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Renowned glaucoma researcher dies at home in Neb.

Submitted by dave on Mon, 04/20/2009 - 12:12am

Carl Camras, a renowned glaucoma researcher who helped develop latanoprost, has died at only 55 years of age.

The Chicago native died of heart failure Tuesday at his home in Omaha.

The glaucoma eye drop latanoprost, sold under the trade name Xalatan, has become the most effective drug to treat glaucoma. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness, affecting more than 2 million Americans.

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Novel Metabolism of Docosahexaenoic Acid in Neural Cells

Submitted by dave on Sun, 04/19/2009 - 1:29pm


Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are highly enriched in the nervous system. Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA; 22:6n-3),in particular, is the most abundant polyunsaturated fatty acid in the brain and is concentrated in aminophospholipids of cell membranes. Numerous studies have indicated that this concentration of DHA in the nervous system is essential for optimal neuronal and retinal functions (1).

Although the underlying mechanisms of its essential function are still not clearly understood, emerging evidence suggests that unique metabolism of DHA in relation to its incorporation into neuronal membrane phospholipids plays an important role. In this review, biochemical mechanisms for enriching and metabolizing DHA in neural cells are discussed in the context of their biological significance in neuronal function.

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How To Measure Your Eye Pressure At Home And Change the World Too!

Submitted by dave on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 9:53pm

I'd like to share my thoughts and experiences with you. I believe that monitoring my eye pressure closely has been invaluable for me. I also monitor a lot of other things, but intraocular pressure is still considered the most important risk factor in glaucoma. And I believe intraocular pressure is misunderstood. Therefore, we, the community of glaucoma patients, have two important opportunities in regard to monitoring our intraocular pressure right now. 

The Air Puff Tonometer Is Not Very Accurate

Submitted by dave on Wed, 04/15/2009 - 9:31pm

I believe that, when used skillfully, the air puff tonometer can be very accurate in a wide variety of conditions. It is a powerful instrument for self-tonometry. Naturally, I had something to say when I saw a message where someone wrote the following:

The air-puff [tonometer] is not very accurate at all.

I suggested they see this previous article on tonometers. In this current article, I will elaborate on my tonometer experiences.

Great Physicians: Robert Ritch, MD - Glaucoma specialist

Submitted by dave on Tue, 04/07/2009 - 12:20pm

 I thought it might be interesting to do a series of profiles on top glaucoma specialists around the world. I was inspired to start this because of my recent visit with Dr. Robert Ritch. He is certainly one of the top glaucoma specialists in the world from a variety of points of view. He is highly respected by his peers and he has been voted "Best Doctor" many times by his patients.


Bionic eye gives blind man sight

Submitted by dave on Wed, 03/04/2009 - 11:47am

A man who lost his sight 30 years ago says he can now see flashes of light after being fitted with a bionic eye.

Ron, 73, had the experimental surgery seven months ago at London's Moorfield's eye hospital.

He says he can now follow white lines on the road, and even sort socks, using the bionic eye, known as Argus II.

Read the whole article at BBC News - Health

A Solution for Eye Irritation From Glaucoma Drops

Submitted by dave on Thu, 02/19/2009 - 10:20pm

Many glaucoma patients complain of discomfort from using glaucoma eye drops. The discomfort can including stinging, itching, burning, or even a foreign body sensation (which can also feel like a scratch on the cornea in my experience).

New Research a Step Toward Vindicating Dr. Bates's Natural Vision Improvement Theories?

Submitted by dave on Fri, 02/13/2009 - 11:17pm

Thousands of unconscious eye movements stop us from going blind

Humans make thousands of unconscious flickering eye movements to stop them from going blind, a study has shown.

Meditation may lower blood pressure more than medication

Submitted by dave on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 6:48pm

From NBC News:

High blood pressure and hypertension are huge problems in this country.

Millions of people suffer from the condition which can lead to heart attack, stroke and kidney disease.

Now, a study shows that a different type of program can help get blood pressure under control.

Something fishy? Counterfeit foods enter the U.S. market

Submitted by dave on Fri, 01/23/2009 - 4:49pm

From USA Today:


Some of your favorite foods may be fakes.

Foods masquerading as something else - a more nutritious something else - have been big news in the past two years. Chinese food companies in particular have been blamed for making deadly alterations to dairy, baby and pet foods by adding melamine. The chemical makes it appear that the food or beverage has the required level of protein.

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