October 3, 2012

Make Mine a Decaf

1 Coffee Linked to Glaucoma and Vision Loss

Glaucoma, which contributes to elevated pressure that can damage the optic nerve, is linked to caffeinated coffee consumption, says a new Brigham and Women’s Hospital study. The study examined 78,977 women and 41,202 men, 40+ years of age who did not have glaucoma. Researchers used questionnaires to learn participants’ caffeine consuming habits and reviewed medical records to find the incidence of glaucoma diagnoses. The findings: participants who drank 3 or more cups of caffeinated coffee daily were at increased risk of developing glaucoma. Researchers did not find similar associations with other caffeinated products. This is the first study to evaluate the association between caffeinated coffee and glaucoma in the US and more studies are needed to support the findings, say investigators.

More at ScienceDaily.com | Posted 5 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Nearsightedness May Increase Glaucoma Risk

Tags: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Glaucoma, Vision Loss, Caffeinated Coffee

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2 Rapid DNA Testing for Newborns on the Way

A machine combining DNA sequencing and software can test for genetic diseases in newborns and get results in a couple days so treatment can begin quickly or unnecessary intervention can be avoided. The machine was made by Illumina, Inc, and overcomes the four to six week time span needed to sequence a person’s entire DNA. With just a drop of blood, it took 50 hours to decode the DNA and to analyze it for variations tied to certain genetic conditions. The time to ship it to Essex, England, where the machine resided was not taken into account and Children’s Mercy, where the study was done, hopes to have one soon. Samples were obtained from five infants, three of whom died. As a result of the testing, parents of two of them got answers and the information was used in genetic counseling.

More at Yahoo! AP | Posted 5 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Over-the-Counter Genetic Tests Available Friday

Tags: DNA Testing, Genetic Disease, Healthy Newborn, Illumina, Inc

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