Friday, February 22, 2013

High Rate Of Vision Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury Found In In Combat Vets And Others

High Rate Of Vision Problems After Traumatic Brain Injury Found In In Combat Vets And Others

....Traumatic brain injury is a common problem, affecting an average of 1.7 million Americans each year. "TBI can take place in any setting and can happen to anyone," according to Dr Goodrich and coauthors. Visual problems, especially oculomotor (eye movement) difficulties, are common after TBI. The new study is one of the first to examine the rates and types of visual problems among military personnel with blast-related TBI. ....

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Attention Deficits Picked Up In Babies Who Later Develop Autism

Attention Deficits Picked Up In Babies Who Later Develop Autism

.... administered an eye-tracking task to 67 infants at high risk for developing autism, and 50 low-risk infants. .....Compared with the control groups, six-month-old infants later diagnosed with ASD looked less at the social scene, and when they did pay attention to the scene, they spent less time monitoring the woman's face. .....

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

24 Genes Responsible For Short-Sightedness Identified

24 Genes Responsible For Short-Sightedness Identified

....Researchers from King's College London have identified 24 new genes that are responsible for causing myopia, a very common eye disorder also known as short-sightedness. .... (aka myopia)

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Effective dose of topiramate in pediatric migraine prophylaxis Read more: http://www.mdlinx.com/pain-management/news-article.cfm/4412418/topiramate-pediatric-migraine-prophylaxis

Effective dose of topiramate in pediatric migraine prophylaxis

....The patients receiving topiramate ... showed a reduction ... of migraine frequency [of] episodes per month, headache intensity and headache duration ....The most common side effects of topiramate were paresthesias (five patients), anorexia (four patients), drowsiness (four patients).

Read more: http://www.mdlinx.com/pain-management/news-article.cfm/4412418/topiramate-pediatric-migraine-prophylaxis#ixzz2L60Lrarc

Comments: This drug can increase myopia and intraocular pressure. Use with care. DM

Monday, February 18, 2013

Football-helmet sensor warns of concussion risk via phone app

Football-helmet sensor warns of concussion risk via phone

...The problem is that many concussions go undetected. Impakt Protective's Shockbox is a helmet g-force sensor that measures the impact a player sustains and gauges whether a medical assessment is in order.
The device can fit into any helmet with space amid the interior padding so that it's right up against the hard shell. It can be used in football, hockey, lacrosse, and snow sports like skiing and snowboarding....
Comments: If this device works, it should be installed in every players helmet ! DM

A method for the prescription of inexpensive spectacles by non-specialist healthcare workers: S-Glasses

A method for the prescription of inexpensive spectacles by non-specialist healthcare workers: S-Glasses

...153 million people are visually impaired from uncorrected refractive error. The aim of this research was to verify a method whereby autorefractors could be used by non-specialist health-workers to prescribe spectacles,....S-Glasses could be beneficial to resource-poor populations without trained refractionists. This novel approach, using approximate toric lenses, results in superior vision for astigmatic patients compared with the practice of providing spherical equivalent alone...

Sunday, February 17, 2013

A Discussion of Vision by Dr. Quaid

Prescription of atropine eye drops among children diagnosed with myopia in Taiwan from 2000 to 2007: a nationwide study

Prescription of atropine eye drops among children diagnosed with myopia in Taiwan from 2000 to 2007: a nationwide study

...This study revealed an increasing trend of atropine eye drop prescription for children with myopia in Taiwan. Our study provides eye-care professionals worldwide a reference for the potential integration of atropine eye drops into their clinical practice toward children with myopia.Eye advance online publication...

Comments: Should children be using atropine for years? I'm not sure. DM