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2008-09-02 15:00:06

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Everything I read or hear about macular degeneration is always about dry macular degeneration. I happen to have the wet kind, and would like to know what its treatments are. I've heard that vitamins work. Do they? Thank you. - T.R. ANSWER: In the well-off countries of the world, macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in people over 50. There are two varieties, wet and dry. The dry kind is the more common of the two, accounting for 85 percent to 90 percent...

2008-08-29 03:00:10

WASHINGTON - What does a company do when there's anecdotal evidence that two of its drugs are equally effective in treating a leading cause of blindness in the elderly, one costing $60 per treatment and the other $2,000? In the case of Genentech Inc., nothing. The company declined to seek federal approval for the cheaper drug, Avastin, to treat the wet form of age-related macular degeneration. Nor would it help finance - or cooperate with - a National Eye Institute study comparing the...

2008-07-25 03:00:46

The Retina Group of New York will present an educational meeting regarding age-related macular degeneration especially designed for seniors. The lecture will be held at the Farmingdale Public Library at 116 Merritts Road, Farmingdale, NY 11735, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. on Friday, August 15. Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided. The phone number for pre-registration is 516-939-6100. Learn all about macular degeneration, including how to monitor your vision, preventative measures,...

2008-07-02 15:00:51

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: My sister, who is only 54, has been diagnosed with macular degeneration in both eyes - the dry kind. We have been unable to find anything about it. We did find that the dry kind is the worse kind, and that laser treatments don't work for it. Is this true? She is on a drug called Vitalux and must take it every day. - B.T. ANSWER: The retina is the backmost layer of the eye. The retina converts visual images coming into the eye into electric signals that are transmitted to...

2008-06-28 15:00:24

DEAR DR. DONOHUE: I am a former athlete with 25 years of soccer playing, eight years of ballet, six years of field hockey, 12 high- school varsity letters and a four-year, full-ride athletic scholarship to college. When I was 32, a hockey injury dislocated my knee and caused anterior cruciate ligament damage. At age 40, I injured the other knee. Arthroscopic surgery showed the knee joint is basically shot, and I am not able to run or do any impact exercises involving the knee. They say...

2008-06-26 09:03:12

ATLANTA, June 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Alimera Sciences, Inc., a privately held biopharmaceutical company that specializes in the research, development and commercialization of prescription ophthalmic pharmaceuticals, today reported the interim month three safety and efficacy results from the first human pharmacokinetic (PK) study of Medidur(TM) FA, which Alimera Sciences intends to market under the tradename Iluvien(TM), if approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This 36-month,...

2008-06-19 15:00:00

SAN DIEGO, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Sydney company, Seagull Technology Pty Ltd, has developed a non-invasive drug delivery device that reduces the risks associated with the treatment of Australia's leading cause of blindness and severe vision loss -- Age Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), a degenerative disease of the retina which affects one in seven people over the age of 50. The technology uses a special gel and ultrasound (sound waves) in a handheld device to send drugs through the outer...

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2005-08-01 14:20:00

NASA -- For years, there has been much research and development to improve poor eyesight, including the use of scratch-resistant and radiation-blocking lenses. Now, a revolutionary product for eye correction focuses specifically on the needs of those in working environments, called the Eye Saver Easy Reading Light Bulb. Barton Pasternak, Executive Vice President of Westinghouse Lighting Corporation realized the need for more light on work surfaces. He consulted with Dr. Scott Smith of NASA's...


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  • A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.
This word is partly Irish in origin.