ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
Hypnosis Cuts Hot Flashes for Breast Cancer Survivors
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Cane Use May Cut Progression of Knee Osteoarthritis
CANCER
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
CAREGIVING
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals
Hispanic Children More Likely to Have Hearing Loss
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
DIET, NUTRITION
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
Herb Shows Potential for Rheumatoid Arthriti
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
Exposure to 9/11 Fumes Tied to Chronic Headaches
Greenhouse Gases Hazardous to Your Health
EYE CARE, VISION
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
FITNESS
More Steps a Day Lead to Better Health
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Sun, Smoke, Extra Weight Add Years to Skin
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Trans-Fat Ban In New York City Is Proving successful
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
Help Your Kids Stay Active
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
SENIORS
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Martial Arts Training May Save Seniors' Hips
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
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Glaucoma Associated With Reading Impairments in Elderly

MONDAY, Jan. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Having glaucoma may lead to reading problems in older adults, a new report shows.

A study by the Johns Hopkins University's Wilmer Eye Institute found people with glaucoma in both eyes (bilateral) read 29 words per minute slower than those without glaucoma. They also were almost twice as likely to have reading impairment.

Those with glaucoma in one eye (unilateral) had rates about on par with those without the condition, which can cause eye damage and vision loss.

The findings were published in the January issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.

The authors noted that education levels and race may also have played into the lower scores.

"As reading out loud was necessary to measure reading speed, racial differences in speaking rates could account for the difference in the measured reading rate," the authors wrote. "Future work should evaluate reading in subjects with glaucoma under more realistic conditions to further explore if reading impairment is more prevalent than reported herein."

More information

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about glaucoma.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: JAMA, news release, Jan. 12, 2009

Last Updated: Jan. 12, 2009

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