Navigation Links
Eyes a Window Into Brain Health: Study
Date:3/15/2012

THURSDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- People who have mild vascular disease that damages the eyes' retinas are more likely to have vascular disease in the brain that causes thinking and memory problems, new research indicates.

The study included 511 women with an average age of 69 whose thinking and memory skills were tested every year for 10 years. The women's eyes were tested about four years into the study, and they underwent brain scans about eight years into the study.

On average, the 39 women with retina damage (retinopathy) had lower scores on the cognitive tests than those without retinopathy. The eye damage in these women was not serious enough to cause significant symptoms.

The brains of women with retinopathy also had more areas with damaged blood vessels than those without retinopathy.

The findings held true even after the researchers accounted for high blood pressure and diabetes, which can be factors in vascular issues in the eyes and brain, the researchers said.

"Problems with the tiny blood vessels in the eye may be a sign that there are also problems with the blood vessels in the brain that can lead to cognitive problems," study author Mary Haan, of the University of California, San Francisco, said in a news release. "This could be very useful if a simple eye screening could give us an early indication that people might be at risk of problems with their brain health."

Although the study, which appears in the March 14 online issue of Neurology, showed an association between vascular disease in the eyes and memory problems, it does not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

More information

The American Diabetes Association has more about retinopathy.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Neurology, news release, March 14, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Blink Patterns May Be a Window Into Autistic Mind
2. A more flexible window into the brain
3. Window of opportunity to treat some stroke patients may be longer than originally suspected
4. Falls From Windows Claiming Too Many Childrens Lives
5. New study examines window fall-related injuries among youth
6. Windows Pose Safety Risk for Young Children, Experts Warn
7. Brain imaging provides window into consciousness
8. Eyes of cattle may become new windows to detect mad cow disease
9. A new drug treatment to close the window on colon cancer
10. Mayo Clinic Proceedings: Gabapentin opens window of communication
11. Eyes of cattle may become new windows to detect mad cow disease
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... June 27, 2016 , ... ... industry today announced its strategic partnership with Connance, a healthcare industry leader ... two companies’ proven, proprietary technology combine to provide health systems, hospitals and ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... , ... Quality metrics are proliferating in cancer care, and are derived from ... of the beholder, according to experts who offered insights and commentary in the current ... For the full issue, click here . , For the American Society of ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... , ... PawPaws brand pet supplements owned by Whole Health Supply ... health of felines. The formula is all-natural and is made from Chinese herbs that ... Cat Kidney Support Supplement Soft Chews are Astragalus Root Extract and Rehmannia Root ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Experts from the ... AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting June 26-28, 2016, at the Hynes Convention Center in ... topics including advance care planning, healthcare costs and patient and family engagement. , ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn hand gesture animations, FCPX users can easily ... of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand Cartoon’s package transforms over 1,300 hand-drawn pictures ... . Simply select a ProHand generator and drag it above media or text in ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 ... has announced the addition of the " Global ... This report ... provides an updated review, including its applications in various ... total market, which includes three main industries: pharmaceutical and ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 Dehaier Medical Systems ... "Company"), which develops, markets and sells medical devices and ... , signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Hongyuan Supply ... Supply Chain") on June 20, 2016, to develop Dehaier,s ... strategic cooperation agreement, Dehaier will leverage Hongyuan Supply Chain,s ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , June 24, 2016 According ... by Type (Standard Pen Needles, Safety Pen Needles), Needle ... GLP-1, Growth Hormone), Mode of Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) - ... This report studies the market for the forecast period ... reach USD 2.81 Billion by 2021 from USD 1.65 ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: