ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
BONES & JOINTS
Gene Plays Key Role in Clubfoot
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
CANCER
Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as Deadly as Ever
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
TV Watching Doesn't Fast-Track Baby's Skills
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Study Links Osteoporosis Drugs to Jaw Trouble
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
DIET, NUTRITION
Weight Loss Might Not Curb Knee Arthritis
Healthy Eating While On Vacation
Go Healthy, Not Hungry for Holiday Eating
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
Fertilizer Ban Makes a Difference
Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids
EYE CARE, VISION
Time Teaches Brain to Recognize Objects
Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries
High Temps Degrade Contact Lens Solution: Study
FITNESS
Resistance Training Boosts Mobility in Knee Arthritis Patients
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Dr Churchill & Ashley Pelton Interview 1 of 4
Swine Flu Fatality Rate a 'Little Bit' Higher Than That of Seasonal Flu
Afternoon Nap Might Make You Smarter
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Fewer Heart Attacks After England Goes Smoke-Free
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
Play Creatively as a Kid, Be a Healthier Adult
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
MEN'S HEALTH
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
MENTAL HEALTH
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
SENIORS
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Tai Chi May Help Ward Off Knee Pain in Seniors
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Exercise, Weight Control May Keep Fibromyalgia at Bay
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Freckles, Moles May Indicate Risk for Eye Cancer

THURSDAY, March 12 (HealthDay News) -- People with moles and other features that put them at higher risk of skin cancer may also have an increased chance of developing melanoma of the eye, a new study says.

Canadian researchers found links between skin moles, freckles, moles on the iris and risk of uveal melanoma -- cancer of the eye's iris, ciliary body or choroid. Among the findings were that people with atypical moles (ones that appear different in shape or color from common moles) had almost three times the risk of having uveal melanoma as did those without such moles.

The research, published in the March issue of Ophthalmology, might help clarify a long-unclear issue. Previous studies have been mixed about whether moles and freckles indicate a higher uveal melanoma rate.

"Our study points to an interaction of genetic susceptibility and an environmental insult in the form of UV exposure," Dr. Ezekiel Weis, of the University of Alberta's ophthalmology department and leader of the study, said in an American Academy of Ophthalmology news release. Weis's team believes the analysis they performed on previous studies adjusted for factors that might have skewed earlier results.

Each year, about six people in a million develop uveal melanoma, the most common non-skin melanoma in the United States. People age 70 or older with light skin and eye color and who are prone to sunburn most often develop the condition, according to earlier research by Weis. Treatment is available, but the mortality rate remains high.

More information

The American Cancer Society has more about eye cancer.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Academy of Ophthalmology, news release, March 2, 2009

Last Updated: March 12, 2009

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