ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
New Spray Could Benefit Cystic Fibrosis Patients
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Heart Failure Raises Risk of Fractures
Many Americans Fall Short on Their Vitamin D
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
CANCER
Vitamin D May Lower Colon Cancer Risk
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
Recession Scrambling Health Spending in U.S.
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
DIABETES
Chamomile Tea May Ward Off Diabetes Damage
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
DIET, NUTRITION
Successful Weight Loss Shows Unique Brain Patterns
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
Vitamin D Vital for the Heart
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
Accumulated Lead May Affect Older Women's Brains
EYE CARE, VISION
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
Brain Adapts to Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents
Any Exercise Good After a Heart Attack
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Spot light on Dani Antman New Lionheart teacher
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Shedding Light on Why Omega-3 Fatty Acids May Help the Heart
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
Fussy Babys Could Be Out Of Your Control
MEN'S HEALTH
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
MENTAL HEALTH
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
Brain Scans Show How Humans 'Hear' Emotion
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
SENIORS
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
Healthy Diet Could Cut Alzheimer's Disease Risk
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
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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