ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Molecule in Skin May Link Eczema and Asthma
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug
38% of U.S. Adults Use Alternative Treatments
The Zen Way to Pain Relief
ANIMAL CARE
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue
Bone Density Predicts Chances of Breast Cancer
Cane Use May Cut Progression of Knee Osteoarthritis
CANCER
Healthy Behaviors Slow Functional Decline After Cancer
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings
Many Ignore Symptoms of Bladder Trouble
CAREGIVING
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes
Late-Life Fatherhood May Lower Child's Intelligence
Medication Errors Could Be Cut: Experts
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
An Oral Approach to Heart Disease
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Toothbrushing May Stave Off Heart Woes
DIABETES
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Spices, Herbs Boost Health for Diabetics
Coffee, Tea Might Stave Off Diabetes
DIET, NUTRITION
Iced Teas Pose High Risk of Kidney Stones
Holiday Eating Without the Guilt -- or the Pounds
Functional Foods Uncovered
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Flame-Retardant Chemical Linked to Conception Problems
Hairspray Exposure Ups Risk for Birth Defect in Sons
Genetics, Environment Shape Sexual Behavior
EYE CARE, VISION
Eye Care Checkups Tied to Insurance Status
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths
FITNESS
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
FDA Mandates New Warnings for Botox
Have Fun This Summer, But DO Be Careful
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Peppermint Oil, Fiber Can Fight Irritable Bowel
GENERAL HEALTH
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Showerheads Harbor a Bounty of Germs
Soluble Fiber, But Not Bran, Soothes Irritable Bowel
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
The Internet Is Becoming One-Stop Shopping for Health Help
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
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
Chinese Red Yeast Rice May Prevent Heart Attack
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Older Adults May Have Some Immunity to Swine Flu
Grapefruit Compound Inhibits Hepatitis C Virus
Surgical Masks Could Prevent Flu, Maybe
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Scary Toxins Make Halloween Face Paints Questionable
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Protect Your Kids From Swine Flu While at Camp
MEN'S HEALTH
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Eating Fast Until Full Triples Overweight Risk
Lots of Sex May Prevent Erectile Dysfunction
MENTAL HEALTH
Cinnamon Breaks Up Brain Plaques, May Hold Key to Fighting Alzheimer’s
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
SENIORS
Seniors Cope With Sleep Loss Better Than Young Adults
Common Antioxidant Might Slow Parkinson's
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
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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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