COVID-19, journal submissions, and gender.

Editors of some academic journals have noticed a trend amid the coronavirus-induced quarantine: women, who tend to bear more of the family responsibilities, are submitting fewer papers

What did they find?

Up to 50% productivity loss was noted among female academics in astrophysics in particular. The editor of the British Journal for the Philosophy of Science reported a negligible number of submissions from women. And, while the journal Comparative Political Studies received the same number of submissions from women this year and last year, the number of submissions from men this year has increased by more than 50%. (via)


New information for ECPs and contact lens wearers.

CORE, the Centre for Ocular Research & Education, has added new resources to its website, which provides evidence-based guidance about COVID-19 and contact lens wear for eye care professionals and contact lens wearers. The new resources include translated versions of CORE’s Contact Lens Wear and Coronavirus infographic, an animated video explaining five facts for contact lens and spectacle wearers, and more. (via)

A window to the back of the eye?

A research team in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering has been working with the Keck School of Medicine of USC’s Department of Ophthalmology to develop a new ultrasound imaging technique that may play an important role in the early diagnosis of debilitating conditions such as glaucoma and age-related macular degeneration.

Tell me more.

The frame rate used in conventional ultrasound imaging is low, usually 30 to 50 frames per second, and that impedes sensitivity to the blood flow signal at the back of the eye. The new imaging technique is 100 times faster and more sensitive. The research team has developed a super-resolution micro-vessel imaging method that uses high-frequency ultrasound wave and plane wave illumination to image and see the way the vessels change, to observe the blood flow, and to better understand the structure and functional information of the eye. After injecting a dose of contrast agent, the team attached a probe to the front of the eye.

The take home:

The team’s new probe could offer many advantages for medical diagnosis, including diseases such as glaucoma, in which changes in IOP can affect the ability to measure blood flow in the choroidal and retrobulbar vessels. The research was published in IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. (via)


RNA not DNA.

In last week’s “What Your Patient Might Ask You” section, I mistakenly reported that the researchers’ samples showed viral DNA in up to day 21 in the woman in the ER in Italy, when in fact it was viral RNA shedding from the patient’s eye. SARS2 is an RNA virus and not a DNA virus like smallpox or herpes zoster. Thanks to reader Gerard Lozada, OD, of Overland Park, Kansas, for catching this. My apologies for error.

Glance is still being handled by the Modern Optometry team. My thanks to them for their help and to you for bearing with my absence. See you soon!