I would like to wish Steve Levasseur all the very best for both his fellowship in Sydney, Australia and for the future. He left to start his retinal training in Sydney last week.
On 16th August 2013, a small group of us road cyclists from the Prince George Cycling Club made our inaugural North400 ride from Jasper to Prince George in one day! The total distance was 385km. The aim of the trip was to raise money for charity and this year's was a good one - to send kids with cancer to Camp Good Times. A worthy cause, I hope you'll agree. Assailed by bad weather of every description right from the start and lack of sleep the night before, I only managed 229km. However, four of us did the whole thing. It is still possible to donate via the Cops for Cancer website. Here is the link to my page.
There was a little more information on the ride via the CKPG website with a video featuring my very good friend David Lee from Cyclelogic on 3rd Avenue. There is also a facebook page here.
I hope you can donate something to this fantastic cause.
Dr. Steve Levasseur, MD FRCSC, a fully accredited Canadian ophthalmology specialist, is joining our practice from 1st July and will be seeing patients referred into practice. He is a fully trained general ophthalmologist, having recently completed his residency in UBC, but his interest is in retina. He will shortly be leaving for Australia in order to pursue a clinical fellowship in retina. He will be seeing general ophthalmology and retina patients. Retina patients will remain in the practice after he leaves, but general ophthalmology patients will be referred to one of the other ophthalmologists in Prince George. We congratulate Dr Levasseur on his recent success.
The AREDS2 trial has recently reported its findings in the literature. A summary can be found here and more information about the trial can be found at the AREDS2 website here.
What the study group suggests is that beta carotene provides no clinically significant benefit in their study population and in smokers is associated with an increased risk of lung cancer. They also report no benefit from omega-3 supplementation. Finally, the quantity of zinc (which often causes stomach upset in higher doses) which may provide a benefit is unknown.
We therefore recommend that an AREDS2 formulation of ocular multivitamin for age-related macular degeneration is now used.