Saturday, April 30, 2011

Vision and Learning Guide

In the Vision and Learning Guide from my friends at’ll find the following information:

• Vision and Learning Overview
• What are some of the vision skills that affect learning?
• Impact on Subjects
• What does the work of someone with vision problems look like?
• Stress Points
• Take the Vision Quiz
• Vision Therapy
• Studies
• Success Stories
• Modifications for the Classroom
• The Vision Therapy Center Contact Information

Children are focus for new vision therapy

.....Dr. Tori Gengenbach of First Insight Eyecare believes almost anyone can benefit from vision therapy, and is especially excited to offer help to students who may be struggling in the classroom.
Vision therapy has become a passion for the optometrist,.....The Gengenbachs have been eager to incorporate vision therapy into their practice, but as new parents just starting their careers, the project was delayed until now.
Gengenbach explained that vision accounts for 70 percent of sensory information, with the brain devoting more to processing visual stimuli than all other senses combined. As many as 25 percent of children have visual problems, said Gengenbach.
A student may have difficulty focusing on the most important data, with too much stimuli causing confusion.....Some of the problems that can be addressed with vision therapy are focusing and attention issues, peripheral distraction, “lazy eye” and even problems resulting from traumatic brain injury.
Symptoms to look for in someone who may benefit from vision therapy are headaches, blurred vision, hurt and tired eyes, words moving on the page, motion sickness, poor attention span and lack of coordination......

Long-Term Poverty But Not Family Instability Affects Children's Cognitive Development

.....Children from homes that experience persistent poverty are more likely to have their cognitive development affected than children in better off homes,.....
Family instability, however, makes no additional difference to how a child's cognitive abilities have progressed by the age of five, after taking into account family poverty, family demographics (e.g. parental education and mother's age) and early child characteristics, ......

Mild traumatic brain injury among a cohort of rugby union players: predictors of time to injury

.....This study reports the time to sustain a mild traumatic brain injury among a community rugby union players. Demographic and player characteristics were collected and players followed up for between one and three playing seasons. ..... Players were likely to sustain an mTBI in shorter time if they trained for <3 h/week... or had a body mass index <27 .... The findings highlight modifiable characteristics to reduce the likelihood of shortened time to mTBI.....

Medical E-books

Sports Injury Expert Warns Kids Are Being 'Driven To The Brink'

.....We are seeing an increase in the number of sports injuries in children each year, ranging from serious ligament damage and fractures, to strains and sprains, and the pressure applied by coaches is to blame on many occasions," he said.

"Kids are told if they want to make it big they need to put up with the aches, pain and niggling injuries - almost a 'toughen you up' culture - and that is driving many to the brink of serious damage to their bodies." ....

Comment: Don't forget about all the potential eye injuries as well. Protective eyeware should be mandatory. Polycarbonate lenses a must for all kids! DM

New Journals in PuMed Central

The following journals from Springer have been added to PubMed Central:

Journal of Digital Imaging
ISSN: 0897-1889 (print) 1618-727X (electronic)
Archive: volumes 16 (2003) to 24 (2011).  Current content is forthcoming,
with no delay for select articles and a 12-month embargo for all remaining

Journal of Parasitic Diseases: Official Organ of the Indian Society for
ISSN: 0971-7196 (print) 0975-0703 (electronic)
Archive: volume 34 (2010). Current content is forthcoming, and subject to a
12-month embargo.

Retinoblastoma: One World, One Vision

...Retinoblastoma is curable when diagnosed early and treated appropriately; however, the prognosis is dismal when the basic elements of diagnosis and treatment are lacking. ...

Comments: Full article available. DM

Preemies showed increased risk for ADHD

.....Babies who are born prematurely may be at increased risk for developing attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, according to a study published online.... the possibility of neurological and psychological problems in children who are born preterm has been well documented. Follow-up studies on ADHD children who had been born preterm have focused almost exclusively on children who were born extremely preterm (23-28 weeks’ gestation)..... children born moderately preterm who developed ADHD later in life. The researchers honed in on this particular age group because “this much larger group of infants also is at risk for negative outcomes in school age and young adulthood.”.............

Dr. Dominick Maino at the Consumer Electronics Show 2011

I knew they were recording this, but did not know where it would be shown. It's amazing what you find when you search by your name on YouTube! This past year I had a wonderful opportunity to talk about how 3D movies are adversely affected by poor binocular vision and to demonstrate to the CES audience just how pervasive binocular vision problems are within the general population by using that technologically advanced diagnostic tool...the Brock String! Watch the video. Be amazed!! DM

One-third of articles about vaccines contained negative messages

....Monitoring news accounts on articles about vaccines could help craft vaccine-safety messages, according to an article published online.....examined about 1,200 articles relating to vaccination, which were published between 1995 and 2005. The researchers used key terms such as “vaccine” and “adverse events” and coded these articles as having an overall “positive” or “negative” message, accordingly.....


NIH-funded study demonstrates feasibility and effectiveness of conducting systematic screening during well-baby check-ups

A five-minute checklist that parents can fill out in pediatrician waiting rooms may someday help in the early diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)<>, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health. Published today in the Journal of Pediatrics, the study's design also provides a model for developing a network of pediatricians to adopt such a change to their practice.

"Beyond this exciting proof of concept, such a screening program would answer parents' concerns about their child's possible ASD symptoms earlier and with more confidence than has ever been done before," noted Thomas R. Insel, M.D., director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of NIH.

Identifying autism at an early age allows children to start treatment sooner, which can greatly improve their later development and learning. However, many studies show a significant delay between the time parents first report concerns about their child's behavior and the eventual ASD diagnosis, with some children not receiving a diagnosis until well after they've started school.

Recognizing the need to improve early ASD screening, Karen Pierce, Ph.D., of the University of California, San Diego, and colleagues established a network of 137 pediatricians across San Diego County. Following an hour-long educational seminar, the pediatricians screened all infants at their 1-year, well-baby check-up using the Communication and Symbolic Behavior Scales Developmental Profile Infant-Toddler Checklist, a brief questionnaire that detects ASD, language delay, and developmental delay. The questionnaire asks caregivers about a child's use of eye gaze, sounds, words, gestures, objects and other forms of age-appropriate communication. Any child who failed the screen was referred for further testing and was re-evaluated every six months until age 3.

Out of 10,479 infants screened, 32 were identified as having ASD. After excluding for late onset and regression cases, this is consistent with current rates that would be expected at 12 months, according to the researchers. When including those identified as having language delay, developmental delay, or some other form of delay, the brief screen provided an accurate diagnosis 75 percent of the time.

Following the screen, all toddlers diagnosed with ASD or developmental delay and 89 percent of those with language delay were referred for behavioral therapy. On average, these children were referred for treatment around age 17 months. For comparison, a 2009 study using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that, on average, children currently receive an ASD diagnosis around 5.7 years (68.4 months) of age, with treatment beginning sometime later.

In addition to tracking infant outcomes, the researchers also surveyed the participating pediatricians. Prior to the study, few of the doctors had been screening infants systematically for ASD. After the study, 96 percent of the pediatricians rated the program positively, and 100 percent of the practices have continued using the screening tool.

"In the context of a virtual lack of universal screening at 12 months, this program is one that could be adopted by any pediatric office, at virtually no cost, and can aid in the identification of children with true developmental delays," said Dr. Pierce.

The researchers note that future studies should seek to further validate and refine this screening tool, track children until a much older age, and assess barriers to treatment follow up.

This study was also supported by an NIMH Autism Center of Excellence <> grant as well as Autism Speaks and the Organization for Autism Research.

The mission of the NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery and cure. For more information, visit <>.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit <>.

Pierce K, Carter C, Weinfeld M, Desmond J, Hazin R, Bjork R, Gallagher N. Catching, Studying, and Treating Autism Early: The 1-Yr Well-Baby Check-Up Approach. J Pediatr. 2011 Apr. [Epub ahead of print]

CDC vaccine scientist who downplayed links to autism indicted by DOJ in alleged fraud scheme

As many of you may have suspected from reading this blog, when it comes to the issue of Autism and Vaccines, I have a bias towards the "vaccines are not the cause of Autism" side of the argument.

A good friend and colleague of mine, however, tends towards the other side of this debate... He also frequently sends me information that supports his views. I typically read what he sends but do not necessarily post it here. This time I decided to attempt to be a bit more impartial and to publish his last email to me. I will suggest this caveat, however.... something tells me that the editor of NaturalNews may also have certain biases.

It is sad....and a major disservice to all when any researcher is dishonest. It can adversely affect the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals and set back the good work most researchers do. Any researcher, in any country, that does not hold truth above personal gain...that seeks self aggrandizement above the good of others, should be dealt with using any and all the legal means to bring the wrath of justice upon their unworthy, miserable heads.....ending their careers in shame and in ignominy.

Please read...feel free to give me feedback on what you think. DM

CDC vaccine scientist who downplayed links to autism indicted by DOJ in alleged fraud schemeby Mike Adams, the Health Ranger, NaturalNews Editor

(NaturalNews) CDC researcher Poul Thorsen, who famously headed up the "Denmark Study" that many claim disproved any link between autism and vaccines, has been indicted in Atlanta by a federal grand jury on charges of wire fraud, money laundering and defrauding research institutions of grant money.

Poul Thorson is a scientist who formerly worked for the CDC, and over the last several years, he oversaw millions of dollars in grant money that was used to conduct research to "prove" that vaccines have no link to autism. Dr. Thorson's research papers include the famous "Danish Study" entitled Thimerosal and the occurrence of autism: negative ecological evidence from Danish population-based data. (

This paper concludes that thimerosal, the mercury-based preservative used in vaccines around the world, has no statistically significant link to autism. It is one of the key papers used by vaccination proponents who argue that thimerosal is safe to inject into young children. That Poul Thorson's credibility is now being called into question by a federal indictment of fraud and money laundering will, of course, have ripple effects throughout both the vaccine industries and autism support groups (more about that below).

Be sure to see our "Web of Alleged Fraud" chart which accompanies this article:

Follow the money
According to the official announcement of the indictment, Thorsen was awarded grant money by the CDC as far back as the 1990s. He arranged for the grant money to be awarded to an entity in Denmark, where he provided "input and guidance" for the research projects.

From 2000 to 2009, the CDC awarded $11 million in grant money to two Denmark government agencies to study, among other things, the possible link between vaccines and autism. In 2002, Thorsen moved to Denmark and became the "principal investigator" for the grant money, responsible for administering the research money that the CDC awarded.

But here's where things get interesting: According to the Dept. of Justice, Thorsen began allegedly stealing grant money by submitting fraudulent expense documents that were supposedly related to the Danish study. These fraudulent expense documents were given to the Danish government, Aarhus University and Odense University Hospital, the institutions involved in the research.

From February 2004 through June 2008, says the DOJ indictment, Thorsen allegedly submitted over a dozen fraudulent invoices requesting reimbursement for expenses that were fabricated. Interestingly, these allegedly fraudulent invoices were signed by a laboratory section chief at the CDC, indicating that someone inside the CDC was either duped by Thorsen or potentially involved in the alleged fraud.

What was Thorsen claiming in these allegedly fraudulent invoices requesting reimbursement? He claimed that a CDC laboratory had conducted work in conjunction with the research and was owed funds out of the grant money. These invoices were then handed over to Aarhus University, where Thorsen held a faculty position. Aarhus then transferred "hundreds of thousands of dollars to bank accounts held at the CDC Federal Credit Union in Atlanta," says the DOJ.

But here's the clever part: Those bank accounts were not official CDC accounts at all. They were allegedly private bank accounts belonging to none other than Dr. Poul Thorsen.

Once the money was transferred into Thorsen's private accounts, Thorsen "allegedly withdrew it for his own personal use, buying a home in Atlanta, a Harley Davidson motorcycle, and Audi and Honda vehicles, and obtaining numerous cashier's checks, from the fraud proceeds," says the DOJ.

According to government documents, Dr. Poul Thorsen, one of the key researchers in "disproving" any link between vaccines and autism, allegedly defrauded the scientific research community of over one million dollars.

See the chart we've assembled for this to help show you the web of money and influence at work here:

Aarhus distances itself from Thorsen
More details are revealed through a statement issued in January by Aarhus University, which sought to sever its ties with Thorsen. It says, "Unfortunately, a considerable shortfall in funding at Aarhus University associated with the CDC grant was discovered. In investigating the shortfalls associated with the grant, DASTI and Aarhus University became aware of two alleged CDC funding documents as well as a letter regarding funding commitments allegedly written by Randolph B. Williams of CDC's Procurement Grants Office which was used to secure advances from Aarhus University. Upon investigation by CDC, a suspicion arose that the documents are forgeries." (

This letter goes on to state that Dr Thorsen was essentially hoodwinking others into thinking he was still a faculty member at Aarhus University:

In March 2009, Dr. Thorsen resigned his faculty position at Aarhus University. In the meantime, it has come to the attention of Aarhus University that Dr Thomsen has continued to act in such a manner as to create the impression that he still retains a connection to Aarhus University after the termination of his employment by the university. Furthermore, it has come to the attention of Aarhus University that Dr Poul Thorsen has held full-time positions at both Emory University and Aarhus University simultaneously. Dr Thorsen's double Full-time employment was unauthorised by Aarhus University, and he engaged in this employment situation despite the express prohibition of Aarhus University.

The federal indictment against Thorsen
Today, Thorsen is facing 13 counts of wire fraud and 9 counts of money laundering. NaturalNews spoke with the Department of Justice and confirmed that extradition proceedings are under way to bring Thorsen to the United States from Denmark, although no particular timetable for that extradition has been announced.

Thorsen now faces up to 260 years in prison from the wire fraud charges, and up to an additional 90 years in prison for the money laundering charges, plus a total of $22.5 million in possible fines. In addition, the federal indictment also contains a so-called "forfeiture provision" which seeks the forfeiture of the personal property Dr. Thorsen allegedly purchased with money he stole from the CDC's grant activities: A house in Atlanta, two cars and a Harley Davidson motorcycle.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Stephen H. McClain and Michael J. Brown, both out of the Northern District of Georgia (Atlanta). This Atlanta office has a well-known reputation for going after crooks, regardless of the political implications. This is the same office, for example, that indicted Atlanta's own mayor for corruption and tax charges in 2004 (

The prosecuting attorney for that case, Sally Quillian Yates, is the same attorney contributing to this case. She said of Thorsen: "Grant money for disease research is a precious commodity. When grant funds are stolen, we lose not only the money, but also the opportunity to better understand and cure debilitating diseases. This defendant is alleged to have orchestrated a scheme to steal over $1 million in CDC grant money earmarked for autism research. We will now seek the defendant’s extradition for him to face federal charges in the United States."

Understand what is being alleged here: That Thorsen stole taxpayer dollars intended for medical research, then pocketed them in his own private bank accounts and used the money to buy luxury items for his personal use. This is a man with a history of strong ties to the CDC, research universities and medical journals. This is a person whose research has been widely quoted by the vaccine apologists who say vaccines are safe. And now, in the midst of all this, how many mainstream newspapers do you see covering Thorsen's indictment and his ties to the CDC? Virtually none.

This is the great untold story of an alleged criminal ring operating inside the CDC, with the purpose of falsifying research that would "disprove" any links between vaccines and toxic side effects.

The upshot of all this
What you read above are the facts of the case. What you're about to read is my own opinion analysis as the editor of NaturalNews. While I spoke with the U.S. Attorney's Office on these matters, what you're about to read are my own opinions, not theirs.

For starters, given that the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the American Journal of Epidemiology and many other medical journals have published Dr. Thorsen's work, will they retract his scientific papers now that he has been indicted for fraud and money laundering?

Or do the medical journals only retract papers only from those whose research suggests that vaccines do, in fact, have a link to intestinal disorders and neurological problems in children? Remember, of course, that the conventional medical industry almost couldn't wait to denounce Dr. Andrew Wakefield's research, based on only the flimsiest of allegations which don't even stand up to basic scrutiny. And yet when one of their own "insider" scientists like Dr. Poul Thorsen is indicted for fraud and money laundering, they don't question the integrity of his scientific research in the least. In fact, the CDC is now publicly defending his research! His research is still openly cited on the CDC's own website! (

So don't hold your breath waiting for the medical journals to denounce Dr. Thorsen's research. His so-called "scientific findings" are such an important cornerstone in the false "scientific" evidence dispelling any link between vaccines and autism that they would probably let his research stand even if he was convicted of rape, murder and incest. No criminal is too criminal for the medical journals, it seems -- especially if his conclusions support the vaccine industry.

Secondly, did you notice that the allegedly falsified invoices submitted by Dr. Thosen to Aarhus University were signed off by a CDC lab section chief? Someone inside the CDC, in other words, was enabling Dr. Thorsen to allegedly engage in this fraud. The question is: Was this person a co-conspirator?

To answer all this, you have to keep one thing in perspective: During the years of 2006 - 2008 when all this alleged fraud was taking place, the vaccine industry was under increasing attack by scientists who questioned their safety. The evidence linking vaccines with autism and gastrointestinal disorders was becoming increasingly evident and increasingly difficult to cover up. Dr. Julie Gerberding was at the help of the CDC, and she was no doubt trying to impress her future employers at Merck, where she is now the president of Merck's global vaccine division, having left the CDC the very next year following Dr. Thorsen's alleged money laundering scheme.

Question: Did the CDC actively enable and support Dr. Thorsen's alleged fraud in order to "pay him off" for falsifying the research that would supposedly disprove any link between vaccines and autism? And was this being masterminded by Dr. Julie Gerberding as part of her effort to prove her loyalty to Merck, where she now runs the global vaccine division?

Consider the ties here: Dr. Poul Thorsen used to have a CDC email address ( He was on the CDC payroll and spoke at CDC events. He had a private bank account at the CDC Credit Union!

Dr. Thorsen had enough pull with the CDC to get his pet grant project approved, even to the point of having the money wired overseas to a university in Denmark where -- guess what? -- he just happened to be a faculty member with "oversight" of where the money went. For Dr. Thorsen to have pulled off his alleged fraud, he would have needed help from inside the CDC -- from the "lab section chief" who signed his invoices that were submitted to Aarhus University for "reimbursement." Those funds, of course, were then allegedly used by Dr. Thorsen to purchase a home, cars and a motorcycle, among other things.

Was Thorsen a patsy for a larger scheme?
I see two possibilities here: Either the CDC conspired with Dr. Thorsen, or they set him up to take the fall. Every great scam needs a fall guy, you see, and the vaccine industry's fraudulent scientific cover-up of the truth about vaccine dangers is one of the greatest scams ever pulled off in the history of human civilization. The CDC has its fingerprints all over this case, as a former employer of Thorsen, the source of the money (which is really taxpayer money, of course), and even the source of the "lab section chief" employee who allegedly helped make all this happen.

To believe that the CDC may have conspired with Dr. Thorsen is not even a stretch. The CDC, as we've already shown, is deeply in bed with the vaccine industry and the drug companies. That's why the former head of the CDC is now the president of Merck's vaccine division ( It's also why the CDC urges everyone to "get vaccinated" at the first sign of a seasonal flu or an emerging epidemic. The pro-vaccine bias of the CDC has been blatant for years.

Other CDC scientists also involved in the fraud?
Writers Dan Olmsted and Mark Blaxill from the website have done additional research on this point, and they've found some solid evidence that should raise questions about the CDC's involvement in Thorsen's alleged fraud. As they published recently in an article entitled Poul Thorsen's Mutating Resume: (

In addition, several current CDC employees including Drs. Diana Schendel, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp and Catherine Rice were affiliated with Thorsen's now-defunct research group. Age of Autism has obtained Internet-archived pages from the Web site of the North Atlantic Neuro-Epidemiology Alliances (NANEA) that list the members of the “Atlanta autism team” including Schendel, Yeargin-Allsopp and Rice, all of whom have been in leadership positions in the CDC’s autism epidemiology projects. Schendel is described as NANEA’s “coordinator at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, USA.”

This article goes on to say, by the way, that Thorsen was also working with the American Psychiatric Association (APA) to alter the definition of "autism" in the DSM-V (the psychiatric industry's bible of diagnosis and treatment).

The CDC, of course, has downplayed the whole thing. It released a statement that attempted to characterize Poul Thorsen's alleged fraud as a "fiscal" matter, not something involving his science, as if to imply that a man can be a crook when it comes to his money, but an angel when it comes to his science.

They said:

"CDC is aware of the allegations by Aarhus University against Poul Thorsen, a Danish doctor who participated in CDC funded research. For the past 10 years, CDC has had a cooperative agreement with the Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation (DASTI) and Aarhus University in Denmark to conduct research studies on issues such as cerebral palsy, autism, alcohol use in pregnancy and Down syndrome. Dr. Thorsen was one of many co-authors on these research projects. All of these were subject to extensive peer review and we have no reason to suspect that there are any issues related to the integrity of the science. The allegations that are fiscal in nature against Dr. Thorsen are being looked into by appropriate authorities."


But the other possibility in all this is that someone inside the CDC wanted to protect the CDC's reputation from all the quackery and fraud they saw happening there. Perhaps they were clued in to Dr. Thorsen's alleged money laundering, and they were sick of it. Maybe they saw Dr. Gerberding collect a multi-million-dollar salary from Merck while the rest of the people were left behind at the CDC collecting government wages. This is conjecture, of course, but it seems reasonable to suppose that someone from within the CDC could be the whistleblower on all this.

And if that someone reads this, we want to hear from you. Feel free to leak internal documents to NaturalNews any time you want, through our public feedback form. We protect the identities of all our sources and we are interested in seeing justice served. If there is an element in the CDC that is knowingly engaged in criminal fraud and conspiracy, that elements needs to be exposed and removed from the CDC for the good of the entire institution. Otherwise, more of this kind of news will only come out in the years ahead, and the reputation of the CDC will only continue to plummet.

Don't think the world isn't noticing already: Just two years ago, the CDC's reputation was relatively high even among natural health practitioners. But after watching the CDC's behavior through these last couple of flu scares, more intelligent people now fully realize the CDC has become little more than a mouthpiece for the pharmaceutical industry. It was the CDC, after all, that helped hype up the Swine Flu scare that resulted in billions of taxpayer dollars being needlessly spent on vaccines which were mostly thrown away unused after the scare passed.

The DOJ earns street cred
The real hero in all this, it turns out, is the Department of Justice (DOJ). Rather than bowing to the profit interests of the vaccine industry, the DOJ is going after Dr. Poul Thorsen based solely on his alleged criminal behavior, not based on politics or science. It's refreshing to know that some elements of the federal government are actually doing good work. I've seen this before from the DOJ in its indictments of various pharmaceutical companies, and I continue to believe that the DOJ may be the last remaining hope for justice at the federal level.

I did tell my contact at the DOJ, however, that they should watch out for pressure from the vaccine industry. There will be efforts made, no doubt, to limit the exposure of this case to only Dr. Poul Thorsen and not involve any other CDC employees or officials. Honestly, in talking to the DOJ about this case, I think they vastly underestimate the level of commitment the drug companies have to their vaccine profit machine; meaning they also vastly underestimate the tactics that are traditionally used by these companies to limit their damage.

For example, most NaturalNews readers know full well that I've had multiple threats placed on my life, I've been stalked, I've been impersonated, and there have been assassination attempts made on other leaders in the natural health movement who have dared to question vaccines. What the DOJ doesn't know (but I hope they will soon realize) is that the drug companies will stop at nothing to get their way: They will poison your dog, hack your website, threaten your family, leave nasty notes in your mailbox, plant fake bombs under your car and do whatever else it takes to get you to back off.

I know that DOJ prosecutors and attorneys will be reading this, so let me share something with you that you need to know: When you go up against the pharmaceutical industry, you are doing battle with what is essentially organized crime. We're talking a modern-day mob here, and they will not hesitate to engaged in attempted bribery, corruption or threats of violence to get their way. If the DOJ begins to uncover a deeper connection between Thorsen, the CDC and the drug companies, beware of the backlash headed your way from both the industry and even the top folks in D.C. The depth of the fraud and crimes being committed right now in the pursuit of vaccine profits is nothing short of astonishing. We've reported on many here at NaturalNews, and yet we've just barely scratched the surface of the real story.

Even the vaccine pushers in the online world engage in precisely the same kind of criminal behavior; fixing online polls, creating robots to maliciously attack anti-vax websites, engaging in the widespread posting of false information, and so on. This is, of course, a reflection of the exact same psychopathic criminal-minded behavior found inside the vaccine industry itself -- an industry staffed by sick-minded human beings who belong in federal prison, not running research for the CDC.

As the editor of NaturalNews, I have publicly, on numerous occasions, called for the Department of Justice to investigate the CEOs of drug companies for fraud, racketeering and conspiracy. While this indictment of Dr. Poul Thorsen isn't all that, it's at least a step in the right direction that may help uncover the truth about what really goes on behind the scenes with taxpayer "research money."

How much vaccine research is based on outright fraud?
It also raises the question: How many other scientific researchers and grant money administrators are on the take, pocketing taxpayer dollars that were intended for research purposes? How many of these people falsify their research data in order to keep getting grant money injections into their private bank accounts? Just how deep does the collusion between the corrupt scientific community and the fraudulent vaccine industry really go?

And, of course, what is the CDC's role in all this? It has been one of the top cheerleaders for the vaccine industry for at least the past decade. Now, we are learning that a CDC section chief knowingly or unknowingly colluded with a physician and researcher who has now been indicted for fraud and money laundering. How high up the CDC does this alleged fraud really go?

I don't know the answer to that. But it's not that complicated to figure out, especially when CDC employees become Big Pharma vaccine employees, and vice-versa. It's all a giant government-corporate-medicine orgy where the scientific trust was abandoned long ago in favor of Big Pharma profits.

We'll do our best here at NaturalNews to find out the rest of this story and bring it to you. That's what we do. That's why we're the 4th largest alternative news website in the world (and growing every day). We bring you the news about the fraud and corruption in the pharmaceutical industry that most mainstream media sources won't dare touch. Subscribe to my free daily email newsletter to receive a daily email that I send out, containing links to the top stories you need to know about. It's free, so sign up now at:

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Friday, April 29, 2011

What an eyesore: Watching Sky 3D TV for hours 'can make viewers feel queasy

....Sky is to investigate the effects of 3D television,  following warnings that it can leave viewers feeling dizzy and nauseous.
Experts have also said that  3D footage can disorientate the  brain, causing eye strain  and headaches.
Sky launched its first dedicated 3D channel in October. Two months later, a study showed 3D TV can make up to 20 per cent of viewers physically sick.....

Comments: There's an app to fix's called Optometric Vision Therapy! DM

American Conference on Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment April 2012

I've been asked to be a participant for the American Conference on Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment in Ohmaha, NE April 20-21st, 2012. Please mark your calendars now so you can attend this phenomenal event. Additional information is noted below. I will also post updates periodically on this blog as well. DM

American Conference on
Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment
Omaha, NE  April 20-21st, 2012

The participants include:

Mark Borchert, MD -- Neuro-ophthalmology, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles

Dr. Mark S. Borchert directs the world’s largest study into optic nerve hypoplasia, now the single leading cause of blindness in infants in the United States and Europe. Another area of Dr. Borchert’s research is the development of better diagnostic and treatment tools, in particular the pioneering use of spectroscopy to measure glucose levels in the eye.

Jacy VerMaas-Lee, MA, OTR/L--- Professor of Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapy Coordinator, Creighton University Medical Center, Creighton University Medical Center

Christine Roman, PhD -- Director of The Pediatric View Program, Western Pennsylvania Hospital, Pittsburgh and Project Leader of the CVI Project at The American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY.

Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A -- Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision, Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry; Distinguished Practitioner, National Academies of Practice

Dr. Dominick Maino has been working with children and adults with special needs ever since he completed his residency. He helped to establish the Developmental Disability/Brain Injury Services at the Illinios Eye Institute and has lectured internationally on various topics centering on those with disability and the eye problems they exhibit. He is also a co-editor of a new textbook to be published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins tentatively titled: Vision and the Special Needs Patient: Diagnosis and Management which should be available sometime in 2012.

The Crash and Burn of an Autism Guru

..................Andrew Wakefield has become one of the most reviled doctors of his generation, blamed directly and indirectly, depending on the accuser, for irresponsibly starting a panic with tragic repercussions: vaccination rates so low that childhood diseases once all but eradicated here — whooping cough and measles, among them — have re-emerged, endangering young lives.......................

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Prediction of Incident Stroke Events Based on Retinal Vessel Caliber: A Systematic Review and Individual-Participant Meta-Analysis

.....The caliber of the retinal vessels has been shown to be associated with stroke events. However, the consistency and magnitude of association, and the changes in predicted risk independent of traditional risk factors, are unclear.......

Comments: Full text of article available. DM

Autism Now: Exploring the 'Phenomenal' Increase in U.S. Prevalence

PBS video:.....

Autism now affects more American children than childhood cancer, diabetes and AIDS combined. In the last decade, the numbers of children diagnosed on the autism spectrum have risen rapidly. The Centers for Disease Control now puts the rate at one in 110. Tonight, we look at what these rising numbers mean.....

School Readiness Summit Joint Statement

The School Readiness Summit joint statement can be found at

In part it says.....

We support comprehensive eye exams for school-aged children as a foundation for a coordinated and improved approach to addressing children’s vision and eye health issues and as a key element of ensuring school readiness in American children.On behalf of the millions of children who, today, are not receiving the essential eye and vision health care services they need, we join together to urge a sustained and committed inter-disciplinary approach to eliminating untreated and undiagnosed vision problems from America’s schools.

This joint statement was signed by nearly 20 leading health care and education groups and signifies a major policy shift in addressing children's vision issues.

Signed by:

American Association of Diabetes Educators

American Federation of Teachers

American Optometric Association

American Public Health Association

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry

Council for Exceptional Children

Foundation for Eye Health Awareness


National Assembly on School-Based Health Care

National Association of Community Health Centers

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners

National Association of School Nurses

National Commission on Vision and Health

National Education Association’s Health Information Network

National Head Start Association

National Optometric Association

National Rural Health Association

Prevent Blindness America

The Vision Council

Comments: Yes! DM

Groups Urge Comprehensive Eye Exams for Schoolchildren

....Broken’ System?

“The status quo is failing kids, and it is totally unacceptable,” said Dori Carlson, the American Optometric Association’s president-elect and an optometrist in North Dakota. Her group labeled the current system of detecting vision problems in schoolchildren “broken.”....

.....screenings don’t solve eye problems; they only find them. Parents must follow up, and if children need glasses, someone has to make sure they wear them at home and school.......

Maintaining good vision is important, experts say, because research shows that about 80 percent of what children learn is based on what they see. Last year, Charles Basch, a professor of health and education at Teachers College, Columbia University, listed vision problems as one of seven health issues critical to learning. Besides near- and farsightedness, such vision problems include astigmatism, an irregular curvature of the cornea; strabismus, or crossed or misaligned eyes; amblyopia, or lazy eye; problems with using the eyes together; and problems with what the eyes see and transmit as information to the brain. Glasses, medication, or vision therapy can treat those problems....

Comments: There is no longer any acceptable reason for not mandating that all school children have comprehensive eye and vision examinations. As noted in this blog...the research on vision screening is so bad that the researchers cannot tell if the screening is doing what it is supposed to be doing or not! We have well baby examinations. We make our children go to the dentist while they are in school (what do teeth have to do with education?).... But we don't want our kids to see well? Very stranage. For more information go the American Optometric Association and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. DM

Can children undergoing ophthalmologic examinations under anesthesia be safely anesthetized without using an IV line?

.....Our data suggest that for children undergoing general anesthesia for ophthalmologic exams (with or without photos, ultrasound, laser treatment, intraocular injection of chemotherapy, suture removal, and/or replacement of ocular prosthesis), anesthesia can be safely conducted without placement of an IV line......

Comments:  Full text available. DM

Filters That Reduce 'Brain Clutter' Identified

....Until now, it has been assumed that people with diseases like ADHD, Tourette syndrome, obsessive compulsive disorder and schizophrenia - all of whom characteristically report symptoms of "brain clutter" - may suffer from anomalies in the brain's prefrontal cortex. ..... Damage to this brain region is often associated with failure to focus on relevant things, loss of inhibitions, impulsivity and various kinds of inappropriate behaviour. So far, exactly what makes the prefrontal cortex so essential to these aspects of behaviour has remained elusive, hampering attempts to develop tools for diagnosing and treating these patients.....



Evidence-based information for health care providers

A new online resource, designed to give health care providers easy access to evidence-based information on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), was unveiled today by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) of the National Institutes of Health.

With this new resource, providers will have the tools necessary to learn about the various CAM practices and products and be better able to discuss the safety and effectiveness of complementary and alternative medicine with their patients.

The portal on the NCCAM website at is tailored to fit the needs of all health care providers, including physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CAM providers. It includes information on the safety and efficacy of a range of common health practices that lie outside of mainstream medicine -- natural products, such as dietary supplements, herbs, and probiotics, as well as mind-body practices such as meditation, chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage.

This resource was developed based on a series of NCCAM-sponsored focus groups where health care providers identified the need for an evidence-based, one-stop place to help answer their patients' questions on CAM. With this need in mind, NCCAM developed a resource that provides reliable, objective, and evidenced-based information on CAM, including:

-- links to relevant clinical practice guidelines

-- safety and effectiveness information

-- links to systematic reviews

-- summaries of research studies

-- scientific literature searches

-- programs for continuing education credit

-- patient fact sheets

-- NCCAM's Time to Talk tool kit on communicating about CAM.

Americans annually spend nearly $34 billion out-of-pocket on CAM products and practices. Surveys show that nearly 40 percent of American adults and 12 percent of American children use some form of CAM. Other surveys show that patients do not regularly discuss these practices with their health care providers. In fact, a recent study of Americans aged 50 and older found that overall two-thirds of respondents had not discussed CAM with their health care provider.

"NCCAM is charged to study and provide evidence-based information on the safety and efficacy of CAM health practices that are readily available and already used by a great number of people," said Josephine P. Briggs, M.D., director of NCCAM. "As a physician, I understand the need to have easily accessible and accurate information on all health practices. This Web resource is a way for NCCAM to share this valuable information with all providers."

To use this resource, please visit <>.

NCCAM's Time to Talk campaign encourages patients to tell their providers about CAM use and providers to ask about it by offering tools and resources-such as wallet cards, posters, and tip sheets -- all of which are available for free at <>.

The mission of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is to define, through rigorous scientific investigation, the usefulness and safety of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) interventions and their roles in improving health and health care. For additional information, call NCCAM's Clearinghouse toll free at 1-888-644-6226, or visit the NCCAM Web site at .

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit <>.

Dickinson optometrist’s reading test being used to diagnose concussions

.....Recently, neurologists and ophthalmologists at the University of Pennsylvania discovered that a children’s reading test designed by King and his colleague 35 years ago has the potential to become the next, big thing in concussion testing.
“It’s kind of amazing,” King said.
The King-Devick Test was the thesis of King and Dr. Steve Devick at the Illinois College of Optometry in 1976. For more than 25 years, school systems in several states have used the brief test to detect dyslexia and reading disabilities in children by capturing impairments in eye movement.....



The National Institutes of Health has provided approximately $30 million over a five year period to fund a network of centers to advance medical rehabilitation research.  The centers provide researchers with access to new technologies and resources.

The centers are located at: Stanford University; Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; University of California, San Diego; University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston; Boston University; Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago; and Dartmouth College and Simbex, Inc. in New Hampshire.

The Medical Rehabilitation Research Network <> connects the research community with courses and workshops, research facilities, mentorship and consultations and with experts at the network centers.  The network also provides researchers with small grants to test new ideas.

The aim of rehabilitation research is to promote recovery, adaptation, and functioning for patients with disabilities resulting from stroke, spinal cord injury or brain injury, developmental or degenerative disorders, or other persistent physical conditions.

The new network provides researchers with access to expertise in such areas as:

-- computer simulations for understanding movement disorders and evaluating how potential interventions might affect those movements
-- techniques for analyzing of how genes and molecules influence the recovery process
-- technologies for studying muscle action and function
-- assistance in tracking how well treatments meet the needs of patients
-- expertise in analyzing population data to evaluate the broader impact of rehabilitative treatments and health services
-- robots and sensors to assist patients and help deliver therapeutic treatments
-- the means to assess new rehabilitation technologies and bring new therapeutic devices to the marketplace

"The idea behind the network is to extend the reach of medical rehabilitation researchers by providing access to a broader array of research tools and approaches," said Ralph M. Nitkin, program director for Biological Sciences and Career Development Program in the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) <>.

The NCMRR is located within the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), which provides funding for the network along with two other NIH Institutes, the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering.

During the first year of funding, the network has supported a variety of pilot projects including studies of:

-- sensors in muscles to help amputees control prosthetic devices
-- treatment of muscle spasms in spinal cord injury patients and promoting muscle function in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
-- integration of people with disabilities into the community, especially involving behavioral or mental conditions like post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
-- promoting walking in children with cerebral palsy
-- therapy for patients with degenerative muscle disorders or severe muscle injury
-- devices for preventing falls in the elderly
-- monitoring blood flow in the brain as a way to follow how specific brain regions respond to therapeutic treatments
-- assessing bone loss, bladder function, and nervous system changes in patients with spinal cord injury
-- understanding the impact of cancer treatments on individual health and function
-- studies of jaw function and long-term pain complications in animal models

The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation.  For more information, visit the Institute's Web site at <>.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation's medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit <>.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Casa Italia Authors' Night and Book Fair May 6, 2011 7 pm

Casa Italia Authors' Night and Book Fair May 6, 2011 7 pm

 BOOKS!  BOOKS!  BOOKS!----Join us for wine and cheese and stimulating conversations with writers and poets in the atmosphere of the Casa Italia Library---the Midwest's most comprehensive repository of Chicago Italian Americana.  1621 N. 39th Ave.  Stone Park, IL 708-345-5933 7 pm 

Freewill donations accepted. Featuring Readings, Discussions, Book $ales and Signings by....Dominic Candeloro, author of Italians in Chicago 1945-2005; Joe Chiappetta, writer-cartoonist; Arthur Cola, author of The Stone Cutter Genius; Paul Giaimo, author of Appreciating Don DiLillo; Billy Lombardo, author of The Man with Two Arms; Peter Pero, author of Chicago Italians at Work; Donna Pucciani, poet-author of "To Sip Darjeeling at Dawn;"  Judy Scala  author of children's mysteries; Judith Valente, author of “Inventing An Alphabet;” and Peter Venturelli, author of Drugs and  Society. 

Illinois College of Optometry Announces $3.5 Million Renovation to Lecture Center

The Illinois College of Optometry Board of Trustees has approved a $3.5 million renovation of the school's Lecture Center. The project will begin next month and include a complete interior overhaul of ICO's primary lecture facility, which opened in 1985. The renovation is expected to be completed in August, in time to welcome the Class of 2015 to ICO's campus.

The renovation project is part of ICO's Campus Master Plan, which outlines strategic improvements to enhance the delivery of optometric education. The enhanced Lecture Center will have high-tech capabilities, new HD screens and lighting, swivel seats, added tables with built-in power outlets, as well as a new floor profile designed for colleague interaction and activities. The 466-seat tiered auditorium can be divided into three lecture rooms and will have improved sound-proof doors.

"The renovation of the Lecture Center will have a tremendous impact on our students," said ICO President Dr. Arol Augsburger. "Making this investment in ICO's facility further enhances our ability to educate future generations of optometrists and reinforces our commitment to excellence in optometric clinical education."

ICO also will kick off a "name-a-seat" campaign in May for supporters to invest in the future of the College. Individuals, professional practices and organizations can show their support of ICO, honor a graduate or remember a special person by naming a seat in the new Lecture Center. Supporters will be recognized with an engraved permanent plaque mounted near a seat.

Designed by Chicago-based architect Jensen & Halstead, the new Lecture Center is primarily being funded through ICO investments. Skender Construction and MSpace are coordinating construction and audio visual work, respectively.



Academy 2011 Boston will be held October 12 - 15 at the John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center. For more information on registration or the meeting, please visit the Academy 2011 Boston webpage. See you in Boston!

The Future of Optometry Looks 20/20

....In the past six months, the AOA has launched an initiative to have President- Elect Dori Carlson, OD visit each of the schools and colleges of optometry in the US and Optometry’s Meeting called the 20/20 tour.  She plans to make 20 visits in 20 months.  I (AOSA Trustee Justin Manning) had the opportunity to sit and talk with the future first female president of the AOA and ask her a few questions about the tour.  Here is what she had to say.....

$5.6 million OK’d for new Appalachian College of Optometry

....The Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority closed Wednesday on a $5.6 million loan that will allow for the development of the new Appalachian College of Optometry in Buchanan County.
The new college planned at the existing Buchanan Information Park in Grundy is expected to create 66 new jobs with an annual payroll of $7.8 million by its seventh year of operation. The first class of optometry students is expected to begin their classes in August of 2013, according to VCEDA Executive Director Jonathan Belcher.....

Comments: Do we really need another college of optometry? Is this being done for the benefit of the people so health care can be more assessible or for the benefit of some politicians so they can claim they've created jobs? Hmmmmm DM

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

New Journals

AIDS Research and Treatment
ISSN: 2090-1240 (print) 2090-1259 (electronic)
Archive includes: v. 2010(2010 - v. 2011(2011)
Note: There is no embargo delay for this title.

ISSN: 2090-1267 (print) 2090-1275 (electronic)
Archive includes: v. 2010(2010) - v. 2011(2011)
Note: There is no embargo delay for this title.

ISSN: 2090-1283 (print) 2090-1291 (electronic)
Archive includes: v. 2010(2010) - v. 2011(2011)
Note: There is no embargo delay for this title.

International Journal of Molecular Imaging
ISSN: 2090-1712 (print) 2090-1720 (electronic)
Archive includes: v. 2011(2011)
Note: There is no embargo delay for this title.

Journal of Drug Delivery
ISSN: 2090-3014 (print) 2090-3022 (electronic) /
Archive includes: v. 2011(2011)
Note: There is no embargo delay for this title.

Journal of Lipids
ISSN: 2090-3030 (print) 2090-3049 (electronic) /
Archive includes: v. 2011(2011)
Note: There is no embargo delay for this title.

Journal of Pregnancy
ISSN: 2090-2727 (print) 2090-2735 (electronic) /
Archive includes: v. 2010(2010) - v. 2011(2011)
Note: There is no embargo delay for this title.

Optometry and Vision Science: Published Ahead-of-Print


The Glenn A. Fry Award Lecture 2010: Ophthalmic Markers of Diabetic Neuropathy

Efron, Nathan

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 7 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e3182171020


Validation of Optical Low Coherence Reflectometry Retinal and Choroidal Biometry

Read, Scott A.; Collins, Michael J.; Alonso-Caneiro, David

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 21 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e3182186a36

Comparison of the Retinomax and Palm-AR Auto-Refractors: A Pilot Study

The Vision in Preschoolers (VIP) Study Group

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 21 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e3182192658

Clinical Validation of Point-Source Corneal Topography in Keratoplasty

Vrijling, Anne C. L.; Braaf, Boy; Snellenburg, Joris J.; de Lange, Fleur; Zaal, Michel J. W.; van der Heijde, Rob G. L.; Sicam, Victor A. D. P.

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 21 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e31821bbd68

Paraxial Analysis of the Depth of Field of a Pseudophakic Eye with Accommodating Intraocular Lens

Ale, Jit B.; Manns, Fabrice; Ho, Arthur

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 21 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e318219c155

Comparison between Tonopachy and Other Tonometric and Pachymetric Devices

Lee, Yong Gi; Kim, Ji Hyun; Kim, Na Rae; Kim, Chan Yun; Lee, Eun Suk

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 14 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e31821896f1

Establishing the Service Potential of Secondary Level Low Vision Clinics

Wong, Elaine Y. H.; O'Connor, Patricia M.; Keeffe, Jill E.

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 14 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e318218a0a2

Intraocular Pressure Instrument Reading Comparisons After LASIK

Fan, Fang; Li, Congyi; Li, Yuehua; Duan, Xuanchu; Pan, Dongning

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 14 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e31821909df

Norms for the Developmental Eye Movement Test for Portuguese Children

Baptista, António Manuel Gonçalves; de Sousa, Raul Alberto Ribeiro Correia; Casal, Carla Cristina de Morais Guerra; Marques, Rui Jorge Ramoa; da Silva, Carlos Manuel Lima Reis

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 14 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e3182195dae

Font Size and Viewing Distance of Handheld Smart Phones

Bababekova, Yuliya; Rosenfield, Mark; Hue, Jennifer E.; Huang, Rae R.

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 14 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e3182198792

Macular Pigment: Its Associations with Color Discrimination and Matching

Davison, Peter; Akkali, Mukunda; Loughman, James; Scanlon, Grainne; Nolan, John; Beatty, Stephen

Optometry & Vision Science., POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 7 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e31821798ec

Measuring Visual Function in Age-Related Macular Degeneration with Frequency-Doubling (Matrix) Perimetry

Anderson, Andrew John; Johnson, Chris A.; Werner, John S.

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 7 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e31821861bd

Visual Acuity with Astigmatic Blur

Atchison, David A.; Mathur, Ankit

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 7 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e3182186bc4

Contributions of Optical and Non-Optical Blur to Variation in Visual Acuity

McAnany, J. Jason; Shahidi, Mahnaz; Applegate, Raymond A.; Zelkha, Ruth; Alexander, Kenneth R.

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 31 March 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e3182147202

Adherence of Acanthamoeba to Lens Cases and Effects of Drying on Survival

Boost, Maureen; Shi, Guang-Sen; Cho, Pauline

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 31 March 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e318215c316

Intrasession Repeatability of Fixation Stability Assessment with the Nidek MP-1

Chen, Fred K.; Patel, Praveen J.; Xing, Wen; Crossland, Michael D.; Bunce, Catey; Rubin, Gary S.; Da Cruz, Lyndon

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 31 March 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e3182167641

Smoking Cessation Referrals in Optometric Practice: A Canadian Pilot Study

Kennedy, Ryan David; Spafford, Marlee M.; Schultz, Annette S. H.; Iley, Matthew D.; Zawada, Violet

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 31 March 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e318216b203

Contact Lens Assessment in Youth: Methods and Baseline Findings

Lam, Dawn Y.; Kinoshita, Beth T.; Jansen, Meredith E.; Mitchell, G. Lynn; Chalmers, Robin L.; McMahon, Timothy T.; Richdale, Kathryn; Sorbara, Luigina; Wagner, Heidi; The CLAY Study Group

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 17 March 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e3182142396

Comparison of Fixation Disparity Measured by Saladin Card and Disparometer

Frantz, Kelly A.; Elston, Phillip; Michalik, Emily; Templeman, Carrah D.; Zoltoski, Rebecca K.

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 17 March 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e318214ba6e

Association between Retinal Steepness and Central Myopic Shift in Children

Schmid, Gregor F.

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 17 March 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e3182152646

Light Filtering in a Retinal Pigment Epithelial Cell Culture Model

Zhou, Jilin; Sparrow, Janet R.

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 17 March 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e3182158cdd

Critical Orientation for Face Identification in Central Vision Loss

Yu, Deyue; Chung, Susana T. L.

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 10 March 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e318213933c

Phakic and Pseudophakic Eyes in Patients During Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy

Evanger, Knut; Vaagbø, Guro; Thorsen, Einar; Haugen, Olav H.

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 10 March 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e318213f001


Heavy Silicone Oil: A "Novel" Intraocular Tamponade Agent

Cazabon, Sunildath; Hillier, Roxane J.; Wong, David

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 14 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e318216d345


Permanent Axial Length Change as a Result of Cavernous Hemangioma

Simpson, Michael J.; Alford, Mark A.

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 21 April 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e318219d278

Serpiginous Choroiditis in a Herpes-Positive Patient

Rodman, Julie; Pizzimenti, Joseph

Optometry & Vision Science, POST AUTHOR CORRECTIONS, 17 March 2011

doi: 10.1097/OPX.0b013e3182139357


Optometry and Vision Science

Tony Adams, Editor in Chief



Monday, April 25, 2011

Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs and the Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

....Current users of typical and of atypical antipsychotic drugs had a similar, dose-related
increased risk of sudden cardiac death.....

Comments: Click on title for free full PDF of article. DM

Starter Grants for Optometric Educational Research

If you are involved in optometric education you may be interested in this. DM
The Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) is pleased to announce the launch of a “starter grant” program dedicated to educational research. Funding from Vistakon’s Vision Care Institute will support two starter grants of $2,500 each.

 Implementation: Faculty from all the schools and colleges of optometry in the US and Puerto Rico will have the opportunity to submit an educational research proposal related to education, teaching or learning.

Proposals will be reviewed by a review committee.  The committee’s charge is to give feedback to all applicants and to insure high quality educational research.

  Selection Criteria: Selection criterion by the review board will be rigorous to insure high quality educational research. 
1. Clear goals
Does the proposal state the basic purposes of his or her work clearly?
Does the proposal define objectives that are realistic and achievable?
2. Adequate preparation
Does the proposal show an understanding of existing scholarship in the field?
Does the proposal bring together the resources necessary to move the project forward?
3. Appropriate Methods
Does the proposal utilize methods including assessment appropriate to the goals?
4. Significant results
Does the proposal have potential to impact education, teaching or learning?
Does the proposal open additional areas for further exploration?
5. Evaluation of Budget
Is the budget reasonable?
Does the budget support the attainment of the research goals?
Adapted from: International Journal of Teaching and Scholarship (

Outcomes: The outcomes of the research project will be will be published in Optometric Education, The Journal of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry.

Dissemination: Dissemination of educational research is an important component of producing evidence for teaching and learning. Completion of the project requires that the project coordinator formally writes up the project in a manuscript submitted to Optometric Education for publication.  The manuscript will be reviewed through the peer review process and the author(s) will agree to make any needed revision to the manuscript necessary for publication in a timely manner.

Timeline: Submit electronically to Christina Doyle, a completed application by the deadline: Midnight, May 15th, 2011. Awarding of the grants will occur by June 1st, 2011.

Completion of the project is anticipated 12 months from acceptance of the proposal. Completion date: June 1st, 2012. A brief (1-2 paragraph) interim status report is due by December 1st 2011.

Researchers will be given 3 months from the completion of the project to analyze and formally write up the project results for submission to Optometric Education.


                 I.      COVER SHEET

In a cover letter, include the institution’s name, project title and coordinator(s) with contact information.
           II.      Description of Educational Research Project

For SOTL projects:

·         Provide a description of the course learning objectives and /or goals you were trying to improve.
·         Provide a description of what you saw in your students’ behavior (test scores, class participation, writing, etc.)  that indicated the need for a change in teaching strategies to better meet learning objectives and /or goals.
·         Describe your goals/purpose for this project.
·         Describe the proposed changes in teaching methods.
·         Describe the method of measuring outcomes or student learning.
·         Demonstrate evidence of understanding existing literature or what has been done in similar situations.
·         Describe potential significance and impact of proposed research project.
·         Provide a timeline.

For Educational Research projects:

·         Provide a description of the proposed research project goals and objectives.
·         Demonstrate evidence of understanding existing literature.
·         Describe research question(s) or hypothesis.
·         Describe methodology to be implemented, including outcomes assessment.
·         Describe potential significance and impact of proposed research.
·         Provide a timeline.


·         Please provide an itemized budget with justification for each of the items listed.
·         Will applicant receive in–kind or other types of support from their home institution or     other funding source?
       IV.      Curriculum Vitae of Project Coordinator(s)

For more information contact:

Aurora Denial OD
Editor, Optometric Education
617-266-2030 Ext 5269
Send completed grants to:

Christina Doyle
Manager, Administrative Services
Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry
6110 Executive Blvd., Suite 420   Rockville, MD  20852
   301-231-5944 Ext 3015

Here’s Looking at You, Kid: The Science of Social Vision

My friend and colleague, Dr. Len Press has an awesome blog that you should subscribe to immediately if you care anthything about children, special populations, and on the title above to go to this work of art that integrates science and heart!  DM

For those who are Italian/Or want to be Italian: Casa Italia - Upcoming Events

Italian American Author's Night May 6 - Florentine Room - 7 p.m.
Join us for a wine and cheese reception as we welcome 20 of our local Italian-American writers as they make their book presentations.
For details call 708.345.5933

Expand Your Horizons at the Italian Cultural Center
A series of free lectures on the second Thursday of each month through May 2011 are offered at 7 p.m. in the Florentine Room of the Italian Cultural Center.

 - May 12: A Ground Commander's View
Army Major Ryan Liebhaber will draw upon experiences during two tours of duty in Iraq to offer insight into the conflict.

Italian Film Festival
May 20 - June 24
6:30 p.m. in the Chandelier Room
The  Italian Film Festival is in cooperation with the Istituto Italiano di Cultura, the Italian Film Festival USA and the Italian Consul General of Chicago. The festival is free and open to the public. All films will be shown in Italian with English subtitles.
May 20 - Opening Night - wine & cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. in the
                 Chandelier Room - Film at 7:30 p.m.
 - The 1000 Euros Generation - Generazione Mille Euro 
May 27 - 7:30 p.m. in the Florentine Room
- Basilicata Coast to Cost
June 3 - - 7:30 p.m. in the Florentine Room
- Hayfever - Febbre Da Fieno
June 10 - 7:30 p.m. in the Florentine Room
- The Thin Match Man - L'Uomo Fiammifero
June 17 - 7:30 p.m. in the Florentine Room
- One Hundred Nails - Centochiodi
June 24 - Closing Night - wine & cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. in the
                 Chandelier Room - Film at 7:30 p.m.
- What a History! - Ma Che Storia!
Italian Immersion Weekends
Adult Program - May 13 & 14. Click here for details 
High School and College Program - July 8 - 10 - Click here for details 
RSVP REQUIRED. Call 708-345-5933

Children's Summer Camp
Mark your calendar now for June 20 - July 15.
Four weeks of summer immersion camp for children ages 4 - 13.

Though we generally welcome walk-ins, we ask that you aid us in our planning, by calling 708 345-5933 to book your participation in advance of each event or to arrange tours of our museums.   Where fees are not specified, we ask a freewill donation.

Since the 1970s the Italian Cultural Center has served the Italian Community of the Chicago area as well as the general public in preserving and disseminating Italian and Italian American art, history,  language, literature, film, theater, music, religion, cuisine  and folklore. Funded through Casa Italia, tuition fees, grants, volunteer workers, and free-will donations, the Center maintains a library and six historic and artistic exhibits.  The Center also includes Italian language classes and immersion events for children and adults,  art exhibits, film festivals, a vocal scholarship program, lectures, conferences, and workshops in both English and Italian. 


Tony Turano, Chairman
Casa Italia

Casa Italia
Home of the Italian Cultural Center
3800 W. Division Street : Stone Park : IL : 60165 : 708.345-5933 

Latest Edition of the AOA Journal, Optometry


Editor's Perspective

A public health service
Paul B. Freeman

Health Notes

For what it’s worth: WATCH YOUR GIRTH
Byron Y. Newman

Medical Abstract

Macular toxicity and anti-malerial agents
Mark H. Sawamura

Book Notes

Overcoming Complications of LASIK and Other Eye Surgeries
Deval M. Paranjpe

Guidelines for Authors

Guidelines for Authors

Clinical Research

Relating vision status to academic achievement among year-2 school children in Malaysia
Ai-Hong Chen, Willard Bleything, Yee-Yin Lim

Intercollegiate usage schedule and the impact resistance of used football helmet faceshields
Aaron B. Zimmerman, Gregory W. Good, W. Randy McLaughlin, Steven E. Katz

Elevated coherent motion thresholds in mild traumatic brain injury
Reena Patel, Kenneth J. Ciuffreda, Barry Tannen, Neera Kapoor

Clinical Care

Idiopathic amblyopia: a diagnosis of exclusion. A report of 3 patients
Robert P. Rutstein, Tammy P. Than, E. Eugenie Hartmann, Nathan W. Steinhafel

Transient complete homonymous hemianopia associated with migraine
Denise Goodwin

Sturge-Weber syndrome and glaucoma
Lindsay Basler, Joseph Sowka

Public Health

Knowledge about the relationship between smoking and blindness in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia: results from the International Tobacco Control Four-Country Project
Ryan David Kennedy, Marlee M. Spafford, Carla M. Parkinson, Geoffrey T. Fong

Adverse action reports against optometrists: Perspectives from the National Practitioner Data Bank over 18 years
Robert S. Duszak, Richard Duszak

Practice Strategies

The 10 habits of highly successful optometrists
Walter West

Medical identity theft
American Optometric Association

Codes and values for ophthalmic imaging
Charles B. Brownlow

Medicare appeals
American Optometric Association

What if “what if” actually happens
Gary Gerber



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Volume 82 • Issue 5
May 2011

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