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August 23, 2014

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12:48 AM | 44 kids sickened: Ottawa Chinese food takeout fined in summer camp food poisoning
A west Ottawa restaurant has been fined by Ottawa Public Health after rice it served made dozens of people sick and sent six children to hospital from a summer camp. Paramedics were called to St. Cecilia School the afternoon of July … Continue reading →
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12:39 AM | 3 dead, 16 sick from Vibrio in Florida
A newly reported Vibrio vulnificus case in Charlotte County, Florida, the county’s third case, brings the states total to 16, according to the latest numbers released from the Florida Department of Health today. The total number of fatalities reported in … Continue reading →
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12:32 AM | 247 sick in UK and it is an egg problem: Salmonella outbreak across Europe may be caused by single batch of eggs
The national salmonella outbreak which has struck down nearly 250 people across Britain could be traced back to a single source of eggs, health investigators have said. Earlier this month, three hospital patients affected by the salmonella outbreak in Birmingham … Continue reading →

August 22, 2014

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7:00 PM | Care About Health? Ditch the Bucket & Get Vaccinated
Unbeknownst to many of the public, August was National Immunization Awareness Month. I know, I know: it’s been overshadowed by some very exotic and thrilling headliners this month. The Ebola epidemic blazing defiantly in West Africa. The jaw-dropping videos shown on Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge clogging everyone’s social feeds. Vaccines […]The post Care About Health? Ditch the Bucket & Get Vaccinated appeared first on […]
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7:00 PM | Care About Health? Ditch the Bucket & Get Vaccinated
Unbeknownst to many of the public, August was National Immunization Awareness Month. I know, I know: it’s been overshadowed by some very exotic and thrilling headliners this month. The Ebola epidemic blazing defiantly in West Africa. The jaw-dropping videos shown on Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week.” The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge clogging everyone’s social feeds. Vaccines […]The post Care About Health? Ditch the Bucket & Get Vaccinated appeared first on […]
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6:50 PM | Precision of Cell Division (Talmudic Question #112.2)
by Conrad Woldringh | In Talmudic Question #112, the question was asked: "Many, perhaps most bacteria, divide into daughter cells of almost precisely the same size. Why is that?" An answer may be found when measuring the precision of cell division as a function of cell shape. The precision of cell division is given…
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6:14 PM | WHO Ebola Update – Aug 22nd
# 8989     Ebola virus disease update - west Africa Disease outbreak news 22 August 2014 Epidemiology and surveillance Between 19 and 20 August 2014, a total of 142 new cases of Ebola virus disease (laboratory-confirmed, probable, and suspect cases) as well as 77 deaths were reported from Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. Health sector response Questions have been received in WHO Headquarters about the original proposed budget for the response […]
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3:18 PM | Want to prevent someone from taking copyright on something- have it be made by a monkey
Well, this is both strange and surreal and fascinating: Who Owns A Monkey's Selfie? No One Can, U.S. Says : The Two-Way : NPR.  Turns out the UC Copyright office says a photo taken by a monkey cannot by copyrighted because apparently copyright is reserved for humans (and I guess human corporations).  NPR implies that an Ars Technica article by David Kravets is what caught their attention as well as that of others.I wonder - if one could teach a monkey to type maybe one could […]
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3:17 PM | WHO Ebola Messaging – Shadow Zones & Uncounted Cases
Credit CDC   # 8988   In every serious disease outbreak – in every nation of the world – there are always uncounted cases.  Sometimes, as with the H1N1 pandemic of 2009 or with our yearly seasonal flu, there are simply too many cases to test or count, and so we rely on estimates based on mathematical models.     Often, mild cases of some diseases simply don’t seek medical help, and fall through the cracks, as the pyramid chart below […]
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2:06 PM | Meanwhile, Back In Vietnam . . . .
Credit FAO     # 8987     The FAO is reporting a third outbreak of the newly emerging avian H5N6 virus – this time on a Pheasant farm in Lao Cai Province.  This latest outbreak is nearly 300km distant from the closest of the two outbreaks reported last week (see  Vietnam Gears Up To Detect, Fight Avian H5N6), suggesting the virus is already widely dispersed.     Like the H5N8 avian virus, which appeared in South Korean poultry last […]
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12:43 PM | Before They Were Scientists: Michelle Wcisel
In the swing of Shark Week, I was able to virtually sit down with white shark researcher, Michelle Wcisel. As we talk, I notice a “Smarty Pants” mug full of pens resting on top of a dresser and a sticker-covered door peeks over her shoulder. Books line the walls behind her head and there is a sense of nostalgia all around her – it was as if she was sitting in everyone’s den recounting her middle school life from the very place it happened. It was wonderful to discuss the […]
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12:42 PM | Ireland: HSE Statement – Suspected Ebola Case Tests Negative
Credit Wikipedia     # 8986   Yesterday (see HSE Statement: Ireland Testing Deceased Traveler From West Africa) we saw an investigation launched into the death of a recently arrived traveler from West Africa.  Today, the HSE has announced that tests have come back negative for Ebola.   22nd August 2014 HSE Statement The HSE has confirmed that laboratory test samples for an individual, who had recently returned from Africa, has proved negative for […]
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12:02 PM | AP: Nigeria Reports Two Secondary Ebola Infections
    # 8985   With the passage of time, hopes had begun to climb that Nigeria had dodged a bullet, and had successfully prevented any secondary transmission of the Ebola virus beyond the immediate contacts of Patrick Sawyer – the Liberian index case who arrived in that country in late July.  Two days ago, there were hints that a couple of the contacts of the first group infected – family members – were showing signs of illness.  […]
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11:08 AM | Senegal Closes Border With Guinea Over Ebola Concerns
    # 8984   In the wake of South African Cabinet Issues Ebola Related Travel Restrictions  yesterday, we’ve word overnight that Senegal – Guinea’s neighbor to the north – has closed their shared border and have imposed new controls over commerce and transportation between the two nations.   Senegal Shuts Border to Guinea Amid Ebola Spread  (AFP, AP, dpa) Senegal has closed its border with Guinea and […]
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11:00 AM | TWiM #85: Oscillation in the Ocean and a Verona Integron
Vincent, Elio, Michael, and Michele discuss the diel transcriptional rhythms of bacterioplankton communities in the ocean, and extensively drug resistant Pseudomonas in Ohio.
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9:32 AM | Listeria fears prompt meat recall in Sweden
Tulip Food Company, which sells its meat products in both Denmark and Sweden, announced a recall of its Danish deli meat products on Friday after finding traces of listeria in portions of meat sold in Sweden. The company specified that … Continue reading →
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9:08 AM | From the dandruffome to deep sea vents
Coming soon to a scalp near you: the dandruffome. Continue reading →
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1:09 AM | You’re not a fan of washing? I’m not a fan of Salmonella; 220 sickened and Australia still has an egg problem
In Feb. 2014,  the Victorian Department of Health blamed Green Eggs for a Salmonella outbreak in Melbourne and issued a health alert for the company’s raw eggs. At least 220 people were sickened. Science more that soundbites is what is … Continue reading →
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12:25 AM | Austin, TX Whataburger food handler diagnosed with hepatitis A
If I were a food business owner I’d be worried about hepatitis A. Individuals can shed the virus without showing symptoms and even a Hep A positive handwashing superstar will result in lineups outside the business or at the health … Continue reading →
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12:18 AM | Maybe ServSafe sucks? University of Georgia food services takes precautions after receiving poor health scores during spring semester
After receiving two low scores for dining hall health inspections last spring, University of Georgia Food Services is taking extra health and safety precautions to begin the new school year. “We take food safety very seriously in the department,” said … Continue reading →
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12:05 AM | South Australian restaurant fined for breaching food safety code by having rodent droppings
The owners of Garam Masala Indian Cuisine, Dernancourt, today pleaded guilty in the Holden Hill Magistrates Court to three counts of failing to comply with a requirement of the food standards code. A further 17 counts of the same charge … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | We’ve never made anyone sick: UK pub defends catering business after £8,000 fine
A pub landlord has defended his catering business after they were fined nearly £8,000 for failing to ensure their food was safe. Catherine Stevens and David Morgan, who run the Golden Heart Inn in Nettleton Bottom, near Cheltenham, have admitted … Continue reading →

August 21, 2014

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10:48 PM | WHO: DRC Outbreak `Definitely Not Ebola’
  # 8983     With the Ebola outbreak raging out of control in Western Africa it is natural to assume that any other report of a `hemorrhagic outbreak’  carrying significant mortality in that part of the world might also be due to one of the Ebola (or Marburg) viruses.    In recent days we’ve seen media reports of an unidentified outbreak in the DRC, described as having a`hemorrhagic’ component, and that it has claimed as many as 70 […]
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9:46 PM | Nosestretcher alert: Australian food scientist says just wash raw sprouts, they’re safe and great choice
And why just pick on the Brits. Misuse of science by allegedly science-based agencies is rampant, owing to personal and political preferences. According to the New South Wales Food Authority (that’s the state where Sydney is located, that’s in Australia), … Continue reading →
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9:31 PM | Nosestretcher alert: steaming hot taxpayer-funded UK food safety nonsense
“You don’t even need a temperature probe, just keep dad handy. Meat should be steaming in the middle, with no pink on the inside. Any juices should run clear.” Nonsense. And taxpayers pay for this. I also wouldn’t use tongs … Continue reading →
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9:25 PM | 18 sickened in 2012; E. coli O111 in a French nursery
(Thanks to my food safety friend Albert for sending this along.) Three cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) occurred in 15 days and the cases were notified to the Institute for Public Health Surveillance (VS) November 5, 2012 suggesting clustered … Continue reading →
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9:13 PM | Labels the law for all mechanically tenderized beef in Canada
In a move to cut risk from foodborne E. coli, all mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) sold in Canada from today on must be labelled as such and list instructions on safe cooking. Health Minister Rona Ambrose on Thursday announced the … Continue reading →
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7:10 PM | Steve Jobs Speech at Stanford [Commencement Address]
Here is the wildly popular Steve Jobs speech from 2005 at Stanford that has received over 21 million views on YouTube! Find the transcript below!   Steve Jobs Speech at Stanford [Commencement Address] I am honored to be with you today at your commencement…The post Steve Jobs Speech at Stanford [Commencement Address] appeared first on Just Science.
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7:10 PM | How To Become a Better Person | 42 Simple Habits
  Many of us want to make changes but we don’t know where to start. Many times we can view change as a monumental task that we are apprehensive to commit to. Let’s break it down. Which of the habits from this list could you immediately…The post How To Become a Better Person | 42 Simple Habits appeared first on Just Science.
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7:09 PM | Why Voucher Systems Fail
Slate has the following article on Sweeden’s school voucher system and its failings .I have a few thoughts on this. The Slate author seems to be amazed that a generally left-wing country like Sweden could adopt a voucher system. To the extent that Americans…The post Why Voucher Systems Fail appeared first on Just Science.
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