Danish researchers find cause of widespread eye disease
by Lucie Rychla
Blood tests suggest the age-related macular degeneration disease may be caused by changes in the immune system
AMD causes visual impairment in older adults and affects every third person in Denmark
Roskilde researchers tested 250 patients and found those with advanced AMD had changed levels of the CD200 protein in their blood.
The protein is also related to ageing and the development of Alzheimer’s disease.
“Over the long term, we expect that a blood test can reveal whether a patient with early calcification of the eye is at high risk of developing severe AMD,” Torben Lykke Sørensen, a clinical professor at Roskilde Hospital and the University of Copenhagen, told Dagbladet Roskilde.
“It can help people get the motivation to finally quit smoking and start to exercise.”…….
Source: The Prodigy