ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
For All Their Plusses, Pets Pose a Risk for Falls, Too
Bone Density Predicts Chances of Breast Cancer
Tequila Plant May Help Fight Bone Loss
CANCER
To Quit Smoking, Try Logging On
Acupuncture May Help Relieve Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
U.S. Reported 25,000 Cases of HPV-Related Cancers Annually
CAREGIVING
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
Rapid Infant Weight Gain Linked to Childhood Obesity
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Bye, Bye Back Fat?
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Smog Tougher on the Obese
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
DENTAL, ORAL
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
DIABETES
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Diet, Exercise May Slow Kidney Disease Progression
Western Diet Linked To Heart Disease, Metabolic Syndrome
Added Sugars in Diet Threaten Heart Health
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Skin Woes Take Toll on U.S. Combat Troops
Improved Fungicides May Be Easier on Environment
Hurricane Threats: Time to Batten Down the Hatches
EYE CARE, VISION
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
Omega-3 Foods May Lower Eye Disease Risk
Autistic Children Make Limited Eye Contact
FITNESS
Bursts of Vigorous Activity Appear to Be a 'Stress-Buffer'
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Gum Chewing May Speed Colon Surgery Recovery
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Spread of Swine Flu in Japan Could Raise WHO Alert to Highest Level
Vitamin D and Bone Health: Are You Getting Enough of This Important Vitamin?
How Weight Loss Can Help the Heart
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
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
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Time to Remind Teens About Sun Protection
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
Too Many Infants Short on Vitamin D
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
Low Iron Levels Cut Cancer Risk in Men With PAD
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
MENTAL HEALTH
Heal Your Life® Tips for Living Well
Worries About Weight Are Tied to Teen Suicide Tries
Daily dose of beet juice promotes brain health in older adults
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Music of Mozart Soothes the Preemie Baby
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
SENIORS
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
Fitness Fades Fast After 45
Seniors Who Volunteer May Live Longer
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
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Ordinary Chores Cause Half of All Eye Injuries

FRIDAY, Sept. 12 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 40 percent of eye injuries happen to people doing yard work or gardening at home, yet few people think about wearing eye protection during these times.

And half of all eye injuries occur doing everyday chores, including cleaning, cooking, yard and garage work, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO).

Prevent Blindness America, a volunteer eye health and safety organization, has dubbed September "Home Eye Safety Awareness Month."

"All too often, when we're working around the house and doing chores that we've done a thousand times before without incident, we forget about the risks we take by not protecting our eyes," said Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America. "But all it takes is one split-second accident that could damage your vision for a lifetime."

Prevent Blindness America recommends that every household purchase from their local hardware store at least one pair of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved eyewear (it should have a Z-87 logo stamped on the frames) and follow these tips:

* Wear safety glasses with side protection or goggles when mowing or using a weed eater or power cutting tools, like saws or trimmers.
* Check your yard and remove debris before mowing.
* Turn off power tools when near an unprotected bystander, especially young children. Bystanders and helpers should have eye protection when tools are in use.
* Wear goggles to protect your eyes from fertilizers, pesticides and other yard chemicals, including lime dust.
* Read and follow all product instructions. Obey warnings on yard chemicals and equipment.
* Wear eye protection when using any chemical. After any project, wash hands thoroughly before touching the eyes or face.

More information

Prevent Blindness America has more about eye safety in the home.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Prevent Blindness America, news release, Sept. 3, 2008

Last Updated: Sept. 12, 2008

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