ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
ANIMAL CARE
Safe Toys for Dogs
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Scientists Discover How Osteoarthritis Destroys Cartilage
Improved Hip Implants Can Last 20 Years
CANCER
Lifting Weights Can Ease Arm Swelling in Breast Cancer Survivors
Multiple Screening Strategy Boosts Cervical Cancer Detection
Poor Women Seem to Be Skipping Breast Cancer Drugs
CAREGIVING
Early Exercise Boosts Outcomes for ICU Patients
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
Reduce Suffering, Urge Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
High Blood Fat Levels Common in Americans
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Gum Disease May Reactivate AIDS Virus
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
DIABETES
Out-of-Control Blood Sugar May Affect Memory
Brown Rice Bests White for Diabetes Prevention
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
Memory Loss Help from Brain Supplement Prevagen
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
As Earth Warms, Lyme Disease Could Flourish
Freckles, Moles May Indicate Risk for Eye Cancer
Smog Standards Need Tightening, Activists Say
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Disease, Cognitive Decline Linked in Study
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision
FITNESS
Fall Cleanup Is a Prime Time for Accidents
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
Exercise in Adolescence May Cut Risk of Deadly Brain Tumor
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
GENERAL HEALTH
Proven Strategies for Avoiding Colds and the Flu
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Biomarkers May Help Measure Rate of Decline in Dementia
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
Too-Low Blood Pressure Can Also Bring Danger
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Swine Flu Loves a Crowd
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
MENTAL HEALTH
Vitamin C Protects Some Elderly Men From Bone Loss
Shop 'Til You Drop: You May Feel Better
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding May Protect a Woman's Heart
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Supplements Might Reduce Breast Cancer Risk
Active Young Women Need Calcium, Vitamin D
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
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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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