Friday, April 15, 2011

The International Brain Injury Association's Ninth World Congress on Brain Injury

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS  Submission deadline: October 14, 2011

The International Brain Injury Association's
Ninth World Congress on Brain Injury
Edinburgh, Scotland

March 21-25, 2012

The International Brain Injury Association's Ninth World Congress on Brain Injury is the largest gathering of international professionals working in the field of brain injury. Delegates are comprised of physicians, psychologists and neuropsychologists, therapists, social workers, nurses, case managers, legal professionals, advocates and all others working in the field of brain injury. The Congress will take place in the historic city of Edinburgh, Scotland, on March 21-25, 2012.

The Ninth World Congress program will feature internationally recognized invited speakers, platform lectures, workshops, short oral presentations and poster sessions. The aim of the Ninth World Congress is to provide an opportunity for establishing collegial relationships with international professionals focused on the care and/or service of persons with acquired brain injury and/or the science of brain injury research. State of the art research will be presented dealing with information spanning from basic science to clinical (coma to community) aspects of brain injury.

To submit your abstract, click here.

Abstracts accepted for the Ninth World Congress on Brain Injury will be published in a supplemental issue of IBIA's official journal Brain Injury. Submissions must be data-driven or assessment/treatment model descriptions. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Congress's International Scientific Committee, which will determine the most appropriate presentation format (oral presentation or poster) for each abstract accepted. There will be a first and second place certificate for the Best Poster which also will come with a cash award.

For general information on the World Congress, click here.

Leonardo da Vinic Award for Excellence in Medicine

The April issue of Fra Noi magazine announced that Dr. Dominick M. Maino is to receive the Leonardo da Vinic Award for Excellence in Medicine on May 1st, 2011. This will be given during a banquet honoring all awardees at the Victoria Beau Jolie in Schiller Park, Il. Dr. Maino has also recently been recognized as a Distinguished Practitioner by the National Academies of Practice in Washington, DC in March. to view the full Fra Noi magazine

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Characteristics and appearance of the normal optic nerve head in 6-year-old children

....The mean vertical cup/disc ratio was 0.4 in this 6-year-old sample. Planimetric optic nerve head measures and population prevalence findings for optic disc signs in this population could be regarded as normative data for ophthalmologists in clinical settings.....

Evidence Weak to Support Many Medications for Autism

....Little evidence supports the use of most medications for treating autism in children, with the exception of the anti-psychotic drugs risperidone and aripiprazole that have shown success in controlling severely disruptive, hyperactive and repetitive behaviors....

Why eye exams are important

....ROUTINE eye exams are important — regardless of your age or your physical health. During a comprehensive eye exam, your eye doctor does much more than just determine your prescription for eyeglasses or contact lenses. He or she will also check your eyes for common eye diseases, assess how your eyes work together as a team and evaluate your eyes as an indicator of your overall health.....

Illinois College of Optometry – Video Series

....Today’s article is brought to you by the 1st year students of Illinois College of Optometry! These students reached out to to post an extremely creative video series that is unlike anything ever seen before in the world of Optometry.
These videos are perfect for any student applying to Optometry school because it really gives you an inside view as to what Opt School is really like. I personally watched the video series and found it strikingly similar to my experience at SUNY Optometry.....

Next-Gen iPhone and iPad to Offer 3D Imaging Capabilities?

.....According to a new filing with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Apple is considering including 3D cameras in the next generation of iOS devices. The patent, named “Systems and Methods for an Imaging System Using Multiple Image Sensors,” shows a new set of cameras able to capture 3D pictures.....

Prevent Blindness enlists kids in battle for eye health

......Some 30,000 Chicago Public Schools students will learn about eye health in a pilot program aimed to get children and their parents to take vision more seriously.
Prevent Blindness America, based in Chicago, gave the district 1,000 kits of its new Star Pupils eye-health curriculum for kindergarteners, first- and second-graders. With four 10-minute lessons, the curriculum is intended to be easy for teachers and straightforward for students.....

Optometry, Ophthalmology, & Vision Science Journals

Click on the title for listing and links to many journals. They did not list several very prominent journals including:


Optometry & Vision Development

Journal of Behavioral Optometry

NIH radio: Dyslexia

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

New Journal

  International Journal of Health Sciences
    ISSN: 1658-3639 (print)
    Archive includes 1 (2007) to the current issue
    Note: There is no embargo delay for this journal

So I Took My 3DS To The Eye Doctor…

....a couple of Fridays ago, I packed my 3DS in my bag and travelled to midtown Manhattan to visit doctors David Soden and Neera Kapoor, two doctors recommended to me by the American Optometric Association. They work several flights up at the State University of New York’s College of Optometry, down the block from the New York Public Library and around the corner from the headquarters of HBO. Soden, the school’s vice president of clinical affairs, was more of a host for me during my visit. Kapoor is the school’s chief of vision therapy and an expert in helping those who experience difficulty viewing 3D movies, TV and, presumably, video games, deal with the underlying medical issues that cause such problems....

3D may be bad for your eyes, but there is no evidence of harm

....But not everyone can enjoy the 3D experience. Millions of people have binocular vision problems, according to the American Optometric Association, that can make viewing 3D difficult.
Problems can include eye discomfort, a lack of depth perception that prevents the proper perception of 3D effects, or dizziness to the point of nausea because the body is getting mixed signals about whether it is moving, said Dr. Jim Sheedy, director of the Vision Performance Institute at Pacific University in Oregon. "Whenever our senses disagree in a matter like that, it can create some discomfort and unease in a person," he said.....

Brain activity pattern signals ability to compensate for dyslexia – 1

NIH radio

Monday, April 11, 2011

Dr. Lou!

LOU CATANIA, O.D., F.A.A.O. now has his own website...check it out. He is always on the cutting edge! Click title above. I do not have any $$$ interest in this venture. DM

Readers Write!

One of my readers wrote:

I ran across one of your posts while researching my 9-year-old son's convergence insufficiency on the internet. You gave your email address for anyone to ask questions. I hope you do not mind answering one of mine. I will give you some background information.

My son did not have problem learning to read. In the second grade, I noticed he had trouble copying spelling words from one column to another. In third grade, he had problems copying from the board. I took him to an optometrist (who was not a member of the COVD - I know better now). The optometrist prescribed glasses as he was far-sighted.

When fourth grade began and my son skipped the small words and had trouble reading a line without losing his place I knew I had to find a way to help him. I began researching his symptoms on the internet and came across the COVD website. After finding a COVD doctor, I found he has convergence insufficiency. He was seeing double 30cm/12 inches from his face. He had only about 60% of the depth perception he should have. She considered the convergence insufficiency severe but said he appeared not to have any other related problems visually. The plan is for 25 office visits, once a week. This should be completed by the beginning of June. He can now converge down to 10cm which is a great improvement. He is a much happier child and less stressed. His reading level has improved by almost a year and he is reading much more fluently. He can read books on his grade level now. However, by afternoon his eyes begin to fatigue and the grades in his subjects after lunch suffer. I know the latter visits during a vision therapy program are to allow him to maintain his ability to converge over a longer period of time. I am worrying that the vision therapy won't totally solve the eye fatigue and occasional double vision.

As a side note, my son was screened for the Irlen overlays. It appears the aqua color helps him. I do not know if that is because his vision therapy is not complete or if there are two separate issues going on. My son's optometrist does not have much experience with the Irlen method. Is it possible he could need the color overlays even after vision therapy is completed? Thank you for any comments or suggestions you may have.

My response was:

Thanks for asking!! It sounds like your son's therapy is moving right along and that he is doing very well.
I do know a bit about Irlen lenses and for the most part it appears as if they help some but only a very small number of people. The research suggests that binocular vision problems are often the cause of any issues exhibited by the child and that optometric vision therapy can often resolve these issues. .... Let me know if this helped! Ask anytime.

If you have questions...let me know. DM

Optometrists: Nintendo 3DS could ID vision issues

...U.S. eye specialists are welcoming the Nintendo 3DS game device, dismissing the manufacturer's warnings that its 3-D screen shouldn't be used by children 6 or younger because it may harm their immature vision....On the contrary, the optometrists say, it's a good idea to get your children to try the 3-D screen, especially if they're younger than 6. It won't do any harm, they say, and it could help catch vision disorders that have to be caught early to be fixed....."The 3DS could be a godsend for identifying kids under 6 who need vision therapy," said Michael Duenas, associate director for health sciences and policy for the American Optometric Association....

Non-surgical interventions for convergence insufficiency.

....Current research suggests that outpatient vision therapy/orthoptics is more effective than home-based convergence exercises or home-based computer vision therapy/orthoptics for children....

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Brain Scientists Offer Medical Educators Tips On The Neurobiology Of Learning

...."Repetition, reward, and visualization are tried and true teaching strategies. Now, knowing what is happening in the brain will enhance teaching and learning,"....

Visual Detection And Identification More Active In Autistic Brain Than Thought Control And Actions

....Parts of the brains of people with autism are more active in areas that deal with visual detection and identification and less in areas for decision making, planning and execution, and cognitive control,....

Impact of group music therapy on the depression mood of college students

....The goal of this study was to examine the effects of group music therapy on depression and
mental health among college students. 80 students participated in this study, with 40 assigned
to control group and other 40 assigned to experimental group. The results showed that
after the group music therapy, for the experimental group, the depression scores have reduced
significantly and the mental health scores have improved, while for the control group, no
significant difference was obtained on the depression and mental health scores. This indicates
that group music therapy can effectively reduce depression and improve mental health....

Comments: Open access article. DM

The Brain Against Words In The Mirror

....Human beings understand words reflected in a mirror without thinking about it, just like those written normally, at least for a few instants. Researchers from the Basque Centre on Cognition, Brain and Languages (Spain) have shown this in a study that could also help to increase our understanding of the phenomenon of dyslexia....

New Research Explains Autistic's Exceptional Visual Abilities

.....Aiming to understand why autistic individuals have strong abilities in terms of processing visual information, the researchers collated 15 years of data that covered the ways autistic brain works when interpreting faces, objects and written words. The data came from 26 independent brain imaging studies that looked at a total of 357 autistic and 370 non-autistic individuals. "Through this meta-analysis, we were able to observe that autistics exhibit more activity in the temporal and occipital regions and less activity in frontal cortex than non-autistics. The identified temporal and occipital regions are typically involved in perceiving and recognizing patterns and objects. The reported frontal areas subserve higher cognitive functions such as decision making, cognitive control, planning and execution,''.....

Evidence Review Of Interventions For Autism

....In "A Systematic Review of Medical Treatments for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders ," researchers found strikingly little evidence of benefit for most medications used to treat ASDs. Medications that address challenging behavior had the strongest evidence to support their use. The antipsychotic medications risperidone and aripiprazole each have at least two randomized controlled trials that found improvements in challenging behavior, hyperactivity and repetitive behavior. However, both medications also cause significant side effects, including weight gain and sedation, which limit their use to patients with severe impairment. Insufficient evidence is available to judge the potential benefits and adverse effects of all other medications used to treat autism, including serotonin-reuptake inhibitors and stimulant medications.....

Moms Responsible For Big Brains In Babies

...The study of 128 mammal species, including humans, shows that brain growth in babies is determined by the duration of pregnancy and how long they suckle. The Durham University research concludes that the longer the pregnancy and breastfeeding period in mammals, the bigger the baby's brain grows....