Learn that those who smoke are nearly 50% more likely to develop macular degeneration; a degenerative change in the area of the retina that is responsible for central vision in this medical report.
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This is Insidermedicine In 60. From Wisconsin. A study of nearly 5,000 people showed that those who smoke are nearly 50% more likely to develop macular degeneration, a degenerative change in the area of the retina that is responsible for central vision. On average, smokers develop macular degeneration at age 69, 5 years earlier than those who never smoked. From San Francisco. Researchers may be able to determine which MS patients will respond to the treatment interferon beta and which will not, based on an analysis of their genetic material. In a study of over 200 MS patients with the relapsing-remitting type of the condition, a number of single nucleotide polymorphisms have been found to be linked with a better response to interferon beta. This is another step forward in the quest for personalized pharmacotherapy. And finally, from Minneapolis. Researchers have created a new heart by combining stem cells with the architecture of a rat heart that had stopped beating. The initial rat heart was treated with chemicals so that all its cells died and only its architecture, the valves and outer structure remained. Then stem cells were allowed to populate the heart. Within 2 weeks, the cells formed a new heart which was able to beat, conduct electrical impulses and pump small amounts of blood. For Insidermedicine in 60, I'm Dr. Susan Sharma.

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