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Obesity May Raise Kids' Allergy Risk
Keep Asthma, Allergies at Bay for the Holidays
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
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Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Acupuncture Eases Side Effects of Head, Neck Cancer Treatments
ANIMAL CARE
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Safe Toys for Dogs
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Using a Balloon to Repair a Broken Back
Stem Cells Might Treat Tough Fractures
Winter Is Tough on Feet
CANCER
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Get to Know the Pap Test
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
CAREGIVING
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Birthmark or Blood Vessel Problem?
Few Hospitals Embracing Electronic Health Record Systems
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Firefighters Have Narrower-Than-Normal Arteries, Study Finds
Grapefruit-Heavy Diet Helped Spur Dangerous Clot
Drink a Little Wine, Live a Little Longer
COSMETIC
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Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
With Psoriasis, the Internet May Offer Hope
DENTAL, ORAL
Holistic Dentistry-My View
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Gum Care Helps Control Type 2 Diabetes and Its Complications
DIABETES
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Vitamin K Slows Insulin Resistance in Older Men
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
DIET, NUTRITION
More Educated Choose Healthier Foods, But Pay More
Coffee Beans May Be Newest Stress-Buster
Eating Nuts May Help Cholesterol Levels
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Hurricane Threats: Time to Batten Down the Hatches
Gene Explains How High-Fructose Diets Lead to Insulin Resistance
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
EYE CARE, VISION
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
Statin Drugs Cause Eye Disorders
'Blind' Man Navigates Obstacle Course Without Error
FITNESS
Being Active an Hour a Day Puts Brakes on Weight Gain
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Exercise Cuts Lung Cancer Risk in Ex-Smokers by 45%
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
U.S. Spends Billions On Alternative Medicine
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Healthy Eating While On Vacation
HEAD & NECK
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
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
An Apple a Day May Help Keep Heart Disease Away
Ginkgo Won't Prevent Heart Attack, Stroke in Elderly
Fatty Fish May Cut Heart Failure Risk in Men
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Dry Weather Boosts Odds of Flu Outbreaks
Hand Washing 10 Times a Day May Help Keep Flu Away
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Obese Children More Likely to Suffer Lower Body Injuries
Keep Safety in Mind While Your Kids Are Cooling Off in the Water
Folic Acid Reduces Infant Heart Defects
MEN'S HEALTH
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
The Dark Side of Vegetarianism
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
A Simple 'Thank You' Brings Rewards to All
Meditation, Yoga Might Switch Off Stress Genes
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
Tai Chi May Help Ease Fibromyalgia
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Prenatal Stress May Boost Baby's Asthma Risk
SENIORS
Vitamin D May Help Keep Aging at Bay
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
For a Healthier Retirement, Work a Little
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Meditation May Help Put Primary Insomnia to Bed
Exercising Throat Muscles May Relieve Sleep Apnea
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Occaisonal Dieting May Cut Breast Cancer, Study Says
For Women, Moderate Midlife Drinking Linked to Healthier Old Age
Omega-3 May Reduce Endometriosis Risk
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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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