Saturday, July 20, 2013

Use it or lose it: Brain atrophy

Use it or lose it: Brain atrophy

....A brain atrophy, or cerebral atrophy, takes place when the connections between cells in the brain are damaged, or the cells in general are lost. This condition can be caused by a number of issues, including Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Huntington's disease and epilepsy. However, it can also be attributed to old age. This type of brain damage typically gets worse over time, but the ailment varies between each person depending on the location, cause and type of atrophy. For people with hearing loss, a brain atrophy can get increasingly severe because individuals are required to use more effort in order to comprehend speech compared to a person with normal hearing.....

Friday, July 19, 2013

Memory Improves for Older Adults Using Computerized Brain-Fitness Program

Memory Improves for Older Adults Using Computerized Brain-Fitness Program

..... studied 69 dementia-free participants, with an average age of 82, .... The participants played a computerized brain-fitness program called Dakim BrainFitness, which trains individuals through more than 400 exercises in the areas of short- and long-term memory, language, visual-spatial processing, reasoning and problem-solving, and calculation skills.
The researchers found that of the 69 participants, the 52 individuals who over a six-month period completed at least 40 sessions ... on the program showed improvement in both immediate and delayed memory skills, as well as language skills.......

Thursday, July 18, 2013

To BV or Not to BV

Binocular vision, vision therapy and the approach to patient care I note here, provides additional options for our patients that most doctors do not offer. This presentation was given duing the Victoria Conference, Victoria, BC Canada.

3D Vision Syndrome at the Victoria Conference

3D Vision Syndrome is a presentation I am giving to a group of optometrists in Victoria, BC Canada. Pacific University asked to lecture on this and other topics at this meeting.


Prevalence, Characteristics Of Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Adolescents

Prevalence, Characteristics Of Traumatic Brain Injuries Among Adolescents

....."In the United States, more than half a million adolescents aged 15 years or younger require hospital-based care for head injury annually, and our data suggest a much higher number of adolescents may be experiencing these injuries,".... "The magnitude of the prevalence estimates and the associated risks identified within this representative sample support suggestions to improve understanding, prevention, and response to TBI among adolescents." ....

Comments: We should start to ask all our patients about mild traumatic brain injury and concussion. Especially since TBI/concussion have so many vision problems associated with it. DM


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Need CE Hours? The Victoria Conference is where You need to be!!

If you need some last minute continuing education credits, this is the conference you must attend! Click here for more information.


Monday, July 15, 2013

What We Can See And Hear Is Affected By Imagination

What We Can See And Hear Is Affected By Imagination

...."We often think about the things we imagine and the things we perceive as being clearly dissociable. However, what this study shows is that our imagination of a sound or a shape changes how we perceive the world around us in the same way actually hearing that sound or seeing that shape does. Specifically, we found that what we imagine hearing can change what we actually see, and what we imagine seeing can change what we actually hear."......

Comments: We see what we expect, we hear what we expect...or imagine. DM

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Tips for Managing Your Online Professional Reputation

Tips for Managing Your Online Professional Reputation
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  • Take a few minutes each month to search your name and your practice name to see what is being said about you, and take appropriate steps to address it.
  • Create a Google Alert for your name and your practice name to receive notifications each time it’s mentioned online.
  • Make time to address any negative feedback you may come across online. If possible to comment or respond directly, be respectful – offer an apology for a negative experience and say you want the opportunity to make it right.
  • Increase your positive reviews by asking patients who did have a good experience to post about it, if they feel comfortable doing so.
  • Take steps to optimize your website and/or your practice website to ensure it is high on the list of search results for major search engines, ensuring patients read the message you want them to see before reading anyone else’s.
  • Control your message proactively by seeding press releases and social media on a regular basis....
  • Comments: Click on the title above to find out more. DM