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July 24, 2014

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5:33 PM | Environmental reporter’s tale of EPA censorship
One reporter's tale of hoops and roadblocks trying to get an interview with an EPA official.
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4:15 PM | Why Mendel tells you not to drink alcohol when you are conceiving an Einstein
Drinking alcohol during pregnancy is generally considered as not a very good idea. For one, it can cause fetal alcohol syndrome if you are serious about your drinking (reference). It has been associated with smaller babies. And smaller babies is not good (for the babies themselves, presumably for their mothers it is a benefit during […]
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3:51 PM | Preventing NCDs: Where to Apply Resources?
Want to stay healthy and active into your 80’s? Of course the answer is yes. Researchers say it can be accomplished by promoting behaviors that prevent molecular and metabolic dysfunction. In other words, adopting healthy nutrition and physical activity behaviors. Inflammation is a normal defensive response to infection and injury. Chronic, low-grade inflammation is believed to contribute to the development of several  non-communicable diseases (NCD)
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3:38 PM | Thought of the Day
What fraction of the stuff proposed in funded grants actually gets done after feasibility and field movement come to play?
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3:02 PM | Gaining Knowledge to Fight Lung Cancer
For Einstein scientist Yiyu Zou, Ph.D., the struggle against lung cancer and the crusade to find better treatments are deeply personal. In a recent Einstein magazine article, Dr. Zou explained what it was like in China watching his father, a heavy smoker, lose 80 percent of his lung capacity. He eventually died from lymphoma. “I [...]
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1:20 PM | Is there such a thing as an “evolution-proof” drug?
Eleven years ago, two scientists made a bet. One scientist wagered that a new type of antimicrobial agent, called antimicrobial peptides, would not elicit resistance from bacterial populations which were treated with the drugs. Antimicrobial peptides are short proteins (typically 15-50 amino acids in length) that are often positively charged. They are also a part of our…
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12:00 PM | Remembering Past Lives and Creativity
Experiencing memories of past lives is anomalous in Western culture. Such experiences may signify an overinclusive cognitive style, associated with creative ability. Accordingly, are reports of past life memory (PLM) associated with creativity? Is PLM associated with measures of overinclusiveness?...            Related StoriesSacrificing Edith (Part 2 of 2)What is a Child Abuser?Caring for High-Risk Children 
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10:37 AM | 3 dead from Listeria in Macedonia
Three people infected with the bacteria Listeria, which was detected in seven patients in Macedonia, died in a month, Dnevnik daily reports. The Committee on Infectious Diseases held meeting late Monday, third in the past four days, in the presence … Continue reading →
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10:21 AM | Prevalence, distribution, and diversity of Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus, and Salmonella in kiwifruit orchards and processing plants
The kid loves her kiwi (right, not exactly as shown). I’ve started putting one in her daily lunch, and my wife eats them with skin on, and I just like them. But are there microbial risks? Feng et al. report … Continue reading →
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10:09 AM | 300 suffer food poisoning at Japanese sports tournament
Police and health officials in Ueda, Nagano Prefecture, said Monday that around 300 students suffered food poisoning at a soccer and rugby tournament. Of those, 120 were taken to hospital but none suffered any lasting effects, police said. According to … Continue reading →
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10:00 AM | The moves Wales has taken to stop future outbreaks of E.coli
Positive progress has been made by the majority of Welsh local authorities in preventing future outbreaks of E.coli, a new report has found. The Food Standards Agency’s (FSA) Food and Feed Law Enforcement Review in Wales, commissioned in January 2014, … Continue reading →
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9:52 AM | Want to avoid an E. coli burger? Cook the outside and inside to 71°C (160°F) – regardless of color
It’s a beautiful thing, for a Brit publication to embrace temperature, even when their own overpaid food safety types won’t. Except the person giving the advice is Canadian. Dietitian Cara Rosenbloom, writer of the Words To Eat By blog, said … Continue reading →
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9:40 AM | Irish childcare facility closed due to E. coli outbreak
A childcare facility in county Cavan will remain closed until the area is cleaned following an outbreak of verotoxigenic E. coli. The Health Service Executive says that they were notified of a case of E. coli in a child at … Continue reading →
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9:36 AM | 125 now sick in multi-state Cyclospora investigation
The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy is reporting that U.S. federal health officials have joined with officials in 13 states to investigate a spike in Cyclospora illnesses, with 125 confirmed or probable cases reported and no specific food … Continue reading →
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9:26 AM | Why China still sucks at food safety
Michael Moss and Neil Gough write in the New York Times that China has been scrambling to right its gargantuan processed-food ship ever since six infants died and thousands more were hospitalized with kidney damage in 2008 from milk adulterated … Continue reading →
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5:01 AM | Few trials on improving adherence amongst orthodontic patients
Successful orthodontic treatment requires that the patients to agree with and follow the treatment proposed. This requires the patients to keep appointments, maintaining good oral hygiene, wearing elastics, appliances and avoid damage. The aim of this review was to investigate the effectiveness of interventions to enhance adherence among orthodontic patients aged 12 to 18 years. [read the full story...]
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2:56 AM | Why We Need Mandatory Psychological Tests For Foreign Adoptive Parents
When two-year-old Maxim Kichigin was adopted out of an orphanage in Russia's far east in 2012, it should have marked the beginning of a new life for him. Instead, the boy, whose name had been changed to Maxim Maravalle, was...            Related StoriesSacrificing Edith (Part 2 of 2)What is a Child Abuser?How Dangerous are Opioid Painkillers? 

July 23, 2014

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11:47 PM | Faith-based food safety has to go after audit deception in China: McDonald’s CEO can do better
Not surprisingly, the China meat scandal has widened. McDonald’s Corp feels “a bit deceived” by the audit it received for Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a China supplier that was shut down this week after a TV report showed workers … Continue reading →
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7:29 PM | Australian swimmer has gastro, just 24 hours out from the Commonwealth Games opening
A member of the Australian swim team has contracted the Norovirus after more than 50 staff members at Commonwealth Games athletes’ village have been affected by the highly contagious virus otherwise known as gastro. Despite the Games press manager Andrew … Continue reading →
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7:20 PM | We’ve always done it this way and haven’t made anyone sick; Sark Butter recalled from shops after E. coli found
Sark dairy farmer and butter producer Phil Perree was devastated about the recall, which had followed routine product testing by Environmental Health to ensure food products are safe to be eaten. Any presence of E.coli makes food unsafe to eat. … Continue reading →
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7:06 PM | Open letter to the FSA on the publication of Campylobacter survey results
Richard Lloyd of Which? a UK consumer organization, writes to the UK Food Standards Agency to say: I am writing to express our grave concern about the proposal being put to the FSA Board to withhold information about the levels … Continue reading →
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7:04 PM | A can't-miss inquiry to Editor following the initial review of your paper
Dear Editor Whitehare, Do you really expect us to complete the additional experiments that Reviewer #3 insisted were necessary? You DO realize that if we did those experiments the paper would be upgraded enough that we sure as hell would be submitting it upstream of your raggedy ass publication, right? Collegially, The Authors
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6:53 PM | Maybe use better tests? Fonterra cuts blamed on botulism scare
After a crappy botulism test sparked falling demand for New Zealand-based Fonterra dairy products, the company is now going to axe about 110 jobs at a Hamilton packing site, a union official says. The Dairy Workers Union official told Fairfax … Continue reading →
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5:09 PM | PR before peer review, incomplete advice, damaging food safety reputation
My grade 7 teacher in Canada, Mrs. Patrick, was the grammar police and instilled a strong value in getting things right (write?). My wife has now taken over that role. I explain to students and my kids that grammar is … Continue reading →
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3:14 PM | Not an “accident”: Jose Alfredo Isagirrez-Mejia, 29 suffers fatal work-related injury at construction site in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
This week's snapshot of just one work-related fatality. This one occurred on July 21 at a construction site in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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7:43 AM | Malnutrition in Vulnerable Refugee Populations: Report on Syria
The civil war in Syria started almost three and a half years ago. As a result of the conflict, roughly 2.9 million people have fled Syria, and another 6.5 million are displaced within Syria. The majority of the international refugees now live in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey, in refugee camps and also in the general community in these countries. Refugees are at increased risk of malnutrition, especially in protracted conflicts such as in Syria. A recent […]
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4:50 AM | A compendium of awesomeness
Posting has been light this month, for several good reasons. My own schedule has been full with seeing patients, attending HICPAC, and most recently riding a bike across northwest Iowa during the first couple days of RAGBRAI with my mom (the route this year went through her hometown of Hull, Iowa). The photo above was taken on Sunday during a stop in beautiful Boyden, Iowa. I’m back at work now, and marveling at the complete online release of the SHEA/IDSA Compendium of […]
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4:26 AM | Just market food safety at retail, government is hopeless: FSA plan to name and shame supermarkets selling Campylobacter chicken ditched after pressure from retailers
Maybe there’s something lost in translation; I’m barely starting to understand Australian. But if I read this right, the piping hot UK Food Standards Agency has put retail over public health after scrapping plans to regularly name and shame supermarkets … Continue reading →

July 22, 2014

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9:34 PM | Researchers develop innovative way to detect fake malaria drugs that could save lives, deter counterfeiting
It looks like a simple piece of paper and it’s nearly as cheap, ideally costing just pennies. But despite its small size, it’s poised to make an enormous impact and potentially save thousands of lives.
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6:40 PM | Footie star suffers from Salmonella
I tried my hockey goalie re-debut in Australia and strained both my ACLs (that’s anterior cruciate ligament) within 10 minutes. Maybe I’ll prep better next time, or stick to coaching. Aussie rules football has become my second favorite sport because … Continue reading →
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