Saturday, September 26, 2009

Dominick Maino Sings at the Met!

Well, not quite. I sang with the Resurrection Choir that lent support to artists who have sung at the Chicago Lyric Opera, San Fransisco Opera House and other major opera venues around the world. If you look closely, I am the 4th tenor in from the right. If you listen just may hear me on the rousing chorus of Toreador!

Solist Paul Radulescu,a wonderful Baritone sings with the choir assisting at St. Benedict's Church in Chicago. Listen carefully and enjoy!

Friday, September 25, 2009

Johnson & Johnson recalls 57 lots of pediatric Tylenol products.

From AOA FirstLook:

The AP (9/25) reports that on Sept. 24, "Johnson & Johnson's McNeil unit" announced that "it is voluntarily recalling 57 lots of infants' and children's liquid Tylenol [acetaminophen] products because of possible bacterial contamination." All of the "products being recalled were made between April and June" 2008 "and include nearly two dozen varieties, including Children's Tylenol Suspension 4 oz. Grape, Infants' Tylenol Grape Suspension Drops 1/4 oz., and Children's Tylenol Plus Cold/Allergy 4 oz. Bubble Gum."
Dow Jones Newswire (9/25, Favole) reports that, according to Johnson & Johnson, the company agreed to recall the medicines after consulting with the Food and Drug Administration, even though the possibility of medical harm is slim.
Los Angeles Times (9/24, Dennis) "Booster Shots" blog reported that the recall was implemented "because examination of bulk raw material detected that one of the inactive ingredients did not meet internal testing requirements. Specifically, the gram-negative bacteria Burkholderia cepacia (B. cepacia) was detected." Even though "the portion of raw material in which the bacteria was found was...not used in the production of any finished product," the manufacturer decided to "recall all product that utilized any of the raw material manufactured at the same time as the raw material that tested positive for the bacteria."
WebMD (9/24, Hitti) reported that in a recall letter dated Sept. 18, McNeil Consumer Healthcare stated, "Adverse health consequences of B. cepacia infections could be potentially severe, especially in high-risk patients, such as those with underlying pulmonary disease, cystic fibrosis, or compromised immune systems." MedPage Today (9/24, Peck) and Florida's Palm Beach Post (9/24, Isger) also covered the story.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Early Results: In Children, 2009 H1N1 Influenza Vaccine Works Like Seasonal Flu Vaccine

...Early results from a trial testing a 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine in children look promising, according to the trial sponsor, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health. Preliminary analysis of blood samples from a small group of trial participants shows that a single 15-microgram dose of a non-adjuvanted 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccine — the same dose that is in the seasonal flu vaccine — generates an immune response that is expected to be protective against 2009 H1N1 influenza virus in the majority of 10- to 17- year-olds eight to 10 days following vaccination. These results are similar to those recently reported in clinical trials of healthy adults. Younger children generally had a less robust early response to the vaccine....

Opera in Chicago

For those of you in the Chicago-land area.

I know this has little to do with children's vision....but we do have to use our "creative" side of our brains from time to if you want great music at little cost check this out!

The St. Benedict's Benefit Concert on Friday, Sept. 25th (8:00pm at ST. BENEDICT CHURCH 215 W. Irving Park Rd., Chicago, IL 60618). Features all those opera songs you love from the movies, television, and TV commercials (think DeBeer Diamonds TV commercials) Solists from the Lyric opera, San Francisco opera, Santa Fe opera, The Julliard School of Music, Curtis Institute, and other renowned institutions , as well as a choir composed to folks from the Apollo Choir , Romanian Madrigal Consort, St. Benedict and St. Bartholomew Churches will be singing opera arias, duets and rousing choruses for all to enjoy. (Think of the Torredore song from Bizit's Carmen). Think famous Italian Operas....yeah, and a few German and French ones too!

I will be in the middle of all the tenors in the choir....I wisely chose NOT to be a solist.)

For TICKETS and Information Call (773) 775-8791Email:

Instead of spending $100's of dollars on opera tickets all you need is
$15 in advance through September 23 $20 at the door ($12 Students and Seniors)All proceeds will benefit the music program at St. Benedict.

If you come to this incredible performance, please make sure to make yourself known to me so I can say Thanks for Coming!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Keeping Toys Clean to Make Playtime Pure

...But even safe toys need a good cleaning now and then. Dust contaminated with pollutants like lead or flame retardants, allergens and asthmagens can all build up on them over time. Many parents reach for toxic bleach or antibacterials, but they are absolutely unnecessary and pose their own health risks. You can keep your child safe and their toys clean with some simple, non-toxic cleaning solutions....

Dangers of OTC Drugs video

Parent Support Space blog

...My oldest daughter is currently in Vision Therapy for a Vision Processing Disorder and I have had people ask me what it is exactly. It is hard for me to explain in a way that is reliable and understandable so last week when we were at the office I picked up a pamphlet about it so everyone can understand it a little better....

Comments: It sure is great to seem parents helping out other parents. DM

Autism evident even in the cradle

...Signs of autism are evident in the first weeks of life and getting in early could help curb the damaging behaviour that goes with the disorder...

Comments: For more info on how to screen for autism at an early age please read this Optometry & Vision journal article:

The Role of Optometry in Early Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorders
by Leonard J. Press, OD, FAAO, FCOVD; Jack E. Richman, OD, FAAO, FCOVD


CDC Spells Out Process to Get Pandemic Vaccine to Patients

A minimum of 3.4 million doses of vaccine against H1N1 pandemic flu will be available in the first week of October, the CDC said.....

Comments: Get your regular flu shot, get your H1N1 flu shot, wash your hands, stay healthy! DM

Cheap, quick bedside 'eye movement' exam outperforms MRI for diagnosing stroke in patients

...In a small "proof of principle" study, stroke researchers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Illinois have found that a simple, one-minute eye movement exam performed at the bedside worked better than an MRI to distinguish new strokes from other less serious disorders in patients complaining of dizziness, nausea and spinning sensations....

Nutrion and vision video

Comment from reader

One of my readers left this comment on my recent post "Academic Behavior Reduced with Convergence Insuffi...": My son has CI and poor peripheral vision. He is currently wearing prism lenses. He has had many teachers say that he could do better if he just tried harder and that he has a high IQ but isn't performing to his potential. The docs that are testing for adhd don't believe that CI or peripheral has anything to do with how kids learn or how it relates to school performance. It is very frustrating that they are so willing to tag him with this label without "looking" at the total picture. With his new glasses he brought home some math work the other day and it was simply incredible how much better his work was with the glasses. His work was correct and very tidy. It was nothing short of a miracle. If you find any information about peripheral vision related to sports or school work I would love to read it. Thanks

Comments: It is unfortunate that most of your doctors and other professional do not keep up to date with the latest research. It is awesome that you found a doc willing to listen and help. Eye movement, focusing, binocular vision, periperhal field awareness and other aspects of vision can all play a role in the learning process.

For a listing of research tha supports vision and its relationship to learning go to

This November look for the article:

Fischer B, Hartnegg K. Instability of fixation in dyslexia: development- deficits – training. Optom Vis Dev 2009;40(3) at in Optometry & Vision Development journal

Also look at for a video about a boy that sounds like your little one!!

Also to find docs willling to help go to .

I will look for sports vision and peripheral awarness research as you requested! Hope this helps. DM

Older Brains May Not Be So Small After All

...Scientists have assumed that people's brains shrink as they age, but researchers now suspect that's not the case...Those whose cognitive skills declined also had brain shrinkage. That suggested to the researchers that the brain may not shrink much among healthy, older people who don't suffer from cognitive decline...