ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Know Your Asthma Triggers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Acupuncture May Help Restore Lost Sense of Smell
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
B Cells Can Act Alone in Autoimmune Diseases
Breast-feeding Might Shield Women From Rheumatoid Arthritis
CANCER
HPV Vaccine Has Higher Allergic Reaction Rate
Well Water Might Raise Bladder Cancer Risk
Vitamin D May Improve Melanoma Survival
CAREGIVING
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
Caregiving May Lengthen Life
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Secondhand Smoke Quickly Affects Blood Vessels
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
Smog Tougher on the Obese
COSMETIC
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Dental Implants Need More Work Than Root Canals
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
Saliva Test Could Monitor Type 2 Diabetes
Fish Twice a Week Cuts Diabetics' Kidney Risks
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Fatty Acid in Olive Oil Wards Off Hunger
Fasting on Alternate Days May Make Dieting Easier
Probiotics Are The Good Guys
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Household Chemicals May Affect Cholesterol Levels
Greener Neighborhoods Mean Slimmer Children
EYE CARE, VISION
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Retinal Gene Is Linked to Childhood Blindness
Nearly 18 Million Will Have Macular Degeneration by 2050
FITNESS
Moderate Aerobic Exercise Lowers Diabetics' Liver Fat
Basketball Star Details His Struggle With Gout
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
GENERAL HEALTH
Healthy Eating While On Vacation
New Methods Could Speed Production of Flu Vaccines
Heavy Alcohol Use Linked to Cancer
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Dark Chocolate May Lower Stroke Risk
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
Boosting Vitamin D Can Do a Heart Good
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Babies Who Eat Fish Lower Eczema Risk
Teens Lose More Weight Using Healthy Strategies
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
Music Soothes Anxiety as Well as Massage Does
Breast-Fed Baby May Mean Better Behaved Child
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supportive Weigh-In Program Keeps Pounds Off
Broccoli May Help Battle Breast Cancer
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
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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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