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  1. Hogwarts Headaches Plague 'Potter' Fans

    Oct. 30, 2003 -- Avid readers of Harry Potter's prolific saga may suffer from a unique form of "Hogwarts headaches." But the antidote to this strange condition doesn't require any wizardry, just a little patience. A report in this week's New England Journal of Medicine describes three cases of child

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  2. Spooky Contact Lenses May Harm Eyes

    Oct. 28, 2003 -- Transforming your eyes from green to ghoulish with novelty contact lenses may seem like good Halloween fun, but experts say nonprescription contact lenses can play dangerous tricks with your eyesight. A new study documents six cases of teenagers and young adults who developed seriou

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  3. New Treatment Makes Old Eyes Young Again

    Sept. 9, 2003 -- Imagine having the eyes you had when you were 20. An experimental new material promises to do just that and may one day eliminate the need for bifocals by helping old eyes feel and see like new again. Researchers say the gel-like material may eventually be used to replace old, aging

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  4. A Blind Man 'Learns' to See

    Aug. 25, 2003 -- Michael May had been totally blind for four decades when he underwent the experimental operation that "restored" his sight three and a half years ago. While the surgery was a success, May, like others who have regained their vision after decades of blindness, still sees the world ve

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  5. New Drug Slows Wet Macular Degeneration

    Aug. 21, 2003 -- An experimental new drug may save the eyesight of older adults who suffer from a vision-robbing disease known as wet macular degeneration, according to new research. Macular degeneration is the leading cause of legal blindness and vision impairment among adults over 60 and is also k

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  6. Sight-Saving Statins?

    Aug. 18, 2003 -- Might statins save your sight? New evidence suggests that the cholesterol-lowering drugs prevent macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration is a major reason elderly people lose much of their sight. It's caused by a breakdown of light-sensitive cells right in the center

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  7. Eye Drops an Option for Lazy-Eye Kids

    Aug. 8, 2003 -- Eye patches help kids with lazy eye. But kids hate wearing them. Soon they may have another option. Lazy eye -- amblyopia to doctors -- isn't really an eye problem. It happens when a child's brain ignores input from one eye. The treatment: Cover the good eye with a patch, forcing the

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  8. Tight Necktie May Boost Glaucoma Risk

    July 28, 2003 -- Depending on your tastes, wearing neckties may be an assault to some folks' vision. According to a new study, wearing them too tightly may harm your own. Researchers say that a too-tight necktie may increase the risk of glaucoma by boosting blood pressure inside the eyes to dangerou

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  9. LASIK Problems Reduced With New Laser

    July 24, 2003 -- Patients who had faced the highest risk of LASIK-caused complications -- or were turned down altogether for the popular vision-correction procedure because of their pupil size -- can now have it done safely, thanks to a new type of laser. A new study, published in the July issue of

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  10. Black Grease Seems Best For Eye Glare

    July 14, 2003 - Baseball players had it right all along: To reduce eye glare, old-fashioned black grease works better than antiglare stickers, according to a new study. It's an issue of seeing a speeding object, like a football or baseball, while facing the full glare of the sun or lights. Sunlight

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