Saturday, December 6, 2008
Most of this is pretty basic....but check it out anyway! DM
- Participation in cognitively stimulating activities and risk of incident Alzheimer disease JAMA
- Leisure activities and cognitive function in middle age: evidence from the Whitehall II study J Epidemiol Community Health
- Effects of a 14-day healthy longevity lifestyle program on cognition and brain function Am J Geriatr Psychiatry
- Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly Study Group, Effects of cognitive training interventions with older adults: a randomized controlled trial JAMA
- Long-term effects of cognitive training on everyday functional outcomes in older adults JAMA
Holiday shopping doesn't need to be mind-numbing this year. There is a new store in Chicago with something for brains of all ages.
marblesTM the brain store
55 W. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
Comments: This place looks like a cool place with cool stuff.....I am going to try to visit it and get back to you .... DM
|Brock J, Norbury C, Einav S, Nation K.Do individuals with autism process words in context? Evidence from language-mediated eye-movements. Cognition. 2008 Sep;108(3):896-904. Epub 2008 Aug 8.|
It is widely argued that people with autism have difficulty processing ambiguous linguistic information in context. ...we recorded the eye-movements of 24 adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and 24 language-matched peers as they monitored spoken sentences for words corresponding to objects on a computer display.... Contrary to predictions, the two groups evidenced similar effects of context on eye-movements. Instead, across both groups, the effect of sentence context was reduced in individuals with relatively poor language skills. Implications for the weak central coherence account of autism are discussed.
Exploration of core features of a human face by healthy and autistic adults analyzed by visual scanning.
|Hernandez N, Metzger A, Magne R, Bonnet-Brilhault F, Roux S, Barthelemy C, Martineau J. Exploration of core features of a human face by healthy and autistic adults analyzed by visual scanning. Neuropsychologia. 2008 Nov 5; [Epub ahead of print]|
Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by disorders in social interaction and emotional reciprocity which can be explained by impairments of the ability to understand the mental states of others ("theory of mind") and recognition of facial expressions..... The aim of this study was to quantify ocular behaviour in 11 adults with autism and 23 healthy subjects (15-35 years) while exploring neutral faces and faces expressing an emotion using an eye tracking method. .... All healthy subjects significantly began their exploration of a face by looking at the eye in the contralateral visual field to their dominant eye. This strategy seemed to be impaired in patients with autism. To conclude, these results contrast with earlier reports regarding the lack of interest in the eye region in patients with autism, and demonstrate for the first time that perception of the face is dependent on eye dominance.
Comments: Saw this on the VTOD list and just thought I'd pass it along. I have not been to the seminar....but hear good things about it. I have no $$$ interest in this program. DM
As you know PAVE-Sanet Seminar Series #1 was sold out more than a month ago, with many people put on a waiting list. So we decided to open a second seminar series ands we have been receiving a steady stream of registrations. Seminar Series #2 is now about 2/3 full, and we're hoping to fill it up before the early registration deadline on December 15th.
There has been significant interest in the courses from Optometry students and VT Residents. Since many students and Residents have requested a reduced fee, we have agreed to offer 1/2 price registration to students and Residents and we are pleased that many have already registered for the seminar series.
Attached is the final announcement for the Seminar Series #2 which will begin in February, 2009.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
Linda Z. Sanet, COVT RSANET@CS.COM
Friday, December 5, 2008
A new National Institutes of Health study is lending credence to vision therapy as a treatment for convergence insufficiency, a vision disorder that may affect one of every eight people across the United States. Convergence insufficiency occurs when the eyes have difficulty looking at objects close up because they drift, causing double vision and other reading problems. ...Jill Buss, the mother of three grade-school children in north Orem, said reading was always an uphill battle for her seven-year-old son. He underwent three eye surgeries in the first years of life to correct congenital problems before they tried vision therapy.
Convergence insufficiency is a major cause of eyestrain, blurred vision, double vision and headaches when reading. It can interfere with the ability to read, learn and work at close distances. It is a common condition and the study showed vision therapy is very effective. The basic vision screening by a pediatrician or school nurse is not adequate for detection. A person can have 20/20 vision and still be diagnosed with convergence insufficiency.
Comments: See this Scripps News Story about convergence insufficiency. DM
Watch this interview and find out what Convergence Insufficiency is and why parents and educators need to know more about it.
Dr. Mitchell Scheiman, FCOVD, completed a major study that was funded by the National Eye Institute, a division of the National Institutes of Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to determine the most effective treatment for Convergence Insufficiency.
It was a collaborative study with both optometrists and ophthalmologists in 9 sites throughout the U.S., including the Mayo Clinic, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and The Ratner Children's Eye Center.
While there have been hundreds of optometric studies over the years, this is the first scientific study to look at these treatment protocols. The study, Convergence Insufficiency Treatment Trial (CITT), found that approximately 75 percent of those who received in-office therapy by a trained therapist plus at-home treatment reported fewer and less severe symptoms related to reading and other near work after the office-based vision therapy."There are no visible signs of this condition; it can only be detected and diagnosed during a comprehensive eye examination," said Dr. Scheiman. "However, as this study shows, once diagnosed, CI can be successfully treated with office-based vision therapy by a trained therapist along with at-home reinforcement."If you think you or your child has convergence insufficiency, ask your eye doctor's office manager if they provide an in-office vision therapy program. If they do not, find an optometrist that does below.
Locate a Doctor near you for a comprehensive eye exam
Learn more about Convergence Insufficiency
Read the CITT article in Archives of Ophthalmology
Comments: I wrote a review paper for the Review of Optometry which will be published in January on neuroplasticity....what I found out was that treatment can be done for our patients AT ANY AGE! Let us treat amblyopes of any age....let us treat those with TBI at any age....and no matter how post trauma event they may be....We can build new neurons and synapes...do it. DM
Comments: ANY suspected abuse should be reported immediately! No ifs. No buts. You report it. For toll free hotlines click here. DM
Comments: I have been accused for being "happy". I must confess...if I have a choice I'd rather be enthusiastically happy....then not! Smile. Pass it along! DM
The Prevalence and Risk Indicators of Uncorrected Refractive Error and Unmet Refractive Need in Latinos: The Los Angeles Latino Eye Study
Comments: Refractive care (best given by optometrists) is finally being recognized as an important part of a comprehensive eye examination. The service we give is safe, cost efficienct, and effective. DM
On behalf of everyone at Precision Vision, thank you for visiting our booth during the COVD Palm Springs Meeting. It was a pleasure meeting you. As a thank you for your time, we welcome you to visit our website and receive a complimentary Near Pocket Card of your choice.
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Thursday, December 4, 2008
Take a look at these additional organization as well:
CDC Fragile X
March of Dimes
I'll keep you posted on news about Fra X so visit here often! DM
This year Google launched a new web tool that aims to display flu outbreak patterns weeks before the CDC reports them. Google.org, the company’s philanthropic arm, found a historical correlation between Google search engine queries for flu-related terms and physician visits for influenza-like symptoms. Because online search trends are captured daily, Google was able to estimate influenza activity a week or two ahead of CDC surveillance reports. Early detection might help focus public health efforts on regions that need it most as well as provide advance warning in the event of a future pandemic. They teamed up with the CDC to publish their results in the journal Nature. Check out Google Flu Trends online, and see how your state is faring this influenza season.
Comments: This is a video that shows individuals of any age can benefit from optometric vision therapy. DM
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
The joint impact on being overweight of self reported behaviours of eating quickly and eating until full: cross sectional survey
Comments: If you know me you know that I am a short, round Italian guy....who during the holidays could be a Santa-like fellow (I've also been compare to Yoda....but we won't go there!). I do both of the above (eat fast and eat until full). I guess my wife is right when she says to slow down and to leave the table a bit hungry!! (Don't tell her I said that!!) DM
Comments: Kick 'em outside to play! Give our kids a chance to be bored. Do you remember how creative we got when bored! DM
Comment: OK put me down for 35 y/o. That was a very good year! DM
Comment: OK put me down for 35 y/o. That was a very good year! DM
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Louwagie CR, Diehl NN, Greenberg AE, Mohney BG. Long-term follow-up of congenital esotropia in a population-based cohort. J AAPOS. 2008 Nov 5; [Epub ahead of print]
- In this population-based study of children with congenital esotropia, a second surgery was necessary in half the patients after 10 years and was more likely in those patients with a larger presenting angle and a younger age at first surgery. Approximately half of the patients were within 8(Delta) of orthotropia and one-third had measurable stereopsis after a mean of 10.9 years of follow-up.
|Watson C, Hoeft F, Garrett AS, Hall SS, Reiss AL. Aberrant brain activation during gaze processing in boys with fragile X syndrome. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2008 Nov;65(11):1315-23.|
...Compared with controls, boys with fraX display distinct patterns of brain activation in response to direct eye gaze. These results suggest that aberrant neural processing of direct eye gaze in subjects with fraX may be related to the associated avoidant response....
From AOA FirstLooks:
The Boston Globe (12/1, Wangsness) reported that "some Congressional Democrats in charge of health reform are talking about" taxing healthcare benefits. While Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) "wanted to end the tax exclusion entirely for employer-sponsored insurance," these Democratic lawmakers would limit employee exclusions, "so that those with higher incomes or more generous health benefits might pay taxes on some portion of the income they use to pay for their health premiums." In doing so, they would also limit government expenditures on "more than $300 billion a year in potential tax revenues...one of the few large pools of cash available to help fund a major health reform package." In fact, Sen. Max Baucus's (D-MT) "health policy paper that many see as an important Democratic blueprint for health reform...raises the possibility of capping tax breaks for health insurance premiums." Still, some unions "are wary of any changes since employers provide insurance to the vast majority of their members," and "business groups are...extremely cautious."
Comments: This is the dumbest idea I've ever heard! Do not place on penny of tax on this. DM
Comments: See!? What have I been saying?! We are never too old to learn. Get those neurons building and those synapses...connecting!! DM
Comments: I'll have you know that my aging brain is doing just....is doing ...what am I doing? DM
Comments: After writing a paper for publication on neuroplasticity....I can say with little doubt that we can interact with our environment in such a way to alter brain function and structure....and therefore our behavior....learn new things....use "motor" to teach your body new things...and new neurons...new synapses will form! DM
Comments: Individuals with Down syndrome often have keratoconus. They also have rampant blepharitits...which causes them to rub their eyes a great deal. I treat the bleph VERY aggressively in this population. If all treated this as a major health problem for those with Down syndrome could be significantly cut the incidence of keratoconus in this population?
Monday, December 1, 2008
Comment: Be careful...one study need not "prove" anything....but the evidence is interesting. DM
Sometimes stumbling blocks to reading development can't be attributed to a learning disability or concentration issues. A recent government report found that one in 20 students may suffer from a childhood eye-muscle coordination problem called convergence insufficiency, or CI.
This disorder may be the reason reading activities are problematic for some children. Children with CI find it difficult to make their eyes focus inward or converge -- which is necessary for reading and other close-up activities....
As many as one of every 20 students have some degree of what eye doctors call "convergence insufficiency," or CI, where eye muscles must work harder to focus up-close. And those standard vision screenings administered by schools and pediatricians won't catch it - they stress distance vision....
The retrospective study examined the medical records of 407 patients with strabismus and compared them with those of children matched for age and sex but with normal eye alignment. Children with eyes that diverged (exotropia) were three times more likely to develop a psychiatric disorder than were the control subjects, while those with inward deviating eyes (esotropia) showed no increase in the incidence of mental illnesses.
Brian Mohney, M.D., the Mayo Clinic pediatric ophthalmologist who led the study, describes the research findings and the observation that caused the study to be conducted. Click Here for video.
Comments: Another good reason to have your children seen by an optometrist who specializes in binocular vision! DM
Comments: Ahh....let me get this straight....the expectations of us by our patients differs because of gender....so we need to play our gender roles to get better pt response? Interesting. Feminists....pay heed! DM
Comments: Post surgical alligment of the eyes seems to be quite unstable. When do they look straight? When are they actually straight post-surgically? Are they ever straight with binocular vision? Interesting questions? DM
Comments: If your child gets hurt in anyway....even a little knock on the head...or poke in the eye....get him/her checked out by you optometrist right away....most times all will be fine....but in those rare instances it is not...well, you could've just saved that child a great deal of pain and visual impairment. DM
I need all the help I can get when it comes to taking pics....so I hope this helps alot!!
If any of you are shooting a 50D let me know how you like it. If you a considering purchasing a 50D...click on the link above for a review....
You can see some of my pics at http://dmphotoart.blogspot.com/,
and at http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmphotoart/
A helmet that gauges the trauma caused by a blow to the head is just one of many possible ways to assess injury.
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Neurosurgeon Jam Ghajar answers viewer questions about preventing and treating concussions and more severe brain injuries.
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Read the personal stories of viewers who wrote into NOVA about their traumatic brain injury or that of someone they know.
Examine the skull of a person from 5100 B.C. who underwent brain surgery ... twice.