Association Between High-Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein Levels And Risk Of Macular Degeneration

Vinod P. Mitta, M.D., M.P.H., of the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, and colleagues investigated the relationship between high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and the future risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in U.S. men and women (Online First). � Inflammation plays a role in the incidence and progression of AMD, the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the United States, according to the study background. The study was an analysis of prospective nested case-control data from the Women's Health Study and four other study groups...
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Source: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology -- Medical Sciences -- - Category: Research Source Type: research
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Source: Journal of Biological Chemistry - Category: Chemistry Authors: Tags: Cell Biology Source Type: research
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Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: Exclusive Genetics Medicine Source Type: blogs
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Source: Survey of Ophthalmology - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Tags: Major review Source Type: research
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Source: In Vivo - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Experimental Studies Source Type: research
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Source: Experimental Eye Research - Category: Opthalmology Authors: Tags: Exp Eye Res Source Type: research
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