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Diets Rich in Fat can increase the Risk of a Major Eye Disease, warns a Study

Bacteria in your intestines may play an important role in determining if you will develop blinding wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration

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Toronto, November 16, 2016: Diets rich in fat can bring such changes in the bacterial communities of your gut that they can eventually increase risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or aggravate the blinding disease, warns a study.

Bacteria in your intestines may play an important role in determining if you will develop blinding wet AMD – late form of the disease, said the study published in the journal EMBO Molecular Medicine.

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“Our study suggests that diets rich in fat alter the gut microbiome in a way that aggravates wet AMD, a vascular disease of the aging eye,” said lead researcher Przemyslaw (Mike) Sapieha, Professor at University of Montreal in Canada.

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“Influencing the types of microbes that reside in your gut either through diet or by other means may thus affect the chances of developing AMD and progression of this blinding disease,” Sapieha noted.

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AMD is characterised by a heightened immune response, sizeable deposits of fat debris at the back of the eye called soft drusen (early AMD), destruction of nerve cells, and growth of new diseased blood vessels (wet AMD, late form).

While only accounting for roughly 10 per cent of cases of AMD, wet AMD is the primary form leading to blindness.

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Current treatments becomes less effective with time. It is therefore important to find new ways to prevent the onset of this debilitating disease.

The researchers found that changes in the bacterial communities of your gut, such as those brought on by a diet rich in fat, can cause long-term low-grade inflammation in your whole body and eventually promote diseases such as wet AMD. (IANS)

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New Adult Vaccine Found Against Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B vaccines have been in childhood shots for decades. The new vaccine is for adults

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the new Hepatitis B vaccine for adults is called Heplisav-B.
the new Hepatitis B vaccine for adults is called Heplisav-B.
  • US Panel found a new adult vaccine for hepatitis B
  • The vaccine is called Heplisav-B
  • The vaccine can boost one’s body’s immunity

A federal advisory panel is recommending a new vaccine against hepatitis B.

The vaccine called Heplisav-B was licensed in November and is the first new hepatitis B vaccine in 25 years.

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Hepatitis B vaccines have been in childhood shots for decades. The new vaccine is for adults.

The hepatitis virus can damage the liver and is spread through contact with blood or other bodily fluids. Cases have been rising, a trend linked to the heroin and opioid epidemic. Meanwhile, researchers found older vaccines falter in diabetics and older adults.

New Adult Vaccine found against Hepatitis B. Pixabay
New Adult Vaccine found against Hepatitis. Pixabay

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The new vaccine uses an additive that boosts the body’s immune response. It is two shots given over one month.

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices endorsed the vaccine Wednesday in Atlanta. The government usually adopts its recommendations. VOA