Anti aging drug may be available within five years

Anti-aging drug breakthrough — potential to prevent age-related diseases and extend lifespans – Drugs that combat ageing may be available within five years, following landmark work led by an Australian researcher. The study finally proves that a single anti-ageing enzyme in the body can be targeted, with the potential to prevent age-related diseases and extend lifespans.

Cigarette smoking leads to cataract in aging people

Smoking may lead to cataracts in aging population – Cigarette smoking is a well-known risk factor for a wide-range of diseases. Now, scientists have evidence that smoking may also increase the risk of age-related cataract, the leading cause of blindness and vision loss in the world.

Eylea approved for AMD eye disorder in older people

Regeneron Announces FDA Approval of EYLEA? (Aflibercept) Injection for the Treatment of Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Eylea (aflibercept) to treat patients with wet (neovascular) age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of vision loss and blindness in Americans ages 60 and older.

Elderly must start tai chi to prevent falls

New guidelines for preventing falls in the elderly include: start tai chi, cut-back on meds – In the first update of the American Geriatrics Society and the British Geriatric Society’s guidelines on preventing falls in older persons since 2001, they now recommend that all interventions for preventing falls should include an exercise component and that a number of new assessments should be used, including; feet and footwear, fear of falling, and ability to carry out daily living activities.

Healthy diet lowers cataract risk in women

Healthy diet associated with lower risk of cataracts in women – Women who eat foods rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals may have a lower risk of developing the most common type of cataract that occurs in the United States, revealed by researchers.

Eye test for early detection of Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome

Study finds Alzheimer’s disease link in eyes of children with Down syndrome — Findings may lead to eye tests for brain disease in Alzheimer’s and Down syndrome – Researchers are going to develop an innovative eye test for early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and Down syndrome. As they discovered the protein that forms plaques in the brain in Alzheimer’s disease also accumulates in the eyes of people with Down syndrome.

Few US women take tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer

Few women take tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer – Researchers with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) have found that the prevalence of tamoxifen use for the prevention of breast cancer among women without a personal history of breast cancer is very low.

Cataract surgery does not progress AMD

Cataract Surgery Does Not Appear Associated With Worsening of Age-Related Macular Degeneration – Age related macular degeneration does not appear to progress at a higher rate among individuals who have had surgery to treat cataract, revealed by researchers.

Dietary supplement carnosine may help prevent cataract

New evidence that popular dietary supplement may help prevent, treat cataracts – The popular dietary supplement carnosine may help to prevent and treat cataracts, revealed by researchers. Cataract a clouding of the lens of the eye that is a leading cause of vision loss worldwide.

Cataract surgery complications linked to BPH drug tamsulosin

Medication Used to Treat Urination Difficulties for Men Associated With Higher Risk of Ophthalmic Complications Following Cataract Surgery – Use of the medication tamsulosin to treat male urination difficulties within two weeks of cataract surgery is associated with an increased risk of serious postoperative ophthalmic adverse events such as retinal detachment or lost lens, according to a study in the May 20 issue of JAMA.

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