| Jan 1, 2014
| 2:30 AM
Source: NIH News in Health
Certain physical changes are a natural part of aging. Maybe our joints aren't as flexible as before, or our hearing just isn't what it used to be. Our vision may be less sharp than it once was.
| Jan 11, 2014
| 1:06 PM
MARINELAND, Fla. - Her eyes are cloudy now, a blueish-gray haze blocking out some of the sunlight that glints off the water in her habitat.
She doesn't always move as nimbly as the dozen other dolphins sharing her space, either.
But that's OK, because...
| Dec 27, 2013
| 9:27 AM
How, you may ask, did I end up washing my hands in President Nelson Mandela's bathroom in Groote Schuur, the opulent mansion built by DeBeers founder Cecil Rhodes and now used as the official residence of South African presidents?
I wish I could say it...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 5:10 PM
Q: I read that taking statins might increase the risk of cataracts. When I ran this warning by my ophthalmologist, she said I should not stop taking my statin because the procedure for removing cataracts is simple.
A: When Mevacor (lovastatin), the...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 2:30 AM
No food is more synonymous with good vision than carrots. We've been told since childhood to liberally munch these orange vegetables if we want to protect our sight. The carrot-vision connection is not just a tale. Carrots are packed with vitamin A, which...
| Nov 30, 2013
Diabetic retinopathy affects about 28.5 percent of Americans with diabetes age 40 and older; that amounts to 7 million people. It is the leading cause of blindness in adults up to age 74 —- and in many cases, early detection can prevent it.
| Sep 30, 2013
| 6:30 AM
Q: My cat likes to watches ice hockey on TV; he especially enjoyed the Stanley Cup playoffs. Sometimes, he'll glance at an Animal Planet show. The only other program he responds to is Piers Morgan's show on CNN. Really, when Morgan comes on, Lilly runs...
| Oct 21, 2013
| 6:18 PM
Eye donations nationwide account for $6 billion in lifetime benefits to recipients each year, according to the Eye Bank Association of America. Locally, donations to The Lions Medical Eye Bank & Research Center of Eastern Virginia accrue more than $62...
| Sep 29, 2013
| 10:15 AM
When neurobiologist David H. Hubel accepted his Nobel Prize in 1981, it had only been a couple of decades since he and his research partner danced in front of an anesthetized cat.
Hubel and Torsten N. Wiesel were measuring electrical activity in...
| Apr 29, 2013
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April 29, 2013
Q: My 5-year-old daughter just had her adenoids and tonsils removed because of snoring...
| Aug 30, 2013
When word got out last week that Linda Ronstadt has Parkinson's disease and can no longer sing, I immediately emailed the story to two of my brothers.
Joe and Andrew were big Linda fans when they were teenagers, though it must be said that they...
| Sep 27, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Cataract surgery is one of the most common medical procedures conducted in the United States, and as Baby Boomers continue to age, they are flooding procedure rooms and surgical centers in droves.
Every year, nearly a...