How Air Pollution Can Damage Your Eyes—and What to Do About It

You’d probably guess that air pollution is bad for your heart and lungs, but how about your eyes? According to scientists at the University College London, people who live in cities with high pollution levels are at least 6 percent more likely to develop glaucoma, a debilitating eye condition that can lead to irreversible blindness. And glaucoma is 50 percent more common in urban areas versus rural.

“Air pollution may cause inhaled particles to get into blood vessels,” says study co-author Paul Foster, a professor of glaucoma studies. The particles travel through the blood to nerves in the eyes, which can, over time, damage the retina. Other research found that even short exposure—think hours—can permanently damage and shrink blood vessels. If you live in a city with high air pollution, avoid exercising outdoors during peak pollution hours, choose parks over busy streets, and install a good air filter in

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Keep coronavirus in perspective | Health Beat

Hand-washing is one of the most simple, sensible steps you can take for personal health maintenance. (For Spectrum Health Beat)

Coronavirus is all over the news. People are talking about the latest outbreak that started in China and appears to be rapidly spreading to other countries.

It’s happened before. Ebola. MERS. SARS.

All are dangerous diseases that took lives, but the widespread panic about these illnesses affected millions more.

So how can you stay calm when these threats arise—and how can you keep kids from worrying too much about these outbreaks?

“It’s natural to overreact to a stressor we can’t control,” said E. Scott Geller, an alumni distinguished professor of psychology at Virginia Tech. “And this is front and center right now, so we have to make an evaluation as to whether we can control this stressor. If we don’t think we’re in control, there’s distress.”

But the U.S. Centers

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