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Thursday, September 25, 2014

CALM Act finally went into effect today banning loud TV commercials

CALM Act finally went into effect today banning loud TV commercials

Detailed on the loud commercials and CALM act page within the FCC’s Encyclopedia, today marks the first day that the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation (CALM) Act went into effect after being passed during mid-December of 2011. This new federal law forces television stations, cable operators and satellite TV providers to make sure television commercials are broadcast at the same volume level as the regular programming during that time slot. If these companies are utilizing the ATSC A/85 RP set of methods to control audio volume, television watchers shouldn’t have to fumble for the remote’s mute button to silence an overly loud commercial...."

Comment: Has anyone noted quieter commercials? Nope. 

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Could Your Child's Struggle With Reading and Learning Be Due to an Undiagnosed Vision Problem?

Could Your Child's Struggle With Reading and Learning Be Due to an Undiagnosed Vision Problem? 

"....As part of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development's annual international observance that August is Children's Vision and Learning Month, a Public Service Announcement was issued which helps answer parents' questions about why their children continue to struggle with reading and learning.
"Whether it is the mystery of the bright child who struggles with reading or the child who takes forever to do homework, the story is often the same," shares Ida Chung, OD, FCOVD, President of COVD, "these children continue to struggle until the underlying vision problem is identified and treated....."

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Vision Therapy and Students

Vision Therapy and Students

"...In this edition of Angela Answers presented by American Senior Communities, FOX59’s Angela Ganote talks to optometrist Dr. Erin Buck and patient Emily Morrow about vision therapy and how it can help students...."

Watch the video by clicking the title above.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Penderyn Madeira Single Malt Whiskey (Wales, UK): Tasting Notes

Penderyn Madeira Single Malt Whisky (Wales, UK):Tasting Notes

The Penderyn distillery is located in the old village of Penderyn within the foothills of the
Brecon Beacons. It's been called the best little distillery in Wales and is supposed to make very smooth wysgi. This is my first single malt from Wales....and it held several surprises.

The alcohol by volume (ABV) is 46%. No age statement provided.


Color: A very bright gold. It fools you somewhat because after resting in Madeira casks for a bit, you would think the color would be much, much darker. When you swirl the whisky in your glass, it leaves noticeable legs, that cling for but a short time.

Nose: It is milder than the 46% ABV would imply. The aromas include: sweet mild oaky, lots of fruit with hints of cinnamon. 

First taste: BAM! You immediately get hit with some heat. Heat you never expected. There is a fruitiness there that tells your taste buds to enjoy.

Finish: Fairly long lasting. Firm but so smooth, tapering to a mild dryness. The warmth continues as does the sensations of the first tasting.

Buy a bottle? Yes!  Is it Worth a try at your favorite pub in Wales, yes!MainosMusings Rating? 4/5M's!!    MMMMs

Whiskey 101: Did You Know?

Monday, September 15, 2014

Autism experts say current testing failing to detect condition in females, call for changes to testing

Autism experts say current testing failing to detect condition in females, call for changes to testing

"....Autism experts are calling for changes in diagnostic testing, saying the current approach is failing to identify the true number of females with the disorder.

They say a massive imbalance in the number of autism diagnoses between the sexes could be attributed to more subtle symptoms in females that are either dismissed by clinicians, or undetected by current testing, which focuses on signs associated with male behaviour...."
Comment: .....or could it be that autism, like so many other developmental disabilities, has an affinity for males because of the genetics involved?  DM

Sunday, September 14, 2014

ACOE authorizes Virginia optometry school to move toward accreditation

ACOE authorizes Virginia optometry school to move toward accreditation

".......The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education has designated Emory & Henry College as a "stage one applicant," according to a press release from the college.

he distinction signals the first step in the process toward accreditation.
As detailed in the release, Emory & Henry College and the Appalachian College of Optometry began working together in developing an optometry school earlier this year. The school would be the first school of optometry in Virginia.............."
Comment: This is a decision that I would suggest to ACOE and the state of Virginia to reconsider. The AOA/ASCO study clearly shows we do NOT need a new optometry school.  DM

Saturday, September 13, 2014

North Carolina considers adding optometry school

North Carolina considers adding optometry school

"................To retain more optometrists in state, North Carolina needs to evaluate the feasibility of establishing an optometry school, according to the state’s Legislative Research Commission's Committee on Health Care Provider Practice Sustainability and Training/Additional Transparency in Health Care.

The report, issued to the 2014 Regular Session of the 2013 General Assembly, found that the state's ratio of optometrists is less than the national average.
"Data from the Cecil G. Sheps Center shows that North Carolina's ratio of optometrists per 10,000 population is below the national average and has consistently been below that national average since 1979," the report said. "There are 12 counties in North Carolina without a single optometrist.".....
Comment: In a word, NO! The American Optometric Association and the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry commission an assessment of optometric manpower needs in the United States (this also included ophthalmology manpower). In the report released this past summer, it was noted that there will be more than enough optometrist at least until 2025. I believe that it is not that we do not have enough optometrists, but rather that we do not have an even distribution of optometrists. I would suggest to those in North Carolina who believe they need more ODs to determine how to attract these incredibly talented optometrists to your state. It would be less costly, better for the profession of optometry and would serve the needs of the citizens of North Carolina at the very highest level.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Filament Theatre Presents: Crossing Six Corners School Days!

Once again the Filament Theatre Ensemble has done an awesome job in capturing the spirit of my neighborhood of Six Corners/Portage Park in Chicago. Here's a few photos and videos of there steller performance!

Come see Monsters in the Hall performed by this incredibly talented group of men and women!!

Don't forget to come to see/hear New Orlean’s musician Monica McIntyre on the Filament stage 9/14/2014She is an Artist, Cellist, Singer, Lyricist, Community Activist and Healer; these are a few titles which could be used to describe Monica McIntyre. As a musician Monica weaves a beautiful tapestry of colors and sounds so vivid and unique that one genre simply cannot cover it all. She seamlessly blends: Blues, Soul, Classical, Jazz, Reggae and Middle Eastern sounds with the unique cello techniques of: slapping, plucking and strumming, into an unforgettable musical landscape.

Videos of Crossing Six Corners School Days!!

St Bartholomew School Memoirs 

Dr. Dominick Maino Honored at Illinois College of Optometry's Alumni Home Coming 2014

The Illinois College of Optometry is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Alumni Association Awards. Ten optometrists and one corporation was honored for professional achievement, leadership in education and excellence in philanthropy, on Saturday, September 6 2014 at the InterContinental Hotel in Chicago. (A video of  both Dr. Maino and Dr. Pang receiving their awards are below).

Dr. Dominick M. Maino was presented with the 2014 Golden Gavel Awards from the Illinois College of Optometry Alumni Association (given for distinguished service to the Illinois College of Optometry and dedication to the ICO Alumni Association). He is a professor of pediatrics/binocular vision at the Illinois College of Optometry and is also in private practice at Lyons Family Eye Care in Chicago.

Dr. Maino is an internationally recognized authority on children and adults with binocular vision dysfunction and those with special needs. His latest book was awarded 1st Prize  by the British Medical Association in the area of Health and Social Care. He was the founding Pediatric/Binocular Vision Resident at the Illinois Eye Institute, the first faculty member to serve on ICO's Board of Trustees (along with Dr. Gary Lesher), the only ICO faculty member to serve on the ICO BOT's twice, and the only faculty member to be a President of the ICO Alumni Association.

The American Optometric Association frequently uses Dr. Maino talents as a media spokesperson on numerous topics (from all things digital to binocular vision issues to patients with special needs) as well. He helped to create the Optometry and Visual Performance journal and has been the editor of two journals, author of hundreds of articles, books, book chapters and other publications and is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development.

Here are several pictures and videos from this event.

Golden Gavel Award

The AWESOME Dessert!!
View from the 32nd floor of the Intercontinental Hotel

 Dr. Yi Pang Accepting Her Award for Outstanding Education

Monday, September 1, 2014

Long Grove Irish Days 2014

The Olive Tap
Karen and Chuck Grant and my lovely spouse, Sylvia and I, went to the Long Grove Irish Days activities over the Labor Day Weekend.

The shops, food and music was incredible!

 I purchased some White Peach Balsamic Vinegar and Plum Balsamic Vinegar from the Olive Tap (both of these are most tasty!).

We then walked around the town a bit and saw a covered bridge, lots of Irish Days attendees, and more!

I wore my Dr. Who shirt and received many compliments and positive comments. Obviously, the folks attending the Irish Days are full-fledged Whovarians! I thought I saw a Dalek or  two  and maybe a Cyberman...not to mention "the companion"....but Dr. Who appeared to be either late or early (you know how he is with time and all!).

    Then there was the awesome music by Joe Cullen & Kathleen Keane.

Please plan to go this fine event next year.....and come to IBAM in October at the Irish American Heritage Center this Fall!!