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  1. What Your Eyes Say About Your Health

    Are the eyes “windows to the soul,” as the ancient proverb has it? Maybe, but they are certainly portals through which one can glimpse signs of certain health problems -- not only eye disorders like cataracts and glaucoma, but also systemic illnesses like diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease

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  2. Blake Mycoskie Starts Something That Matters

    Blake Mycoskie first glimpsed global poverty while a contestant on CBS's The Amazing Race, zooming around the world in 2002 with his sister, Paige, (they finished third on the reality game show). But it wasn't until a vacation to Argentina in 2006 that the Texan was hit with the need to do something

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  3. CDC: Many Americans Are Skipping Eye Care

    May 19, 2011 -- A large number of people who have problems with their eyesight don't visit eye doctors because of the cost or because they don't have health insurance that covers eye care, a CDC survey shows. The survey shows that others don't get regular eye exams because they don't think they have

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  4. Avastin as Good as Lucentis for AMD Treatment

    April 29, 2011 -- Fifty-dollars worth of Avastin prevents blindness from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), and does it just as well as $2,000 worth of Lucentis, a federally funded clinical trial finds. AMD, the leading cause of blindness in the U.S., is the result of abnormal growth and leakag

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  5. Vegetarians May Have Lower Risk of Cataracts

    April 20, 2011 -- People who eat meat may be at increased risk of developing cataracts compared to vegetarians, a new study shows. Researchers at the University of Oxford in England say vegetarians and vegans are 30% to 40% less likely to develop cataracts than people who eat a lot of meat. Other fa

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  6. Vitamin D Levels May Affect Macular Degeneration Risk

    April 11, 2011 -- Women younger than 75 who get sufficient vitamin D in their diets appear to have a reduced risk of a leading cause of blindness, new research indicates. In the study, researchers say women under 75 who got the most vitamin D had a 59% decreased risk of developing age-related macula

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  7. My WebMD: Learning to Live With Blindness

    I've been going blind my whole life. I was born with choroideremia, a rare, inherited disorder that causes gradual vision loss. My doctors diagnosed it when I was 14, after my pediatrician saw small spots in my eyes. I had known I was having trouble seeing, especially at night, but at that age I did

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  8. Fatty Fish May Cut Risk of Macular Degeneration

    March 14, 2011 -- Eating fatty fish one or more times a week may reduce your risk for developing age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in people aged 60 and older.  The new findings appear online in the Archives of Opthalmology. About 9 million Americans aged 40 and older

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  9. Bottle Rockets Hurt Kids

    Jan. 10, 2010 -- Medical groups such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology have been warning for years about the dangers posed to children by fireworks, and now a new study warns that bottle rockets may be particularly dangerous. It says bottle rockets can lead to permanent loss of vision, or at

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  10. Fewer Americans Have AMD

    Jan. 10, 2011 -- Fewer adults in the U.S. are developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), possibly because of healthier lifestyles, researchers report in this month's Archives of Ophthalmology. AMD is an eye disease that gradually makes it difficult to see fine details, such as numbers on a w

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