ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Cranberries May Help Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
BONES & JOINTS
'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
Low Vitamin D Raises Women's Hip Fracture Risk
Rheumatoid Arthritis Hits Women Harder
CANCER
Immune Therapy May Aid Kids With Neuroblastoma
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
CAREGIVING
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
Are Hospital Mobile Phones Dialing Up Superbugs?
With Age Comes Greater Risk of Hypothermia
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Gummy Bears Join Cavity Fight
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Laser Technology Spots Cavities Before They Start
DIABETES
24 Million Americans Had Diabetes in 2007
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
Keep Stress Off the Holiday Meal Menu, Expert Advises
Probiotics Are The Good Guys
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Cats Can Trigger Eczema in Some Infants
Disinfectants Can Boost Bacteria's Resistance to Treatment
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
FDA Goes After Unapproved Eye Washes, Skin Ointments
FITNESS
Antioxidants Blunt Exercise Benefit, Study Shows
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Stressed and Exhausted: An Introduction to Adrenal Fatigue
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
Most Fast-Food French Fries Cooked in Unhealthiest Oil
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Bullying Seems to Affect Kids Years Later
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Coconut Oil May Help Fight Childhood Pneumonia
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
SENIORS
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
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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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