ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Green Tea May Help Brain Cope With Sleep Disorders
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
BONES & JOINTS
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Fruits and Veggies May Strengthen Bones
Rheumatoid Arthritis Hits Women Harder
CANCER
Quitting Smoking Doubles Survival in Early Stage Lung Cancer
Minorities Distrust Medical System More
Tanning Beds Shown To Raise Cancer Risk, Study Says
CAREGIVING
Hospital Practices Influence Which Moms Will Breast-Feed
Many Hospital Patients Can't ID Their Doctors
TV Watching Doesn't Fast-Track Baby's Skills
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Health Tip: Are You Anemic?
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
Get Sugared!.... Its a sweet choice for hair removal
Mouse Study Finds Molecule That Tells Hair to Grow
Study Evaluates Laser Therapies for Hair Removal
DENTAL, ORAL
Acupuncture May Ease Anxiety Over Dental Work
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Holistic Dentistry-My View
DIABETES
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk
Americans Consuming More Sugary Beverages
DIET, NUTRITION
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Proven Strategies for Avoiding Colds and the Flu
Eating Lots Of Vegetables, Olive Oil May Extend Life
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Artificial Light Linked to Prostate Cancer Risk
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
EYE CARE, VISION
Magnetic Pulses to Brain Improve Lazy Eye in Adults
Don't Lose Sight of Halloween Safety
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
FITNESS
Barefoot Best for Running?
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Exercise Keeps the Brain Young
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Winter's Bitter Cold Poses Health Dangers
Adults Need To Get Thier Food Facts Straight
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
Ingredient in Dark Chocolate Could Guard Against Stroke
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Exercise Eases Obesity and Anger in Kids
Decline of Underweight Children in U.S. Continue to Fall
Scorpion Anti-Venom Speeds Children's Recovery
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Teen Internet Addicts More Likely to Self-Harm: Study
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Pre-Pregnancy Weight Linked to Babies' Heart Problems
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
SENIORS
Mediterranean Diet Plus Exercise Lowers Alzheimer's Risk
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
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
Simple Carbs Pose Heart Risk for Women
Mom and Baby Alike May Benefit From Exercise
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Poor Night Vision May Predict Age-Related Eye Disease

THURSDAY, Nov. 13 (HealthDay News) -- Poor night vision might be a predictor of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a new study says.

More than 1,000 people with early signs of AMD were given a 10-item questionnaire asking them to rate their difficulties with night driving and low-light activities like reading or watching movies, then were followed annually for up to six years. Those with the worst night vision at the start were most likely to develop reduced visual acuity and one of two types of advanced AMD -- geographic atrophy (GA) or choroidal neovascularization (CNV).

AMD destroys the macula in the eye's retina, the area that normally provides detailed, central vision.

Study leader Gui-shuang Ying, assistant professor of ophthalmology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, said the simple questionnaire could prove useful in identifying patients at high risk of vision loss and advanced AMD.

The study was published in the November issue of Ophthalmology.

More information

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



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: American Academy of Ophthalmology, news release, Nov. 3, 2008

Last Updated: Nov. 13, 2008

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