ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
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'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Trigger Natural Painkiller
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
CANCER
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Vitamin C Shows Promise as Cancer Treatment
Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection
CAREGIVING
What Moms Learned May Be Passed to Offspring
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
Exercise During Pregnancy May Help Baby
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
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Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
COSMETIC
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Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
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DENTAL, ORAL
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
DIABETES
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
DIET, NUTRITION
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
10 Beginner Tips for Fast Weight Loss, the Low-Carb Way!
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Database Helps Assess Your Breast Cancer Risk
Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Prostate Cancer Return
FDA Faulted for Stance on Chemical in Plastics
EYE CARE, VISION
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
FITNESS
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Barefoot Best for Running?
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Food and Water Supply Poisoned by Perchlorate
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Omega-6 Fatty Acids Can Be Good for You
Omega-3, Some Omega-6 Fatty Acids Boost Cardiovascular Health
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Meaningful Conversations Boost Kids' Language Skills
MEN'S HEALTH
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
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Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
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When Corks Fly, Watch the Eyes

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 31 (HealthDay News) -- Be careful with the bubbly or you could be among the estimated 1,500 Americans in the ER this holiday season with an eye injury from a flying champagne cork.

When a champagne bottle is opened improperly, the cork can travel up to 50 mph and, in a fraction of a second, permanently injure an eye, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Warm bottles of champagne and poor technique in removing the cork often lead to such explosive results, but simple precautions can cut the chance of injury.

To open a bottle of champagne or sparkling wine the safest way:

* Chill the bottle to at least 45 degrees Fahrenheit before opening.
* Hold down the cork with the palm of your hand while removing the wire hood.
* Place a towel over the top of the bottle and grasp the cork. Point the bottle at a 45-degree angle away from you and others, and begin slowly twisting the bottle while holding the cork in place.
* When you feel the cork start to break free from the bottle, hold the cork and apply slight downward pressure to the cork as the seal breaks.

The academy also offers a few suggestions on what not to do when opening champagne:

* Don't shake the bottle.
* Don't use a corkscrew opener.
* Don't use your thumbs to force the cork from the bottle.

More information

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has more about eye safety.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Academy of Ophthalmology, news release, Dec. 8, 2008

Last Updated: Dec. 31, 2008

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