Metformin good for Glaucoma

Taking the medication metformin hydrochloride was associated with reduced risk of developing the sight-threatening disease open-angle glaucoma in people with diabetes, according to a study published online by JAMA Ophthalmology.

Medications that mimic caloric restriction such as metformin can reduce the risk of some late age-onset disease. It is unknown whether these caloric mimetic drugs affect the risk of age-associated eye diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataract or glaucoma.

You have to be nuts not to eat nuts

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.”

Cataract surgery linked to lower death rate

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.”

Could a simple diabetic med extend life for all?

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.

Cholesterol - lowering eye drops may cure leading cause of elderly blindness

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.

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Could this be the magic bullet?

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.

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