The C.A.M. Report
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: Fair, Balanced, and to the Point
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    This blog is intended as an objective and dispassionate source of information on the latest CAM research. Since my background is in pharmacy and allopathic medicine, I view all CAM as advancing through the development pipeline to eventually become integrated into mainstream medical practice. Some will succeed while others fail. But all are treated fairly here.

  • About the author

    John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at www.Vicus.com, a complementary and alternative medicine website.

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    Vitamin D and age-related macular degeneration

    Researchers from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey report that vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D) might protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

    First, the details.

    • Fundus photographs (pictures of the back of the eye) from more than 7500 patients (11% with AMD) taken from the third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey were evaluated.
    • These findings were related to blood levels of vitamin D and early and advanced AMD.

    And, the results.

    • Overall, the highest vitamin D blood levels were associated with a 40% lower risk of early AMD but not advanced AMD.
    • Drinking more milk was associated with a lower prevalence of early AMD.
    • Consistent use of vitamin D from supplements was associated with less early AMD only in people who did not consume milk daily.

    Dr. Niyati Parekh says the benefits of vitamin D might be due to an “anti-inflammatory effect or by preventing the growth of new blood vessels in the retina, which contributes to some forms of AMD.”

    The bottom line?
    Got milk?

    5/24/07 19:45 JR

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