Friday Pearls

Friday Pearls

Angiogenesis and Eye Health

Friday, January 04, 2013

Peer reviewed journals continue to publish a number of studies that discuss vascular endothelial grrowth factor (VEGF), a glycoprotein that acts as a growth factor specific to endothelial cells that line the entire circulatory system from the heart to the smallest capillary in the eye and brain.

2005 Tipping Point Revisited

Friday, December 28, 2012

It's always important to spend some year-end time looking over one's body of  work to see what stuck.  Our 2005 Tipping Point Friday Pearl did just that. We present it again from the December, 2012 perspective.  

Holiday Eating Tips

Friday, December 21, 2012

In the spirit of the season and because it seems appropriate,  I’m using a holiday letter I just received from a favorite cousin as this week’s Friday Pearl.  I don’t think she wrote it herself since I seem to remember reading it once  before.  I hope it brings a much-needed smile to your face, as it did to all of ours.  

Ginkgo biloba: Colds & Flu

Friday, December 07, 2012

A study published in the peer-reviewed November 2012 issue of Natural Medicines examined the influence of Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb)  on the infectivity of influenza viruses and found an inhibitory effect: specifically EGb interference with the interaction between influenza viruses and erythrocytes (red blood cells).  

Rediscovering Our Mojo

Friday, November 30, 2012

Our country seems to be in an ugly post-election funk. The unfortunate performance of elected officials on both sides of the aisle caused even the most positive of us to  lose some of our Mojo.  Rediscovering and sharing our Mojo with family, friends and colleagues will help move our country forward again.  

Contact Lens Comfort & Safety

Friday, November 16, 2012

Studies suggest that the two primary symptoms associated with contact lens-related dry eye are itching and discomfort. Patient self-perception of dry eye during contact lens wear suggests that folks over the age of 40 think their eyes feel dry and too often ache when they wear contacts. This leads to discontinuation of lens wear.

Pre-Dawn Sandy Thoughts

Friday, November 02, 2012

Listening to Hurricane Sandy coverage as I write this week’s Friday Pearl brought home lots of important messages:   Enjoy life to the fullest every day possible; always hope for the best, be kind and be prepared for and cautiously anticipate the worst.

11 Things to Remember About Multivitamins

Friday, October 26, 2012

It's easy to become confused with so many multivitamins choices available.  Today's Pearl will focus on ten things, plus one, that eye doctors and their patients should remember when recommending or selecting an ocular health / full-body multivitamin supplement. 

Why Flavonoids?

Friday, October 12, 2012

Flavonoids, also called bioflavonoids and classified as phytochemicals, were once called Vitamin P, based on the clinically suggested effect they have on the permeability of capillaries. Unfortunately, that name fell out of favor a number of years ago.

Sex Matters

Friday, October 05, 2012

Got your attention didn’t I. A number of years ago, information surfaced suggesting that the majority of human clinical drug studies had been done on males.  This resulted in females receiving drugs based on the results of male studies.  

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