HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Passive smoking almost doubles risk of degenerative eye disease

Passive smoking almost doubles the risk of the progressively degenerative eye disease, age related macular degeneration, shows research in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

The macula lies at the centre of retina at the back of the eye. It's crucial for fine central vision, which is essential for tasks, such as reading and driving.

The risk of macular degeneration increases once someone is over the age of 60. It is a leading cause of partial sightedness and blindness in many European countries and the USA.

The researchers base their findings on 435 people with end stage macular degeneration and 280 partners who lived with them.

They found that the more a person smoked, the greater were their chances of developing age related macular degeneration, and the results showed that it was the amount smoked rather than whether someone had ever smoked that was critical.

Regularly smoking a pack or more a day for 40 years almost tripled the risk of age related macular degeneration compared with those who did not smoke, the research showed.

Smoking increased the risk of both types of macular degeneration (geographic atrophy and choroidal neovascularisation).

Giving up for 20 years or more cut the risk to levels comparable with those for non-smokers, the research found

The risks were also increased for partners who were non-smokers, and had lived with a smoker for five years or more. Their risk nearly doubled.


'"/>

Contact: Emma Dickinson
edickinson@bmj.com
44-20-7383-6529
BMJ Specialty Journals
19-Dec-2005


Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Passive smoke in workplace increases lung cancer risk
2. Passive TV viewing related to childrens sleeping difficulties
3. New research finds high prevalence of smoking among physicians in China
4. UGA study explains why anti-smoking ads backfire or succeed
5. Telephone quitlines may help dental patients stop smoking
6. Steps needed to reduce smoking in the US
7. In utero exposure to smoking by mother can increase risk of ADHD
8. Indoor smoking bans: Are they creating unhealthy outdoor zones for secondhand smoke?
9. Healthy children with smoking parents arent really so healthy
10. Better health twice as likely for nonsmokers who live and work with smoking restrictions
11. Swedish snus much safer than smoking but linked to pancreatic cancer

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/31/2020)... ... ... your dear friend has cancer? , It’s hard to hear your doctor say the words ... the shock wears off, the questions and fears can be overwhelming. , How should I ... Words are failing me. I’m scared. I want to DO something. , We’ve talked to ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... Want to get moving, break up your ... Foundation (CPARF) is thrilled to launch its fourth annual STEPtember campaign in the United ... STEPtember meets everyone wherever they are at this moment — encouraging people to move ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... August 31, 2020 , ... ... of innovative higher-learning opportunities through high-quality, career-relevant, and affordable online education – is ... Psychology . , Among the first of its kind in the nation, ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... 2020 , ... The pandemic and topsy-turvy economic outlook continues to put financial strain on many ... to trim the fat from our monthly expenses and put more into savings, if possible. ... you have a financial safety net in place in case something were to happen to ...
(Date:8/31/2020)... ... August 31, 2020 , ... In an effort to give ... is donating 10 percent of each hotel room booked with a special new rate ... & Northwest Indiana (RMHC-CNI) , effective immediately. Donations will be applied to any ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/2/2020)... ... September 02, 2020 , ... ... Covid-19 , Advanced Penetration Technology, LLC, (APT) a Texas- and Indiana-based company ... non-prescription, Over The Counter (OTC) products, was today provided results of an ...
(Date:9/1/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... September 01, 2020 , ... ... and Director of Cosmetics and Laser Surgery at the University of Rochester Medical ... Surgery fellowship at SkinCare Physicians in Boston, with clinical faculty from the Harvard ...
(Date:9/1/2020)... ... ... Breast and ovarian cancers are common diseases that affect many women. ... 7,500 women per year) and 10% of ovarian cancers (about 2,000 women per year) ... detectable in the Women’s Excellence Genetic Testing Program. , Dr. Jonathan Zaidan, MD, FACOG, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
Cached News: