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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Lactoferrin is an iron-binding protein found in milk. It is the main glycoprotein component of the middle watey layer of the tear film. Today's Pearl will mostly focus on lactoferrin's multi-function jobs including anti-inflammatory effects, tear film lipocalin balance, and inhibition of ocular surface bacterial biofilm formation.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Today, Friday September 21st, has been declared Worldwide Alzheimer’s Day. I follow Alzheimer’s research closely since many of the genes involved are also associated with Macular Degeneration and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
A meta-analysis published in this September 12, 2012 JAMA re-examined the results of 20 randomized fish oil studies associated with major cardiovascular disease events. The results suggest that fish oil benefits may not be as significant as claimed by many.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) nutritional values for fruits and vegetables today compared to 1975 is major cause for concern according to Al Sears, MD, nutrition specialist, prolific writer and member of a number of professional societies that focus on health, wellness and anti-aging.