International Research Effort Points to Calcium Deposits as Origin of AMD

Microscopic spheres of mineralised calcium phosphate (hydroxylapatite) commonly found in bones and teeth may be a cause in AMD progression, according to a UK-led research team.

The researchers believe that these spheres attract fat and lipid deposits over time to form drusen. The study is based upon observations in 30 eyes in donors aged 43 to 96.

The researchers are hopeful that this understanding of the origin of drusen will lead to prevention strategies that might stop AMD from developing.

Source: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0115/200115-macular-degeneration-linked-to-calcium#sthash.Q0VSBy0g.dpuf

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