ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture Cuts Dry Mouth in Cancer Patients
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Too Few Screened for Abdominal Aneurysm, Study Says
Living Near Major Road May Boost Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
CANCER
Massage Therapy Helps Those With Advanced Cancer
Herb May Counter Liver Damage From Chemo
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
CAREGIVING
U.S. Mental Health Spending Rises, But Many Still Left Out
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
Stressed Health Care Workers Battle 'Compassion Fatigue'
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Scientists Find Gene for Tooth Enamel
DIABETES
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
DIET, NUTRITION
Marinades Help Keep Grilled Meat Safe
Blueberry Drink Protects Mice From Obesity, Diabetes
Eating More Soy May Be Good For Your Lung Function
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Heavy Traffic Can Be Heartbreaking
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment
Think You Are Lead-Free? Check Your Soil
EYE CARE, VISION
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
Protein Might One Day Prevent Blindness
FITNESS
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Exercise 30 Minutes a Day? Who Knew!
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
GENERAL HEALTH
New Options Offered for Sleep Apnea
Afternoon Nap Might Make You Smarter
Vitamin D and Bone Health: Are You Getting Enough of This Important Vitamin?
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
Help Your Kids Stay Active
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
SENIORS
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Vitamin D Good for Breast Cancer Patients
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
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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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