Saturday, October 6, 2012

Calling Dr. Smartphone

Calling Dr. Smartphone

.....The digital doctor will see you now. Just pull out your smartphone.Want to track your blood pressure? Make checking your pulse as easy as saying "cheese"? Figure out your eyeglasses prescription or diagnose an ear infection?....

Comment: Earlier this year, I and a colleague wrote an AOANews column on disruptive technologies in health care....this article talks about this as well. DM

Screen strain

 Screen strain


.....We live in a technical society where the average time spent on a computer or other electronic device is eight hours per day. According to experts, that may come at a significant price to the health and future condition of the eyes.....According to a recent Men's Health article, long hours in front of the computer screen without taking significant precautions, may lead to potentially serious eye conditions. They include dryness or itching of the eye, blurred vision, and eye aches, all of which indicate significant straining of the eye.......The American Optometric Association advises the condition is often diagnosed as Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) and is described as "a group of eye and vision-related problems that result from prolonged computer use. Many individuals experience eye discomfort and vision problems when viewing a computer screen for extended periods. The level of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of computer use."....

Friday, October 5, 2012

Effects of wearing yellow spectacles on visual skills, reading speed, and visual symptoms in children with reading difficulties.

Effects of wearing yellow spectacles on visual skills, reading speed, and visual symptoms in children with reading difficulties.

....No effects of wearing yellow spectacles emerged on binocular vision, accommodation, oculomotor scanning, and reading speed in children with reading difficulties. The yellow filter had no effect even in children with low MAA and BAF. The reduction in visual symptoms observed in children with reading difficulties using the yellow filters was clinically insignificant. ....

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Baby Communication Gives Clues to Autism

Baby Communication Gives Clues to Autism

...Approximately 19 percent of children with a sibling diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) will develop Autism due to shared genetic and environmental vulnerabilities, according to previous studies. For that reason, University of Miami (UM) psychologists are developing ways to predict the occurrence of ASD in high-risk children, early in life, in hopes that early intervention will lead to better outcomes in the future....

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Omega-3 supplements may slow a biological effect of aging

Omega-3 supplements may slow a biological effect of aging

....Taking enough omega-3 fatty acid supplements to change the balance of oils in the diet could slow a key biological process linked to aging, new research suggests.....The study showed that most overweight but healthy middle-aged and older adults who took omega-3 supplements for four months altered a ratio of their fatty acid consumption in a way that helped preserve tiny segments of DNA in their white blood cells.....

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Baby's brain health may be linked to mother's vitamin D consumption

Baby's brain health may be linked to mother's vitamin D consumption, according to a new study

A study by researchers from the Centre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology suggested that vitamin D consumption by mothers during pregnancy could lead to better brain health for their babies.