Saturday, September 8, 2012

Musical Training During Childhood Shapes Brains As Adults

Musical Training During Childhood Shapes Brains As Adults

A new Northwestern University study shows that a little music training in childhood has a great benefit in improving brain functions in adulthood when it comes to listening and the complex processing of sound. The study entitled "A Little Goes a Long Way: How the Adult Brain is Shaped by Musical Training in Childhood" will be featured in the August 22 issue of the Journal of Neuroscience.

Comments: Music is wonderful for young and old and all in-between. Get you kids singing, playing an instrument....and more! Click on the title above to learn more. DM

 

Friday, September 7, 2012

National Forum on Disability Issues


The Institute on Disability and Human Development (IDHD), the national Sibling Leadership Network and Supporting Illinois Brothers and Sisters are pleased to host a watch party of the National Forum on Disability Issues.



What:     Presidential candidates’ positions on disability issues!
When:    Sept. 28th 11:30-2:30pm  CST
Where:   IDHD at UIC 1640 West Roosevelt Road, Rm 448, Chicago, IL 60608

Join us at IDHD to watch the National Forum on Disability Issues which will be live streamed from
Columbus, Ohio.  President Obama and Governor Romney have been invited to share their vision for
disability policy over the next four years. Come hear the Presidential candidates’ positions on
disability issues at this historic nonpartisan event, which is the only national event to focus
specifically on disability issues.

The live webcast will carry Communication Access Realtime Translation (CART) to the national
viewing audience.  Reservations are not required, however, to request additional accommodations,
contact Kate Arnold at katie.arnold@siblingleadership.org. Refreshments will be provided & an
opportunity to register to vote/look up your polling place will be available.

Brain Structure Altered By Intense Prep For Law School Admission Test

Brain Structure Altered By Intense Prep For Law School Admission Test

Intensive preparation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) actually changes the microscopic structure of the brain, physically bolstering the connections between areas of the brain important for reasoning, according to neuroscientists at the University of California, Berkeley....

Comments: One more example that the brain can be changed....yes, even in adults! Click on the above for more info. DM.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Debunking Common Child Vaccine Myths

Debunking Common Child Vaccine Myths

 ....According to Dr. Poland and Mayo pediatrician Robert Jacobson, M.D., the three myths they reviewed "fuel patient and parental concerns, questions, and fears about vaccines."

The three myths are:

  • Natural immunity is safer and better
  • Babies' systems are not ready for the amount of vaccines given today
  • Vaccines can cause autoimmune diseases....
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Comments: Have your children vaccinated. Do it. Read more about it by clicking the link above. DM

Keeping Track of Your Kids

Keeping Track of Your Kids

My friend and fellow blogger, Suzanne Kantra, recently posted this on her Techlicious Blog...

Every year, there's a new batch of kids who are getting themselves to school and letting themselves into their homes for the first time. As parents, we want to know that they've actually gotten there and they're getting there safely.

One of the easiest ways to keep tabs on your child is to use a cellphone location service. All four major carriers offer them. Sprint's Family Locator service will locate up to four phones for $5 per month. You can locate two people for $9.99 per month or five people for $14.99 with AT&T's Family Map service. T-Mobile's FamilyWhere service enables you to track up to 10 mobile devices for $9.99. And with Verizon Family Locator ($9.99 per month), you can set up location-based alerts so you know when your child gets home, in addition to locating anyone on your Family Share plan....

Comments: To read more click on the title above. DM

 

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Little Evidence Supports Autism Treatment Options in Adolescents

Little Evidence Supports Autism Treatment Options in Adolescents

Vanderbilt University researchers studying interventions for adolescents and young adults with autism are reporting that there is insufficient evidence to support findings, good or bad, for the therapies currently used....


Comments: To read more click on title. DM

 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Overloaded Backpacks Can Injure Kids: Experts

Overloaded Backpacks Can Injure Kids: Experts

....As the school season starts, experts warn that overloaded backpacks often result in back injuries among children...... More than 13,700 kids aged 5 to 18 were treated in hospitals and doctors' offices for backpack-related injuries in a single year, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission....

Comments: I know that this is not eye related....but important none the less as our children go back to school. Lighten their load. See if the books are available as downloads to iPhones or other electronic devices. In the 21st century there is no good reason for literally breaking their backs! For more info click on the title above. DM

 

Monday, September 3, 2012

COVD Annual Meeting


UIC Sports Vision Screening by ICO

The Illinois College of Optometry provided a Sports Vision Screening at the University of Illinois Chicago....here's the video:

Stresses of poverty may impair learning ability in young children

Stresses of poverty may impair learning ability in young children

NIH funded research suggests stress hormones inhibit brain function, stifle achievement

The stresses of poverty — such as crowded conditions, financial worry, and lack of adequate child care — lead to impaired learning ability in children from impoverished backgrounds, according to a theory by a researcher funded by the National Institutes of Health. The theory is based on several years of studies matching stress hormone levels to behavioral and school readiness test results in young children from impoverished backgrounds....

Comments: Read more by clicking on the title above. DM

 

 

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Three Reasons Why Eye Exams Should Top 2012 Back-to-School Checklists

Three Reasons Why Eye Exams Should Top 2012 Back-to-School Checklists (via redOrbit)

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., Aug. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Pencils, notepads and calculators top back-to-school checklists each year; however, eyecare professionals advise that these tools are only as effective as the healthy eyes that use them. Many experts believe that 80 percent of what we learn is…

The Association between Time Spent Outdoors and Myopia in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis.

Sherwin JC, Reacher MH, Keogh RH, Khawaja AP, Mackey DA, Foster PJ. The Association between Time Spent Outdoors and Myopia in Children and Adolescents: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Ophthalmology. 2012 Jul 16. [Epub ahead of print]

This article noted a result of that  a 2% reduced odds of myopia per additional hour of time spent outdoors per week was likely. The findings indicatedn that increasing time spent outdoors may be an easy way to reduce the risk of developing myopia anddecreasing its progression in children and adolescents. 

Comments: The bottom line on this is to get those kids outside, away from the TV, video games, and iPhone texting marathons! DM