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January 31, 2015

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10:11 PM | Botulism: Rice snack shuts down New Zealand man’s organs
A spicy rice snack pack very nearly turned into the last meal Richard Strang ate. It left him in a four-day induced coma in Wellington Hospital, his stay due to a toxin not seen in New Zealand for more than … Continue reading →
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9:41 PM | Wyoming Food Freedom Act threatens public safety
The Wyoming Tribune Eagle writes in an editorial that House Bill 56, the Food Freedom Act, is a bad move for public health. The bill would let Wyomingites make direct purchases of foodstuffs from farmers and ranchers but there are … Continue reading →
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8:57 PM | Classifications of Workplace Injuries –Why are we Deluding Ourselves?
Classifications of Workplace Injuries – Why are we Deluding Ourselves? By Goran Prvulovic, MOccHlth&Saf, CPMSIA, RSP (Aust.) “The human brain is a complex organ with the wonderful power of enabling man to find reasons for continuing to believe whatever it is that he wants to believe.”―(Voltaire) Disclaimer The views expressed in this paper are the […] The post Classifications of Workplace Injuries –Why are we Deluding Ourselves? appeared first on Safety […]
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6:41 PM | NDSU Microbiology Part 2
In an earlier post I had a little fun with the Hektoen agar plates. I figured I would try my hand at a bit more art work this week. Below is the North Dakota State University logo. Again, the school colors are yellow and green, so the Hektoen plates are perfect. Enjoy!NDSU Logo with slightly sloppy lettering.NDSU Logo without letteringAnd the original:Submit your pics to ‪#‎ASM‬ via www.microbeworld.org‪#‎potd‬ […]
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9:42 AM | The illusion of opposites
Another article by Paul Nieuwoudt,  Author of:  Zero Harm and a Peasant in 16th Century Europe. and Another side to the story The illusion of opposites A number of recent postings have explained that the words we use can be very powerful in shaping our thoughts and perceptions e.g. They’re only words aren’t they?. This […] The post The illusion of opposites appeared first on Safety Risk.
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9:41 AM | Top Melbourne Chinese restaurant fined 15K over cockroach infestation
The operators of a top Chinese restaurant in Melbourne have been fined $15,000 after pleading guilty to multiple breaches of food hygiene laws. City food inspectors found the Red Emperor in Southbank infested with cockroaches, mouse droppings and fruit flies … Continue reading →

January 30, 2015

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10:19 PM | Study: Building walkable communities can change behavior for the better
It’s not unusual for studies on community walkability to face the perplexing question of self-selection. In other words, people who already like to walk end up moving to walkable communities and so those communities naturally have higher physical activity rates. In even simpler terms, it’s about the person, not the environment. However, a new study finds that walkable community design does influence healthy behavior — even among people with no preference for walking in the […]
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9:31 PM | How sequencing foods’ DNA could help us prevent diseases
Davey Alba asks in Wired, what’s almost as important to life as food? Food safety. Last year, in the US, according to the CDC, one in six people were affected by food-borne diseases, resulting in 128,000 hospitalizations, 3,000 deaths, and an … Continue reading →
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9:12 PM | Experiential Learning for Safety and Risk
Experiential Learning for Safety and Risk Wikipedia describes Experiential learning as: the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as "learning through reflection on doing" You will see this classic quote many times throughout this blog: “How can I know what I think or feel until I see what I say and […] The post Experiential Learning for Safety and Risk appeared first on Safety Risk.
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8:10 PM | Popular Canberra bakery fined 10K for food safety breaches
The clean up took only hours, but the risk to public health through potentially contaminated food has seen one of Canberra’s largest private bakeries fined $10,000. That Bagel Place, also known as Bread Nerds, pleaded guilty in the ACT Magistrates … Continue reading →
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7:42 PM | 12 cases of salmonella confirmed in Texas
The mystery remains on what exactly is causing Dalhart residents to catch salmonella. Coon Memorial Hospital says that the first case was reported several weeks ago, and since then, it’s increased at a steady rate. Improper handling of food is often a … Continue reading →
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7:11 PM | Your Grant in Review: Credible
I am motivated to once again point something out. In ALL of my advice to submit grant applications to the NIH frequently and on a diversity of topic angles, there is one fundamental assumption. That you always, always, always send in a credible application. That is all.
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7:02 PM | Are Australian raw milk pushers the same as U.S. anti-vaxxers?
Adults can choose to do many things, like drink unpasteurized milk or not get vaccinated, but those choices should not be inflicted on children. A growing number of parents in recent years, especially in the U.S., have skipped their children’s … Continue reading →
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5:10 PM | Creating Robust Complementary Foods to Prevent Infant Malnutrition
We want to reduce the mortality rate for children under 5 years of age in half by in the next 15 years. Based on the 50% reduction achieved (from 9% to 4.6%) over the past 25 years, it is possible to save the lives of 2 million children annually. As babies grow, exclusive breast feeding will not provide enough vitamins A, C, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, calcium and iron. By using multivitamin supplements during pregnancy and lactation, women can help reduce stunting during the first […]
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2:44 PM | Conference report: SAPC London & the South East Regional Meeting
Well, I always think of SAPC at Madingley Hall as a cosy sort of conference, and it felt even cosier this year surrounded by ice and snow. It’s friendly, too. By the second day, I noticed a distinct increase in nods of hello and recognition between delegates, potentially the result of a lively night at ...read more
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1:39 PM | Percent Effort
Times I have made critical progress in conceptualizing experiments, grant proposals and manuscript language this past month or so. -exiting lab on way to get in my car -3am -4:15am -riding a chairlift -sitting at my desk putzing on Twitter -the shower -commuting -lingering at coffee shop -during random PI blathering to technician -2:15am
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1:30 PM | Blogrolling: Grant Slave
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1:00 PM | The Case Against Wilhelm Reich, Part 1
Wilhelm Reich always had a problem with authority figures as the lengthy FBI file on him demonstrates. In 2000, the FBI released 789 pages of the extensive file that had been built up on Reich over the years. The file...            Related StoriesThe Reporter in the Madhouse (Part Three of Three)Down on the Heebie-Jeebie FarmThe Nazi Patient 
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12:22 PM | More good news about MRSA. This time from VA.
It's not often that good news about hospital-acquired infections (HAI) is reported in the media. When was the last time you read an article congratulating a hospital for having lower CLABSI rates or good hand hygiene compliance? It's even rarer to hear good news about VA Medical Centers. While the quality of care in VA often meets or exceeds that in the private sector, it's rarely reported, since high quality runs contrary to established memes.That's what's unique about today's 'Opinionator' […]
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6:00 AM | Third molars: risk of future extraction when retained estimated
This review of asymptomatic retained third molars included 7 prospective studies and found that the cumulative incidence for M3 extraction varied from 5 to 64% and was associated with the follow-up duration. The post Third molars: risk of future extraction when retained estimated appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:58 AM | Litchi fruit connection? Outbreaks of unexplained neurologic illness in India
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that outbreaks of an unexplained acute neurologic illness affecting young children and associated with high case-fatality rates have been reported in the Muzaffarpur district of Bihar state in India since 1995. … Continue reading →
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2:53 AM | Why inspectors fret about rats: Rodents as hosts of infectious diseases
Rodents are recognized as hosts of more than 60 zoonotic diseases that represent a serious threat to human health (Meerburg et al. 2009, Luis et al. 2013). This special issue emerges from a workshop organized in Bangkok at the Faculty … Continue reading →
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12:49 AM | Things I should not have to point out to people and yet, here we are.
Things that I actually have to say to some people. yes. it is bad news that there is yet another way for people to fuck themselves the hell up on stimulant drugs. yes.
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12:08 AM | Media not paying attention in Lebanon so police to begin raiding non-compliant restaurants
Minister Wael Abu Faour announced Wednesday a new strategy to refocus the media’s attention on his food safety campaign: raids. The ministry will order a food shop or factory found to be selling contaminated food to stop. If they don’t, … Continue reading →

January 29, 2015

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11:59 PM | Transparency? Hepatitis A outbreaks in Belize, UK schools
The Ministry of Health is working to contain a localized outbreak of Hepatitis A at a government school in Buena Vista, Cayo. According to reports, there was one case of the virus reported before Christmas, and since then at least … Continue reading →
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11:51 PM | Despite contamination concerns, food safety push in Africa must embrace ‘wet markets’ as key to food security
Studies find informal markets provide essential sources of food and income for millions of poor, with milk and meat that is often safer than supermarkets. Really? Misguided efforts to control the alarming burden of food-related illnesses in low-income countries risk … Continue reading →
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8:16 PM | 1 toddler dead, 4 sick, so protesters will demand raw milk be sold for drinking in Victoria
Just weeks after health types in the Australian state of Victoria (that’s where Melbourne is) declared a three-year-old had died and four other children sickened from consuming raw milk, natural types are planning a drink-in Saturday to get even more … Continue reading →
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7:35 PM | Occasionally, it doesn't go so well for Reviewer #3
BikeMonkey Post One inexorable rule of the jungle...err, savannah, is that the predatory carnivore that takes out the old, the slow and the weak members of the herd is actually doing a favor for Wildebeest kind. Somewhere in there is a lesson for the study section reviewer. Of course, sometimes this happens.
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4:57 PM | Getting Insight into Factors Limiting Healthy Dietary Choices
What influences our meal choices? Researchers from the Netherlands attempted to answer this question.  They hypothesized that socioeconomic status might be involved. Kamphuis and colleagues conducted face-to-face interviews among 399 adults (mean age 63y) participating in the Health and Living Conditions in Eindhoven and surrounding cities (GLOBE) cohort study. Five meal attributes (taste, healthiness, preparation time, travel time to shops, and price) were assessed with 3 or 4 levels for […]
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2:51 PM | Food Safety Talk 71: Bungee Jumping vs. Skydiving
Food Safety Talk, a bi-weekly podcast for food safety nerds, by food safety nerds. The podcast is hosted by Ben Chapman and barfblog contributor Don Schaffner, Extension Specialist in Food Science and Professor at Rutgers University. Every two weeks or … Continue reading →
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