Clearing Up Cataracts With Cholesterol-like Molecules | November 30, 2015 Issue - Vol. 93 Issue 47 | Chemical & Engineering News
Volume 93 Issue 47 | pp. 28-29
Issue Date: November 30, 2015

Clearing Up Cataracts With Cholesterol-like Molecules

Eye drops loaded with sterols can break up cataracts in animals, but some experts are skeptical about whether the treatment will work in people
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: cataract, lanosterol, 25-hydroxy-cholesterol

If you’re fortunate to live a long, rich life, the odds are good that you’re going to get cataracts. According to the National Eye Institute, more than half of people in the U.S. over the age of 80 have cataracts or have had cataract-removal surgery.

And with the country’s aging population, it’s predicted that in the next 35 years, the number of Americans with cataracts will double to about 50 million. Despite those growing numbers, . . .

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