ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Relaxation Tapes or Mozart Lower Blood Pressure
Awareness of Alternative Therapies May Be Lacking
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
Gene Therapy May Ease Rheumatoid Arthritis
Autumn Sees More Women With Bunion Problems
Stem Cells Might Treat Tough Fractures
CANCER
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers
Method for Treating Cervical Lesions May Pose Pregnancy Risks
CAREGIVING
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out
For Dialysis Patients, More Pills = Lower Quality of Life
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Treatment Doesn't Cut Preterm Birth Risk
Holistic Dentistry-My View
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
DIABETES
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
DIET, NUTRITION
For Fitness, Cutting Calories May Not Be Enough
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Coffee Drinking Lowers Women's Stroke Risk
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Controversial Chemical Lingers Longer in the Body
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Meat-Eating Dinosaurs Used Legs and Arms Like Birds
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
FITNESS
Consciousness Helps the Mind and Body Work Together
Be Healthy, Spend Less
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
Lower Vitamin D Levels in Blacks May Up Heart Risks
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Fondness for Fish Keeps Japanese Hearts Healthy
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
MEN'S HEALTH
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
SENIORS
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
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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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