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Prism Glasses Expand View For Patients With Hemianopia

Innovative prism glasses can significantly improve the vision and the daily lives of patients with hemianopia, a condition that blinds half the visual field in both eyes. The peripheral prism glasses, which were invented by Dr. Eli Peli, a Senior Scientist at Schepens Eye Research Institute, were evaluated in the first community-based multi- center trial of such a device, which is published in the May issue of the Archives of Ophthalmology. The study was coordinated by Dr. Alex Bowers, a Senior Scientific Associate at the Institute.

Efficacy and Side Effects of Treatment for Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome treatment finds that although drug therapy using nonergot dopamine agonists reduces the severity of symptoms of restless legs syndrome , significant numbers of patients discontinue their use because of adverse side effects, including nausea, dizziness, drowsiness and fatigue.

Botulinum Toxin Effective In Many Neurological Disorders

Drug botulinum toxin is safe and effective for treating cervical dystonia, a condition of involuntary head tilt or neck movement, spasticity and other forms of muscle overactivity that interfere with movement in adults and children with an upper motor neuron syndrome, and excessive sweating of the armpits and hands.

Doctors Should Consider Alternatives To Antibiotics For Sinusitis

When suffering through a sinus infection, many people ask for an antibiotic to speed their recovery. However, a recent review of clinical trials found that while antibiotics can provide minor improvements in uncomplicated sinusitis cases, most patients recover without the drugs within two weeks.

The health risks for the individual and society might override the benefits of antibiotics for people suffering with a simple sinus infection, according to authors led by Anneli Ahovuo-Saloranta of the Finnish Office for Health Technology.

Elevated Urate Levels May Slow Progression Of Parkinson's Disease

Naturally elevated levels of the antioxidant urate may slow the progression of Parkinson's disease in men. Researchers from the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease (MGH-MIND) and Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) examined data from an earlier study and found that, among recently diagnosed Parkinson's patients, those with the highest urate levels had a significantly slower rate of disease progression during the two-year study period.

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