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July 31, 2014

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2:51 PM | Antioxidants, Vitamin E and Maintaining a Fat Head for Years
Outside of fat deposits, the brain has the most fat per gram of any organ or tissue in our body. Anyone with a brain can be called ‘fathead’! Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a long-chain polyunsaturated omega-3 fatty acid, represents 97% of the omega-3 fatty acids and 40% of the PUFA in the brain. Polyunsaturated fatty acids are very sensitive to oxidation and our brains can become rancid! Not surprisingly, antioxidant status affects brain health and function
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12:55 PM | Does Walking Speed Predict Dementia?
A new study published in the journal Neurology suggests that a simple test measuring how fast people walk and whether they have cognitive complaints can predict later problems with dementia. The study was conducted by researchers at Yeshiva University's Albert...            Related StoriesCan Better Health Care Prevent Dementia?Is There a Link between Dual Trauma and Domestic Violence?Carrying Naloxone 
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12:00 PM | Is There a Link between Dual Trauma and Domestic Violence?
Research indicates a strong connection between a childhood trauma history and the perpetration and victimization of intimate partner violence (IPV) in both men and women. However, it is unknown whether couples in which both partners have trauma history (dual-trauma couples)...            Related StoriesCan Better Health Care Prevent Dementia?Carrying NaloxoneRevisiting Tarasoff 
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5:35 AM | Ben Chapman: best looking man alive
For all those who have asked, no, I won’t be at the International Association for Food Protection meeting this year, I won’t talk about my wife’s breasts, and I won’t get into disputes with IAFP prez Schaffner. But Chapman will … Continue reading →
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4:59 AM | Review of dental implant loading within 24hours suggests no difference in annual failure rates compare to conventional loading
While the use of dental implants has become more routine there is still discussion around the most appropriate time for loading implants. The aim of this review was to compare annual failure rates and marginal bone level changes of implants loaded within 24 hours compared with conventional loading. Searches were conducted in Medline and the [read the full story...]
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4:39 AM | 58 sick: Cryptosporidium outbreak in Florida
I do miss our trips to Florida, but not the 24-hour drives, and Brisbane is like the Tampa of Australia, so it doesn’t suck. Unless you get Cryptosproidium. The Florida Health Department has issued a health alert for Pinellas County … Continue reading →
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3:12 AM | Public disclosure: Australian Scores on Doors video launched
We’ve signed up for our first hockey tournament (the ice kind) in New South Wales at the Big Banana in Coffs Harbour in October, so I’ll be looking for scores. I’m coaching, the kid is playing, and Amy is volunteering. … Continue reading →
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2:43 AM | E. coli O111 found in SW Wisc Dairy Raw Goat Milk Mild Cheddar Cheese
SW Wisc Dairy Goat Products Coop of Mt Sterling, Wisc is recalling Raw Milk Mild Cheddar Cheese Lot Code 103-114 because it may be contaminated with Shiga toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) O111:H8 bacteria. This is one of the 6 … Continue reading →
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12:19 AM | Taiwan woman infected by listeria had stillborn baby
A woman in Greater Tainan gave birth to a stillborn baby after attending an outdoor wedding reception and became infected with Listeria monocytogenes. National Cheng Kung University Hospital’s delivery room head doctor Hsu Pei-yang said the woman went to the … Continue reading →

July 30, 2014

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11:00 PM | Reading in July
  As I start working on my book project, I’m going to have less time to develop blog posts, so I thought I would share what I’m reading with you each month. This will also give me an incentive to keep blogging and reading! I’ll list the books I’ve read and the papers that I […]
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9:38 PM | Some thoughts about mine safety penalties
Mine safety penalties are pretty meaningless if they aren't paid, and more so if they aren't assessed.
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9:35 PM | More power to the fist bump
Last year, I blogged about a study that suggested that fist bumps replace the handshake, since the fist bump has less surface area contact and the duration is shorter. More recently I blogged that some physicians in Los Angeles were recommending that handshakes be banned in hospitals. Now a new study in the American Journal of Infection Control demonstrates that the transfer of bacteria is 20-fold higher with a handshake than a fist bump.Ok, all you infection preventionists and […]
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2:48 PM | What is Impact of Malnutrition vs Carrying Excess Weight on Health Risk?
Being overweight doesn't equate to being overnourished. Nutrition is much more complicated than energy balance. Nutrition poverty, food security and poor dietary choices can result in being overweight and undernourished. Today we ask, how much of the increased risk observed with excess weight could be the consequence of insufficient intakes of essential nutrients (vitamins and minerals)?
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2:21 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
McDonald's ruling could be a major turning point for the fast food worker movement; federal commission clarifies rules for pregnant workers; miners with black lung may have been wrongly denied benefits; and a new OSHA whistleblower partnership is launched to support commercial carrier workers.
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5:00 AM | Review finds limited evidence for laser treatment in comparison to conventional treatment of peri-implantitis
Peri-implantitis is a common reason for the failure of dental implants and a number of different treatments for managing this condition have been suggested (Dental Elf 26th Jan 2012). The aim of this review was to assess whether laser therapy was effective either as a monotherapy or as an adjunctive therapy in the treatment of [read the full story...]
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2:16 AM | Oprah redux still; BPI sues others for pink slime defamation
During the April 16, 1996 Oprah Winfrey show, the host stated she would stop eating hamburgers because of fears over BSE or mad cow disease and that she was shocked after a guest said meat and bone meal made from … Continue reading →
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1:56 AM | PCA e-mails tell the tale in peanut poisoning trial
E-mails amongst executives of Peanut Corporation of America are shedding fresh light on an often assumed problem: profit is more important than safety, until you get caught. In 2009, over 700 people were sickened and nine died from Salmonella Typhimurium … Continue reading →
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1:28 AM | Multistate US Cyclospora spike tops 200 cases
The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota reports that several states noted Cyclospora infections over the past week, pushing the total to 202, and health officials are still on the hunt for a common … Continue reading →
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1:07 AM | Use a digital meat thermometer
Consumer Reports gets it only partially right when it says, “for perfect roasts, use a digital meat thermometer.” Instead of perpetuating the fairytale that thermometers are only used for roasts, the self-proclaimed bishops of all things consumer should be preaching … Continue reading →
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12:56 AM | Malawi finance minister stable after food poisoning
Malawi Minister of Finance and Economic development, Goodall Gondwe is still observed by doctors, following an apparent case of bacterial food poisoning but he is in “stable” condition. Gondwe was sickened by bacterial food poisoning, according to Secretary to the … Continue reading →
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12:47 AM | Virginia newborn dies of Listeria
A Prince George couple is mourning the loss of their first child, just days after the little girl was born. Kennedy Grace Briggs died of Listeria at just six days old. Listeria is listed on Kennedy’s death certificate as an … Continue reading →

July 29, 2014

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9:49 PM | A conversation on smallpox and vaccination with Dr. William Foege
I can hardly do Dr. William Foege justice with a short introduction. He is one of the scientists who led the global smallpox eradication efforts. He developed the concept of ring vaccination, which targeted vaccination to those individuals around a known case of smallpox. This concept really made eradication possible, as it eliminated the need for universal…
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8:03 PM | Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever: A Primer
The Ebola outbreak in West Africa appears ever more worrisome. Since it is likely that a sick traveler will arrive in the United States and since most physicians and infection preventionists have never dealt with the disease, I thought it would be good to put together a quick review.EpidemiologyThe current outbreak in Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone is the largest ever recorded, with approximately 1200 cases to date, and ~60% mortality.The natural reservoir of the virus (a filovirus) is […]
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3:58 PM | Spurring High School Students to Medical Careers
What do you picture when you think of a doctor or scientist? We imagined that ninth graders at the Pelham Lab High School in the Bronx might see doctors and scientists as we do: altruistic, hard-working, smart, hip and even fun. We were wrong. Instead, according to these students asked to draw their impressions, doctors [...]
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2:32 PM | Babies are so Precious. Why Gamble with their Health? With their Future?
For decades, obstetricians have routinely injected newborn babies with vitamin K soon after delivery. Vitamin K, a fat-soluble vitamin named “K” for the German word “koagulation” causes blood to clot, or coagulate, and prevents uncontrolled bleeding. As Phil Plait (@BadAstronomer) writes in Slate, some misinformed parents are refusing to have their infants injected. This is foolishness. Babies are born vitamin K deficient. Severe vitamin K deficiency can occur within […]
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12:00 PM | Carrying Naloxone
When Constables Kevin Bohn, Richard Calabrese and Thomas Lillagore responded to a well-being check in New Jersey's Cinnaminson Township, they found an unconscious adult male lying on his back, the apparent victim of a heroin overdose. Since the residence was...            Related StoriesHow Dangerous are Opioid Painkillers?Revisiting TarasoffMisdiagnosed Man Sues After 20 Years in a Psychiatric Hospital 
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10:57 AM | Who wants to be embarrassed? Reputational risk drives social media processes
From a C on a restaurant door to a public lawsuit, embarrassment may be the most effective way to make food safer. In the handwashing world, it’s a combination of shock and shame. And that seems to work with food … Continue reading →
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8:27 AM | 30 sick: Salmonella victim speaks out about ‘two weeks of hell’ after eating at The Real China in UK
One of the 30 diners struck down by an outbreak of salmonella after eating at the same Hampshire restaurant has described his “two weeks of hell” battling the infection. George Williams, 20, became so unwell he ended up in hospital … Continue reading →
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8:21 AM | Campy chaos at UK chicken plants?
The chicken factories at the centre of revelations over food poisoning contamination were checked by UK Food Standards Agency inspectors on Friday, as sources reported that Tesco auditors had found failings during a surprise middle-of-the-night inspection at an abattoir in … Continue reading →
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5:02 AM | Review suggests twin-block appliance produces changes- but are they clinically important?
Fixed and removable functional appliances are used in the management of class II malocclusions. The Twin-block consists of upper and lower acrylic bite blocks with occlusal inclined planes that interlock at a 70 degree angle and guide the mandible forward and downward. It is considered that the twin-block is better tolerated by patients. The aim [read the full story...]
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