Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Age-Related Vision Loss: The Lewin Report

Friday, December 16, 2005

The Lewin Group was commissioned in early 2005 by the Dietary Supplement Education Alliance (DSEA) to critically review the research literature concerning Omega-3 fatty acids, lutein and zeaxanthin. As the population lives longer, reducing the level of disability caused by age-related diseases is becoming more important. Activities central to independent living, which include reading, driving, and writing, are considerably impaired through the loss of central vision due to AMD.

Analysis of Nutrient Studies, Particularly the New Omega-3 Study

Friday, December 02, 2005

For the non-scientists, meta-analyses combine similar small studies together in an attempt to better assess the effects of a treatment. Meta-analyses are often considered the final word on the effects of those treatments, although there are serious limitations to this approach. When studies have different designs or inclusion parameters, deciding which studies to combine and which to leave out ...

Type 2 Diabetes, Alzheimer's and Macular Degeneration

Friday, November 18, 2005

A paradoxical effect of certain genes associated with type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's and macular degeneration is linked in various studies to elevated homocysteine level, which is linked back to vitamin B6, B12 and folate deficiency. The oral insulin medications prescribed today for most type 2 diabetics is metformin and glyburide: both further inhibit normal absorption of vitamin B12 and folate.

Micronutrients and the Eye/Brain Connection

Friday, November 11, 2005

Controlling oxidative stress (free radical damage) is a pivotal factor for chronic degenerative diseases of the eye and brain. Current science suggests that neurotoxic peptide amyloid-beta (Abeta) can accumulate in the brain and vascular system of those who inherit a specific set of genes.

Chinook Winds and Power Outages Delay Friday Pearl

Saturday, November 05, 2005

The positive ions associated with warm dry high-wind storms like the one that blew over the Colorado Rocky Mountain Front Range this week (84 miles per hour winds in Colorado Springs) are suggested in the literature to dramatically contribute to dry eye symptoms and other maladies.

Curcumin: A Spice for All Seasons

Friday, October 28, 2005

Curcumin is a dietary compound with diverse antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic effects. The strong anti-oxidative activity in curcuminoids, the main yellow pigments in Curcuma longa (turmeric), have been used widely and for a long time in the treatment of chronic inflammation in indigenous medicine.

Biosyntrx Launches Two New Products at AAO

Friday, October 21, 2005

The American Academy of Ophthalmology annual meeting proved to be a great launching pad for two new Biosyntrx products: Zeaxanthin4 and ZoOmega-3. Peer-reviewed science strongly supports the use of high-quality concentrated supplemental Omega-3s on days that cold water fish is not consumed, and zeaxanthin science continues to strongly suggest that the central macula preference is for zeaxanthin, not lutein.

Ginkgo biloba: Friend or Foe

Friday, October 07, 2005

At first glance, a National Library of Medicine search shows literature suggesting increased bleeding time with Ginkgo biloba. This is of extreme concern to many, including macula degeneration patients. However, almost all titles listed are anecdotal letters to journals, not evidence-based science. The well-meaning letters almost never address the amount of Ginkgo the bleeding patient was taking, nor do most of the published letters include a list of the other prescription and OTC medications the patient with a bleed was ingesting.

The Allergic Dry Eye and Inflammation

Friday, September 30, 2005

Ocular allergy can be broadly classified into four disease subcategories: seasonal allergic conjunctivitis (SAC), perennial allergic conjunctivitis (PAC), vernal keratoconjunctivitis (VKC), and atopic keratoconjunctivitis (AKC). It is estimated that over 20% of the general population suffers from some form of ocular allergy. Of those, over 90% have SAC, PAC, or both.

AMD Awareness Internet Conference

Friday, September 16, 2005

In keeping with their commitment to provide up-to-date and useful information to macular degeneration patients and their families, the non-profit foundations that make up the International AMD Alliance are sponsoring the first AMD Awareness Internet Conference during AMD Awareness Month 2005. The conference dates are Sept 22nd -24th.

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