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Asian men more vulnerable to AMD says new study

This article was originally published in Clinica

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Overturning previous assumptions, a new study has found higher prevalence of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) among Asian than among Caucasian men. And a causal link is made to smoking, according to Businesswire.com. The study compared prevalence in 4,000 men from Funagata in Japan to Caucasian participants in the Australian Blue Mountains Eye Study. Although the latest study's authors say confirmation through more extensive analysis is needed, they also suggest a link between smoking and AMD since prevalence among Asian women was significantly lower (than among Asian men) only 2.8% of whom were smokers compared to 14.4% of Caucasian women, who presented a higher rate of AMD compared to their male counterparts. The findings were published in the August issue of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's journal Ophthalmology.

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