ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
New Insights Show Ginseng Fights Inflammation
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
Pain More a Cause of Arthritis Than a Symptom
Human Ancestors Put Best Foot Forward 1.5M Years Ago
CANCER
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Green Tea May Help Prevent Oral Cancer
CAREGIVING
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
Study Links Pesticides to Birth Defects
ER Less Likely to Diagnose Stroke in Younger Folks
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
COSMETIC
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
DIET, NUTRITION
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
TV Food Ads Promote Bad Diets
Holiday Eating Without the Guilt -- or the Pounds
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids
Are Medical Meetings Environmentally Unfriendly?
Global Warming Biggest Health Threat of 21st Century, Experts Say
EYE CARE, VISION
Clues Found to Brain Mechanism Behind Migraines
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Simple Steps Get Walkers Moving
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Pesticides and How to Affordably Eat Organic or Reduce Pesticide Consumption
8 Drugs Doctors Would Never Take
Simple Exercise Precautions To Help Keep Baby Boomers Fit
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Research Shows Genetic Activity of Antioxidants
Estrogen May Help Men's Hearts
After a Stroke, Light Exercise Gets Hands, Arms Working Again
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
6 Million U.S. Kids Lack Enough Vitamin D
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
MENTAL HEALTH
Positive Brain Changes Seen After Body-Mind Meditation
Man's Best Friend Helps Mend Broken Hearts
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
SENIORS
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Exercise Benefits Even the Oldest Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
Calcium Helps Ward Off Colon Cancer
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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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