ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Climate Change Could Sting Allergy, Asthma Sufferers
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
Herbal Remedy Could Halt Peanut Allergy
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Pain-Relieving Powers of Acupuncture Unclear
Quit Smoking the Holistic Way
Eight Spiritual Universal Principles in the Art of Practice
ANIMAL CARE
Animals Respond to Acupuncture's Healing Touch
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Separation Anxiety, Canine-Style
BONES & JOINTS
'Snowbirds' Beware the Climate Changes
Living Near Major Road May Boost Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
CANCER
Breast Self-Exam Rates Go Up With Counseling
Yoga May Bring Calm to Breast Cancer Treatment
Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
CAREGIVING
3 Steps Might Help Stop MRSA's Spread
Study Casts Doubt on Influential Hospital Safety Survey
Most Women Struggle With Rising Health Care Costs
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Night Shift Work Hard on the Heart
Potassium-Rich Foods May Cut Stroke, Heart Disease Risk
Tai Chi and Qigong Offer Many Health Benefits: Review
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Wrinkle Fillers Need Better Label Warnings: FDA Panel
Health Tip: After Liposuction
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Health Tip: At Risk for Gingivitis
Mom's Vitamin D Levels Affect Baby's Dental Health
DIABETES
Exercise Protects Black Women From Type 2 Diabetes
Formula Puts Doctor, Patient Glucose Readings on Same Page
Patients' Photos Help Boost Radiologists' Accuracy
DIET, NUTRITION
Oregano Shown to be the Most Powerful Culinary Herb
Coffee or Tea Consumption May Lower Stroke Risk
For Fitness, Cutting Calories May Not Be Enough
DISABILITIES
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Years of Exposure to Traffic Pollution Raises Blood Pressure
Ozone Pollution Taking Toll on American Lives
Vitamin D Deficit May Trigger MS Risk Gene
EYE CARE, VISION
Certain Diabetes Drugs May Pose Eye Risk
Hybrid Cars Pose Risk to Blind, Visually Impaired
Nutrient-Rich Diet Lowers Risk of Age-Related Eye Disease
FITNESS
Yoga Can Ease Lower Back Pain
Exercise Helps Reduce Falls in Young and Old
The 3LS Wellness Program for Reversing Chronic Symptoms and Creating Lasting Health
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Traditional Nonsurgical GERD Treatments Not Impressive
New Guidelines Issued for Management of IBS
Bowel Prep Harder on Women Than Men
GENERAL HEALTH
Pesticides and How to Affordably Eat Organic or Reduce Pesticide Consumption
Can You Talk Your Way to Happy?
Want to Stop Cancer? You Can, Experts Say
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Subway Defibrillators Save Lives
Airport Full Body Scanners Pose No Health Threat: Experts
Combating Myths About Seasonal Allergies
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Irregular Heartbeat Tied to Alzheimer's Disease
A Little Alcohol May Help the Heart: Studies
Polyunsaturated Fats Really May Lower Heart Risk
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
More Calcium And Dairy Products in Childhood Could Mean Longer Life
Standard IQ Test May Underestimate People With Autism
Gene Variation Found in Boys With Delinquent Peers
MEN'S HEALTH
Strenuous Daily Workout May Keep Cancer at Bay
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
MENTAL HEALTH
Environmental Chemicals May Affect Male Reproduction
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
PAIN
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Calcium Supplements Cut Blood Lead Levels During Pregnancy
SENIORS
Many Cancer Survivors Don't Adopt Healthy Lifestyle
Living Alone Increases Odds of Developing Dementia
Video Gaming Just Might Fight Aging
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
Pay Attention to Signs That Say You're Too Fatigued to Drive
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Sugary Colas Tied to Gestational Diabetes
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Action-Filled Video Games Boost Adult Vision

MONDAY, March 30 (HealthDay News) Action video games aren't just child's play: A new study finds the pastime can help adults improve a part of eyesight called contrast sensitivity, one of the first parts of vision to be affected by aging.

Contrast sensitivity -- the ability to notice even minor changes in shades of grey against a uniform background -- is important in situations such as driving at night or in poor visibility, according to background information in the study. Contrast sensitivity can be improved through surgery, glasses or contact lenses.

But this study suggests video games may also improve contrast sensitivity. Daphne Bavelier and colleagues at the University of Rochester found that expert video game players who played action games had better contrast sensitivity than those who played non-action games.

To test whether this was simply because people with better contrast sensitivity were more likely to play action games, the researchers gave the non-action players intensive practice in action games. This led to improved contrast sensitivity.

The improvements lasted for months or even years. The findings suggest that time spent in front of a computer isn't necessarily harmful, as has been suggested, the researchers said.

The study was published online in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more about aging and your eyes.



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SOURCE: Nature Research Journals, news release, March 29, 2009

Last Updated: March 30, 2009

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