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Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
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ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
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Chronic Low Back Pain Is on the Rise
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
Scientists Discover How Osteoarthritis Destroys Cartilage
CANCER
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Tanning Beds Shown To Raise Cancer Risk, Study Says
Low Vitamin D Levels May Initiate Cancer Development
CAREGIVING
Baby's Sleep Position May Not Affect Severity of Head Flattening
Coordination Has Led to Quicker Heart Treatment
Older Caregivers Prone to Worse Sleep Patterns
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Mercury in Fish Linked to High Blood Pressure
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Salt Boosts Blood Pressure in High-Risk Patients
COSMETIC
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
Amino Acid May Be Key to Strong Teeth
DIABETES
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Poor Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery Impacts Outcomes
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
DIET, NUTRITION
Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
Adding Garlic Might Cut Cancer Risk
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Traffic Seems to Make Kids' Asthma Worse
U.S. Diet Needs Heart-Felt Overhaul
Population-Based Strategy Urged to Cut U.S. Obesity Rate
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Stem Cells Repair Damaged Corneas in Mice
Glaucoma Treatment Can Prevent Blindness
FITNESS
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Research Confirms How Valuable A Healthy Lifestyle Can Be
Exercise Key Player in Knee Replacement Recovery
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
The Yearly Flu Shot Debate
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Parents Influence Sex Decisions, Hispanic Teens Say
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Heart Disease May Be Prevented By Taking Fish Oils, Study Shows
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Whole Grains Lower Risk of Heart Failure
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
When It Comes to Toys, Shop Smart, Shop Safe
Music May Temper Pain in Preemies
MEN'S HEALTH
More Vitamin C May Mean Less Chance of Gout
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
SENIORS
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Alternative Treatments May Boost IVF Success
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Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest

FRIDAY, May 23 (HealthDay News) -- Children think other youngsters who wear glasses look smarter and are more honest than those who don't wear glasses, according to a U.S. study of 80 children.

In addition, the researchers found that children tend not to judge peers who wear glasses in terms of appearance, potential as a playmate, or likely athletic abilities.

These findings may help comfort children as they're fitted for their first pair of glasses, lead author Jeffrey Walline, an assistant professor of optometry at Ohio State University, suggested in a prepared statement.

"If the impression of looking smarter will appeal to a child, I would use that information and tell the child it is based on research. Most kids getting glasses for the first time are sensitive about how they're going to look. Some kids simply refuse to wear glasses, because they think they'll look ugly," Walline said.

The study included 42 girls and 38 boys, aged 6 to 10. Of those, 30 wore glasses, 34 had at least one sibling with glasses, and almost two-thirds had at least one parent who wore glasses. The study participants were shown 24 pairs of pictures of children. The children in each pair of pictures differed by gender and ethnicity, and each pair of pictures included one child with glasses and one child without glasses.

The children were asked a series of questions about each pair of photos. About two-thirds said children wearing glasses looked smarter than those without glasses, and 57 percent said children wearing glasses looked more honest.

The results suggest the media portrayals that associate glasses with intelligence may be reinforcing a stereotype that even young children accept, Walline said.

The children's answers to other questions about who they'd rather play with, who looked better at sports, who looked more shy, and who was better looking weren't consistent enough for the researchers to derive any solid conclusions.

What was clear was that the children didn't automatically consider kids with glasses to be unattractive.

"The concern about attractiveness with glasses seems to be more internal to a particular child rather than an indicator of how they'll feel about other people who wear glasses," Walline said.

The study was published in the May issue of Ophthalmic and Physiological Optics.

More information

The American Academy of Ophthalmology has more about eyeglasses for children and infants.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: Ohio State University, news release, May 2008

Last Updated: May 23, 2008

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