ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Gene Therapy May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
CANCER
Seaweed May Help Treat Lymphoma
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
CAREGIVING
Timing May Matter in Organ Donation Decisions
Health Tip: Benefitting From Adult Day Care
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Periodontal Disease Impacts Whole Health
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
DIET, NUTRITION
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
5 Reasons why you could gain weight while dieting
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Bed Bugs Bring No Disease Danger
Exposure to 9/11 Fumes Tied to Chronic Headaches
Global Warming May Bring More Respiratory Woes
EYE CARE, VISION
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
Cases of Age-Related Farsightedness to Soar
FITNESS
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
Protect Your Kids From Swine Flu While at Camp
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
SENIORS
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
Any Old Cane Won't Do
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Postmenopausal Women With Breast Cancer Face Joint Issues
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
Green Tea May Help Treat Uterine Fibroids
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Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated

THURSDAY, Nov. 27 (HealthDay News) -- Contamination is common in contact lens storage cases, say Israeli researchers who found at least one pathogen in two-thirds of 30 storage cases used by 16 people.

The tests of contact lens disinfection solution in the storage cases found that Pseudomonas -- a known cause of severe corneal infections -- was the most common type of pathogen (41 percent), while fungal pathogens accounted for about 3.3 percent of contamination.

Pathogens were found in all the types of storage solutions examined in the study, and some of the solutions tested positive for pathogens every time they were tested. These pathogens can cause keratitis, an often painful inflammation of the cornea. Complications from keratitis can lead to vision loss.

The findings were presented at a recent joint meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and the European Society of Ophthalmology.

"The picture that arises from this study is disturbing," wrote Dr. Assaf Kratz and Dr. Tova Lifshitz of the Soroka Medical Center. "It seems that the commonly used disinfecting solutions provide little protection from contamination of contact lens storage cases."

The researchers advised contact lens users to closely adhere to contact lens care guidelines, including frequent cleaning and replacing their lens case regularly in order to prevent contamination.

About 24 million people in the United States use contact lenses. If contact lenses aren't properly cleaned and disinfected, there's an increased risk of severe eye infection. Any lens that's removed from the eye needs to be cleaned and disinfected before it's reinserted. Care of contact lenses includes cleaning the storage case, since it's a potential source of infection, the AAO said.

More information

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has more about contact lens safety.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Academy of Ophthalmology, news release, Nov. 10, 2008

Last Updated: Nov. 27, 2008

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