Saturday, August 18, 2012

COVD Raffles: Send Money, Help Kids!

Mostly True Stuff:Jenny McCarthy Causes Autism

Jenny McCarthy Causes Autism

...Researchers at MTS University in Virginia believe they may have found the cause of autism: Jenny McCarthy. A new study shows a strong correlation between the rise in the "actresses" fame and the rise in the number of children with autism reported in the United States and Canada....

Friday, August 17, 2012

Mixing Business With Pleasure: The Evolution of the ‘Meetup’ in Eyecare

Mixing Business With Pleasure: The Evolution of the ‘Meetup’ in Eyecare

By Nathan Bonilla-Warford, OD, FAAO

TAMPA, Fla.—There is no question that the Internet has improved our ability to communicate quickly with people wherever they are. We can now develop close working and friendly relationships with individuals we have never met in person. As our online business relationships have grown, it has become even more important to make contact with these people in real life, too. Fortunately, there is a way to do just this: the social media "meetup," an in-person gathering of people who frequently connect online to discuss a shared interest......

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NIH launches contest for audacious goals in vision research

NIH launches contest for audacious goals in vision research

August 13, 2012
The National Eye Institute (NEI), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is offering $3,000 awards to as many as 20 contestants who submit the most compelling one-page ideas to advance vision science. The submission deadline for the Challenge to Identify Audacious Goals in Vision Research and Blindness Rehabilitation is November 12, 2012. Winning contestants will be invited to present, discuss, and refine their ideas at the NEI Audacious Goals Development Meeting, February 24-26, 2013, in Washington D.C....

Football Players At College At High Risk For Concussion

Football Players At College At High Risk For Concussion

....As interest in concussion rates and prevention strategies at all levels continues to grow, one population that appears to have increasing head injury rates is collegiate football players. Research .... highlights that the concussion rate in three college football programs has doubled in recent years......

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Manage Diabetes with an iPhone Glucose Meter

Manage Diabetes with an iPhone Glucose Meter
.....The CDC reports that in 2010, 1.9 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people over 20, bringing the total number of people with diabetes to 25.8 million. Even more disturbing is the growth of pre-diabetes in adolescents recently reported in the journal Pediatrics—a rise from 9% in 2000 to 23% in 2008.

As those with diabetes know, an important part of managing this disease requires taking blood glucose readings and noting rising or falling levels throughout the day. That used to mean manually logging the numbers into a journal or
glucose tracking app or downloading them to a computer. Now there are glucose monitors that will transmit their readings to your iPhone or iPod touch....Find out all the details on these new iPhone-compatible glucose meters and their companion apps in Suzanne Kantra's story on Techlicious.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Would You Rather Lose a Limb or Your Eyesight?

Would You Rather Lose a Limb or Your Eyesight?

.....In a new survey, almost 70% of people around the world said they’d rather lose a limb or give up 10 years of their life rather than lose their eyesight. I think I agree. This question, among others, was asked to over 11,000 people across 11 countries in a survey performed by eye care company Bausch + Lomb.....

Monday, August 13, 2012

ICO Stephen Pugh to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Illinois College of Optometry Board of Trustees member Stephen Pugh to receive Lifetime Achievement Award

(Jefferson Fordham, Daniel J. Curtin, Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award)

Lyons Family Eye Care + Dr. Dominick Maino

Dr. Maino Now at Lyons Family Eye Care

Dominick M. Maino, OD, MEd, FAAO, FCOVD-A will now be seeing patients at Lyons Family Eye Care on Chicago's north side.

Dr. Stephanie Lyons is the chief optometrist and owner of Lyons Family Eye Care.  She is a graduate of the University of Illinois and a former student of Dr. Maino's at the Illinois College of Optometry where she graduated Cum Laude with honor.  She is a leader within her profession who also writes a monthly article for the American Optometric Association’s nationally distributed newsletter for the Contact Lens and Cornea Section. Dr. Lyons also enjoys reading, cooking, traveling, cheering for the Illini, and spending time with her family. 
Mr. John Lyons is the general manager, owner of Lyons Family Eye Care and the spouse of Dr. Lyons.  With a diverse background in business, his dream has always been to have a small business of his own.  That dream combined with his wife Stephanie’s desire to have an optometry practice led to the creation of Lyons Family Eye Care. He is passionate about customer service and creating a friendly atmosphere for patients and staff. In his free time, John enjoys sports, traveling, competing in triathlons, and taking care of his family including his two dogs Chance and Lucky.  John is also active in the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and on the board of West LakeView Neighbors.
Dr. Dominick Maino is a Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Illinois Eye Institute/Illinois College of Optometry.  He graduated from the Illinois College of Optometry, received his MEd at the University of Illinois Chicago and Bachelor’s degree from Beloit College. Dr. Maino is the past Director of the Institute for Advanced Competency Post-Graduate Continuing Education Program, an Adjunct Professor of Pediatrics/Binocular Vision at the Centro Boston de Optometria in Madrid Spain, and the Director of the Developmental Disabilities Service at Neumann Family Services. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, and holds membership in the American & Illinois Optometric Associations, Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, and the Artists of Casa Italia. His recent activities includes presenting at the International Brain Injury Association meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland; at the California Optometric Association’s OptoWest Conference and as a member of an expert panel at the American Conference of Pediatric Cerebral Visual Impairment which is sponsored by the Children’s Hospital, Omaha, NE.
            Dr. Maino currently serves as the editor of Optometry and Vision Development, and has authored approximately 200 books, chapters, and articles. He has given more than 100 presentations worldwide, is a co-author of the technology column for the AOANews and is currently the associate, consulting, and/or contributing editor/manuscript reviewer for numerous publications. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins has recently agreed to publish Dr. Maino’s next book, Visual Diagnosis and Care of the Patient with Special Needs which will be available May 2012.
Dr. Maino has received recognition for his work from the Order Sons of Italy (Leonardo Da Vinci Award for Excellence in Medicine), National Academies of Practice (Distinguished Practitioner), Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Optometric Editors Association, and the Easter Seal Society of Metropolitan Chicago. He is an internationally recognized expert on oculo-visual problems of children and adults with a special interest in the patient with special needs. His research interests include special populations, pediatrics, and binocular vision dysfunction. He is currently the spokesperson for the American Optometric Association on 3 D Vision Syndrome and has been interviewed numerous times (television, print media, radio, Internet) on this topic. Dr. Maino’s avocations include blogging, music, photography and as a budding connoisseur of the finer points of appreciating a good Single Malt Scotch(especially after a trip to Scotland), is now attempting to age his own micro-barrel, very small batch whiskey.

How Neuroscience is Changing the Classroom

It's good to see the "classroom" using principles of neuroscience. To read more about it click here:

.....There is often a big divide between what happens in the laboratory and the way laboratory findings are practically applied. The relationship between neuroscience research and education is no exception. While there are numerous educational products that claim to be based on neuroscience research (often quite dubiously so), the real impact of brain-based research on education has been much more subtle. While neuroscience hasn’t yet radically changed the way we think about teaching and learning, it is helping to shape educational policies and influencing new ways of implementing technology, improving special education, and streamlining day-to-day interactions between teachers and students. While there is still a long way to go before we truly understand the science of learning and how to use those findings in the real world classroom, it’s important to highlight some of the key ways that neuroscience is changing the classroom of today for the better.

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Sunday, August 12, 2012

American Academy of Optometry

Pediatric Optometry Sessions at Academy 2012 Phoenix
As you know, Academy 2011 Boston offered two excellent symposia related to pediatric optometry. Academy 2012 Phoenix will feature the following related sessions that you will not want to miss:
Plenary Session: Today's Research, Tomorrow's Practice®: Autism Spectrum Disorders
Wednesday, October 24 - Noon to 2:00 PM
During this session, Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH, a nationally sought after expert in autism, will give an overview of this disorder from a clinical perspective. David G. Amaral, PhD, will also provide an overview of the current state of knowledge on the disorder giving some perspective as to what is fact and what is fiction. Seating is limited - register today!
Binocular Vision, Perception & Pediatric Optometry Section Symposium: "Demystifying Vision in Autism" 
Wednesday, October 24 - 3:00 to 5:00 PM
Speakers in this symposium will provide an overview to vision research in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, discuss the link between visual spatial issues on convergence and spectacle wear in patients with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Speakers include Ricki Robinson, MD, MPH; David Simmons, DPhil; Rachel Coulter, OD, FAAO; and Annette Bade, OD, FAAO.
Other Lectures on Pediatric Optometry

AD(H)D, ASD, SID? What Do These Initials Mean to Children and ODs?
with presenter 
Marie BodackVisual Consequences of Common (and not so Common) Pediatric Conditions: Things You Don't Want to Miss! with presenter Marcela FrazierThe Whiter, Brighter Pupil-Leukocoria in Children with presenters Nadine Girgis and James KundartPediatric Low Vision Management: Making a Start with presenter Susan Leat 

Walk to End Alzheimer's Disease: Join Wela's Walkers

Alzheimer's disease is the single largest unaddressed public health threat facing the nation today. As many as 5.4.million Americans are living with the disease and nearly 15 million are acting as caregivers. We have to unite now to help end Alzheimer's.

My family is participating in the Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's, an event that raises awareness and funds to advance care, support and research. Please donate to support my family's efforts.

Our family's fight with this disease began a few years ago when my mother-in-law (Also known as Wela ... Grandmother to my children) was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and for the last three years we have participated as a family to support her and all of her memories by assisting the Alzheimers Foundation in supporting research and finding a cure. Hope for...Believe in...Dream of...A Cure! The end of Alzheimer's starts here, with a gift from you.

Please consider supporting our efforts with a donation. You can give online @ you can also see if your company will match your donation.

Thanks in advance for all of your generosity! (and remember it is a tax write off so all you have to do is print out and keep your donation confirmation once you are done)

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