ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
No Verdict Yet on Grape Seed Extract vs. Breast Cancer
Could Chinese Herb Be a Natural Viagra?
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
ANIMAL CARE
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Hip Replacement Boosts Mobility at Any Age
CANCER
Some Spices Cut Cancer Risk That Comes With Grilled Burgers
Gene Studies Reveal Cancer's Secrets
Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors
CAREGIVING
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
Robots May Come to Aging Boomers' Rescue
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Bad Marriages Harder on Women's Health
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
COSMETIC
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
DENTAL, ORAL
Sports Drinks May Be Tough on Teeth
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
Gum Disease Might Boost Cancer Risk
DIABETES
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Insulin Resistance Tied to Peripheral Artery Disease
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
DIET, NUTRITION
Pesticides on Produce Tied to ADHD in Children
Fish Oil's Benefits Remain Elusive
Eat Up, But Eat Healthy This Holiday Season
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers
Controversial Chemical Lingers Longer in the Body
Gas Stove Emissions Boost Asthma in Inner-City Kids
EYE CARE, VISION
Half of U.S. Adults Lack 20/20 Vision
Drinking Green Tea May Protect Eyes
Kids Think Glasses Make Others Look Smart, Honest
FITNESS
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
When It Comes to Lifting, the Pros Have Your Back
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Olive Oil May Protect Against Bowel Disease
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Reminiscing Helps Build Emotional Strength
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Imaging Sheds Light on How Acupuncture Works
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
Using Light Therapy to Silence Harmful Brain Activity
Rheumatoid Arthritis a Threat to the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Poor Restroom Cleaning Causes Cruise-Ship Sickness
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Swine Flu Is Now a Pandemic Says W.H.O.
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Teen Stress May Have Roots in First Three Years of Life
Quick Orthopedic Repair Can Save Young Shoulders
St. John's Wort Doesn't Work for ADHD
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Countdown to Hair Loss
Vigorous Exercise Cuts Stroke Risk for Men, Not Women
MENTAL HEALTH
The Acne Drug Accutane More Than Doubles Depression Risk
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Using the Mind to Heal the Heart
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
Exercise Boosts Bone Density in Breast-Feeding Moms
SENIORS
Keeping Mentally Active Seems To Keep The Brain Active
Any Old Cane Won't Do
As You Age, Better Health Means Better Sex
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Daylight Savings: Not a Bright Time for All
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Air Pollution Slows Women's Marathon Times
Steady Weight Gain Boosts Late-Life Breast Cancer Risk
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
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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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