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October 20, 2014

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11:52 PM | CDC Announces Stricter PPE Recommendations For Ebola
Credit CIDRAP   # 9224   Although the full set of guidance documents have yet to make their appearance on the CDC’s website, this evening in an unusually late (7pm) press briefing, CDC Director Thomas Frieden  provided some details on the CDC’s new, tougher guidance on Healthcare Worker’s PPEs when treating suspected or confirmed Ebola cases. Dr. Frieden outlined three important upgrades to their earlier PPE recommendations: No exposed skin N95 […]
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9:50 PM | Gamification in Education
Gamification of Teaching Learning   “Gamification is the process of using game thinking and game mechanics to engage audiences and solve problems” Gave Zichermann [i] Teaching is a command and control mechanism. It is one way communication and lacks…The post Gamification in Education appeared first on Just Science.
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9:48 PM | Tricks to putting your toddler to bed
Putting my three year old toddler to bed can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. If you have experienced this, you might want to consider one of the following techniques to make bedtime a peaceful time. Be consistent about bed times and waking times….The post Tricks to putting your toddler to bed appeared first on Just Science.
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9:46 PM | Tricks to putting your toddler to bed
Putting my three year old toddler to bed can sometimes be an exercise in frustration. If you have experienced this, you might want to consider one of the following techniques to make bedtime a peaceful time. Be consistent about bed times and waking times….The post Tricks to putting your toddler to bed appeared first on Just Science.
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9:33 PM | (This is satire) Senate Passes Bill Mandating Hand Washing
Our foray into sharing satire news has backfired a few times. There was this one story about hot oil being spilled in the kitchen during, some uh intimacy, that garnered a bit of backlash for not being food safety enough. … Continue reading →
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9:10 PM | Arizona school’s noro outbreak linked to over 100 ill
I was chatting with a couple of guys at a birthday party of one of Sam’s friends this past weekend and relayed that I do food safety stuff. One dude said “I hate this time of year: between the colds, … Continue reading →
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4:53 PM | Easier, Cheaper and Smarter Cancer Detection
This is great. PCR-esque technology with a smartphone camera for detection of cancer biomarkers. Very cool. Tweet This Post
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4:33 PM | Saudi MOH: 2 New MERS Cases (Taif & Riyadh)
  # 9223   The uptick in MERS case in Saudi Arabia over the past six weeks continues (see Saudi MOH Statement On Recent MERS Cases In Taif & Saudi Arabia – A MERS Surge?) with the Saudi MOH announcing two more cases today – one a HCW from Taif. By my count this raises to 14 the number of cases in Taif since early September, with 4 of them being Healthcare workers.
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3:54 PM | Belly Button Portraits – An Opportunity to Create Art through Science!
We’d like to think that over the course of the last few years, our Belly Button Biodiversity project has inspired quite a few things. We’re confident it inspired participants and the millions around the world who heard about the project to think differently, perhaps appreciatively, about their skin microbes, even those inhabiting this funny little spot on your abdomen. We’re thrilled it inspired educators from middle school to college to bring Belly Button Biodiversity into […]
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2:47 PM | Saudi MOH Statement On Recent MERS Cases In Taif
# 9221   Earlier today, in Saudi Arabia – A MERS Surge?, we looked at recent reports of MERS cases in Taif and a hospital inspection conducted yesterday by Health Minister Faqih.     Today the Saudi MOH site has posted the following statement regarding these recent cases, and the steps they are taking to address the situation.     Health Minister Reviews Response to MERS-CoV in Taif 20 October 2014 His Excellency Eng. Adel M. Fakeih, the […]
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2:03 PM | BacterioFiles 187 - Bacteria Bolster Bedbug Biotin
This episode: Some Wolbachia bacteria produce vitamin B7 for their insect hosts! Download Episode (7.1 MB, 7.75 minutes)Show notes:Journal Paper Other interesting stories: Play classic video games with live microbes Bacterial polysaccharides could make better low-fat products Getting rid of H. pylori could be associated with obesity Bacteria fight against bad fungal infection of rice Converting plant parts directly into ethanol Post questions or comments here or email […]
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2:00 PM | CDC Guidance: Initial Steps In Caring For A Suspected Ebola Patient
Credit FEMA   # 9220   Given the current concerns over the possibility of having another Ebola patient walk into a hospital Emergency room, Clinic, or Doctor’s office the CDC has been working on various types of guidance, and we expect updated advice on PPEs to be released in the next few days (see NIH: `More Stringent’ PPE Standards For Ebola On The Way).   While clinicians have been asked to be alert for the signs of Ebola in anyone with recent travel […]
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1:30 PM | Wonderful Things: The Starry Night Beneath the Caribbean Sea
One of the most astounding events of my life was immediately preceded by one of the scariest: I turned out my dive light in the ocean at night. -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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11:53 AM | Saudi Arabia – A MERS Surge?
Credit ECDC MERS-CoV Epidemiological Update   # 9219   Roughly six weeks ago, after a relatively quiet July and August, we began to see a slow uptick in the number of MERS-CoV infections being reported out of Saudi Arabia.  While the numbers remain modest – even compared to the same time last year – the clustering in Taif east of  Mecca prior to the Hajj is concerning. Local officials have publically been denying charges of a serious […]
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3:10 AM | Two More Questions about CRISPRs
by Merry Youle | Over the past eight years, step-by-step, researchers have established a basic understanding of the CRISPR defenses against foreign DNA so widely used by both bacteria and archaea. We related the early story on STC in 2008 and commented on six additional questions...

October 19, 2014

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10:31 PM | Stay at home, thoroughly clean: Pennyslvania hospital implements improvements after norovirus affects 19 staffers
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia recently improved its virus-detection process after a state Health Department investigation revealed the room of a patient suffering from norovirus in April was inadequately cleaned amid an outbreak among nurses there. The Health Department report was … Continue reading →
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10:31 PM | Kids Microbiology Book Review: Germ Stories
I was going through some kids books today and found quite a few that I thought were wonderful and thought - well - I should post about some of them.  So that is what I am going to do.The first I want to write about is Germ Stories by Arthur Kornberg with Illustrations by Adam Alaniz and Photos by Roberto Kolter.  I used to read it to my daughter all the time (she is two years older than my son) and then sometimes, when she was older, she would read it to my son.  A few […]
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10:23 PM | Post #7 Ebola, Career Ambition, and Coming Up Short - My PhD Process: How I Survived a PhD in the Biological Sciences and Succeeded Afterward
With all the discussion about the Ebola outbreak that is going on in Africa, I can't help but think about my brushes with Ebola research. Ideally, I would have had more than "brushes" with Ebola by now, however I haven't been able to get a position (postdoc, fellowship, or other) where BSL-4 work is required.When I was in college, Joseph McCormick and Susan Fisher-Hoch came to my undergraduate school (North Dakota State University) to give a talk and to promote their book "Level 4: Virus […]
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9:41 PM | Eggs? 3 sick with Salmonella during festival of Pilar in Spain
Three people were stricken with Salmonella and hospitalized during the past holiday Pilar in Zaragoza. The latest data published by the Public Health Epidemiological Bulletin of Aragon recorded a total of 480 food poisoning during the 2014, slightly above the estimated … Continue reading →
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9:08 PM | 10 in Mexican chancery poisoned by food
Ten people were poisoned after consuming liver in the dining room of headquarters of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Avenida Juarez. Seven were hospitalized (something may be lost in translation).
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8:41 PM | Canadian says McDonald’s coffee contained dead mouse
Ron Morais of Fredericton says he got more than he bargained for when he picked up a cup of coffee from a local McDonald’s restaurant on his way to work. He was contendedly sipping his coffee that he got Monday from the … Continue reading →
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8:22 PM | 14K tests, 98.7% compliance: Canadian annual microbiology report 2011-12
The Government of Canada verifies that food produced and/or sold in Canada meets federal food safety standards to ensure Canadians have confidence in what they buy. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) monitors and regulates food products that are produced … Continue reading →
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7:54 PM | INSPIRE Excelencia!
I know sometimes I come off a bit negative about things, especially as it relates to my PhD experience. However, it wasn't all bad and recently I was reminded of one of the better experiences.A few weeks back the INfluence Student Potential and Increase Representation in Education (INSPIRE) program at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) received national recognition as a pathway for Latino students interested in graduate education and possible careers in the health and […]
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7:53 PM | More tampered Canadian potatoes discovered
CBC News reports that tampered potatoes from P.E.I. have reached other parts of Atlantic Canada. Over the last few days, police received three reports of tampered potatoes, one in Neil’s Harbour, Nova Scotia, one in Musgrave Harbour, Newfoundland and one in … Continue reading →
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7:38 PM | Ohio Daily Ebola Contact Report – Oct 19th
    # 9218   Although the primary Ebola focus in the United States has focused on Dallas, Texas - public health authorities in Ohio are also managing more than 150 contacts (close and otherwise) of Texas nurse Amber Vinson who visited family shortly before being diagnosed with Ebola. Most of these contacts are considered casual/low-risk, and so only three are `quarantined’.   Others must either have their temperatures taken twice daily (Tier […]
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6:46 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 2 More MERS Cases
  # 9217 The Saudi MOH Announced two more MERS cases today, including the 11th recent case from Taif.   Unless I’ve lost count, this makes 22 cases reported since this uptick began on  September 12th.     With half of those cases hailing from Taif, and few details released, it begs the question whether these are mostly community acquired cases or part of a nosocomial outbreak.
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4:49 PM | NIH: `More Stringent’ PPE Standards For Ebola On The Way
Old CDC Ebola PPE Recommendations http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/hcp/infection-prevention-and-control-recommendations.html   # 9216   When Thomas Duncan arrived at a Dallas hospital last month the CDC’s recommended PPEs for HCWs dealing with a suspected or confirmed Ebola case included contact (gloves, gown) and droplet protection (surgical masks, eye protection), but full skin covering and the use of  respirators (ie. PAPR, N95) were not for patient care not […]
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3:31 PM | Can Ebola virus infect via the skin?
I received this question about Ebola virus infection via email: Can you become infected if infected droplet lands on your skin even if there is no abrasion on the skin? I am now hearing this, which surprises me. The virus can enter through the actual skin and does not need mucus membrane to enter? The […]
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3:02 PM | TWiV 307: Ebola aetiology
On episode #307 of the science show This Week in Virology, Tara Smith joins the TWiEBOVsters to discuss the Ebola virus outbreak in west Africa, spread of the disease to and within the US, transmission of the virus, and much more. You can find TWiV #307 at www.twiv.tv.
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1:05 PM | Ebola: Ohio Public Health Monitoring 29 Individuals
Contact Risks – Summit County Ebola FAQ   # 9215   The good news is that out of more than 150 people exposed to Thomas Duncan and the two-Ebola infected nurses from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, none have shown signs of infection to date.  (Note: This number does not include passengers on Frontier Airlines flights).   About a quarter of those contacts come off `quarantine watch’ at midnight tonight, having gone 21 days without symptoms. […]
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