ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Insight on Herbals Eludes Doctors, Patients Alike
When Healing Becomes a Commodity
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Bone Density Predicts Chances of Breast Cancer
In Elderly Women, Hip Fractures Often Follow Arm Breaks
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
CANCER
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Smoking Exposure Now Linked to Colon, Breast Cancers
CAREGIVING
Babies Born in High Pollen Months at Wheezing Risk
With Age Comes Greater Risk of Hypothermia
Baby's Sleep Position May Not Affect Severity of Head Flattening
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
COSMETIC
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
DENTAL, ORAL
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Trans Fat Labeling Gets Tricky
Myrrh May Lower High Cholesterol
5 Reasons why you could gain weight while dieting
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids
Cleaning House May Be Risky for Women With Asthma
EYE CARE, VISION
Decorative Halloween Eye Lenses May Pose Serious Risks
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
FITNESS
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
Barefoot Best for Running?
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
FDA Bans Unapproved Prescription Cough, Cold and Allergy Meds
Less Education May Mean Poorer Health
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Fish Oil Supplements Help With Heart Failure
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
Frequent Feedings May Be Making Babies Fat
Wood Fires Can Harm the Youngest Lungs
MEN'S HEALTH
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
SENIORS
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
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Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety

SATURDAY, Oct. 25 (HealthDay News) -- Prevent Blindness America reminds everyone that a happy Halloween should be a safe one when it comes to your eyes.

"Halloween can be one of the most enjoyable times of the year, as long as we all remember that safety is the key to a wonderful holiday," President and CEO Hugh R. Parry said in a news release from the volunteer eye health and safety organization. "Everything from having an open flame in a jack-o-lantern to wearing a mask that distorts our vision can turn a festive evening into a terrible accident."

When it comes to protecting the eyes of trick-or-treaters and revelers, Prevent Blindness America offers these recommendations:

* Avoid costumes that could block vision such as some masks, wigs, hats or eye patches.
* Use hypoallergenic or non-toxic make-up. Only adults should apply make-up to children. To remove it, use cold cream or eye make-up remover instead of soap.
* Use false eyelashes according to the manufacturer's instructions on the package.
* Avoid props or accessories with sharp edges or pointed ends such as pitchforks, spears, knives, swords or wands.
* Never use non-prescription contact lenses to change their eye color or even give the illusion of cat's eyes. Without a prescription, these are illegal to purchase whether the lens are corrective or not. Improper use of contacts can lead to eye infections, corneal injuries and even vision loss.
* When trick-or-treating, always wear bright, reflective clothing or decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape/patches. Carry a bright flashlight to improve visibility.

More information

The Prevent Blindness America has more about contact lens safety.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Prevent Blindness America, news release, Sept. 29, 2008

Last Updated: Oct. 25, 2008

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