C-Reactive Protein Again Linked to Macular Degeneration

A study published in JAMA Ophthalmology showed further evidence linking the predictive nature of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in risk of age-related macular degeneration.

Researchers studied data from a pool of five large cohorts, identifying 647 U.S. incidents of AMD. They measured hsCRP levels from blood samples and found a significantly increased risk of incident AMD when hsCRP was high, even when controlling for cigarette habits, age and sex.

The study's authors said the findings have clinical application by allowing physicians to recommend lifestyle changes and early, frequent screenings for patients with high hsCRP levels.

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