These are exciting times for research. Promising new drugs are in development, important genetic discoveries are being made and we’ve seen the first safety trials of stem cells in the human eye.
A large study, the Age-Related Eye Disease Study 2 (AREDS 2) suggests that a high intake of lutein can reduce the risk of developing advanced AMD. The Aston researchers concluded: “For an informed population, many AMD participants were under-consuming nutrients considered to be useful for their condition. Participants without AMD were more likely to reach recommended daily allowance values”.
[ Publsher’s Comment ; The AREDs 1 study is in fact more important.]
Lutein and zeaxanthin, key constituents of macular pigment, have been found in high levels in the retinal rods. This suggests that macular pigment could play a significant role in keeping the retinal rods healthy and maintaining how well our eyes are able to adapt to the dark
Consider a nutritional supplement if you cannot be sure of getting high levels of antioxidants in your diet. There is some evidence that a specific formula of antioxidants and zinc tested in the second Age-Related Eye Disease trial (AREDS 2) can slow down the progression of AMD in some groups of people. No supplement has been shown to cure AMD. You should always talk to your ophthalmologist or optometrist before taking supplements, as they can interact with prescriptive medications.
The Macular Society has information on all aspects of living with macular conditions. We also have local support groups and a training programme to help people learn to use their peripheral vision more effectively (called “skills for seeing”). We have a professional, confidential telephone counselling service, a befriending service and a team of “buddies” who can provide reassurance on injections and visual hallucinations caused by Charles Bonnet Syndrome
Gluten Free Pizzas, Sussex, Shotreham By Sea
What a break-through. Suddenly we have Gluten Free Pizzas
Personally I’ll give top marks to PizzaHut and Prezzo, though regretably neither of them are represented in Shoreham by Sea. Locally we have Domino’s, as atake-away, or Brio’s near the station.
We had a predentation by a manager of Domino’s and she reommended asking for extra tomato sauce. GREAT.
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A quick Review of Gluten Free Living, Dec 2012
Getting the berst out of life with all that’s wonderful in gluten free:
Anthony Worrall-Thompson Gravy graules
“Genius” sliced Bread, for sandwiches
Balsamic vinegar to go with any salad
Jacket and new potatoes
Wetherspoon’s Pubs particularly for their Apple Crumble with custard
Cafe Rouge restaurants, for Steak Frites, Moules Mariniere
Italian Restaurants (lfor GF Pasta)
Quality Indian Restaurants using Gram flour
MacDonalds burger chain (everything including the French Fries are clear, just ask for no bun) and
Heinz Tomato Ketchup, Helman’s Mayonnaise; Dijon Whole Grain Mustard; Knorr Swiss; Patak’s and Sharwood’s Curry pastes and pappadums,
Querizo and continental saucisson;
Mrs Crinble’s coconut cakes
Cadbury’s Roses and finally
A glass of red wine
All McDonalds are gluten free, if you don’t have the bun. So I had a quarter pounder with cheese and salad, plus naturally the french fries are gluten free.
Living Concept for Brighton West Beach, incl Portslade and Shoreham harbour
on Fri 16 Jun 2006 04:23 PM BST
Shoreham Port Authority have published their proposals for doing something at Shoreham Harbour. Regretably they can’t get agreement between Brighton and Hove City Council and Adur District Council and West Sussex County Council and SEEDA. So we need to help them.
Personally I’d like to see something like this:
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1. A mass transit system running on a bridge over the Harbour entrance and linking Shoreham Airport with the centre of Brighton
2. A pedestrian-only mini town on Brighton West Beach, with housing, hotels, offices, school(s), medical centre, university, entertainment facilities, restaurants and cafes, Olympic size swimming pool.
The finance for all this is centred on the capability of the Shoreham Port Authority to recover land from the sea to the south of the harbour. Their Phase 3 is just this. It creates a new piece of land approximately 1200 metres long by 400-800 metres wide. The mass transit system is necessary as there’s no other way to get the volume of people into and out of West Beach Town. So the land sales or leases need to cover the cost of this bridge and the links to the airport and to Brighton City.
We don’t want any height restrictions, we want exciting architecture, maybe including a floating pier as suggested in place of the West Pier. Then it’s upto the individual developers to fund their projects.
The benefits of this project will be:
– a huge jolt in the arm for the housing market
– a solution to part of the transport problem in Brighton
– a visitor attraction in its own right bringing more people into Brighton
– a boost to the success of the airport
– a huge raft of new jobs for all sectors of the community