Friday, October 3, 2014

Print readers recall more than online readers, study finds

Print readers recall more than online readers, study finds


"..... those who read printed news publications read more news and also remember more news than those who read news online......."As the U.S. public gets its news more from online newspapers and less from print, new questions have arisen about the differences of both reading experiences," said Arthur D. Santana, an assistant professor in the Jack. J. Valenti School of Communication at UH and principal investigator of the study, "Print Readers Recall More Than Do Online Readers," published in Newspaper Research Journal......"

Comments: I wonder if this will continue to stay true as the younger generations continue to get their news digitally. DM

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Americans rate losing eyesight as having greatest impact on their lives

Americans rate losing eyesight as having greatest impact on their lives


".............."Every segment of the population has major concerns about the impact of eye disorders on quality of life," said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America. "Individuals realize the importance of good eye health in maintaining productive lives and fear its loss. But the reality is that advances in the prevention and treatment of eye disorders will not be possible without stronger investments in research."................."

Comments: If this is true why does ophthalmology say full eye examinations are not important for the children of our country? 

Why doesn't everyone have an eye examination at least once a year (after all you have your teeth checked at least that often) ?

I am puzzled by this as well. DM

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Maternal iron intake linked to offspring autism risk

Maternal iron intake linked to offspring autism risk


"..... the researchers say they found that low maternal iron intake is linked with a five-fold greater risk of autism if the mother is 35 or older at the time of her child's birth, or if she has hypertension or diabetes..

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Monday, September 29, 2014

Autism diagnoses may drop by a third under new guidelines: study

Autism diagnoses may drop by a third under new guidelines: study 

".....New guidelines for defining autism spectrum disorders may reduce the number of diagnoses by almost one-third, according to new research from Columbia University.
A review of relevant literature and data, published in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, raises questions about the future of children who have developmental delays, but no longer meet criteria for an autism diagnosis...."

Comments: I have always had concerns about the high percentage of "autism" within various populations being reported in the scientific and lay media. If any other disorder had this exponential rise in prevalence, the numbers would be questioned again and again. By manipulating the definition of autism, you control the numbers reported, the interest in the disorder, and the political/scientific/fiscal support given. So what is the incidence/prevalence of autism and why should we be aware of what really determines these numbers? DM

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Special glasses may ease migraine pain

Special glasses may ease migraine pain


"....Clinical trials will begin on the glasses this spring in Utah with a group of about 50 patients.  Several companies already sell tinted lenses for migraine sufferers, but researchers hope to meet the criteria for FDA approval, so they are doing the necessary studies.......