Joseph Saling

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Joseph Saling is an award-winning freelance writer who specializes in disease management, mental health, and senior health. He lives in the Atlanta area with his wife, Sandy, and their dog, Yeats. In between assignments he paints with acrylics, works on a novel, and writes short fiction and poetry.

Latest by Joseph Saling

Woman adding salt to pot cooking on stove.
Risk Factors

Salt Sensitivity: The Surprising Danger to Your Heart

Blood pressure in some people rises moderately to dramatically when excess salt is consumed. This can affect people with or without high blood pressure.

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Family Health

The Many Ways Bipolar Disorder Affects Families

Mental illness takes a toll on the sick and those who care for them. Here are some ways to cope.

A Bionic Eye Implant for AMD?
Treatment

A Bionic Eye Implant for AMD?

Research on a bionic eye is underway, which could conceivably offer hope for improved vision in people with dry AMD.

New Ways to Treat Glaucoma
Treatment

New Ways to Treat Glaucoma

Because untreated glaucoma can cause permanent blindness, research is a major priority. Here’s what’s on the horizon.

Green Leafy Vegetables May Lower Risk of Open-Angle Glaucoma
Lifestyle

Green Leafy Vegetables May Lower Risk of Open-Angle Glaucoma

People who eat green leafy vegetables like kale have a lower risk for primary open-angle glaucoma and early central vision loss, a study has found.

Fatty fish, like salmon, can help protect against diabetic retinopathy.
Risk Factors

How Diet Can Reduce Diabetic Retinopathy Risk

A diet high in healthy fats, such as oily fish, may significantly reduce the risk of diabetic retinopathy in older adults.

A doctor checks a patient's eyes for diabetic macular edema.
Treatment

Macular Edema Drugs Compared

This study comparing three medications for diabetic macular edema showed that all three produced significant vision improvements after two years.

Can Cataract Surgery Improve Mental Function?
Treatment

Can Cataract Surgery Improve Mental Function?

As people age, problems with vision, such as cataracts, and mental functioning often occur together. Might correcting one improve the other?

Nerve Stimulation May Help Restore Vision
Treatment

Nerve Stimulation May Help Restore Vision

Stimulation from electrical alternating current may partially restore vision in glaucoma patients who still have some residual vision.

Wet AMD Drugs: Positive Results After 5 Years
Treatment

Wet AMD Drugs: Positive Results After 5 Years

After five years of drug treatment, about half of people with wet age-related macular degeneration had vision good enough to drive or to read standard print.