Saturday, April 21, 2012

Facial Features Of Children With Down Syndrome Lead To Implicit Stereotyping

Facial Features Of Children With Down Syndrome Lead To Implicit Stereotyping

.....Photographs of children with Down syndrome elicit less positive attitudes than photographs of typically developing children do, reports new research published in the open access journal PLoS ONE.

This effect was strongest for photographs of children with features that are "strongly typical" of Down syndrome, and somewhat weaker for images that were more "weakly typical.".....

Friday, April 20, 2012

The Mystery Of Human Consciousness

The Mystery Of Human Consciousness

Awakening from anesthesia is often associated with an initial phase of delirious struggle before the full restoration of awareness and orientation to one's surroundings. Scientists now know why this may occur: primitive consciousness emerges first. Using brain imaging techniques in healthy volunteers, a team of scientists led by Adjunct Professor Harry Scheinin, M.D. from the University of Turku, Turku, Finland in collaboration with investigators from the University of California, Irvine, USA, have now imaged the process of returning consciousness after general anesthesia. The emergence of consciousness was found to be associated with activations of deep, primitive brain structures rather than the evolutionary younger neocortex.  ....

Thursday, April 19, 2012

ackling Dyslexia Before Kids Learn To Read

Tackling Dyslexia Before Kids Learn To Read

 ....For children with dyslexia, the trouble begins even before they start reading and for reasons that don't necessarily reflect other language skills. That's according to a report published online in Current Biology, a Cell Press publication, that for the first time reveals a causal connection between early problems with visual attention and a later diagnosis of dyslexia.

"Visual attention deficits are surprisingly way more predictive of future reading disorders than are language abilities at the prereading stage," said Andrea Facoetti of the University of Padua in Italy.....

The Patient with Special Needs: Coming Soon

Special Needs Patients....the research clearly shows a much higher incidence of refractive error in children and adults with special needs....read all about it in Taub M, Bartuccio M, Maino D. Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs when it is published by Lippincott this spring. DM

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Children With Autism Suffer More Severe Symptoms When Born Either Preterm Or Post-term

Children With Autism Suffer More Severe Symptoms When Born Either Preterm Or Post-term

......For children with autism, being born several weeks early or several weeks late tends to increase the severity of their symptoms, according to new research out of Michigan State University.  .....

American Conference on Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment: The Article

This is the first (hopefully of several) potential articles coming out of the this conference. All presenters will stay on Saturday to begin writing up the proceedings of this conference. DM



My Presentation at the American Conference on Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment

On Friday, April 20th, I will give this presentation as part of an expert panel on Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment during the American Conference on Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment at the Childrens Hospital in Omah, NE. DM



American Conference on Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment: The Program

American Conference on Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment
Children's Hospital, Omaha NE
April 20th, 2012

7:45-8:00 a.m.        OPENING REMARKS

•    Welcome & Introductions of Expert Panel

8:00-8:45 a.m.        Session One: Defining Pediatric CVI
            Speaker order:
1.    Mark Borchert, MD   
2.  Jacy VerMaas-Lee, MA, OTR/L
3.  Dominick Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A
4.  Christine Roman Lantzy, Ph D

8:45-9:30 a.m.        Session One: Audience Questions & Discussion
                Moderator—Dr. Legge

9:30-9:45 a.m.        BREAK
•    Refreshments are available in the foyer
•    Next session starts at 9:45 a.m.

9:45-10:30 a.m.    Session Two: Determining Visual Function in Children with P-CVI
Speaker order:
1.  Dr. Maino
2.  Dr. Lantzy
3.  Prof. VerMaas-Lee
4.  Dr. Borchert

10:30-11:15 a.m.    Session Two: Audience Questions & Discussion
                Moderator—Dr. Legge

11:15-12:00 p.m.    LUNCH

12:00-12:15 p.m.    OPENING REMARKS FOR AFTERNOON SESSION
                Dr. Legge and Sara Olsen

12:15-1:00 p.m.    Session Three: Therapeutic Strategies for the Treatment of P-CVI
Speaker order:
1.  Prof. VerMaas-Lee
2.  Dr. Borchert   
3.  Dr. Lantzy
4.  Dr. Maino

1:00-1:45 p.m.        Session Three: Audience Questions & Discussion
                Moderator—Dr. Legge

1:45-2:00 p.m.        BREAK

2:00-2:45 p.m.    Session Four: How do Environmental Factors, Medications and Non-Visual Handicaps Affect the Evaluation and Treatment of P-CVI?
Speaker order:
1.  Dr. Lantzy
2.  Dr. Maino
3.  Dr. Borchert
4.  Prof. VerMaas-Lee


2:45-3:30 p.m.    Session Four: Audience Questions & Discussion
        Moderator—Dr. Legge

3:30-4:15 p.m.    Summary Discussion of Panelists and Audience
        Moderator—Dr. Legge
•    What can we agree on?
•    What are the most pressing questions in P-CVI?
•    What do vision teachers need most from the medical providers?
•    Where do we go from here?

4:15-4:30 p.m.        Closing Remarks—Dr. Legge and Sara Olsen

4:30-5:30 pm               Reception

Monday, April 16, 2012

Doctors want to redefine autism; parents worried

Doctors want to redefine autism; parents worried

....One child doesn't talk, rocks rhythmically back and forth and stares at clothes spinning in the dryer. Another has no trouble talking but is obsessed with trains, methodically naming every station in his state.
Autistic kids like these hate change, but a big one is looming.
For the first time in nearly two decades, experts want to rewrite the definition of autism. Some parents fear that if the definition is narrowed, their children may lose out on special therapies.......

 

Autism Risk, Older Fathers

....Researchers have turned up a new clue to the workings of a possible environmental factor in autism spectrum disorders (ASDs): fathers were four times more likely than mothers to transmit tiny, spontaneous mutations to their children with the disorders. Moreover, the number of such transmitted genetic glitches increased with paternal age. The discovery may help to explain earlier evidence linking autism risk to older fathers......

Optometric Vision Therapy in the News

For the complete story and additional information please click here.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

SUNY Student Changes a Life

SUNY Student Changes a Life

by Dr. Rochelle Mozlin
Yesterday I was examining young patients in the Pediatric Service at SUNY's University Eye Center, along with 3rd and 4th year students.  One of our patients was an 8 year old boy with complaints of blurred vision, difficulty focusing, and words moving around the page when reading.  Although he was reading "on grade level,"  he was struggling to keep up with his peers.  Mom felt like he was always swimming upstream.  Now in 3rd grade, it was becoming more difficult for him to maintain that effort.  This child never had an eye examination.  He passed every vision screening because his visual acuity was never worse than 20/40...... Read more by clicking above. DM

Maternal Obesity Associated With Higher Autism Risk

Maternal Obesity Associated With Higher Autism Risk

....Maternal metabolic conditions, including obesity and/or diabetes, are linked to a higher chance of giving birth to children with a neurodevelopmental disorder, including autism, researchers from the University of California, Davis, California, and Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee reported in the journal Pediatrics. The authors added that as obesity rates have been rising steadily, and appear to be continuing to grow, their findings raise "serious public health concerns.".....

Doc Maino's Time Warped Aged Micro-barrel Very Small Batch Whiskey

Doc Maino's Time Warped Aged Micro-barrel Very Small Batch Whiskey




Small-Screen Viewing Causes Vision Problems At Younger Ages

Small-Screen Viewing Causes Vision Problems At Younger Ages Radio Interview with ICO's Dr. Valerie Kattouf

As WBBM Newsradio’s Nancy Harty reports, all that texting, e-reading and other small screen viewing is apparently messing with our vision.....
Dr. Valerie Kattouf, chief of pediatric optometry at the Illinois Eye Institute, says more of her young patients need reading glasses.
“I see it in school-age kids. I see it in older school-age kids – the teenagers – and I see it a lot in young adults of working age, you know, 20s and 30s,” Kattouf said.
on.....