August 8, 2012 - There's another benefit to having cataract surgery, it can lead to fewer broken bones. A new study finds older Americans who had the eye surgery were 16 per cent less likely to fracture their hip one year after the procedure. Researchers say the findings don't prove vision-improving procedures prevent falls or breaks in elderly people, but they do suggest eyesight plays a role in those accidents and injuries. Cataracts can impair vision and cause problems with balance and stability.
Also, a major grant may help cancer research in our area. Professors and administrators at the FAMU College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences announced the department is receiving a 5 point 6 million dollar grant. The funds are for five years, plus an additional 1 point 4 million for five years as indirect costs. Researchers say they will use the grant for cancer research and innovative research to promote minority health and to eliminate health disparities. The grant is from the National Institutes of Health. It will also help fund scholarships for five P-H-D students for five years. Dr. Soliman says the FAMU College of Pharmacy already has 13 research projects on cancer.