ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Naprapathy: A Hands-On Approach to Pain Management
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Study Examines How Rheumatoid Arthritis Destroys Bone
Tips to Ease an Aching Back
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
CANCER
Get to Know the Pap Test
Well Water Might Raise Bladder Cancer Risk
Where You Live May Affect Your Cancer Diagnosis
CAREGIVING
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
Depression, PTSD Common Among Lung Transplant Patient Caregivers
Study of Everest Climbers Questions Oxygen Use
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Vitamins Do Older Women Little Good
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
COSMETIC
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Contact Lenses Boost Kids' Self-Image
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
DIABETES
Lifestyle Factors Tied to Older Adults' Diabetes Risk
Fructose-Sweetened Drinks Up Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients
DIET, NUTRITION
Purple Tomato Extended Lives of Cancer-Prone Mice
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
'Organic' May Not Mean Healthier
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Restaurant Sushi May Have More Mercury Than Store-Bought Fare
Topical Drugs May Pollute Waterways
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
EYE CARE, VISION
Cases of Age-Related Farsightedness to Soar
Blood Sugar Control Helps Diabetics Preserve Sight
Gene-Transfer Proves Safe for Vision Problem
FITNESS
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Sleep and Do Better
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Review Confirms Links Between Diet, Heart Health
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
Arteries Age Twice as Fast in Smokers
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Older People at Greater Risk of Swine Flu Death
MEN'S HEALTH
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Countdown to Hair Loss
MENTAL HEALTH
17 Ways to Create the Perfect Workday
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
PAIN
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Before Conceiving, Take Folic Acid for One Full Year
SENIORS
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Any Old Cane Won't Do
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women
Soy May Not Lead to Denser Breasts
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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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