New College of Optometry Facility Opens

On the campus of the Ohio State University a new eye care clinic has opened. The clinic is part of the College of Optometry and located on the corner of 11th and Neil. It replaces a facility that was more than 50 years old.

The new facility offers a cutting edge learning experience fo students which will improve the lives of center patients.

Faculty and other College of Optometry staff agree that students can only spend so much time in a lecture, or in a lab or in other kinds of simulation before they need to see their first real patient. At this facility students’ first experiences with patients is the focus.

Even upon request, patients cannot see a faculty member without first seeing a student. From the moment of conception the new facility was imagined as an educational clinic.

The new clinic offers a full selection of services such as vision rehabilitation, contact lens care, primary vision care and pediatrics. It includes 56 exam rooms and a retail eyewear gallery with a massive three thousand some frames in-house.



The Power of Positivity

According to new research, telling someone who is in distress something very simple, like “I understand why you feel that way,” can actually help people feel better.

During the study participants described something from their real life that had made them angry.

When researchers didn’t show support or understanding for the participants’ anger the participant showed decline in positive emotions. On the other hand, when a researcher validated the anger the participants were saying their positive emotions seemed to stay the same.

Study participants also reported dips in their entire mood as they retold the event that had angered them. Only those who were validated reported feeling any recovery in good mood.

There was no notable difference found in participants negative emotions. Researchers say this speaks to how powerful focusing on protecting positivity can be.

While it is really important to help people experiencing anxiety, fear or depression but the practice can also help people explore positive emotions such as love, flexibility, optimism or curiosity.


Health Professionals Suggest Not Making Resolutions This Year

New Year’s Day is a common day to make resolutions, often health and career related. However, mental health professionals at the Wexner Medical Center at the Ohio State University that during these extra stressful times may do more harm than good.

According to experts, in normal times a little stress can be a motivator to be productive and complete our resolutions However, when stress is chronic and prolonged our bodies and minds aren’t getting the “stop stress” signal and we don’t ever give ourselves a chance to calm down. This can be bad for both physical and mental health.

This never-ending stress comes from all the major life adjustments we’ve had to make during the pandemic.

Experts suggest not making resolutions at all or at least not ones that call for sweeping change (as sweeping change is what got us all stressed in the first place. They suggest practicing mindfulness, being in the moment and making small changes that make your day to day life easier.

Whether it is literal meditation or being aware to the small, but nourishing activates your already doing, focusing on the moment and letting go of concerns about the past and the future, for many, can bring a fresh and calming perspective to their day.



Social Media Influencers Should Tag Paid Vaping/Tobacco Use Posts, According to Researchers

Vaping glam shots on social media have been a thing for some time now and often when it is an influencer doing a vape glamour shot, they are not doing it for free. And new research has found that knowing it is a paid advertisement in a plain or obvious way will have an impact on how young people interpret such posts.

Using eye-tracking, a new study examined 200 teens and young adults. It examined whether adding #ad or #sponsored to such vaping posts grabbed their attention.

Researchers stated that the vaping industry is paying social media celebrities to influence young people’s behavior. The study determined that adding a simple hashtag, like #sponsored, could be an a good tool to stop people from starting a harmful habit.

Researchers believe that industry-backed social media activity is commercial sponsorship and should come with an appropriate disclosure to comply with the Federal Trade Commission’s regulations. Since the study, Facebook and Instagram have banned paid content posts that promote vaping or tobacco use.

However, in reality, most influencers aren’t tagging their social media activity as they should and there have been no details released on how these bans are being enforced.


New Study Looks at Special Sub Set of Essential Workers

A new study has found that essential workers (people who work at retail stores, groceries and restaurants) who scored higher on narcissism measurements also shared more than others about their work.

This sharing, whether over social media, in person or otherwise, increased their feelings of narcissism in the moment.

Study authors said that the word “hero” is a trigger word for narcissists. Their study was not focused just front-line essential workers but anyone that works outside the home. Having their work described as heroic plays into narcissist behaviors and gives them an opportunity to shine, in their minds.

Study authors wanted to stress that the results don’t apply to all essential workers, just those who scored highly on narcissism measurements. The study is only about just that subset of workers who admitted to having narcissist behaviors—like the desire to show off to others or the different ways in which they use social media.

The work was published in a journal called “Personality and  Individual Differences.”