Thursday, October 21, 2010

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Anti-VEGF Inhibitors Appear Safe for Treating Infants With Retinopathy of Prematurity: Presented at AAO

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Blind Woman Says Guide Dog Not Allowed in Dunkin Donuts

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Possible Cure for ARMD Blindness

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You've Got Braille!

On Arthur's (PBS Kid's) web site one of the characters learns about braille from one of her friends who uses it. On this page is a translator box and a letter key. This is a fun place to share with children!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Performers from the Sghree Ramana Maharishi Academy for the Blind in India

Burton MP goes blind for a day to raise awareness

Camera Chip Provides Sight in Retinitis Pigmentosa, Research Says

Study Claims Vitamin A Pill Could Stop Blindness in Old Age

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

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Boon to poor people in the State as public-private partnership scheme will be launched in January

Retinopathy of prematurity is a leading cause of preventable blindnessAll babies weighing less than 2 kg at birth will be screened for ROP


PREVENTIVE STEPS:Narayana Nethralaya will train ophthalmologists and technicians to screen rural children and transfer the images to the hospital.

Bangalore: Did you know that most premature babies are at the risk of developing retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a leading cause of preventable infant blindness?
Come January, premature babies born in the backward districts of north and central Karnataka will be screened for ROP soon after their birth and treated. This will be possible through a public-private-partnership between the Union Health Ministry and the Narayana Nethralaya under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM).
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With childhood wellness, including right to sight, being one of the major components of NRHM, this partnership will be a boon to children in rural areas. “The plan is to screen all premature babies born in rural areas and ensure that their defective vision is treated at the right time,” S. Selva Kumar, State NRHM Mission Director told The Hindu on the eve of World Sight Day.
With the theme for this year's World Sight Day (October 14) being “Countdown to 2020: The Right to Sight,” the Government is keen on expanding the project to other districts. The focus will be on tackling preventable blindness,” he said.
Although ROP can be prevented if diagnosed and treated early, there is a severe paucity of ROP-trained ophthalmologists in the country. Under the partnership, experts from Narayana Nethralaya will train ophthalmologists and technicians to screen rural children and transfer the images to the hospital.
The defect will be diagnosed and if required the children will be brought to Bangalore for further treatment, said K. Bhujang Shetty, Chairman of Narayana Nethralaya.
The hospital has already conducted a pilot project titled Karnataka State Internet Assisted Diagnosis of Retinopathy of Prematurity (KIDROP) in the surrounding districts of Bangalore and Mysore.
Nearly 4,500 babies have been screened and 400 of them have been treated. The hospital has collaborated with i2i TeleSolutions to develop the telemedicine software.
“All babies whose birth weight is less than 2,000 grams (2 kg) will be screened. While the Government will provide staff, vehicles and equipment, we will provide the logistics. There has been some delay in the procurement of equipment. But the project will start in January in the backward districts of northern and central Karnataka,” Dr. Shetty said.
With the main causes of chronic blindness being glaucoma and diabetic retinopathy, the State-run Minto Ophthalmic Institute has started a comprehensive programme to screen, detect and treat these two eye diseases among the rural masses. If detected early, these diseases can be managed thereby protecting the infant's vision.
Hospital Medical Superintendent K.S. Sriprakash told The Hindu that this was in tune with the theme for this year's World Sight Day.
“Although we have been conducting eye camps across the State to detect cataract and perform surgeries, we have recently started organising camps for diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. Nearly 10,000 have been screened so far and 600 are getting further treatment,” he said.
That apart, the hospital is also regularly conducting school screening programmes to detect vision defects in children.

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Childrens Hospital Los Angeles Awarded $1 Million Grant to Begin Clinical Trials on Eye Reservoir for Cancer Drug Delivery

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles has been awarded a $1 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to conduct a clinical trial on a ne drug delivery system to treat young children diagnosed with retinoblastoma. The device is designed to deliver chemotherapy through a tiny silicone cup sealed to the outer surface (sclera) of the eye, which can more directly target cancer cells and greatly reduce the side effects caused by current chemotherapy treatments.

“It also offers the promise of inexpensive treatment for thousands of children in developing countries who now die of this childhood eye cancer, because their families cannot afford traditional chemotherapy”

The grant, given to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, is part of an RC3 ARRA grant of $2.7 million awarded to 3T Ophthalmics, Inc. by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The Phase I clinical trial will start enrolling patients in July 2011 under the direction of A. Linn Murphree, MD, director of the Retinoblastoma Program in The Vision Center. Dr. Murphree is also professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and attending physician at both the Doheny Eye Institute and the Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center at USC.

The new delivery system, called the episcleral drug reservoir or eye port, is a small silicone cup about 8mm to 10mm in size and can hold the chemotherapy for slow sustained drug delivery to the eye. The eye port isolates the medication targeted to the eye from being absorbed into the blood stream. This new delivery system is a simple way to deliver medications to the interior of the eye over weeks to months.

Currently eye doctors use drops, injections around the eye and even injections directly into the eye to place medications where they are most needed. All of these methods, however, deliver the drug for only a few hours. Several other “slow delivery” systems are being tested but they all require major eye surgery and the risks of complications are high.

The eye port, in contrast, is firmly attached to the outside of the eye under the thin, filmy conjunctiva, or covering of the eyeball. The eye port slowly releases the drug to pass through the wall of the eye, where it reaches the retina and vitreous. The device is so small the patient should feel little or no discomfort, and it does not hinder normal vision.

“The new device could fundamentally change the delivery of medications to the eye for diseases such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, uveitis, endophthalmitis, retinopathy of prematurity and retinoblastoma. Children receiving chemotherapy could potentially return home wearing the device and avoid most of the complications of standard chemotherapy,” says Dr. Murphree.

The Vision Center at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles will partner with three other U.S. retinoblastoma centers to conduct the clinical trials; The Retinoblastoma Center of Houston (a joint program of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center/University of Texas and Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine); Memphis’ St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital; and Philadelphia’s Scheie Eye Institute.

"While we are beginning this protocol with the eye, this type of device could potentially be implanted on a variety of internal organs and could fundamentally change the way we treat many types of cancer,” said Dr. Murphree.

“Currently, when we use I.V. chemotherapy to treat retinoblastoma in young children, we give high doses to ensure the medicine gets into the eye. Most of it, however, affects other parts of the body, causing nausea, a reduction in white cell count and depression of the immune system. With the eye port, we will be giving much less chemotherapy, but far more will reach the cancer cells,” said Dr. Murphree. “It also offers the promise of inexpensive treatment for thousands of children in developing countries who now die of this childhood eye cancer, because their families cannot afford traditional chemotherapy,” he added.

The three-year grant will enroll 36 patients in the Phase I (Year I) trial and an additional 24 patients in Phase II. Only patients with unilateral advanced intraocular retinoblastoma that have received no previous treatment will be eligible for clinical trial enrollment.

About Childrens Hospital Los Angeles: Founded in 1901, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nation’s leading children’s hospitals and is acknowledged worldwide for its leadership in pediatric and adolescent health. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is one of only seven children’s hospitals in the nation – and the only children’s hospital on the West Coast – ranked for two consecutive years in all 10 pediatric specialties in the U.S. News & World Report rankings and named to the magazine’s “Honor Roll” of children’s hospitals. The Saban Research Institute at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is among the largest and most productive pediatric research facilities in the United States, with 100 investigators at work on 186 laboratory studies, clinical trials and community-based research and health services. The Saban Research Institute is ranked eighth in National Institutes of Health funding among children’s hospitals in the United States. Childrens Hospital Los Angeles is a premier teaching hospital and has been affiliated with the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California since 1932.

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There's a Cure for retinopathy in Premature Babies (Times of India)

PUNE: Ismail Memon, who celebrated his first birthday recently, is like any other child his age, except that he cannot see clearly beyond five ft.

"We know our child does not have good vision, but what he sees now is much better than no vision at all," said his rickshaw driver father Shakil Memon.

Ismail's is a case of retinopathy of prematurity (RoP), a disease peculiar to preterm and low birth-weight babies. It is a disease of the blood vessels of the retina (inside layer of the eye). In babies who are born premature, the retinal vessels are yet to grow. In some babies, if the vessels grow abnormally, they can bleed inside the eye leading to permanent irreversible blindness.

"Ismail was born three months premature. We diagnosed him with RoP and the surgery was performed immediately. He now has an ambulatory vision (3 to 4 ft visibility) in the left eye. The right eye could not be saved," said Saleel Gadkari, a retina surgeon, who operated upon Ismail at the H V Desai eye hospital in Mohammedwadi six months ago.

RoP needs to be taken seriously in India because premature babies are surviving and blindness among them is common. "If such babies are diagnosed early, laser surgery can help restore much of their vision. Detection is a hurdle as resources and exposure are limited. As a result, surgery is the only option, which may not help after a point," said Gadkari.

Sight Savers International, a UK-based NGO donated a Rs 70 lakh machine (RETCAM) to the Desai hospital to detect RoP. "This machine has helped detect at least 48 cases, mostly in rural Maharashtra. Of these, 40 were in the early stage and were cured with laser technique. The rest were operated upon."

Leaving infants untreated would mean a huge loss to society, said Gadkari. "The operation at our hospital costs about Rs 13,000. In private hospitals, it may go up to Rs 1 lakh. We have operated upon eight infants in a year as against the target of one set by the NGO," said Sucheta Kulkarni, deputy director and chief retina consultant at H V Desai eye hospital. It will also conduct a study on the benefits of the treatment in the last three years.

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Supporters Fight for Sight This October

It's Eye Health Month and advocates are out in full force with a variety of education and fundraising campaigns to ensure individuals of all ages around the world have access to proper care and are making use of it.

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

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New discovery to help ease the impact of glaucoma - News1130

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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Attorney general: Teachers must report communications

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Teachers must report electronic communications with students outside of school

Teachers who work with their students in activities that are not connected to the school, such as church youth groups, must follow rules set up to prohibit inappropriate contacts with the children, according to an attorney general's opinion.

The opinion, based on Act 214 of the 2009 legislative session, says that teachers who have e-mail communications with students outside of the official school system must report those communications to the school.

The law restricting ways that teachers can communicate was passed in response to concerns that some teachers were sending inappropriate e-mails to their students.

The bill, authored by Rep. Frank Hoffmann of West Monroe, was intended to protect teachers and students by making sure that e-mails could only be sent to students through approved school district channels.

The question arose about teachers who are facilitators for church youth groups, and who send e-mails or text messages to the children who are members of those groups.

The attorney general's opinion is clear. If the members of the youth groups are also students at the teacher's school, the teacher must report any electronic communications with the student to the school.

The opinion is on the attorney general's Web site at this link.

A wrong turn down the road to merit pay

Now that the U.S. Department of Education has announced that eight Louisiana school districts will split $36.5 million to experiment with merit pay for teachers, does that mean it's already too late to talk about whether or not merit pay really makes a difference in the classroom?

Hopefully, not. Because the data, while not yet conclusive, tends to show that there is little if any connection between performance-based pay and student achievement.

As Sarah Sparks writes here, the Department of Education is spending money before there is evidence that it is well spent. Says Sparks, "More than ever, the department needs a large, rigorous, comprehensive evaluation to dig into the details of whether and how performance-pay programs work."

Within a week of the Department's announcement of the grants, she notes, two different studies in Chicago and Nashville "have found few benefits for student achievement in merit-pay programs."

Despite a lack of evidence that these incentives accomplish their goal, the U.S. Department, as well as state and local education agencies around the country, are bound and determined to ram them down the throats of classroom teachers.


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Help the NSU Demons win the Hawaii Five-O band contest!

Which college band performs the best rendition of the Hawaii Five-O theme? If the answer is Northwestern State University in Natchitoches, the school will win $25,000 and have a video of the band performing the piece on the CBS network this fall.

All that NSU has to do to win is get more votes than the other 17 colleges in the competition. That's where you come in.

Click on this link, and vote for the Spirit of Northwestern band. You're allowed to vote once each day until the CBS Hawaii Five-O Marching Band Mania competition is settled on October 4. Go Demons!

Let's Get This Straight

My job is to help teachers teach blind kids the same thing they teach their sighted kids. I bring in and do the special "stuff" for their vision and inform them of the accommodations they need to make. Some people don't get it. They don't want to get it. I'm your back up and not your enemy! If you see it as more work, then it leads me to think you really haven't been working up to par in the first place.

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Cut Outs and writing Practice Sheets

Below are links to the cutouts I promised some of you. For new teachers who do not have email, I am sending through your principals so please have patience with me, principals!
As a reminder, they are used instead of coloring sheets for children who will need tactile accomodations. Example: If the sighted peers are coloring pumpkins for the fall, use the cutout patterns at the links to fold and cut using contruction paper, printer paper or craft paper. Then allow the children to color the cutout on a textured surface. That will make the crayon on the paper have texture and the child can feel where he/she has colored.
Let me know of any other shapes you'd like to see.
Some examples of textured surfaces that can be used for coloring are:
  • window screen taped or stapled to a board
  • canvas board
  • plastic light covering for the fluorescent lights [look up and see what kind is over the lights in your class. You can get a sheet for a few $$ at Lowes or Home Depot]
  • sand paper
  • sidewalk

These are some primary writing sheets. Use a black construction sheet to mask lines to keep place for kids with nystagmus. (I'm not sure these zip files will open every time--but they're for Pre-K)
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