Battery Powered Self-Moisturizing Contact Lens the latest Technology

by Yolanda C. Stallings February 4th, 2020

Contact Lens

Battery Powered Self-Moisturizing Contact Lens the latest new product. The eyecare industry continues to advance in technology. The baby boomer generation represents a large percentage of the vision care market. 54.8 million Americans 65 and older have spent 39% on eye care. The four primary eye conditions are:

  • Cataracts
  • Macular Degeneration
  • Glaucoma
  • Diabetic Retinopathy
  • Dry Eyes

FOUR COMMON PROBLEMS WITH CONTACT LENS

  • red ,itchy eyes
  • light sensitivity
  • blurry vision
  • dry eyes

Red ,itchy eyes-are caused by contact lenses holding the irritants in the lenses such as smoke, pollen, dust, smog and makeup. This eventually leads to some buildup. The eyes become red and irritable. If the conditions persists, it could lead to conjunctivitis.

Light sensitivity-If you wear your contact lens for prolonged periods, it will lead to corneal ulcer and abrasion. The cornea can be scratched due to contact with dust, dirt, sand, contact lenses, and even pieces of paper- immediate attention is required for risk of an infection and corneal ulcer.

Blurry vision-This can occur if your contacts are dirty or damaged in some way. Blurry vision can be the result from glaucoma, macular degeneration, cataracts, or some form of infection.

It’s crucial to see an ophthalmologist if you notice any changes in your vision.

Dry eyes-When contact lenses lose water, they react by drawing moisture from the eye, causing it to dry up. The lens will cause you discomfort, and your eyes will become red and itchy. Another factor to consider, as you age you lose tear production in the eyes resulting in dry eyes.

NEW BATTERY POWERED SELF MOISTERIZING CONTACT LENS

Self- Moisturizing Smart contact lenses

Japanese scientists at Tohoku University have reported in journal Advanced Materials Technologies on the development of a contact lens that moisturizes the eye using the reservoir behind the eyelid.

The eyes can dry up very fast with the contact lens covering its corneas’ resulting in corneal ulcers and abrasion. To combat this dilemma, the researchers created the contact lens made from hydrogel.

Professor Matsuhiko Nishizawa, an engineer at Tohoku University states; “Although there have been many advancements in new functions for smart contact lenses, there has been little progress in solving the drawbacks associated with wearing contact lenses day to day.” One of the biggest problems with contact lenses is they can cause “dry eye syndrome” due to reduced blinking and increased moisture evaporation.

Hydrogel provides hydration to wounds and relieves pain for up to six hours. This will enable five times more oxygen to permeate through the lens to the cornea.

Researchers say the contact lens made from hydrogel will carry an electric charge across the surface. A process known as electroosmotic flow, the electric current pushes the tears up over the contact lens even on it’s rear side that contacts with the eye.

This automatic moisturizing process will make blinking unnecessary as long as there’s current across the eye. This process carries tiny biocompatible batteries (Mg/O2 battery and fructose/O2 enzymatic battery).

Smart Contact lens for Diabetics to measure their glucose level

The researchers say they can create different lens compositions that have different charge densities, and therefore different tear flow rates. This project is still at the lab stage, but the researchers are confident that soon we may see active contacts that you can wear for extended periods without getting a dry eye

REFERENCES

Battery Powered Self-Moisturizing Contact Lens. https://www.medgadget.com/2020/01/battery-poweredcontactlenses.html

Corneal Abrasipn (scratch); first aid-Mayo Clinic. https://www.mayoclinic.org/first-aid/first-aid-corneal-abrasion/ar-20056659

4 Common Contact Lens Problems and Their Solution. https://www.youreyesite.com/4-common-contact-lens-problems-and-their-solution/

Self-Moisturizing Smart Contact Lens Employing Electroosmosis. Advanced Materials Technologies/Volume 5, Issue 1.https://www.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/admt.201900889

Hearing Loss: Finding The Solution With Digital Hearing Aids.

Invisable BTE Hearing Aid Aids Rechargeable Mini Digital Wireless Ear Hearing Devices

by Yolanda C Stallings on January 30, 2020

I want to address the health symptoms of hearing loss. The solution is to find a device that will reduce these health issues of not being able to understand what you are hearing. Around the world, 466 million people have disabling hearing loss. About 34 million of these are children.

HEARING LOSS SYMPTOMS

  • Muffling of speech and other sounds
  • Difficulty understanding words, especially against background noise or in a crowd
  • Trouble hearing consonants such as (b, c, d, f, h, or J )
  • Frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly and loudly
  • Needing to turn up the volume of the television, or radio
  • Withdrawal from conversations
  • Avoidance of some social settings
  • Risk of falling and losing balance

DIAGNOSIS

  • Physical Exam. It’s important to see your primary doctor for any health conditions including hearing.
  • Your primary doctor will refer you over to see an (Otolaryngologist)
  • Ears, nose, and throat specialist who will evaluate your causes of hearing loss.
  • Hearing Test. An Audiologist will conduct a series of tests based on words and sounds at different pitch levels.
  • Your Audiologist will go over your hearing test evaluation with you
  • If you need hearing aids, the Audiologist will introduce various brands of hearing aids
  • Before picking a particular brand you will try a pair of hearing aids for a week to see if you like the brand

HEARING AIDS COMPOENT PARTS

  • A microphone-picks up sounds and sends it to the amplifier
  • An amplifier/ processor, -converts audio into an electrical signal and sends it to a receiver
  • Receiver/speaker
  • Microchip- improves the processing of audio
  • Battery- with rechargeable batteries hearing aids charged overnight
Components of an hearing aid

LIST OF A FEW TOP HEARING AID MANUFACTURES

There are over a 1,000 different styles of hearing aids on the market.

  • Hansaton
  • Oticon
  • Phonak
  • Resound
  • Siemens
  • Starkey
  • Unitron
  • Widex

TECHNOLOGICAL TRENDS 2020 HEARING AIDS

  • Noise Reduction
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Data Capture
  • Automatic Adjustments
  • Additional Channels

Noise Reduction-unwanted background sounds like in restaurant can be softened to a whisper. You can focus on the person in front of you without any distractions.

Wireless Connectivity-you can use your iPhone, tablet, or any smart home devices such as doorbell or smoke alarm system. The microphone setting allows you to stream music from your phone.

Data Capture- it collects and stores data related to hearing aid users, environment and listening preference. The information provides the hearing aids providers to make adjustments that are customized and compatible with the user.

Automatic Adjustments-a feature that allows them to learn your preference, it is a form of artificial intelligence (Al). By logging into your volume control setting and program preference for specific sound environments the hearing aids will make these changes automatically for you.

Additional Channels- normally hearing aids include two channels, while others have advanced versions with eight or more. This feature gives hearing aid users greater flexibility to process incoming sounds and signals. More hearing aid channels provide better sound quality.

REFERENCES

Common styles and types of hearing aids.https://www.healthyhearing.com/help/hearing-aids/types

Deafness and hearing loss.https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/deafness-and-hearing-loss

The Future of Hearing Aid Technology.https://www.ncbi.nim.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4111503

2019 technology trends in hearing aids/CareCredit. https://www.carecredit.com/newsletter/2019/spring/hearing-technology-trends/

Art Therapy: Use its Tools to Alleviate Stress, Depression, and Disorders.

by Yolanda C Stallings on January 4, 2020

child finger painting








As a child, I loved the feeling of holding cold gooey finger paints in my hands, I was fascinated with the texture of the paint and making designs, shapes, and colors that I could put on paper. My fellow classmates and I would laugh and chat about the intermixing of colors such as red and blue making purple or red and yellow making the color orange. At the time we thought it was a big deal, of course we were all five years old learning new things in our environment. Personally for me, the experience changed a shy inward girl to a more confident person. I was no longer shy and I could socially interact with my peers. Without me knowing it I was experiencing Art Therapy and reaping its benefits.

In 1940 a British artist Adrian Hill was being treated at a sanatorium for tuberculosis. He participated in various art projects with his felloe patients and created the phrase “art therapy” because of its healthful benefits that he received. He felt positive in his attitude and wanted to share those feelings of positivity with others after finishing his projects. Today we see Art Therapy as a useful tool to treat psychological disorders and enhance mental health.

senior enjoying painting
toddler enjoying finger painting

What does it treat

  • Children with learning disabilities
  • Children suffering from behavioral or social problems at school or home
  • People experiencing mental health issues
  • Traumatic events
  • Anxiety
  • Depression Stress
  • Stress
  • Age-related issues

Art Therapy Techniques

Relaxation

Art therapy can be a great way to relax. Consider these exercises if you’re looking to feel a little more laid back.

teenager painting to music

Paint to music. Letting your creativity flow in response to music is a great way to let out feelings an just relax. Mak a scribble drawing. with this activity, you’ll turn a simple scribble into something beautiful, using line, color, and creativity. Finger paint. Finger painting isn’t just fun for kids- adults enjoy it too. Get your hands messy and really have fun spreading the paint around.

Making a mandal. Whether you use the traditional sand or draw one on your own, this meditative symbol can easily help you to loosen up.

Relaxation reduces stress, anxiety, and depression.

Emotions

Deal with emotions like anger and sadness through these helpful exercises.

Draw or paint your emotions. In this exercise, you’ll focus entirely on painting what you’re feeling.

Create an emotional wheel. Using color, this activity will have you thinking critically about your emotions. Make a meditative painting. looking for a creative way to relax? Having trouble sitting still to meditate? Meditative painting might be just the thing you’re looking for. No painting skills or experiencer necessary-only a desire to relax and become more creative. Emotions such as anger and sadness are dealt with through these exercises.

Mandala
Emotional wheel

Graditude

Here you’ll find a collection of projects that will help you be happy about what you have and express your gratitude for it.

Document your gratitude visually. What things are you grateful for in your life? Paint or collage a work that represents these things. Create a family tree of strength. This exercise honors those around you who support you. Paint those close to you offer you the strength you need. Make something for someone else. Making something for someone else can be a great way to feel good and help someone else do so as well.

Making a Collage

Art Therapy Techniques and Exercises

  • Painting
  • Finger painting
  • Doodling
  • Scribbling
  • Sculpturing
  • Drawing
  • Using molding clay
  • Carving

References

Cherry, Kendra,(2019, August 28th) How Art Therapy Is Used to Help People Heal. (Blog Post) http://www.verywellmind.com

Klammer, Shelly,(2019, March, 23d) Preparing For Your Therapy. http://www.shellyklammer.com

Tan. Joanna, (2019, July 16th) What is Art Therapy? (blog Post) http://www.adelphipsych.sg/the-history-of-art

Art Exhibits vs Craft Fairs: Are They Any Different ?

by Yolanda C Stallings

I believe there is a common bond between art exhibits and craft fairs. It’s the love of looking at the art and the process of creating the art. It doesn’t matter if the object is a painting or making shoes. Lovers of the arts enjoy the social interaction especially after an art exhibition. The energy is intense, as the ideas are flowing between one another on experiences of what they perceived art to be. Craft fairs include other types of entertainment besides looking at artwork or craftwork.

At the Oakland Museum they had a Black Power Movement Exhibit. The artists displayed many artwork revealing the social injustices, oppression, and social inequality. The Black Power Movement was the major theme in this exhibit. It was revolutionary during the sixties because it took an aggressive approach in making changes. The communities were affected culturally, socially, and politically in the Bay Area and world wide. A piece of art shows a clenched fist of a black person. There is a contrast of colors black and white. The artwork is symbolic revealing the prejudice between black and white people. The clenched fist display liner lines in white paint. Whereas the interior part of the hand is painted black. The artwork is powerful in its meaning yet the design is simplistic.

Clenched Fist- Black Power Movement Exhibit 2019

There are seven elements of art that artists use to create their artwork. Most artists use three or four of these elements in order for their art to be known as a piece of art. The elements are line, shape, form, texture, space, value, and color. These elements are common language used by those that work in the art world. Artwork is utilized outside of buildings giving it a strong visual effect. This is a metal sculpture of an Indian warrior framed on the side of a building. In Old Town Scottsdale, Arizona. The weather was very hot and some of the metal cast off rays of colors giving it a glow of illumination.

Indian warrior metal
Cartomancy–The Seni Horoscopes Exhibit 2019

This exhibit focuses on 17th century German fortune telling cards by the Italian oracle Giovanni Battista. The artist Shay Bredimus usage of media centered on tattoo ink and wax crayons. He used black clock size frames, mixture of mystical symbols, photographs and portraits The usage of space, lighting and color gives a feeling of isolation. That each piece should be admired individually of its symbols.

Craft fairs are usually held outside in the open air during the summer when the weather is sunny and warm. Art exhibits are shown mostly indoors in museums, galleries, or clubs. Booths and tents are set up for the arts to display and sell their craft or artwork. The atmosphere is usually relaxed and enjoyable with good interaction between artist and customer. A very popular well known fair in United States is the Renaissance Fair. Artists and performers always dress up in costumes for that time period 17th-18th century. The atmosphere is lively with music, food, and theater performers performing plays from Shakespeare. High quality leather goods are made such as purse, wallets, and sandals. Jewelry is quite popular in any craft fairs. Many fairs celebrate cultural and holidays events.

The Renaissance Fair

One of the most unusual fairs to attend is the hot air ballooning fair. These types of fairs have been around for centuries. It’s really for those that are adventurous, bold and enjoy the Adrenaline in climbing thousand of feet in the air. It does have an artsy appeal to it with the vivid colored balloons of red, yellow, blue, purple, orange, and green. How did this event get started? Two scientist Jean-François Pilatre de Rozier and his partner Francois Laurent d’ Arlandes. These two men wanted to test their invention to see if it could maintain flight. They were knowledgeable in chemistry and physics. The balloon was designed of paper and silk by the Montgolfier Brothers. The hot air balloon was in flight for almost 6 miles and it climbed approximately 500 feet in the air. It was the first successful hot air balloon flight. It launched in 1973 in Paris, France. When these scientist landed in a vacant field a group of farmers’ greeted them with suspiciously. Because they have never seen balloon in the air spitting out fire. The men were looked on as demons from the heavens. The scientists showered the farmers with gifts of champagne to calm them down and to this day they are called the pioneer of aviation.

In summery art exhibits and fairs are very similar to each other. It like having the right foot and the left foot both are needed to walk. These art and craft events are just extensions from one another.

“Blueberries A Powerful Antioxidant.”

By Yolanda C Stallings

Blackberries are native to Asia, Europe, North and South America. However, blackberries are grown in specific regions from species indigenous to that region. These small blueish berries are loaded with many antioxidants. Why are these berries so popular? In the begin the Native Americans used the blueberries for medical and natural flavoring, and food purposes. A simple dish popular among Native Americans was called”sautauthig”, dried blueberries and dried cracked corn mixed with water. Anthocyanin is the antioxidant that gives blueberries their color, which contains powerful inflammation-fighting and cell-protecting properties. The fruits contain natural sweeteners with the benefits of no calories. There are many reasons to sprinkle blueberries over many dishes that you can eat; here are seven benefits that will improve your health:

  • High in Antioxidants
  • Help Fight Cancer
  • Help Weight Loss
  • Boost Brain Health
  • Alleviate Inflammation
  • Support Digestion
  • Promote Heart Health
” I found my thrill on Blueberry Hill.”
Fats Domino

Antioxidants are compounds that fight destructive free radicals and provides a myriad of health benefits. Antioxidants prevent cell damage and protect against certain types of chronic diseases, cancer, heart disease, and diabetes.

The blueberry bush (Vaccinium sect. Cyanococcus) is a flowering plant that produces berries with a bluish, purple hue also known as a blueberry. It’s also related to other antioxidants that compounds that fight destructive free radicals and provides a myriad of health benefits, Blueberries are usually fresh in stores but they can be processed as frozen fruit, puree, juicer or dried berries, One cup of blueberries contains:

  • Fiber: 4 grams
  • Vitamin C: 24% of RDI
  • Vitamin K: 36% of RDI
  • Manganese: 25% of RDI

The berries also contain 85% of water,84 calories, and 15 grams of carbohydrates. In fighting cancer, blueberries contain numerous phytochemicals and nutrients. They also contain dietary fiber, to lower cancer risk, including helping weight control. The global scientific literature AICR/WCRF analyzed the factors in the texture of the blueberries that they can decrease the risk of colorectal cancer. A diet that is high in fruits and non-starchy vegetables reduced the risk of lips, mouth, tongue, and other aerodigestive diseases.

Laboratory research did extensive studies on blueberry compounds such as flavonoids and ellagic acids. Vitamin C protects cells such as DNA by trapping free radicals and inhibiting the formation of carcinogens. (http://AICR.org)

Eating blueberries can help with weight loss, according to scientists. Blueberries with its high content of antioxidants and vitamins ae known as the “Superfood” of today. These berries are known to trim off belly fat or any excess fats from our bodies. Belly fat has been linked to heart disease and diabetes. Many health specialists agree that excess weight is the result of excessive consumption of non-nutritive and refined foods. A low-fat diet with blueberries can lower triglycerides and blood sugar, giving you insulin resistance that translates into glucose control. Make sure you have a dosage of blueberries every day.

BlUEBERRY ALMOND MILK

• 1 cup of almonds

• 3 cups of water

• 1 tsp vanilla bean/ flavoring

• 1/4 cup blueberries

Blend and Serve

”The Benefits of Drinking Black and Green Tea.”

By Yolanda C Stallings


Drinking tea is a cultural and traditional event that evolved between 2,000-5,000 bc. Many Asians today carry on this tradition by drinking three to four cups a day. This could explain their longevity. Both of my parents were from the South and they were avid tea drinkers. My mother always served ice tea for Sunday meals. If my brother or I caught a cold or had an upset stomach she would serve us hot tea with honey and lemon. It worked after twenty minutes calming our upset stomachs’. The benefits of loose leaf tea are staggering with healing properties.

. Ranging from lowered cholesterol, preventing cardiovascular disease, managing weight, metabolism, cancer, and mental clarity. Scientific research led by the National University of Singapore conducted a study on green and black tea consumption for older adults over 70. The group drank two cups a day of black or green tea. The study concluded that it increased their brain health. That’s the ability to remember, learn, plan, concentrate and focus with a active mind including those suffering from the gene APOEe4. A gene that is a contributing factor to Alzheimer and Dementia.

. In order for the tea to reach its full potency, the tea needs to be steep in loose leaves. Dr. Curt Anthony Polito, Zhuo-Yu Cai and Yue-Rong Liang mention in their health journal the neurodegenerative disease Alzheimer (AD) is a major concern among the elderly population. The daily consumption of tea is considered complementary therapy for neurodegenerative disease. Black and green tea have phytonutrients that flush out the toxin in our body. They also have lower contents of caffeine. Black and green tea is beneficial to the heart, high blood pressure, diarrhea, digestive problems, diabetes type 2, and asthma.

It probably is best to not add to much milk and sugar to receive the nutrients of the tea. Black and green tea has been known to improve bone health. As we age the health of our bone starts to decline to cause the bone to fracture. Researchers have observed that people consuming black or green tea increase in their bones density. Also, the properties of the tea are a perfect substitute for calcium. What are some of the harvesting technique used in making tea? The tea processing is the method used to transform dried leaves into brewing. The tea plant is called Camellia sinensis.

Tea is harvest by hand only young leaves, part of the stem, and buds are picked. Black and green tea leaves undergo similar processing and oxidation. The black tea has four steps of processing: withering, rolling, oxidizing, and drying. However, the chemical processing with the green tea leaves is halted. The leaves retain their green color while the black tea leaves turn darker because their chemical processing has not been stopped. Tannin are present in tea this contributes to it’s bitter flavor when steeped for a long time. Tannin is an astringent’s- plant polyphenols which clings to proteins. When steeped to long the tea leaves a bitter taste. It’s similar to eating an upripe orange or drinking dry wine. Summary both black and green tea contain powerful compounds that offer healthy benefits. They will boost your immune system, promote a healthy heart, and weight loss.

Black and Green Tea Benefits

•BOOST HEART HEALTH

•BOOST IMMUNITY

•LOWER DIABETES

•IMPROVE BONE DENSITY

•REDUCE WEIGHT

•REDUCE ALZHEIMER, DEMENTIA, AND PARKINSON’S DISEASE

•IMPROVE DIGESTIVE TRACT

•LOWER CHOLESTEROL

•ELIMINATES FREE RADICALS

•IMPROVES SKIN AND HAIR

”Anytime is tea time.” Petula Clark

Allure: Suspension in Space

By Yolanda C Stallings

Allure artwork by Crystal Wagner focusing on suspension and usage of space. The piece is alluring with bright colors of pink, white, black, green, orange, yellow and blue. This large scale sculpture breathes life from the walls. As of it extents from the ceiling the colors and forms are flowing effortlessly taking on different dimensions. The sculpture  two and three dimensional mass intertwines around each other as it embraces the space. It is delightful to see as Crystal maneuvers the pieces of media to move in various direction with the art showroom. Crystal Wagner is a contemporary artist.  Crystal trade mark is the expansion and suspension of forms and how she can make it work through installation art. The media that she uses for her large scale sculptures are recycled old plastic tablecloths and chicken wire.  The visual aspect of her work is amazing but the ability to tackle site- structures of buildings is  astounding. Many of her work is breathtaking such as Ignis Fatuus  in Paris, France.  

Crystal Wagner was born on February 27th, 1982  in Baltimore, Maryland.  As a child she loved art and drawing imaginative birds.  It was a calling for her to pursue the study of art. She received her Associate Degree of Fine Art (AFA) in 2002, Keystone College La Plume, Pa.  It is here where she was nurtured in the arts.  Numerous awards were given to Crystal through her fiction writing and studying art.  She spent four months in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming, Montana.  At Yellowstone National Park she got inspired studying and drawing organic nature.  Geysers, hot springs, waterfalls, rivers, lakes, canyons, mountain ranges, trees, mammals such as elks and bison’s. reptiles, birds, fish, vast forests, and grasslands.

Crystal moved to Atlanta, Georgia to attend the Atlanta College of Arts majoring in printmaking and sculpture.  After two years she received her Bachelor of Arts Degree (BFA) 2004.   She earned a fellowship for her achievements in printmaking.  In May 2008, she completed her studies and receive her Master’s of Fine Art at the University of Tennessee.  In addition,  Graduate Teaching Associate at the time.  Crystal was able to sell one her large scale sculptures during her Thesis Exhibition by the Knoxville Museum of Arts.  During her Graduate school year she wrote and published her book titled Crimson Sky.  Crystal has exhibited her work on a national level and internationally.  She actively visits Colleges as a visiting artist and does site-specific installation arts.  Currently Crystal is Assistant Professor at Georgia College.