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Pregnancy and Preeclamsia: Cut Down on Salt to Manage the Condition Better

Preeclamsia is a condition wherein a pregnant woman experiences elevated blood pressure late in her pregnancy – usually after 20 weeks or so. Although the condition is known to have no definite cause, experts link it with poor nutrition, high body fat or inadequate blood supply to the uterus. Women who have a history of high blood pressure or preeclamsia, those suffering ailments like diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis or obesity are more susceptible to the condition. Some of the most common symptoms would include headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, weight gain among…

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iPad game may treat lazy eye condition in kids

iPad game may treat lazy eye condition in kids A special type of iPad game effectively helped in treating children with amblyopia in restoring their visual abilities, more than the standard treatment, researchers say. Amblyopia — also known as the lazy eye — is the leading cause of monocular visual impairment — a condition in which vision in both eyes is used separately and one of the eyes has no vision with adequate vision in the other — in children. Amblyopia has traditionally been viewed as a monocular disorder that…

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Flashes of Light Can Be a Sign of a Dangerous Eye Condition

Have you ever had black specks floating around in your vision? Patrick Muffler noticed some one day. “I saw funny V-shaped floaters in my eye,” he says. When he woke up the next day, a Friday, they were still there. “I started getting more – black dots, maybe 40 of them.” Over the weekend, Muffler, a retired geologist in Palo Alto, Calif., developed a cloudy area in his visual field. He went to his ophthalmologist Monday morning and learned that his retina was torn and detached. “If I hadn’t gone…

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