Poor Coordination May Be Common In Children With Amblyopia

Medscape (4/11, MacReady) reported that “poor coordination might be added to the list of woes experienced by children with deficient stereopsis or amblyopia, according to findings presented…at the American Society of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus 37th Annual Meeting.” After comparing “the speed and accuracy of reaching and grasping under binocular and monocular conditions in 21 children with amblyopia and deficient stereopsis and 15 normal children,” researchers found that “the children with amblyopia had significantly slower movement times in all three conditions tested (with binocular vision and with monocular vision with both the dominant and nondominant eye).”

 

Severe Seasonal Allergies May Be A Risk Factor For Depression

n the New York Times (4/12, D5, Subscription Publication) “Really?” column, Anahad O’Connor writes, “Severe seasonal allergies may be a risk factor for depression.” A number of “large studies have found that the risk of depression in people with severe allergies is about twice that of those without allergies.” In fact, a 2008 study “reported that this link may help explain a widely established — but poorly understood — increase in suicides during the spring every year.” The New York Times (4/11, Parker-Pope, Subscription Publication) “Well” blog also covered the story.