ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Using Music and Sports to Improve Kids' Asthma
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Childhood Food Allergies on the Rise
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Needling Away Your Headaches With Acupuncture
Soybean Chemicals May Reduce Effects of Menopause
Supplement Hampers Thyroid Cancer Treatment
ANIMAL CARE
Rest Easy. When It Comes to Swine Flu, Your Pet Is Safe
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Beware of Dog Bites
BONES & JOINTS
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Bone Density Predicts Chances of Breast Cancer
In Elderly Women, Hip Fractures Often Follow Arm Breaks
CANCER
Ginger Can Ease Nausea From Chemotherapy Treatments
Wristbands May Lessen Nausea After Radiation
Family History Key Player in Brain Cancer Risk
CAREGIVING
MRSA Infections Spreading to Kids in Community
Injected Medication Errors a Major Problem
High Rate of Rehospitalizations Costing Billions
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Support Network May Play Role in Benefits of Drinking
Laughter Can Boost Heart Health
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
COSMETIC
Gum Chewing May Cut Craving for Snacks
Health Tip: After Liposuction
What to Do If You Have Unsightly Veins
DENTAL, ORAL
Hormones May Be to Blame for Women's Cavity Rates
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Acid Drinks Blamed for Increase in Tooth Erosion
DIABETES
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
Diabetes Linked to Cognitive Problems
Treatment for Type 2 Diabetes Updated
DIET, NUTRITION
Fatty Acid in Olive Oil Wards Off Hunger
Added Sugars in Diet Threaten Heart Health
School Meals Need to Get Healthier
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Greenhouse Gases Hazardous to Your Health
Warmer-Than-Average Temperatures Raise Migraine Risk
Is It Safe to Go in the Gulf Coast's Water?
EYE CARE, VISION
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
Kids' Eye Injuries From Golf Clubs Rare But Severe
Americans Losing Sight of Eye Health
FITNESS
Football Can Shrink Players
You Can Get Great Exercise In The Garden
'Safe' Ozone Levels May Not Be for Some
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
Japanese Herbals May Ease Gastro Woes
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
New Yogurt May Ease Stomach Ulcers
GENERAL HEALTH
Sun, Smoke, Extra Weight Add Years to Skin
Eating Well And Keeping Active As You Grow Old Will Help You Stay Sharp
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
HEAD & NECK
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
E-Mailing Your Way to Healthier Habits
HEARING
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Soy Protein Doesn't Lower Cholesterol
Risk Factor for Stroke More Common Among Whites
Walk Long, Slow and Often to Help the Heart
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Swine Flu Now Reported in All 50 States
More Medicinal Uses for Pomegranate
Bacterial Infections May Succumb to Honey
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Eating Fish, Breast-Feeding Boost Infant Development
Guard Kids' Eyes Against Long-Term Sun Damage
MEN'S HEALTH
Sunlight May Help Protect Men From Kidney Cancer
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Soy Linked to Low Sperm Count
MENTAL HEALTH
Musicians' Brains Tuned to Emotions in Sound
Meditation May Boost College Students' Learning
Optimism May Boost Immune System
PAIN
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
'Cell Phone Elbow' -- A New Ill for the Wired Age
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
Yoga's Benefits Outweigh Risks for Pregnant Women
Acupuncture May Relieve Acid Indigestation In Pregnancy
Placebo Acupuncture Tied to Higher IVF Pregnancies
SENIORS
15-Point Test Gauges Alzheimer's Risk
Nighttime Urination Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Elderly
Boost In Elderly Population Will Be Felt Worldwide
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Sleeping Could Help Women Lose The Baby Fat
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Exercise During Pregnancy Keeps Newborn Size Normal
Heart Defects in Newborns Linked to Antidepressants
Vitamin D Deficiency Puts 40% of U.S. Infants and Toddlers At Risk
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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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