Good Diet Could Deter Vision Loss

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A good diet can help lessen the chances of vision loss as we age.

Macular degeneration is a leading cause of blindness and vision problems for people middle-aged and older.

But researchers have uncovered that food can prevent this eye condition.

Author Jennifer Trainer Thompson teamed up with a leading eye specialist to help protect your sight starting in your kitchen.

A diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables like beets, greens and butternut squash paired with the vitamins and omega three fatty acids in cold water fish may help keep conditions such as macular degeneration under control.
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There is something in avocados that may help fight a type of cancer.

Scientists discovered molecules derived from avocados target the stem cells of acute myeloid leukemia (AML).

The lipid found in avocado joins just a handful of drug treatments available that attack leukemia stem cells directly while leaving healthy cells unharmed.

AML is an aggressive form of cancer that kills 90 percent of people over 65 diagnosed with it, and drugs that operate on stem cells are the most effective in treating the disease.

While a potential drug is still years away from being approved for market use, researchers are preparing for a phase one clinical trial to test it out.
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Two small studies suggest high school football players may be more likely to have migraines than the average person.

One study surveyed a group of 74 high school football players and more than one-third reported migraine-like symptoms.

A second study looked at a random sample of 25 teenage athletes being treated at the Florida Center for Headache and Sports Neurology.

Five percent reported losing consciousness due to a sports-related concussion, but 100 percent experienced a headache either right after the event or during their recovery.

In addition, four out of five reported their headache often worsened throughout the day, particularly if they engaged in physical or mental activity.

Previous research has found migraines and concussions are interrelated with one increasing the risk of the other.

That’s why investigators urge coaches and team doctors to try and identify teens who suffer from frequent headaches before they take the field.

Both studies are scheduled for presentation at the American Headache Society’s annual meeting in Washington D.C.
 

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