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Health Highlights: Sept. 17, 2014
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Nonprescription Contact Lenses a No-No
Nonprescription contact lenses may pose a danger to eyesight. Cosmetic contact lenses that change eye color or the eye's appearance are becoming increasingly popular among teens and young adults. These lenses, which can often be purchased on the Internet and in mall specialty shops, flea markets and gas stations without a doctor's prescription, may harm the eyes, says H. Dwight Cavanagh, M.D., editor of the journal Eye and Contact Lens. Ill-fitting over-the-counter contact lenses can rub a person's cornea, causing infection and damage that could lead to blindness. The lenses could also cause irreversible scarring, inflammation and even loss of the eye.
Your mental health is just as important to your overall well being as your physical health. Here's information on a range of mental health topics, plus ideas on how to cope when your life hits an emotional bump.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a name given to a group of diseases that limit the flow of air in and out of your lungs. COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Long-time cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD.
Stay healthy and vigorous into old age by eating right, getting plenty of exercise and following recommended disease prevention practices.