Students receive hearing and vision screenings before school ends

Students who missed their hearing and vision screening at the beginning of the year had another chance to be tested Monday at the Southwest Campus.

About 30 students received their screening as mandated by the state of Texas. The screenings were provided by Pine Woods Screening Services, which serves all three campuses.

Students also are examined for acanthosis nigricans, a skin condition that signals high insulin levels in the body The condition causes velvety, light-brown-to-black markings usually on the neck and under the arms, according to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology website. Acanthosis nigricans is most often associated with obesity and the testing can help identify people who run the risk of developing diabetes. Exercise and proper nutrition will help reduce the risk of the condition.
According to its brochure, Pine Woods Screening Services provides parent letters and notices, memos outlining the screening process, copies of the results for parents and the school, a tally sheet of names for  the school district and a checklist explaining post-screening procedures.

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