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Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Air Quality Better in Northeast, Midwest
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Indian Spice May Thwart Liver Damage
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Traditional Chinese Therapy May Help Ease Eczema
ANIMAL CARE
Beware of Dog Bites
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
Safe Toys for Dogs
BONES & JOINTS
A Little Drink May Be Good for Your Bones
Scientists Discover How Osteoarthritis Destroys Cartilage
Sea Worm Inspires Novel Bone Glue
CANCER
Red Meat No No No But Oily Fish Yes Yes Yes
Many Cancer Patients Turn to Complementary Medicine
More Americans Urged to Get Cancer Screenings
CAREGIVING
Bariatric Surgery Centers Don't Deliver Better Outcomes
Preventing Shaken Baby Syndrome
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
Migraines in Pregnancy Boost Vascular Risks
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
COSMETIC
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
DENTAL, ORAL
A Sweet Way to Shield Baby's Teeth
Biological Product Shows Promise Against Gum Disease
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
DIABETES
Study Shows Turmeric May Prevent Type 2 Diabetes
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
'Standard' Glucose Test May Be Wrong One for Obese Children
DIET, NUTRITION
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Meat Additives May Be Dangerous for Kidney Patients
Eating Less May Slow Aging Process
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
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Restaurant Sushi May Have More Mercury Than Store-Bought Fare
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
EYE CARE, VISION
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
Vision Test for Young Children Called Unreliable
Eye Problems, Hearing Loss May Be Linked
FITNESS
Community Exercise Programs Boost Seniors' Strength
Run for Your Life
Exercise May Prevent Prostate Cancer: Study Shows
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
GENERAL HEALTH
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
Whole Grains, Bran May Fight Hypertension in Men
Can You Talk Your Way to Happy?
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Psychiatric Drugs Might Raise Cardiac Death Risk
Coffee Is Generally Heart-Friendly
Low Vitamin D Levels Linked to Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
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KID'S HEALTH
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Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Dangerous Toys Still on Store Shelves, Report Finds
MEN'S HEALTH
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The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
MENTAL HEALTH
Drink Away Dementia?
Optimism May Boost Immune System
Mind Exercise Might Help Stroke Patients
PAIN
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Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Pregnant Women Exposed To Certain Pollutants Could Lower Childs IQ
Acupuncture May Ease Depression During Pregnancy
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
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Better Sleep, Grades Seem to Go Up
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Frankincense Provides Relief for Osteoarthritis
Health Tip: Be More Comfortable During Childbirth
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
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Sports Eye Injuries Leading Cause of Blindness in Youths

SATURDAY, Sept. 20 (HealthDay News) -- Sports-related eye injuries are the leading cause of blindness in school-age children, but most could be prevented with the proper eye protection.

To educate the public on this, Prevent Blindness America -- the nation's oldest volunteer eye health and safety organization -- has made September "Sports Eye Health and Safety Awareness Month."

"We already know that 72 percent of all sports-related eye injuries are to those aged 25 and younger. Yet, only 15 percent of children wear eye protection," Hugh R. Parry, president and CEO of Prevent Blindness America, said in a news release issued by the organization. "We strongly support all efforts to ensure that children use appropriate safety eyewear for every sport in which they participate."

Emergency rooms in the United States treat a sports-related eye injury every 13 minutes. Baseball causes the greatest number of sports-relater eye injuries in children aged 14 and younger, according to the National Eye Institute, while basketball is the leading cause of eye injuries in those aged 15 to 24.

It is believed that 90 percent of all sports-related eye injuries can be prevented with the proper eye protection. Lenses made of polycarbonate that carry the American Society of Testing Materials (ASTM) label are recommended.

"Through educating coaches, parents and children, we hope to put an end to unnecessary blindness and vision loss from sports-related injuries," Parry said. "By encouraging our kids, leading by example, and demanding their safety, we hope to help ensure a lifetime of healthy vision."

More information

Prevent Blindness America has more about sports eye health and safety.



-- Kevin McKeever



SOURCE: Prevent Blindness America, news release, Aug. 27, 2008

Last Updated: Sept. 20, 2008

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