A chemical marker of inflammation may be connected to the leading cause of vision loss in Western countries.
Dutch researchers reported that news today in the Archives of Ophthalmology.
They studied the inflammation marker C-reactive protein (CRP) and age-related macular degeneration (AMD), in which the macula (part of the retina) gradually fails, hampering central vision.(Read entire article)
Elevated blood levels of C-reactive protein, a molecular marker of inflammation already associated with heart disease and stroke, increase the risk of age-related macular degeneration, a new study finds.
But as is true of cardiovascular disease, it hasn't been proven yet that C-reactive protein (CRP) causes the eye condition, says study author Dr. Johanna M. Seddon, a surgeon in ophthalmology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.
Her report appears in the Feb. 11 issue of Journal of the American Medical Association. (Read entire article)