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June 20, 2004
Macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in older Americans, blurs the sharp, central vision you need for "straight-ahead" activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. It affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. -- National Eye Institute
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HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | October 15, 2013
Wearing cosmetic contact lenses might seem like a nice way to finish off a good Halloween costume, but they can cause serious eye injury, according to an association of ophthalmologists. Non-prescription contacts have been illegal since 2005 because they are considered medical devices but are still available in some stores and online, and customers seeking to augment their holiday outfits. Wearing them can result in permanent vision loss, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology . They may not be manufactured to meet federal health and safety standards, the group says, and cause cuts and sores in the protective layer of the iris and pupil or bacterial infections.
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HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | October 15, 2013
Wearing cosmetic contact lenses might seem like a nice way to finish off a good Halloween costume, but they can cause serious eye injury, according to an association of ophthalmologists. Non-prescription contacts have been illegal since 2005 because they are considered medical devices but are still available in some stores and online, and customers seeking to augment their holiday outfits. Wearing them can result in permanent vision loss, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology . They may not be manufactured to meet federal health and safety standards, the group says, and cause cuts and sores in the protective layer of the iris and pupil or bacterial infections.
NEWS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults 20 to 74 years old. Dr. Michael Grodin, co-director of retinal services and director of clinical research at Katzen Eye Group, discusses eye problems and the link to diabetes. Why is blindness from diabetes becoming so prevalent? As the number of people with diabetes is sharply rising, more people are developing complications like diabetic retinopathy — damage to the retina caused by diabetes. From 2000 to 2010, there was an 89 percent increase in the number of people with diabetic retinopathy, which is almost 7.7 million people.
NEWS
By Barbara Chuck and Barbara Chuck,Los Angeles Times | August 1, 1999
If you're older than 50, or if someone close to you is, you may want to learn more about macular degeneration. It's an eye disease that accounts for about 20 percent of vision impairment in people older than 75. There are two types of macular degeneration, in which the macula -- the part of the eye that controls central, detailed vision -- becomes damaged:Dry. The most common form of this disease is difficult to detect in its early stages because changes in vision often are too subtle to notice.
TRAVEL
By Korky Vann and By Korky Vann,Special to the Sun | June 2, 2002
As the weather warms and days get longer, millions of senior citizens take to the road to vacation and visit family. But before they hit the road, experts say, they should have their vision checked, because changes in aging eyes require extra attention. Compared with their counterparts from previous generations, today's elderly are healthier, more active and more likely to hold a driver's license longer. But as people age, sight, hearing, reflexes and ability to judge speed and distance diminish.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2012
Singer Art Garfunkel, a real estate magnate and an investor are putting $2 million in gold bullion on the line to inspire researchers to cure blindness by 2020, establishing through Johns Hopkins Medicine one of the world's largest prizes for a scientific advancement. The men, one-time roommates at Columbia University, intend for the prize to trigger research into the variety of diseases that cause blindness — 80 percent of which are preventable — in 39 million people around the world.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun Staff Writer | July 12, 1994
Overcome by emotion at a boisterous welcome home, Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden returned to his office yesterday for the first time since a blood vessel broke in his brain May 8."Everybody's been just so great . . . it makes you think what life's all about," he said.Mr. Hayden, who is recuperating from surgery to repair the congenital vascular malformation, said he was happy to be back but uncomfortable at being the center of attention of noisy staffers and photographers.He stopped speaking several times as he struggled for words to thank the county workers who confronted him with cheers and a "Welcome Back, Roger" sign in the hallway outside his office in the old courthouse.
NEWS
By STEPHANIE BEASLEY AND JENNIFER SKALKA and STEPHANIE BEASLEY AND JENNIFER SKALKA,SUN REPORTERS | July 1, 2006
Kristen Cox remembers failing her eye test in the fifth grade. Though she was fittted for eyeglasses, she knew her vision -- and her world -- was changing. Because around the same time, Cox, a Republican selected this week to run for lieutenant governor with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., noticed that when she would look up at the night sky, the stars would disappear. She started to think that's what stars do -- vanish. But she and her family soon learned that she had Stargardt disease. It was her vision that was fading.
NEWS
By Andrea K. Walker, The Baltimore Sun | November 28, 2012
Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults 20 to 74 years old. Dr. Michael Grodin, co-director of retinal services and director of clinical research at Katzen Eye Group, discusses eye problems and the link to diabetes. Why is blindness from diabetes becoming so prevalent? As the number of people with diabetes is sharply rising, more people are developing complications like diabetic retinopathy — damage to the retina caused by diabetes. From 2000 to 2010, there was an 89 percent increase in the number of people with diabetic retinopathy, which is almost 7.7 million people.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger and Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | October 19, 2012
Singer Art Garfunkel, a real estate magnate and an investor are putting $2 million in gold bullion on the line to inspire researchers to cure blindness by 2020, establishing through Johns Hopkins Medicine one of the world's largest prizes for a scientific advancement. The men, one-time roommates at Columbia University, intend for the prize to trigger research into the variety of diseases that cause blindness — 80 percent of which are preventable — in 39 million people around the world.
NEWS
By Susan Reimer, The Baltimore Sun | May 23, 2010
Watching Matt Gilman use his bike like a two-wheeled pogo stick, bouncing from giant wooden box to slightly smaller wooden box, your heart is in your throat waiting for a nasty spill. When he rears up on his back wheel on the highest box, like the Lone Ranger on Silver, you instinctively look away. The ballet that Gilman dances on his bike requires strength and balance, but, apparently, not sight, because Gilman is a blind bike trials rider. Gilman, 30, who grew up in Mount Washington and now lives in Reisterstown with his wife and son, was performing at Sunday's annual BikeJam in Patterson Park.
FEATURES
By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,PeoplesPharmacy.com | August 2, 2007
I cannot take statin-type drugs. Is there a natural way to get triglycerides down? Triglycerides have just been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 18). Fish oil is a natural way to lower this risk factor for heart disease. I have been fascinated with letters from people reporting that Lipitor weakened their muscles. I believe Lipitor triggered my ALS. Until last month, my doctors wouldn't listen to me, but then a report from the World Health Organization showed a link.
SPORTS
May 3, 2007
LOUISVILLE, Ky.-- -- At the annual dinner for Kentucky Derby trainers Tuesday night, an equine transport company held a drawing for a free plane ride. Bill Kaplan, a Florida trainer with two Derby horses, was holding court with reporters at his barn early yesterday at Churchill Downs when a representative from the transport company informed him that he had won the drawing. Kaplan smiled and exclaimed, "I can't believe how my luck is running."
NEWS
By STEPHANIE BEASLEY AND JENNIFER SKALKA and STEPHANIE BEASLEY AND JENNIFER SKALKA,SUN REPORTERS | July 1, 2006
Kristen Cox remembers failing her eye test in the fifth grade. Though she was fittted for eyeglasses, she knew her vision -- and her world -- was changing. Because around the same time, Cox, a Republican selected this week to run for lieutenant governor with Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., noticed that when she would look up at the night sky, the stars would disappear. She started to think that's what stars do -- vanish. But she and her family soon learned that she had Stargardt disease. It was her vision that was fading.
NEWS
By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | October 7, 2005
Amy Herstein has entertained thoughts of opening her own bakery when she graduates from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. "I like making pastries," she said. Asked about her best-made treat, Herstein smiled and modestly declined to choose one. "I don't think that is for me to judge," she said. "I'm big on desserts, and I like bread, too." Herstein, an 18-year-old freshman, has been blind since birth but hasn't allowed the disability to limit her spirit or cloud her dreams.
NEWS
By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2005
Suddenly, a perfectly straight telephone pole appears crooked. The yellow line down the middle of the road turns wavy. A soft, blurry spot appears in the middle of a friend's face. This is how age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in America, often manifests itself before widening its swath through a person's vision. For its victims, life is never the same. "I did all my own work around the house, carpentry, plumbing, electrical - I miss that," said Arnold Rasnake, 82, a retired welder from Rosedale who noticed his first symptoms last April.
FEATURES
By Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon and Joe Graedon and Teresa Graedon,PeoplesPharmacy.com | August 2, 2007
I cannot take statin-type drugs. Is there a natural way to get triglycerides down? Triglycerides have just been shown to increase the risk of heart attacks (Journal of the American Medical Association, July 18). Fish oil is a natural way to lower this risk factor for heart disease. I have been fascinated with letters from people reporting that Lipitor weakened their muscles. I believe Lipitor triggered my ALS. Until last month, my doctors wouldn't listen to me, but then a report from the World Health Organization showed a link.
NEWS
By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,SUN STAFF | January 7, 2005
Suddenly, a perfectly straight telephone pole appears crooked. The yellow line down the middle of the road turns wavy. A soft, blurry spot appears in the middle of a friend's face. This is how age-related macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness in America, often manifests itself before widening its swath through a person's vision. For its victims, life is never the same. "I did all my own work around the house, carpentry, plumbing, electrical - I miss that," said Arnold Rasnake, 82, a retired welder from Rosedale who noticed his first symptoms last April.
NEWS
June 20, 2004
Macular degeneration, a leading cause of vision loss in older Americans, blurs the sharp, central vision you need for "straight-ahead" activities such as reading, sewing, and driving. It affects the macula, the part of the eye that allows you to see fine detail. -- National Eye Institute
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