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  • Computer Vision Syndrome- From Womens Health Magazine

    The Truth Behind Computer Vision
    Will your beloved time with your computer, smartphone, and tablets come back to bite you in blurred vision? Learn how to preserve your eyesight in an increasingly digital world
    Brigid Sweeney.

    If you find yourself looking in the mirror at the end of a long day only to see the bloodshot eyes of a crackhead staring back at you, it may be because you are addicted to something—your digital devices.

  • Vision test offers rare, early glimpse of concussion

    http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/02/02/concussion.test/

    For an injury that is largely invisible, it is no small irony that a new test to detect concussion involves the eyes.
    The two-minute test, which tracked subtle vision problems in athletes with suspected traumatic brain injury, was a near-perfect gauge of whether a concussion had occurred, according to a new study.

  • Nintendo 3-D

    3-D or 3-Don't?
    January 27, 2011
    by Jeana Lee Tahnk

    © Nintendo Co., Ltd. Share Everything seems to be 3-D nowadays. TV, movies on the big screen, even gaming systems. The trend hasn’t quite taken off, probably because people don’t really want to be sitting and watching TV with big, bulky glasses on, but beyond that, are there actually health risks to consider?

  • Women- cut your risk of Age Related macula Degeneration!

    Healthy Lifestyles Related to Subsequent Prevalence of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

    Julie A. Mares, PhD; Rick P. Voland, PhD; Sherie A. Sondel, MEd; Amy E. Millen, PhD; Tara LaRowe, PhD; Suzen M. Moeller, PhD; Mike L. Klein, MD; Barbara A. Blodi, MD; Richard J. Chappell, PhD; Lesley Tinker, PhD; Cheryl Ritenbaugh, PhD, MPH; Karen M. Gehrs, MD; Gloria E. Sarto, MD, PhD; Elizabeth Johnson, PhD; D. Max Snodderly, PhD; Robert B. Wallace, MD

    Arch Ophthalmol. Published online December 13, 2010.

  • Prevalence of Macular Degeneration going down?- New York Times article

    The New York Times (1/21, Bakalar) reported in "Vital Signs" that "in 2004, scientists at the National Eye Institute predicted that as the population aged, the rate of macular degeneration, an incurable eye disease with no known cause, would increase substantially." However, "an analysis of data from the 2005-8 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey has found that since the previous survey, finished in 1994, the prevalence of the disease has decreased more than nine percent." Researchers theorize "that the change was caused by reductions in smoking and improvements in diet, phys

  • Issues with 3-D

    3-D means headaches to many, yet companies push on
    January 20, 2011 9:09 AM ET.

    By PETER SVENSSON

    NEW YORK (AP) - From Hollywood studios to Japanese TV makers, powerful business interests are betting 3-D will be the future of entertainment, despite a major drawback: It makes millions of people uncomfortable or sick.

  • Stem cells to treat Macular degeneration!!!!

    A clinical trial of a human embryonic stem cell (ESC) therapy for age-related macular degeneration has been approved by the FDA, making it the first such study for a common disease.

    Advanced Cell Technology, based in Marlborough, Mass., said it had received the agency's clearance to begin a phase I/II trial in 12 patients with age-related "dry" macular degeneration, which affects about 10 to 15 million people in the U.S.

    Patients will receive implants with retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells derived from the company's ESC lines.

  • 3D Video: May harrm young eyes

    Nintendo's 3DS Video Game System May Harm Growth Of Children's Eyes.
    The Los Angeles Times (12/29, Olivarez-Giles) "Technology" blog reported, "Nintendo's 3DS video game system might be hazardous to the health of children younger than six, according to a warning posted Wednesday on the Japanese video game company's website." A Google translation of the website read, "Vision of children under the age of six [is in] the developmental stage."

  • Antidepressants + Cataracts

    Cataracts From Antidepressants?

    Study: 22,000 U.S. Cataract Cases May Be Due to SSRI Antidepressants

    By Daniel J. DeNoon

    WebMD Health NewsReviewed by Laura J. Martin, MD March 12, 2010 -- SSRI antidepressants raise the risk of cataracts by about 15% -- enough to cause 22,000 extra cataract cases in the U.S. each year, Canadian researchers suggest.

    The study does not prove that antidepressants cause cataracts. And even if the finding is confirmed, the risk to an individual taking antidepressants is small.

  • Can Acupuncture replace Patching in Lazy eye (amblyopia) ??

    http://archopht.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/128/12/1510
    Acupuncture may be just as effective as wearing an eye patch to treat amblyopia, commonly called "lazy eye," researchers say.

    In a single-center randomized study of more than 80 kids, the condition resolved for significantly more children who had daily treatment with the traditional Chinese therapy than for those who wore an eye patch two hours every day (P=0.01), Dennis Lam, MD, of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and colleagues reported in the Archives of Ophthalmology.

  • New Way of Seeing Discovered

    New Way of Seeing Discovered: Melanopsin-Expressing Cells Sense Brightness
    ScienceDaily (Dec. 8, 2010) — Better known as the light sensor that sets the body's biological clock, melanopsin also plays an important role in vision: Via its messengers-so-called melanopsin-expressing retinal ganglion cells, or mRGCs-it forwards information about the brightness of incoming light directly to conventional visual centers in the brain, reports an international collaboration of scientists in this week's issue of PLoS Biology.

  • Aspirin a day keeps cancer away

    Reuters: Taking low doses of aspirin can reduce the risk of many kinds of cancer, scientists said on Tuesday, and the evidence is strong enough to suggest people over 40 should take it daily as protection.
    The findings will fuel an already intense debate about the merits of taking aspirin, which increases the risk of bleeding in the stomach to around one patient in every thousand per year.

  • Can we finally cure aging????

    Scientists May Have Partially Reversed Age-Related Degeneration In Mice.
    According to the Wall Street Journal (11/29, Naik), scientists have been able to retard the aging process by, among other things, restricting calories; they've also gained a greater understanding of telomeres. In fact, in 2009, three researchers received the Nobel for their work with the enzyme telomerase. Now, a paper in Nature appears to have taken the initiative one step farther: Scientists in Massachusetts have apparently reversed a number of age-related issues.

  • LASER POINTER DANGERS

    High-Powered Laser Pointers May Cause "Flash Blindness."
    USA Today (11/18, Vergano) reports that high-powered laser pointers, especially the green ones, may cause "flash blindness," which is "a temporary loss of vision that can last for minutes." The pointers, which are "sold online for as little as $20...offer a brightness about 10,000 times stronger than looking at the sun, eye-safety experts warn." The green pointers in particular "often... emit light in wavelengths that don't trigger the eye to blink and block out the light," USA Today explains.

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