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October 28, 2014

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7:52 PM | Z Natural Foods recalls Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder due to possible Salmonella health risk
We all experiment in university. For me it was six months of vegetarianism, and I replaced chocolate with carob powder, as I was cooking everything from scratch. Carob tastes like dust. Z Natural Foods of West Palm Beach, Florida is … Continue reading →
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7:34 PM | 25 Japanese tourists isolated at Australia hospital
Twenty-five Japanese tourists have been isolated at a Sydney hospital after suffering from illness and vomiting. “Symptoms appear to be similar to food poisoning … it’s not confirmed but they are the kind of symptoms that we are looking at,” … Continue reading →
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4:55 PM | Saudi MOH Expects More MERS Cases In Taif
  # 9261   The recent resurgence of MERS in Saudi Arabia after a relatively quiet July and August has prompted several recent statements from the Health Ministry, including this one yesterday, urging the public, and healthcare facilities, to take steps to prevent exposure and onward transmission of the virus.   Last week, in Saudi MOH Statement On Recent MERS Cases In Taif, we saw a promise by the Ministry of Health to investigate, and bring to a halt, the nosocomial […]
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3:59 PM | The 100th birth anniversary of Jonas Salk
Jonas Salk, who lead the team that developed the first poliovirus vaccine, was born 100 years ago today, 28 October 1914, in New York City. Numerous sites across the country have convened symposia in his honor. Last week City College of New York, where Salk earned a bachelor’s degree, held a centennial celebration. The photo shows Salk’s […]
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3:34 PM | It’s Too Late to Apoptize
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3:24 PM | MMWR Early Release: Ebola Update In West Africa – Oct 28th
  # 9260   From the CDC’s MMWR, an update on the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.  Follow the link for the accompanying maps and charts.   Update: Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak — West Africa, October 2014 Early Release October 28, 2014 / 63(Early Release);1-4 Incident Management System Ebola Epidemiology Team, CDC; Guinea Interministerial Committee for Response Against the Ebola Virus; CDC Guinea Response Team; Liberia Ministry of Health […]
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3:15 PM | Saudi MOH: 1 New MERS Case In Riyadh
Sau     # 9259 The Saudi MOH reports a fresh MERS case in Riyadh over the past 24 hours, along with 2 recoveries and two deaths.   While significant number of the recent cases in Taif appear linked to hospital exposures, we have far less information regarding the cases recently reported out of Riyadh.  Warnings, however, about contact with camels and camel products continue to flow from the Health Ministry.     Of passing note, there is a […]
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2:32 PM | Blogger's desk #2: Guest post- Science communication
Greetings,I had requested Mr. Saumyadip Sarkar, a regular contributor to a variety of science activities online to contribute a guest post on his journey as a science communicator. The following is what he sent me, and am glad to host it on my blog.Thank you Saumyadip SarkarScience Communication:Thinking leads to activity, and activity leads to discovery. The getting the unknown thing into known is how all about science communication. The discovery of any research we mean it when we read the […]
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1:16 PM | Sandman & Lanard On Ebola & Failures Of Imagination
Credit CDC PHIL     # 9258   Yesterday author, blogger, and scary disease girl extraordinaire Maryn McKenna featured a long-read by risk communications experts Dr. Peter Sandman & Dr. Jody Lanard (see her wired blog The Grim Future if Ebola Goes Global) on the conversation that no one in authority seems willing to have right now:    What happens if Ebola is not contained in West Africa?   First, a strong recommendation to read the analysis by […]
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11:17 AM | 3D printing for environmental research
For Manchester Science Festival I have been demonstrating an exploration of using 3D printing (additive manufacturing) to support environmental and ecology research and teaching. Apart from the practical benefits I think 3D printing is an important development for open research because it allows us to share hardware more easily than ever before, simply by sharing …
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9:07 AM | 10 sickened: Multiple human-to-human transmission from a severe case of psittacosis, Sweden, January – February 2013
You see a cute bird, I see a microbiological horror show. Wallensten et al. describe in Eurosurveillance, Volume 19, Issue 42, that  proven transmission of Chlamydia psittaci between humans has been described on only one occasion previously. We describe an … Continue reading →
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8:42 AM | Two children in hospital following an E. coli outbreak at UK nursery
Specialists from Public Health England and environmental health officers are investigating the cases of E. coli O157, which are linked to Little Brook Childrens Nursery, in Great Harwood. Testing is being carried out on staff and children who may have … Continue reading →
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12:01 AM | CDC Updates Traveler’s Movement & Monitoring Guidance For Ebola
Credit CDC     # 9257 If there is anything good that can be said to be coming out of the Ebola epidemic, it is that it is forcing us to take a hard look at our emergency response and pandemic preparedness plans – and to work out the kinks – before we find ourselves blindsided by a more rapidly moving and highly virulent pandemic.   CDC interim guidance on Ebola continues to evolve as more is learned about dealing with the virus in modern healthcare […]

October 27, 2014

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8:46 PM | 22 years later E. coli O157 victim still feels the effects daily
The long term effects of foodborne illness can be as nasty as the acute symptoms. The consequences last a lifetime in certain cases. According to The Press and Journal an Aberdeenshire woman, Lois Reid has been dealing with the effects of an … Continue reading →
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8:40 PM | How to Be An Involved Parent at School
Why and How to Get Involved in Your Child’s School   Want to know what’s going on at your child’s school? Getting involved with some of their everyday and special events is a great way to immerse yourself in your child’s school world. However, for…The post How to Be An Involved Parent at School appeared first on Just Science.
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8:38 PM | This app turns your text messages into comic strips
There seems to be a million ways to send an SMS message these days. There are Google Hangouts, Apple’s iMessage, WhatsApp. I can go on for days, but that’s not what you’re here for. I stumbled across a really fun way to text with your friends and it…The post This app turns your text messages into comic strips appeared first on Just Science.
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8:35 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” Gabe 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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8:34 PM | Six Public School Alternatives
Our kids have been going to public school for years. Some kids, though, don’t learn well in that environment. Mine are great examples of kids who don’t thrive in the public school setting. For parents whose child struggles in traditional schools, they…The post Six Public School Alternatives appeared first on Just Science.
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8:32 PM | How Does Synaptic Transmission Happen So Fast?
While neurons rapidly propagate information in their interior via electrical signals, they communicate with each other at special contact points known as the synapses. Chemical messenger substances, the neurotransmitters, are stored in vesicles at the synapses. When a synapse becomes active, some of these vesicles fuse with the cell membrane and release their contents. To […]
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8:22 PM | 3D Printers are coming to a Best Buy near you
3D technology has come a long way in the past couple of years. In the past, buying a 3D printer meant dishing out some serious bucks. Now they’re pretty affordable and you can get them just about anywhere on the internet. Heck, even Home Depot’s are…The post 3D Printers are coming to a Best Buy near you appeared first on Just Science.
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6:55 PM | Derbyshire (UK) pub said to be dirty, disorganised and in a chaotic state; owner banned
Local UK environmental health regulators don’t mess around when it comes to food safety in restaurants. While some jurisdictions go with the name and shame approach, others focus on prosecutions and fines. Both approaches have their benefits and limitations. According … Continue reading →
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5:51 PM | Saudi MOH Announces 2 MERS Cases (Riyadh & Jeddah)
  # 9256   It has been several months we last saw a MERS case reported from Jeddah – the site of last spring’s biggest outbreak – although Turkey’s recently imported case (see WHO MERS Update – Turkey) first developed symptoms in late September while visiting that city.   According to a statement released by WHO: Contacts of the case during his symptomatic phase (25 September - 6 October 2014) when he was still in Jeddah are […]
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4:15 PM | Some suggestions for having diverse speakers at meetings
Been having a lot of discussions online in response to my post (Apparently, the National Academy of Sciences thinks only one sex is qualified to talk about alternatives to sex #YAMMM) tracking the awful gender ratio for speakers and session chairs at meetings run by the National Academy of Sciences in their Sackler series.  Some people were asking what one can do to improve gender diversity at meetings so I thought I would post this which I was meaning to do anyway […]
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4:01 PM | BMC: H10N8 Antibodies In Animal Workers – Guangdong Province, China
Credit FAO   # 9255   Avian H10 viruses haven’t garnered a lot of attention until relatively recently, as they rarely produce symptoms in poultry, and human infections have been both rare, and mild.  All of that changed last winter when China reported three fatal H10N8 infections (see Jiangxi Province Reports 3rd H10N8 Case) in quick succession. LPAI (Low Path Avian Influenza) H10N8 had been previously reported in a duck sampled back in 2012 from Guangdong […]
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2:29 PM | Saudi MOH Statement On Recent MERS Cases
# 9254   Last week, in Saudi MOH Statement On Recent MERS Cases In Taif, we saw a promise by the Ministry of Health to take action to combat a steady rise in MERS cases reported in Taif, and strong suggestions that at least some of the cases contracted the virus while being treated at a local hospital dialysis center. Since the beginning of September, at least 35 MERS cases have been reported in Saudi Arabia, with roughly half of them emanating from Taif.   […]
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1:10 PM | June Beetle Boogie
Because I’m an Entomology graduate student, meeting people is often like this: Me: Hi, my name is Emily. New friend: Hi Emily, what do you do? Me: I study insects. New friend: OMG, that’s so cool. So, I have these ____ on my _____  . Do you know what they are?** (**I just realized doctors probably have similar conversations, but the blanks are filled with stuff I can’t fathom.) These interactions usually leave me feeling like an imposter, because there are too many […]
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12:46 PM | Food safety loses; Australian sausage sizzle laws wound back for community and non-profit groups raising funds
A sausage sizzle is a sausage with all the crap cooked out of it, served on a piece of white bread, sometimes with onions. No idea why they can’t use a tip-sensitive digital thermometer, or whole grain rolls, but it’s … Continue reading →
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12:16 PM | China: H5 AI Rising
Credit ECDC – 125 years of  Pandemic  History   # 9253   Despite its horrific impact on West Africa, Ebola – since it is not an `airborne virus’ – is unlikely to spark the next great pandemic.  None of which is to sell the impact of this virus short.  If it is not contained soon, it could wreak considerable havoc around the globe  -  particularly in the developing world.    But respiratory viruses – […]
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4:39 AM | Bacteria Allow Woodrats to Eat Poison
by Anne A. Madden | Many plants do not want to be eaten. They avoid this fate by producing deadly toxins and carcinogenic poisons, such as those associated with the aptly named poison ivy, poison sumac, and deadly nightshade. Despite such defenses, almost half of all animal species...

October 26, 2014

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11:27 PM | Unpasteurized raw milk being blamed for illness that sickened dozens of Wisconsin students
A friend posted on facebook how much she enjoyed the visit to the apple cider mill – a fall tradition. I asked if the cider was pasteurized. She said yes. Not so good for the Durand High School in Wisconsin … Continue reading →
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