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  1. Cigarettes Linked to Late-Life Blindness

    Sept. 7, 2005 - Need another reason to stop smoking? Cigarette smokers are far more likely than nonsmokers to go blind late in life, but few people are aware of the risk, new research suggests. Smoking was associated with a two- to threefold increase in the risk of developing age-related macular deg

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  2. Cosmic Radiation May Up Cataracts in Pilots

    Aug. 8, 2005 -- Exposure to high-altitude cosmic radiation may make commercial pilots more likely to get cataracts than nonpilots. Cataracts in the center of the eye's lens were three times as common among commercial pilots as among their peers who weren't pilots, write researchers from Iceland in t

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  3. Antibiotics No Help for Pinkeye?

    June 22, 2005 -- Kids with pinkeye don't get better faster if they get antibiotic eyedrops, a British study shows. The surprising finding suggests that pinkeye -- what doctors call conjunctivitis -- goes away by itself. Even so, doctors aren't likely to stop prescribing antibiotic eyedrops for this

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  4. Study: Fruits, Veggies May Help Avoid Cataracts

    June 17, 2005 -- Eating lots of fruits and vegetables may help avoid cataracts, say researchers in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition . "High intake of fruits and vegetables may have a modest protective effect" against cataracts, they write. The research team included William Christen of Har

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  5. New Contact Lenses Cut Eye Infection Risk

    March 21, 2005 -- The new generation of contact lenses carries a lower risk of severe eye infections when worn for extended periods of time, say British researchers. "Those who choose to sleep in lenses should be advised to wear silicone hydrogel lenses, which carry a five times decreased risk of se

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  6. New Macular Degeneration Drug Preserves Sight

    Dec. 29, 2004 - A new drug may help slow the gradual loss of vision associated with the leading cause of blindness among the elderly. New research shows the drug, Macugen, slowed loss of vision as well as reduced the risk of severe vision loss or blindness among older adults with the wet form of age

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  7. New Drug for Rare Type of Macular Degeneration.

    Dec. 21, 2004 -- The FDA has approved a new drug treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration. The drug, called Macugen, doesn't cure the condition, but it slows vision loss. Wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) is rare. It accounts for about 1 in 10 cases of macular degeneration. Bu

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  8. New Drug for Rare Type of Macular Degeneration

    Dec. 21, 2004 -- The FDA has approved a new drug treatment for wet age-related macular degeneration. The drug, called Macugen, doesn't cure the condition, but it slows vision loss. Wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) is rare. It accounts for about 1 in 10 cases of macular degeneration. Bu

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  9. Hard Contact Lenses Slow Kids' Nearsightedness

    Dec. 13, 2004 -- Nearsightedness progresses more slowly in children who wear hard contact lenses compared with those who wear soft contact lenses, say Ohio researchers. About a quarter of the U.S. population is nearsighted. The problem, called myopia, usually starts between ages 8-16 years. It can w

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  10. Lead Exposure Eyed as Risk for Cataracts

    Dec. 7, 2004 -- Lead exposure may increase the risk of cataracts, especially for men, a new study shows. Despite public health efforts to cut lead in gasoline, paint, and other sources in the environment, lead exposure continues to pose a significant problem, writes researcher Debra A. Schaumberg, S

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