Eye Health Benefits of Anthoxanthins

potatoes“Eat the Rainbow” is a common mantra of the nutrition-savvy as a way to encourage everyone to ensure they are getting enough essential nutrients in their diet. The more variety of colored foods you consume, the greater variety of nutrients in your diet. However, one overlooked piece of this visual reminder is an essential component of good nutrition as well:  the color white. While many people think of whites as simple starches with poor nutritional benefits, such as pasta, white bread, or pastries, white-colored fruits and vegetables are essential for good health and have benefits for the eyes. [Read more…]

Link Discovered Between Fibromyalgia and Dry Eye

Dry eye can result from many causes, including underlying conditions such as Stevens Johnson syndrome, Graft vs. Host disease, Sjögren’s syndrome, and others. Whatever the cause, the symptoms are the same and can occur to a degree that makes life unbearable. [Read more…]

Anti-Inflammatory Diet and Healthy Eyes

Variety of organic vegetables and fruits Inflammation in the body has a positive role in helping to heal infections and injuries, but ongoing inflammation that is no longer needed for healing can have the opposite effect. Chronic inflammation can adversely impact health. Many of our BostonSight® PROSE patients struggle with health conditions in which inflammation plays a central role, including rheumatoid arthritis, Sjögren’s syndrome, graft vs. host disease, and Stevens Johnson syndrome. Dry eye disease can also be a direct result of inflammation. [Read more…]

Vitamin D and Your Eyes

Vitamin D infographicsThe Vitamin D Council, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing reliable and evidence-based information about vitamin D, notes that researchers consider lack of sufficient vitamin D to be pandemic. [Read more…]

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month

I can hardly bleukemia logoelieve it’s September already. Summer vacations are over, kids are back at school, mornings have a chill in the air and the days are growing ever shorter. But September also brings a very important recognition for many of our patients and their families:  it’s Blood Cancer Awareness Month. Although incredible strides have been made in the treatment of blood cancers, every four minutes someone in the United States is newly diagnosed.
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National Symposium for Blood and Marrow Transplant Survivors

Symposium-Banner_2014_webIf you or a loved one is a survivor of a bone marrow, stem cell or cord blood transplant, please join us for a weekend of learning, sharing and celebration. Celebrating a Second Chance at Life, hosted by the Blood and Marrow Transplant Information Network (BMTinfonet.org), is a two day event, with expert presenters from cancer centers all over the country. This year’s symposium will be held in East Rutherford, NJ, about 10 miles from Manhattan.

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Rare Disease Support Resources and Rare Disease Day 2013

A rare disease is defined as one that affects fewer than 200,000 Americans. Nearly 7,000 rare diseases impact the lives of almost 30 million Americans. Here at BFS, a number of these rare diseases are very familiar to us and to our patient community. [Read more…]

Telephone Education and Support Group for Coping with Chronic Graft Versus Host Disease

In our previous post, we talked about types of support groups, why you might consider one, and how to locate and evaluate the available choices. Here is a great support opportunity for our community members with chronic GVHD.

The National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (nbmtLINK) is offering a free 4-week Telephone Education and Support Group on four consecutive Tuesdays starting April 10, 2012 through May 1, 2012 from 7:00 – 8:15 pm (EST) for survivors and caregivers who are coping with the late effects of chronic Graft versus Host Disease (cGvHD). [Read more…]

Get GVHD and Transplant Support from a Peer Who Has “Been There”

Although friends and family are tremendous sources of support during significant health challenges and medical treatments, sometimes the only one who can truly understand what you are going through is someone who has actually experienced the same diagnosis and treatment. The National Bone Marrow Transplant Link (nbmtLINK) has started a new program to facilitate connections among bone marrow and stem cell transplant survivors. [Read more…]

Willard Traub Exhibits Recovery at Boston Photographic Resource Center

Photographer and BFS patient Willard Traub, who was featured in the December PROSE Eye View e-bulletin, is again exhibiting his Recovery series in Boston. This series by Mr. Traub chronicles his journey of cancer diagnosis, bone marrow transplant, and recovery in a collection of photographs and poems that successfully capture his reflections of hope and healing. Recovery will be shown at the Photographic Resource Center in Boston as part of a Global Health in Focus exhibition that highlights critical global health issues through documentary photography. [Read more…]