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April 19, 2014

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1:50 AM | ‘Seed and Soil’: an epidemiological parable
I’ve been thinking about the ‘seed and soil’ metaphor used by turn of the century by physicians who accepted germ theory but only had environmental medicine to combat infections. All classically trained physicians, whether religious or not, would have been familiar with the biblical parable of the sower. It also works well as an epidemiological […]

April 18, 2014

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11:50 PM | Not a good week for North Carolina Papa John’s
First a manager at a Charlotte Papa John’s was diagnosed with hepatitis A resulting in hundreds of IgG shots and now a Raleigh-area outlet has been questioned about storing and transporting raw dough unsafely. One situation is a real public … Continue reading →
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8:12 PM | 1955 - Dawn of the Antibiotic Era and Lessons for the Future
It's easy to fall into despair when pondering the decades long rise of antibiotic-resistant bacterial pathogens and the simultaneous decline in funding for antibacterial discovery, surveillance systems and infection prevention. But this wasn't always the case.  Back before 1969 when it may or may not have been said that "It is time to close the book on infectious diseases, and declare the war against pestilence won," clinicians appreciated antibiotics and even understood the idea of […]
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7:53 PM | Job ad for Assistant Professor position makes it explicit...
Drexel University College of Medicine is hiring! ....sortof. The Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at Drexel University College of Medicine invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor. We seek a SYSTEMS/BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENTIST whose research utilizes contemporary molecular, physiological and/or imaging techniques to address fundamental questions related to monoamine networks, cognitive function and motivated […]
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4:22 PM | Portland to flush 38M gallon reservoir after teen uses it as a toilet
Portland will dispose of 38 million gallons of treated reservoir water after learning that a 19-year-old man urinated into it, even though urine-tainted drinking water is apparently not much of a health risk.  Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff said that animals … Continue reading →
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4:15 PM | Thought of the Day: The NIH Can't Win
A comment over at Rock Talk made a fairly traditional complaint about the NIH funding system. Dan C stated that: "NIH is to be criticized that it funds “usual suspects.” Today, I find this funny. Because after all, most of the people complaining about the NIH system want to become one of the usual suspects! […]
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4:13 PM | #923 (Guest blogger, Rachel McAuley)
Guest blogger Rachel McAuley with her co-leaders andNGO coordinators in Guatemala, 2014. Guest blogger Rachel McAuley is a senior health sciences major at James Madison University. She recently coordinated a service abroad trip to Guatemala."To hell with good intentions, this is a theological statement. You will not help anybody with your good intentions. The third largest US export is the US idealist, who turns up in every theater of the world; the teacher, the volunteer, the missionary, […]
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4:11 PM | Is it safe to keep a pig’s head with baked goods? Judge reserves decision on New Zealand bakery
The Bulls Bakery could be closed down because of problems with food safety, including a pig’s head kept with baked goods. In Wanganui District Court on April 11, Judge David Cameron heard the Rangitikei District Council’s case for closing the … Continue reading →
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4:03 PM | Salmonella, staph, poop on sushi that sickened 220 in Mexico
Salmonella, fecal waste and Staphylococcus aureus were the bacteria that caused food poisoning in 36 customers three branches of Qué Rollo Sushi (Sushi Roll) and sickened up to 220. Sergio Olvera Alba, director of Epidemiology, Ministry of Health, revealed the … Continue reading →
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3:45 PM | Study: New fathers struggle with depression, need interventions, too
Women aren’t the only ones at risk for depression and in need of screening services when a new baby comes into their lives. Young fathers face significant mental health challenges as well, according to a new study.
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3:44 PM | 8 dead, 26 sickened in Listeria outbreak linked to Quargel cheese in Austria; genomic sequencing
A large listeriosis outbreak occurred in Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic in 2009 and 2010. The outbreak was traced back to a traditional Austrian curd cheese called Quargel which was contaminated with two distinct serovar 1/2a Listeria monocytogenes strains … Continue reading →
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3:23 PM | 104 sickened: increase in Vibrio parahaemolyticus infections associated with consumption of Atlantic coast shellfish — 2013
I don’t eat raw oysters. This is why. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports Vibrio parahaemolyticus (Vp) is found naturally in coastal saltwater. In the United States, Vp causes an estimated 35,000 domestically acquired foodborne infections annually (1), of … Continue reading →
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3:16 PM | 27 sick with Yersinia and Campylobacter from raw milk in Finland
The first results from milk samples at a farm in Askola, Finland taken April 7 revealed Yersinia pseudotuberculosis and Campylobacter jejuni. The number of people who drank milk from Uljaan tilamaito and experienced symptoms has still increased in Porvoo and … Continue reading →
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1:27 PM | Serum Carotenoids and Perspective on the Alpha-Tocopherol Beta-Carotene (ATBC) Study
Carotenoids are yellow, orange, and red pigments found in plants. Out of over 600 carotenoids found in nature, only six, i.e. β-carotene, lycopene, lutein, zeaxanthin, α-carotene, β-cryptoxanthin, are absorbed in quantity into the body. Only three (β-carotene, α-carotene and β-cryptoxanthin) can be converted to vitamin A in the body. Lutein and zeaxanthin are highly concentrated in the macular pigment of the retina, playing an important role in vision. Lutein […]
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4:39 AM | Review of John P.A. Ioannidis - "Why Most Published Research Findings Are False"
One of the most interesting essays I have read, John P.A. Ioannidis' "Why Most Published Research Findings Are False" discusses the increasing concern that most current published research findings are false. This essay, published in 2005 didn't have an effect on me at the time (I was just starting my MS degree at Pitt's GSPH). But once I found it during my PhD, it really resonated with me.I was having problems in the lab with RT-qPCR and western blots, etc. and how to interpret results. One of […]

April 17, 2014

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11:17 PM | Will You Be Attending Experimental Biology 2014?
The good folks at the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics have see fit to invite me to serve as an official blogger for the Experimental Biology 2014 meeting to be held in San Diego, CA, April 26-30. I will be joined in this effort by @katiesci who blogs at http://sicknessisfascinating.blogspot.com. I would like […]
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9:38 PM | The NPHR Is Looking for Staff Writers!
The Northwestern Public Health Review (www.nphr.org) is looking for staff writers to contribute to the growing blog section of the NPHR website. Writers will assist with the development of a Northwestern Faculty and Project Spotlight Series. This contribution opens opportunity to meet, learn about, and network with all the interesting research occurring here at Northwestern. […]
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9:28 PM | Thou shall not steal: Houston’s wage theft ordinance in action
Workers in Houston test the City's new anti-wage theft ordinance, making a complaint against companies contracted by the City of Houston.
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9:09 PM | Your germy digital footprints are everywhere. Scientists are watching.
Looked up something on Wikipedia lately? That may be enough for a computer to guess if you’re sick. According to a new study in PLOS Computational Biology, the most accurate, timely data about how the flu is spreading in the …The post Your germy digital footprints are everywhere. Scientists are watching. appeared first on Public Health.
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8:06 PM | More pics on CDC FoodNet data
 
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8:00 PM | Hey kids, the snails are back: CDC releases 2013 FoodNet data
That’s the tagline from a Far Side cartoon and what immediately came to mind upon reading yet again that reductions in foodborne illness were stagnant for 2013. There were successes, failures and shifting profiles of what foods lead to foodborne … Continue reading →
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7:15 PM | Immigration, Unhealthy Dietary Habits, and Nutritional Status
Moving from one place to another takes effort and is fraught with unknowns. Different cultures, languages, laws, and more. People do this because they are seeking opportunity, to improve their circumstances. Contrary to this notion, Eldeirawi and colleagues report a negative effect of immigration/acculturation on nutritional status using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1988-1994). The data is not recent but the results are insightful, based on 1,559 Mexican […]
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4:56 PM | NIH backs down on resubmitting unfunded A1 grant applications
The rumors were true. NOT-OD-14-074says: Effective immediately, for application due dates after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date. The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new (A0) application […]
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2:43 PM | Vegetative States and PET Scans: Is More Information Better?
One typically thinks of advances in medical science and technology as having unalloyed benefits. The ability to cure illness, the mitigation of pain and the possibility of making diagnoses that are more accurate are some of the uncontroversial results of medical progress. Yet as a new study of vegetative states demonstrates, such advances can raise [...]
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12:36 PM | Norovirus outbreak hits Florida school
Over the past couple of days I drove the family from sunny and somewhat warm Raleigh, NC to the frigid tundra of Southern Ontario. I knew things would be bad when it started snowing as we passed through Maryland – … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Teaching Suicide Prevention Skills to Health Professionals
An article in Health Psychology examined a series of studies examining the association between gatekeeper training and suicide knowledge among a diverse set of health care workers (case managers, clinicians, administrators, nurses, physicians, support staff). An additional aim of the...            Related StoriesIn Praise of ChildrenOnline Support Groups and SuicideDid You Know I Have a Book Coming Out? 
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2:50 AM | Rescuing US Biomedical Research From its Systemic Flaws
For roughly four years now I have been on the "biomedical research needs reform bandwagon" tossing around heretical ideas like; there isn't enough funding to sustain the number of PhD and postdocs, alternative "non-traditional" career training, downfalls of hypercompetitiveness, etc.If you have questions, use the comments section below!When Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) started putting together its strategic plan […]

April 16, 2014

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11:15 PM | Side thought on the NIH issuing project grants versus program grants
I asked a poorly worded question on the Twitts Twitter poll: would a PI who only ever had a single #NIH grant for 5 yrs be a good thing? Bad? Neutral? — Drug Monkey (@drugmonkeyblog) April 16, 2014 in which what I was trying to ask was this. From the perspective of awarding NIH grants, […]
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6:58 PM | Antibacterial soaps can reduce risk of foodborne illness
Friend of the blog Don Schaffner has published some new research that shows  the use of antibacterial soaps can reduce the spread of harmful bacteria – that often leads to foodborne illness – more effectively than using non-antibacterial soaps. The … Continue reading →
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6:34 PM | Supermarket madness: shopping for food safety
      From the Texas A&M Center for Food Safety: Shopping is a competitive sport. Especially for groceries. People who would think nothing of laying out $200 for a fancy-pants dinner and atmosphere, will digitally or electronically clip coupons to … Continue reading →
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