. The new Dry Eye A Practical Guide to Ocular Surface Disorders and Stem Cell Surgery text book, edited by East Indian Ophthalmologists: Amar, Athiya, and Sunita Agarwal, plus an impressive world-wide host of other dry eye expert co-authors, speaks to the new century ease of Internet uploading or downloading dry eye clinical data communications that help to flatten the world of dry eye science.

Ophthalmology's Mountain Man

Friday, April 14, 2006

Many view mountain climbing as the "ultimate" challenge - another metaphor for life itself. Last Tuesday evening Randall J. Olson, MD, mountain climber, runner, all-round athlete, international lecturer and leader in ophthalmic education, was awarded the fifth "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.

Lactoferrin and Contact Lens Fusarium Infections

Friday, April 07, 2006

Within the past month, the CDC has initiated four different research projects in response to the largest outbreak of ocular surface fungal infections ever reported in this country. As of this week, outbreaks have been reported in a number of states. Most of these recent infections seem to be associated with soft contact lens use. Every effort to prevent an eye disease called fusarium mycotic keratitis, a fungal infection of the cornea, should be made because it can lead to blindness if not properly treated.

ASCRS 2006: Manus Kraft, MD Lecture

Friday, March 24, 2006

One of the most popular lecturers at the 2006 ASCRS Symposium and Congress was the Manus C.Kraff Lecture On Science and Medicine Maximizing Memory and Brain Fitness given by the UCLA neuroscientist, Gary Small MD. Dr. Small has published more than 400 research articles in prestigious journals including The New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA, and The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Spring Training for Eye Surgeons

Friday, March 17, 2006

Top o' the morn! The educational focus on refractive intraocular lens (IOLs) at The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery Congress, opening today in San Francisco, makes it appropriate to feature our new journal ad designed around spring training suggestions for the cataract and refractive surgeon. The ad focuses on the importance of an intact tear film for optimal visual clairity.

Carnitine and Age-Related Disease

Friday, March 10, 2006

There is considerable scientific evidence that suggests age-related disease is associated with a reduced ability to cope with physiological challenges. One of the roles of the amino acid, carnitine, is to assist the physiological transport of long-chain essential fatty acids (think Omega-3s) across mitochondrial membranes. This facilitates fatty acid energy production and the transport of reactive oxygen species (ROS) compounds out of the mitochondria, preventing their toxic accumulation.

Lipoic Acid: Beyond ARED2 Study

Friday, March 03, 2006

Long term epidemiological studies suggest oxidative stress from environmental factors like smoking and sunlight exposure, as well as low dietary intake of antioxidants, to be the major contributing factors in the development of age related macular degeneration (AMD). Recent evidence suggests the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) mitochondria to be the important cellular target of this oxidative stress.

Ophthalmology's Holy Grail: The Quest for Perfect Vision

Friday, February 24, 2006

Roger Steinert, MD, a member of our scientific advisory board and the current president of The American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery (ASCRS), explained in his ASCRS Binkhorst lecture, "The quest for perfect vision is the ultimate prize of our profession, but it's elusive and its very existence uncertain."

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