Put down that hamburger!

Mar. 31 2009, Published 5:14 a.m. ET

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A new study claims eating too much red meat my raise your chance of blindness. Researchers at the University of Melbourne in Australia found that people who eat read meat at least 10 times a week are 50 percent more likely to develop age-related macular degeneration, a condition that can lead to blindness, according to a report in Britain's Daily Mail.

The study also suggested that people who ate chicken at least three or four times a week were 57 percent less likely to develop the condition than those who ate it once or twice a week. 

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"Age-related macular degeneration" usually strikes after 50, the Daily Mail says. It is caused by leaky blood vessels in the eye.

One British health official told the Mail that the link between meat consumption and macular degeneration needs more research.

We're reminded of the coffee causes cancer study; oh wait , now it helps prevent cancer.



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