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Study Links Nuts To Lower Heart Disease, Cancer Death Risk.
NBC Nightly News reported, “While they may not be a fountain of youth, the research from the New England Journal of Medicine suggests a handful or so of nuts every day could be a lifesaver.” Researchers at Dana-Farber, Harvard, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital found that “people who ate one ounce of nuts seven times a week were 20 percent less likely to die from a variety of causes: heart disease, stroke, cancer, respiratory illness, kidney disease and infection.”
Study: Cataract Surgery Linked To Lower Death Risk.
According to a study published in the September issue of the journal Ophthalmology, patients with cataracts who undergo eye surgery to improve their sight “had a 40 percent lower long-term risk of death than those who did not have surgery,” HealthDay Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (9/6) reported. The study “looked at 354 people, 49 and older, in Australia with cataract-related vision loss who underwent an initial assessment between 1992 and 2007 and had follow-up visits five and 10 years after the first exam.”
Mouse Study Indicates Metformin May Increase Lifespan.
USA Today Share to FacebookShare to Twitter (7/30, Weintraub) reports that a study in mice suggests that metformin may increase lifespan “by a number of weeks – the human equivalent of 3-4 years.” According to Rafael de Cabo, a biogerontologist at the National Institute of Aging, who conducted the study, “It’s clear that we are edging toward developing a pharmaceutical intervention that is going to be able to delay or postpone aging,” but “for how much and how long I have no idea.” The findings were published in Nature Communications.
A new Israeli approach to providing sight to people with vision impairment uses a technique known as sensory substitution.
New research shows that people with blue eyes have a single, common ancestor. A team at the University of Copenhagen have tracked down a genetic mutation which took place 6-10,000 years ago and is the cause of the eye colour of all blue-eyed humans alive on the planet today.
Cholesterol - lowering eye drops may cure leading cause of elderly blindness
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The leading cause of blindness in older American adults may have met its match.
A new study finds cholesterol-lowering drugs given in the form of eye drops cured macular degeneration in mice, fueling hopes the same treatment may work for humans.
12 scary things your eyes say about your health
Researchers might have found the Holy Grail in the war against cancer, a miracle drug that has killed every kind of cancer tumor it has come in contact with.
The drug works by blocking a protein called CD47 that is essentially a "do not eat" signal to the body's immune system, according to Science Magazine.
Scientist: Synthetic Resveratrol May Help People Live To 150.
FDA Approves Device For Patients With Retinitis Pigmentosa.
The Food and Drug Administration's approval of a new device for patients with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) received heavy coverage in print and online, and was featured on two of last night's national news broadcasts. Most articles quote one or more FDA officials, and many point out that the National Eye Institute partially funded research on the device. Many sources also point to the innovative nature of the device and the potential benefits the device may hold for individuals with RP.