Student Absenteeism Soared in Pandemic, and Test Scores Fell

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Friday, October 7, 2022 2:23 PM We must focus on moving forward as a society to readjust the student generations—many of whom spent their formative years in the pandemic—to back-to-normal, accelerated learning conditions.

BIPOC Experience Higher Cancer Death Rates, American Cancer Society Study Finds

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Friday, October 7, 2022 2:04 PM October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and new data from the American Cancer Society shows that the rate of cancer among women continues to drop, however, there continues to be a rise in cancer among women of color. 

The study published in the CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians found that breast cancer rates dropped by 43 percent from 1989 to 2020. Despite this, the number of cases among Black women continue to raise concern, with BIPOC being 40 percent more likely to die from breast cancer than non-blacks.

After lung cancer, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death among women. For women of color, it is the leading cause of death by cancer. Approximately 287,850 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,250 will die. 

Though black women have the lowest rate of breast cancer incidences at 127.8 vs 133.7 per 100,000, they have a 40 percent higher mortality rate at 27.6 vs 19.7 per 100,000. For women over 50 this number increases significantly, reaching 12.1 vs. 6.5 per 100,000, a trend that has not changed since 2011. 

The report also found that the number of breast cancer cases has risen by 0.5 percent a year since 2004, with most presenting as localized-stage and hormone-receptor-positive disease.

The total death rate dropped 43 percent between 1989 and 2020 due to early detection through screening and early detection. This pace has slowed, however, from 1.9 percent to 1.3 percent annual due to a higher incident rate. 

The study showed that Black women have the lowest 5-year survival rate of all ethnic and racial groups and that American Indian and Alaska Native women were the least likely to be diagnosed at a rate of just 17 percent, however, 4 percent were more likely to die of the disease compared to white women.

What Happens When You Win the Nobel Peace Prize

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Friday, October 7, 2022 10:20 AM Last week, the Nobel Peace Prize for 2022 was awarded to activists from Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. But what happens when you win the Nobel Peace Prize? Well, as it turns out, you win quite a bit of money. Head over to Fortune for a look at what happens after you're awarded this prestigious prize. 

Most People With Long COVID-19 Report Trouble With Daily Tasks

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Friday, October 7, 2022 9:59 AM Most people with long COVID have trouble performing daily tasks, the CDC says. That's four of five adults with ongoing symptoms lasting at least three months, the CDC says. And another 25 percent say their limitations are significant.

National Association for the Blind Announces Suppliers of the Year Honorees

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Friday, October 7, 2022 9:10 AM INDIANAPOLIS—The National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind (NAEPB) announced EMP Technical Group as recipient of its large business supplier of the year award and honored Massif as its top small business supplier. The award recognizes both companies’ support of the AbilityOne Program and dedication to finding new and innovative ways to provide employment opportunities to people who are blind. “I have seen firsthand the incredible impact that both of these companies have had on individuals with vision loss,” said NAEPB president Jeffrey Mittman. “I am thankful for the consistency and support shown by these businesses, who deserve national recognition.” Read More

Review of Optometry: Seven Steps to Success in Multifocal Fitting

By Staff
Friday, October 7, 2022 9:05 AM As the world population ages and lives longer, more and more presbyopic patients are going to fall into your chair. It’s up to you to know how to proceed when they do. From my years of experience working in this particular field of care, I have devised a set of guidelines that, when followed, will help set you up for the best possible results. In this feature, I’ll outline the suggested steps for success, as told through a theoretical patient: Ms. Lopez, who was referred by a colleague for presbyopia management. Read More

The Digital Strategy of Silhouette Pushes the Drive-to-Store Experience

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Friday, October 7, 2022 9:00 AM To satisfy modern consumers who have changed their purchasing habits, Silhouette has created Click & Collect, a hybrid shopping initiative combining the online and offline experiences. Alongside Click & Collect, the company is launching an online shop for sunglasses, with home delivery.

Insta-Pick for 10-8-22

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Friday, October 7, 2022 8:25 AM

VM's News Quiz for the Week of Oct. 2: World Sight Day, Putting Off Retirement and The Vision Council’s Summit

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Friday, October 7, 2022 8:20 AM Did you follow the optical news this week? Take VM’s News Quiz to see how much you know. This week's quiz takes a look at World Sight Day, putting off retirement and The Vision Council’s Summit.

BBR Optometry's Tweet for 10-8-22

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Friday, October 7, 2022 8:15 AM

Eye Center of South Florida's Tweet for 10-8-22

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Friday, October 7, 2022 8:14 AM

WeShareIt 10-8-22

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Friday, October 7, 2022 8:10 AM This unique print illustrates diseases of the eye on adorable cartoon pugs. It may not be the most medically accurate poster, but it’s sure to be a conversation starter in the office. You can purchase it on Redbubble here. #WeShareIt

National Association for the Blind Announces Suppliers of the Year Honorees

By Staff
Friday, October 7, 2022 12:27 AM National Association for the Blind honors Suppliers of the Year; IAPB encourages all to #LoveYourEyes for World Sight Day; ECP’s gross revenue decreased, Jobson Tracker says; Prevent Blindness declares October is Contact Lens Safety Month; and new investor takes majority stake in EyeSouth Partners all topped this week’s VMAIL news feed. Click on the headlines below to catch up on anything you might have missed.

National Association for the Blind Announces Suppliers of the Year Honorees

By Staff
Friday, October 7, 2022 12:24 AM INDIANAPOLIS—The National Association for the Employment of People Who Are Blind (NAEPB) announced EMP Technical Group as recipient of its large business supplier of the year award and honored Massif as its top small business supplier. The award recognizes both companies’ support of the AbilityOne Program and dedication to finding new and innovative ways to provide employment opportunities to people who are blind. “I have seen firsthand the incredible impact that both of these companies have had on individuals with vision loss,” said NAEPB president Jeffrey Mittman. “I am thankful for the consistency and support shown by these businesses, who deserve national recognition.”

CooperVision’s Michele Andrews, OD, Named Illinois College of Optometry’s Alumnus of the Year

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Friday, October 7, 2022 12:21 AM SAN RAMON, Calif.—Michele Andrews, OD, vice president, professional and government affairs, Americas, CooperVision was the recipient of the 2022 Illinois College of Optometry Alumni Association Alumnus of the Year Award.