ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Barefoot Lifestyle Has Its Dangers
Heart Failure Raises Risk of Fractures
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
CANCER
Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma
Yoga Eases Sleep Problems Among Cancer Survivors
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
CAREGIVING
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns
Organ Donation Policies Vary Among Children's Hospitals
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
DIABETES
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Trans Fat Labeling Gets Tricky
5 Reasons why you could gain weight while dieting
Caffeine May Offer Some Skin Cancer Protection
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Home Renovations by Affluent Families Can Unleash Lead Threat
Air Pollution Exposure May Slow Fetal Growth
Old-Growth Forests Dying Off in U.S. West
EYE CARE, VISION
Cases of Age-Related Farsightedness to Soar
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
FITNESS
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
GENERAL HEALTH
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Household Insecticides May Be Linked to Autoimmune Diseases
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Implanted Defibrillators Boost Long-Term Survival
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Pool Chemicals Raise Kids Allergy, Asthma Risk
Fussy Babys Could Be Out Of Your Control
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
MEN'S HEALTH
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Love Hormone May Ease Discussion of Painful Topics
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
SENIORS
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High
Laughter Can Stimulate a Dull Appetite
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Spice Compounds May Stem Tumor Growth
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Brain Pressure More Likely to Cause Vision Loss in Men

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Men are more likely than women to suffer vision loss as a result of a condition that causes increased pressure in the brain, a U.S. study finds.

People with the condition, known as idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), have too much cerebrospinal fluid pressure, which can cause severe headaches, a whooshing noise in the ears, swelling of the optic nerves, double vision, and vision loss. The condition affects about one in 5,000 people, and is more common in women.

Study author Dr. Beau Bruce, of Emory University in Atlanta, and colleagues reviewed the medical records of 721 people with IIH. Only 9 percent of the patients were male, but they were two times more likely than female patients to suffer severe vision problems in one or both eyes.

"While IIH occurs less often in men, their increased frequency of severe vision loss compared to women is a major concern," Bruce said in an American Academy of Neurology news release. "Our findings suggest that men with this condition should have more careful monitoring of their eyesight and likely should be treated more aggressively when they do have evidence of vision loss."

The researchers also found that male patients with IIH were more likely than female patients to have diagnosed sleep apnea. More prospective studies are needed to examine the link between sleep apnea and IIH, but doctors should consider referring all IIH patients for sleep studies, Bruce said.

The study was published in the Oct. 15 online edition of Neurology.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about intracranial hypertension.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Academy of Neurology, news release, Oct. 15, 2008

Last Updated: Oct. 15, 2008

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