In the News: New Device Helps ALS Patients Communicate, Meal Timing May Affect Heart Health, Laundry Pods Causing Eye Injuries in Kids

New device allows ALS patients to speak again. A new device is making it possible for ALS patients to speak for the first time in years. One patient, a 68-year-old woman, hasn’t spoken for a decade, until her family heard of brainwaves experiments that were being conducted on paralyzed patients at the University of Tübingen in Germany. Using electroencephalograms (EEGs) and near-infrared light, researchers were able to communicate with participants, just by having them wear a special cap and a spectroscope, which is an exciting sign of what is to come in the future of ALS research. (NBC)

Timing of meals linked to heart health. According to a recent study from the American Heart Association, your weight may be correlated to the timing of your meals, not just what’s in them. The likely culprit? Your body’s internal clock. Research shows that meal timing has a huge impact on how that clock functions. Eating right before bed can impact your metabolism, causing weight gain and potentially leading to diabetes and heart disease. Skipping breakfast yielded mixed results in terms of weight gain, while short periods of fasting (every other day to once a week) was found to be effective in terms of weight loss. Visit our heart health resource center to learn more. (TIME)

Laundry pods may cause eye injuries in children. We’ve all seen laundry pods on TV and supermarkets by now. These handy little detergent packets seem like the answer to all our prayers because of how convenient and compact they are. Unfortunately, these pods are also causing eye injuries in kids who mistake them for squishy toys or candies. The American Association of Poison Control Center logged 11,528 exposures just last year, which indicates that this is becoming a serious health hazard for your little ones. If your child does squirt the detergent into his/her eye, make sure to immediately rinse it out with cold water for several minutes and then take your child to the emergency room or eye specialist for a thorough examination. If you would like to learn more about eye care, visit our resource center today. (TODAY)