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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Macular Degeneration Risk & Inflammation Marker

The risk of macular degeneration (AMD) is correlated with the findings of the CRP (c-reactive protein) test-an inflammation marker-in men and women according to researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston who reported in JAMA Ophthalmology.

The pooled findings across the groups showed that there was a significantly increased risk of AMD for those patients with high versus low CRP levels and those with high CRP levels also had a significantly increased risk of neovascular or Wet AMD.

The researchers concluded that elevated levels of CRP predict greater future risk of AMD. It is believed that this information might shed light on the involved underlying disease mechanisms and could be of clinical help in the identification of persons at high risk for AMD who may benefit from increased adherence to lifestyle recommendations, eye examination schedules and therapeutic protocols.

If you or someone you know is concerned about their risk of age related macular degeneration (AMD) and also have questions about CRP inflammation markers, you are encouraged to sched0075le an eye examination at Baltimore Washington Eye Center by calling 800-495-3937, visiting Baltimore Washington Eye Center or

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