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September 14, 2014

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3:20 PM | The Ebola War
Things are just awful in Liberia, and getting worse elsewhere as well. The problem now clearly outpaces the response, resulting in shortages of everything from barrier protection to hospital beds. Worse, there is a breakdown in civil order and trust that makes it impossible to do the hard work of case identification, contact tracing and education--which is what ultimately brings epidemics under control. The latest, and somewhat controversial, call is for a large-scale military or […]
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12:00 PM | The Jesus Experiment (Part 1 of 2)
For Milton Rokeach, it would be more than an experiment in treating mental illness. In many ways, it would be one of the most remarkable studies of its kind ever undertaken and help transform the very meaning of human identity....            Related StoriesCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?Does Fertility Affect Attractiveness?Can Media Use Cause ADHD Symptoms in Children? 
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2:10 AM | Filthy ‘Scooby Doo!’ ice cream van served UK kids
We have an ice cream truck that trolls around our Brisbane neighborhood as the kids are coming home from school. I find that creepy. UK environmental health officers say the state of an ice cream van serving children in Bransholme … Continue reading →

September 13, 2014

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4:55 PM | Top Papers in Infection Prevention
Last week, Andreas Voss gave a talk on the year's top papers in infection prevention at ICAAC. He graciously allowed us to post his slides to the blog. To see his presentation, click here. Thanks, Andreas!
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3:04 PM | A simple question (or two) on training graduate students
This one is directed at my Readers who have supervised graduate students through the PhD in their laboratory. Have you ever, at any point, thought that you should not train more than replacement value (n=1)? If not, why not? What influences in your life have shaped your decision to train graduate students? What is YOUR […]
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6:48 AM | 157 sick, up from 11 last year; reports of crypto rise in Florida county
The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County is asking for the public’s help to prevent the spread of Cryptosporidiosis, a disease that spreads easily person to person in in households, child-care settings and schools, and through swimming in contaminated … Continue reading →
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6:40 AM | E. coli connection in Oregon? 3-year-old girl also gets sick
After seeing reports on KATU TV, the family of a 3-year-old girl who got sick from E. coli is convinced that the case is connected to another case of E. coli that killed 4-year-old Serena Profitt on Monday. Both children … Continue reading →
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6:24 AM | Man cooks ex her dog for dinner
In a scene straight out of the vastly underrated movie, War of the Roses, a California man was arrested on charges of stalking and animal cruelty after his ex-girlfriend told police that he killed and cooked her dog before feeding … Continue reading →
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1:01 AM | Food Safety Talk 65: All My Ports are Engaged
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 →

September 12, 2014

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10:46 PM | 5 kids sickened by E. coli-related infection in Kentucky
Five Kentucky children were being treated at Kosair Children’s Hospital on Friday for a potentially life-threatening syndrome usually caused by E. coli infection, and the state health department has launched an investigation into how they got sick. “There is a … Continue reading →
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10:36 PM | Temp workers organize for change in an industry rife with reported abuses: ‘They would treat people as disposable’
For eight years, Dora worked at a frozen pizza factory in Romeoville, Illinois, called Great Kitchens. For eight hours a day — sometimes seven days a week — she assembled pizza boxes or arranged cheese and other toppings on pizzas. The consequences of years of such repetitive work surfaced in October 2012, when her hands would go numb and a painful cyst formed on her left wrist. She told her supervisor about the problem, but he said he couldn’t do anything about it — […]
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9:24 PM | What’s lurking in your kids’ lunch bags?
Following Chapman, which I seem to be doing more frequently lately (and that is preferred) I had my own thoughts on school lunches published in Canada. According to Doug Powell, former professor of food safety at the University of Guelph, … Continue reading →
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8:49 PM | Measuring Biomarkers to Evaluate Nutritional Status
As a reader, you will know I recommend using nutritional biomarkers to assess health outcomes rather than dietary intake guestimates. Wood and colleagues affirm these statements.  They analyzed dietary and biological data obtained from approximately 2,000 Scottish women who attended a baseline visit between 1990-1993 as part of the Aberdeen Prospective Osteoporosis Screening Study (APOSS). Over the 10 years, their age increased (not surprisingly) as did their body weight (+2 kg), total […]
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8:10 PM | Oregon family to sue hospital for missing E. coli O157 that killed girl, 4
The devastated family of a 4-year-old Oregon girl who died Monday after contracting E. coli plans to sue a hospital the family says failed to properly diagnose the illness. Serena Profitt was taken off life support Monday evening after falling … Continue reading →
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6:29 PM | Ethical dilemmas of giving Ebola drugs to the people who need them most
Although the outbreak is bursting beyond efforts to contain it, and daily finds ways to reach whole new levels of scary (for example, there have been a handful of cases in Lagos, a city the size of New York), …The post Ethical dilemmas of giving Ebola drugs to the people who need them most appeared first on Public Health.
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4:03 PM | Ebola: Could it get worse?
Today's New York Times OpEd section has a provocative and scary piece by Mike Osterholm. It focuses on the possibility that mutations in the Ebola virus could allow the virus to spread via the airborne route. I must admit that I don't know enough virology to comment on the probability of that occurring, but it is sobering to think about the implications of this. He also offers some recommendations for improving the management of the current epidemic.Image:  Jonathon Rosen, New York Times
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10:59 AM | Donning and Doffing
Many have spent the last month or so preparing for possible patients with Ebola. Last week I had the opportunity to review the tremendous amount of work that the UIHC infection preventionists have completed towards our preparation. During this process, I watched these videos prepared by the Biocontainment Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center that demonstrate the proper use of Biological Level C PPE. My thoughts when viewing these are that without significant practice, it would be very difficult […]
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7:25 AM | Kitteh Rabies in North Dakota
A kitten purchased from Amy's Pet Parade pet store in Minot, North Dakota tested positive for rabies last Friday (05 September 2014).Gus Presser - Kitteh ModelThis has the potential to get really ugly. There were six kittens in the litter that were anonymously dropped off at the pet store 29 August 2014. Amy's Pet parade put the kittens on display the same day and the last kitten was sold this week.The number of people potentially exposed is very high. All six kittens were exposed […]
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4:59 AM | Patient-centred dental care: review finds poor understanding of the term in the limited available literature
Within the NHS the patient experience has become an important quality measure. These have been modeled on the Picker Principles of patients -centered care (PCC). This review assesses the evidence-base for PCC in dentistry and finds little research and poor understanding. The post Patient-centred dental care: review finds poor understanding of the term in the limited available literature appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:19 AM | Some Basics on Social Psychology & Risk
Some Basics on Social Psychology & Risk I’ve been on a cracker of a journey for about two years now since I discovered social psychology and all that it brings to the area of risk and safety. I’ve discovered how much I don’t know, how much I thought I knew but didn’t, and most wonderfully, how much more I have to learn. I find this liberating! When we better understand people and how our social environment can impact the decisions we make, we can then better support […]
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12:16 AM | Foster Farms won’t come clean
I’m not a fan of antibiotic resistance stories, I’m not a fan of NRDC, but I am a fan of food that doesn’t make people barf, and companies who are accountable, rather than the just-cook-it approach. If Foster Farms wants … Continue reading →

September 11, 2014

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10:46 PM | Perdue announces reductions in antibiotics for poultry
Perdue Farms announces that it has slashed its use of antibiotics in poultry.
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10:06 PM | Sesame Street Safety
Sesame Street Safety Sesame Street was first broadcast in 1969, a TV show aimed to help preschool children prepare for schooling, particularly in literacy and numeracy. As I presented to safety advisors this week at a conference I was stunned that no one in the room (all highly experienced safety people) knew of or had read, HB327 The Handbook on Communicating and Consulting About Risk. This neat little publication is a wonderful handbook to the Risk Management Standard AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009. […]
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10:04 PM | Prosecutor says Georgia peanut plant owner OK’d sales of salmonella-tainted food ‘whatever the risk’
Prosecutors are wrapping up their case against the owner of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak, saying he knowingly approved shipments of tainted food “whatever the risk.” Jurors began hearing closing arguments Thursday in the five-week … Continue reading →
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9:41 PM | Cincinnati woman sues after botulism diagnosis
A local woman who was diagnosed with botulism is suing the manufacturer of a pesto sauce, claiming their product led to her 38-day hospitalization and caused her to lose a scholarship. Kathryn Napierski consumed VR Green Farms Pine Nut Basil … Continue reading →
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9:35 PM | Reason to use different colored bottles: 28 children accidentally drink bleach at N.J. day care
Twenty-eight children and two adults accidentally drank bleach at a day care center in Jersey City on Thursday, according to officials. The children, aged 3 and 4, were evaluated and taken from the day care center, Growing Tree II, to … Continue reading →
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9:18 PM | Shigellosis or sunstroke?
This one time, when I was working at a greenhouse as a summer student, I called in sick and told the boss I had sunstroke (from working outside the previous day). And then I went to a free lunch-time Red … Continue reading →
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8:30 PM | Zero Accident PPE
Zero Accident PPE I apologise if this offends anybody but I was doing some serious research on the positive benefits of using ZERO for Heath, Safety and accident prevention when…....um, this is what came up! So if you are spruiking about the value of zero and accident prevention and PPE this may very well be the reason why nobody is taking it seriously! No, I’m not sure if they come in Hi-Viz. Not sure what sort of a warranty that Ansell offer with this product but they seem to be […]
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7:51 PM | ‘Cruise from hell’ Noro hits Australian hits cruise ship passengers
Passengers aboard a cruise ship bound for Fremantle say more than 100 people were struck down by a particularly violent bout of gastroenteritis. The Sea Princess, a 15-deck ship operated by Princess Cruises, left Fremantle for Singapore on August 18 … Continue reading →
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7:02 PM | Site Issues
My apologies; the site has suffered a setback, and it will take some time to repost my comments from the past 12 months or so. Thanks for being patient!
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