Can salivary microRNA levels identify risk for prolonged concussion symptoms?A study in children with mild traumatic brain injury found that concentrations of 5 salivary microRNAs (miRNAs) identified prolonged concussion symptoms with 85% accuracy, suggesting that the answer to this question is “yes.”
Kid care on the slopesSkiing is an enormously popular winter sport for children, teenagers, and families. Here's a review of winter sports injuries and how to provide the best care.
Looking back at 2016
Looking back at 2016Before the new year gets too far along, let’s take a brief look at the happenings in the pages of Optometry Times during 2016.
Continued play after concussion lengthens recovery timeAthletes who continued to play after experiencing a concussion were 8.8 times more likely to take a long time to recover (≥21 days) than athletes who immediately left the field.
Evaluating and treating concussionStart with a thorough history, then choose the best therapy for the patient’s visual needs
Top 10 myths of concussion treatmentConcussion patients are in the chairs of optometrists all over the country, but clinicians must know what to look for so they can catch it.
Where are kids being treated for concussions?A new report looks at where parents are seeking care for their children following a concussion.
Why playground injuries are on the riseSofter ground coverings and other safety measures are helping, but playground injuries are still on the rise, with monkey bars and swings posing the biggest threats.
Face masks and the brainThe current epidemic of football-related concussions and the association of repeated concussions with CTE is a serious problem that must be addressed and resolved.
5 things you need to know: ocular syphilis outbreak, predicting myopia, moreHealthcare professionals on the West Coast have been warned to be on the lookout for ocular syphilis after more than a dozen cases have been reported in Seattle, San Francisco, and Los Angeles since December 2014, according to the Los Angeles Times.