ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Should Your Child Be Seeing a Chiropractor?
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
Too Few Screened for Abdominal Aneurysm, Study Says
Many Americans Fall Short on Their Vitamin D
Hip Replacement Boosts Mobility at Any Age
CANCER
Omega-3 May Safely Treat Precancerous Bowel Polyps
Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
CAREGIVING
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Children's Bath Products Contain Contaminants
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
A Brisk Pace May Keep Stroke at Bay
Exercise May Blunt Salt's Effect on Hypertension
Obesity Linked to Heart Failure Risk
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
DIABETES
Red-Grape Compound May Improve Diabetes
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
DIET, NUTRITION
Uncover Why Turmeric Helps You Heal
Fruits, Vegetables, Teas May Cut Smokers' Cancer Risk
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Researchers ID Genetic Markers for Esophageal Cancer
Prenatal Exposure to Traffic Pollution May Lead to Asthma
1976 Italian Dioxin Release Damaged Babies' Thyroids
EYE CARE, VISION
Florida Vision Test Law: Fewer Traffic Deaths Among Elderly
Cases of Age-Related Farsightedness to Soar
Contact Lens Cases Often Contaminated
FITNESS
Higher Fitness Levels Tied to Lower Heart, Death Risks
The Juice From Beetroots May Boost Stamina
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Healthy Living Adds Years to Life
Olde Time Medicine Therapy May Prevent Alcoholic Relapse
Spread of Swine Flu in Japan Could Raise WHO Alert to Highest Level
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
Years of Heavy Smoking Raises Heart Risks
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
Swine Flu Closes Three Schools in NYC
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Plastics Chemical Tied to Aggression in Young Girls
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
PAIN
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
SENIORS
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
High-Impact Activity May Be Good for Old Bones
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Smoking Ups Risk of Second Breast Cancer
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Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease

FRIDAY, May 15 (HealthDay News) -- A nutritious diet could help with the health of your eyes as well as the rest of your body, according to a new study.

Eating foods rich in vitamins C and E, zinc, lutein, zeaxanthin, omega-3 fatty acids and that have less impact on blood sugar levels (so-called low-glycemic index foods) can lower the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), researchers have found.

Citrus fruits, vegetable oils, nuts, whole grains, dark green leafy vegetables and cold-water fish contain higher levels of these eye-healthy nutrients.

AMD can destroy the eye's retina, the sensitive tissue that transmits images to the brain, causing people to lose the central vision critical to good eyesight. A recent study funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that more than 9 million people will have the potentially blinding eye disease by 2010, and that number could double by 2050, with 1.6 million of these people being legally blind.

The study, led by Tufts University's Chung-Jung Chiu, found the lowest risk of developing early and advanced AMD was among people who consumed more protective nutrients and low-glycemic index foods. The conclusions were based on analyzing the eating habits of more than 4,000 study participants and determining their AMD risk from diagnostic photographs of their eyes.

While previous studies have looked at the eye-protective value of individual nutrients and foods, this is the first to look at them in combination, according to a news release issued by the journal Ophthalmology, which is publishing the findings in its May issue.

"Although the compound score may be a useful new tool for assessing nutrients in relation to AMD, specific dietary recommendations should be made only after our results are confirmed by clinical trials or prospective studies," Chiu, who is part of Tufts' Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging, said in the news release.

More information

The U.S. National Eye Institute has more about age-related macular degeneration.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Academy of Ophthalmology, news release, May 2009

Last Updated: May 15, 2009

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