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    1. Race May Affect Macular Degeneration

      Feb. 11, 2008 -- Whites over the age of 65 may face a higher risk of losing their sight due to macular degeneration than African-Americans. A new study of more than 2,500 elderly people shows whites are more likely than African-Americans to show early signs of age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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    2. Inflammation Linked to Eye Disease

      Oct. 8, 2007 -- A chemical marker of inflammation may be connected to the leading cause of vision loss in Western countries. Dutch researchers reported that news today in the Archives of Ophthalmology. They studied the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP) and age-related macular degeneration

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    3. Nutrients May Help Save Eyes

      Sept. 11, 2007 -- New research shows that eating yellow and green vegetables may help people aged 60 and older avoid age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness. That news comes from a study of some 4,500 people aged 60-80 who were screened for age-related macular degeneration, wh

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    4. High-Sugar Foods May Affect Eyesight

      July 13, 2007 -- Eating lots of sugary, starchy foods may make eyes more vulnerable to age-related macular degeneration (AMD), America's top cause of vision loss. That news appears in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition . AMD typically starts late in life. It affects the retina, located in th

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    5. Beta-Carotene Pills May Not Help Eyes

      March 14, 2007 -- You may not want to count on beta-carotene pills to prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD). A new study in Archives of Ophthalmology shows that healthy men taking beta-carotene pills for 12 years were as likely to develop age-related maculopathy (ARM), which includes AMD, a

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    6. Macular Degeneration: Preserving Eyesight

      Q: My mother, 63, recently learned she has early signs of age-related macular degeneration. What can she do to preserve her eyesight? Would certain nutritional supplements help? A: Age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) is the most common of all retinal disorders (damage to the eye's retina) and th

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    7. Laser Won't Stop AMD Vision Loss

      Nov. 3, 2006 – It's final: Low-intensity laser treatment doesn't prevent vision loss from age-related macular degeneration , or AMD. That finding comes from a definitive study of more than 1,000 people at 22 eye centers throughout the U.S. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vis

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    8. FDA OKs Macular Degeneration Drug

      June 30, 2006 -- The FDA today approved Lucentis (ranibizumab injection) to treat patients with "wet" age-related macular degeneration (AMD). The eye disease is the leading cause of severe vision loss in people 60 and older. In AMD, the retina's central area (macula) deteriorates. In the "wet" AMD,

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    9. New Eye Drugs Treat Macular Degeneration

      Oct. 17, 2005 (Chicago) -- Some ophthalmologists are treating an increasing number of people at risk for severe vision loss from age-related macular degeneration with a drug approved for cancer. And others are expressing optimism about the promise of new drugs now available or in the approval proces

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    10. Tracking a Vision Thief

      At first, the only clue might be slightly distorted or blurry vision, or difficulty reading. When it gets worse, you decide to see your eye doctor.In doing so, you might learn you have a condition called age-related macular degeneration, or AMD. In AMD, the macula -- the area of the retina that is r

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