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A Cure for Glaucoma?

Scientists have discovered a cause of glaucoma that could lead to eventually to an eye drop that cures the illness.

A Lifetime of Outdoor Activity Ups Eye Disease Risk

Exfoliation syndrome (XFS), an eye condition that is a leading cause of secondary open-angle glaucoma and can lead to an increased risk of cataract and cataract surgery complications, is more prevalent in people who spend a great deal of time in the sun over the years. This is especially true of those who work or play where the sun reflects off water or snow, according to a multi-university study published on September 4th 2014 in JAMA, Ophthalmology. The team reports that wearing sunglasses may help prevent the syndrome.

Age Alters Immune Response to Grief

Young people have a more robust immune response to the loss of a loved one, according to new research from the University of Birmingham in the UK, providing insight into how different generations cope with loss.

The study, published in September 2014 the journal Immunity and Ageing, shows how the balance of our stress hormones during grief changes as we age – meaning elderly people are more likely to have reduced immune function and, as a result, suffer from infections.

Social Support Can Help Diabetics' Health

Diabetes patients who have support from people around them could improve their health outlook as a result of that connection, according to a new study.

An international team of researchers, including experts from Penn State College of Medicine, came to that conclusion as part of the Second Diabetes Attitudes, Wishes and Needs (DAWN2).

The study is the largest analysis ever of personal accounts of patients with diabetes.

The first study, in 2001, found that 41 percent of diabetics have poor “psychosocial well-being.”

New Guideline for Sickle Cell Disease

An expert panel has created a new evidence-based guideline for managing sickle cell disease (SCD), with a strong recommendation for the use of the drug hydroxyurea and transfusion therapy for many individuals with SCD, according to an article in the September 10th 2014 issue of JAMA. The researchers say that this is advisable even though high-quality evidence is limited, with few randomized clinical trials conducted for this disease.

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