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New hope for those with vision loss

Molecular medicine is beginning to provide hope for patients with declining sight when all other therapies have been exhausted.

These low-cost preventive molecular medicine approaches have worked without fail so far, said physician Richer. He revealed six separate cases where molecular medicine sometimes improved functional vision within days, which was unexpected.

A recent case is an 88-year old woman with macular degeneration, an age-related eye disorder that robs seniors of their central vision, Richer said.

Employing a molecular medicine regimen, this hospitalised woman regained her ability to see faces, read a menu and visualise her handwriting in just four days. Her vision improvement was in both eyes, according to him.

A diet change may bring relief in asthma, allergies

An alteration in dietary habits can be helpful in bringing relief to those suffering from asthma or allergies. Spring, with its warmer weather could be an unpleasant time for many allergy and asthma sufferers. But according to Fred Pescatore, the acclaimed author of ‘The Allergy & Asthma Cure’ and the bestselling ‘The Hamptons Diet’, it doesn’t have to be that way.

“If you or someone you love has had to deal with sneezing, itchy eyes, breathlessness, rashes, and other symptoms this time of year, unbalanced eating habits may be to blame,” said Pescatore.

“Proper nutrition can make a dramatic difference. With insights into diet that I have compiled over the years, I have been able to rid or reduce many of my patients’ use of multiple medications for asthma and allergy. There’s no need for anyone to stay indoors or feel miserable for an entire season due to these conditions.” he added.

According to Pescatore, in addition to modifications in diet, certain nutritional supplements can help allergy and asthma sufferers. Specifically, vitamin D3 can decrease inflammation; Vitamin C can help in combating the added stress to our bodies caused by allergies, and Vitamin A can help in ridding the body of mucus.

Novel procedure may treat people with cartilage injuries

For the first time, researchers have come up with a novel mechanism to repair tissue.
Scientists at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry have made star-shaped, biodegradable polymers that can self-assemble into hollow, nanofibre spheres, and when the spheres are injected with cells into wounds, these spheres biodegrade, but the cells live on to form new tissue.

Developing this nanofibre sphere as a cell carrier that simulates the natural growing environment of the cell is a very significant advance in tissue repair, said lead author Peter Ma. Repairing tissue is very difficult and success is extremely limited by a shortage of donor tissue. The procedure gives hope to people with certain types of cartilage injuries for which there aren’t good treatments now.

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