The U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved the first retinal implant to help adult patients with advanced retinitis pigmentosa – a rare genetic eye disease, regain some sense of vision.

The procedure works by replacing the function of degenerated cells in the retina, a membrane inside the eye, with the device to improve the ability to perceive images and movement.

The device consists of a small video camera, video processing unit (VPU), transmitter mounted on a pair of eyeglasses, and an artificial retina (implanted retinal prosthesis). The video camera images are transformed into electronic data by the VPU that is wirelessly transmitted to the retinal prosthesis.

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Device for Rare Eye Disease Treatment Approved By FDA

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In areas where traditional Chinese medicine is not part of the national healthcare system, it is often referred to as “alternative medicine” however traditional Chinese medicine is an ancient form of medical therapy that is still present today in China and the demand for traditional Chinese medicine is growing globally….

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Traditional Chinese Medicine for the Elderly

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Improving Balance and Muscle Strength with Osteoporosis

September 18, 2012

Bone and muscle weakness are risk factors for falls and fractures in the elderly. Mortality rates in the elderly are higher when individuals suffer from fractures. When people age they lose postural control, and the loss of postural control is associated with bone and muscle weakness…

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Skin Cancer Associated with HIV Infection among the Elderly

September 15, 2012

Skin cancer increases with age, and in the United States, there are more than 700,000 nonmelanoma skin cancer cases and more than 200,000 melanoma skin cancer cases among the elderly population…

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The Effects of Concurrent Strength and Endurance Training in the Elderly

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As people age, they experience a decrease in cardio respiratory fitness and a decrease in physical strength. Studies have shown that strength training improves strength, and endurance training can improve aerobic fitness in humans…

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The Risk of Indoor and Outdoor Falls in the Elderly

August 2, 2012

More than 30% of adults over the age of 65 fall each year. The risk factors for falls include muscle weakness, a history of falls, using assisted walking devices, poor vision, and arthritis…

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Protection against Wrinkles from Photoaging in the Elderly

July 17, 2012

Photoaging or photoageing is a process of aging of the skin attributed to continuous, long-term exposure to ultraviolet irradiation which is caused by exposure to sunlight. Ultraviolet irradiation invokes molecular responses that lead to damaged skin tissue…

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Dental Problems in the Elderly – Root Caries

July 17, 2012

Root caries are decaying tooth and bones. Root caries are a serious health problem in the elderly, and root caries are responsible for most tooth losses in the elderly. The prevalence of root caries increases with age…

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Nutrient Intake and Cognitive Decline

July 15, 2012

Prevention of cognitive decline is a goal of the health community, and nutrition plays a role in preventing cognitive decline…

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Increasing Vitamin D intake safely in the Elderly

July 10, 2012

Vitamin D is essential for calcium in the body. Vitamin D provides beneficial effects for bone formation and the neuromuscular. Many studies have concluded that higher vitamin D levels are associated with a lower risk of colon cancer and might protect against breast cancer…

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