ALLERGY, RESPIRATORY
Air Pollution May Raise Blood Pressure
Traffic, Dust Linked to Asthma in Kids
Folic Acid Might Offer Allergy Relief
ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE
Tai Chi: An Ideal Exercise for Many People with Diabetes
Birds Don't Miss a Beat
Higher Vitamin D Intake Could Cut Cancer Risk
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
Most Women With Osteoporosis Unaware of Raised Fracture Risk
Childhood Dairy Intake Boosts Bone Health Later On
Arthritis Hits More Than Half of Diabetics
CANCER
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span
Asthmatics Who Quit Smoking May Reverse Lung Damage
Antioxidants Pose No Melanoma Threat
CAREGIVING
UV Lights, Fans May Curb TB Spread in Hospitals
Moms Who Breast-Feed Less Likely to Neglect Child
Reduce Suffering, Urge Heart Failure Patients and Caregivers
CIRCULATORY SYSTEM
Smog Tougher on the Obese
Walk 100 Steps a Minute for 'Moderate' Exercise
Exercise Extends Life of Kidney Patients
COSMETIC
New Genetic Links to Baldness Discovered
Health Tip: After Liposuction
Science May Banish Bad Hair Days
DENTAL, ORAL
Rheumatoid Arthritis May Harm Gums
Obesity Boosts Gum Disease Risk
Good Oral Hygiene May Protect Against Heart Infections
DIABETES
Strict Blood Sugar Lowering Won't Ease Diabetes Heart Risk
Doctors Urged to Screen Diabetics for Sleep Apnea
Abnormal Heart Rhythm Boosts Death Risk for Diabetics
DIET, NUTRITION
Is Coffee Good or Bad for Your Health?
Purple Tomato Extended Lives of Cancer-Prone Mice
Mediterranean Diet May Help Prevent Depression
DISABILITIES
Review Finds Marijuana May Help MS Patients
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
Sunken, Unexploded Bombs Pose Cancer Risk
Climate Change Linked to Longer Pollen Seasons
Dementia Underestimated in Developing Countries
EYE CARE, VISION
Green Tea May Ward Off Eye Disease
Diabetic Hispanics Missing Out on Eye Exams
Thyroid Problems Boost Glaucoma Risk
FITNESS
Study Shows Exercise Shields Against Osteoporosis
Exercise As Well As Acupuncture, May Ease Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome
Daily Exercise at School Yields Rewards
GASTROINTESTINAL PROBLEMS
HRT Use Raises Risk of Stomach Trouble
Soothing Imagery May Help Rid Some Kids of Stomach Pain
Intestinal Bacteria Trigger Immune Response
GENERAL HEALTH
Natural Oils Help Lower Body Fat For Some
Music Therapy For Prehistoric Man?
Pesticides and How to Affordably Eat Organic or Reduce Pesticide Consumption
HEAD & NECK
Ski Helmets Encouraged for All
Zen May Thicken Brain, Thwart Pain
Many Children Will Outgrow Headaches
HEALTH & TECHNOLOGY
'Comfort Dogs' Come to Emotional Rescue
Magnet Therapy May Ease Hard-to-Treat Depression
Save Your Aging Brain, Try Surfing The Web
HEARING
Noise Hurts Men's Hearing More, Study Shows
Summer Sounds Can Lead to Hearing Loss
HEART & CARDIOVASCULAR
Small Cuts in Salt Intake Spur Big Drops in Heart Trouble
Lack of Vitamin D Linked to High Blood Pressure
Obese People Seem to Do Better With Heart Disease
INFECTIOUS DISEASE
Viral Infection Might Trigger High Blood Pressure
Chinese 'Devil Dung' Plant Could Be a Swine Flu Fighter
The HPV Vaccine: Preventative Medicine or Human Sacrifice?
INFERTILITY
Obesity May Affect Fertility in Young Womene
KID'S HEALTH
Stomach Germ May Protect Against Asthma
Mom's Extra Pregnancy Pounds May Raise Child's Heart Risks
Backpack Safety Should Be on Back-to-School Lists
MEN'S HEALTH
Physical Activity May Prolong Survival After Colon Cancer
Low Vitamin D Levels May Boost Men's Heart Attack Risk
Varicose Veins May Mask Larger Problem
MENTAL HEALTH
Most Depressed Teens Don't Get Treatment
Have a Goal in Life? You Might Live Longer
Common Social Groups and Race, Seem to Help People Relate
PAIN
Are We Exercising Pain Away? Not So Much.
Acupuncture, Real or Fake, Eases Back Pain
Alleviating Rheumatoid Arthritis
PHYSICAL THERAPY
PREGNANCY
For Baby and Mom Alike, Breast-Feeding May Be Best
Woman in America Are Delaying Motherhood, Study Says
Breast-Feeding Benefits Moms and Babies
SENIORS
Could Your Cell Phone Help Shield You From Alzheimer's?
The Healthy Habits of Centenarians
A Little Alcohol May Stave Off Alzheimer's
SEXUAL HEALTH
SLEEP DISORDERS
Moderate Aerobics May Ease Insomnia Symptoms
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health
Lose Weight, Sleep Apnea May Improve
WOMEN'S HEALTH
Women Who Run May Benefit From Extra Folic Acid
Natural Childbirth Moms More Attuned to Babies' Cry
Rheumatoid Arthritis Rising Among U.S. Women
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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.



-- Robert Preidt



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

Last Updated: March 30, 2009

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