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October 21, 2014

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9:25 PM | Full Spectrum Multivitamin and Mineral Supplements: a Source of Essential Nutrients
Twenty years ago, Congress passed the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA), recognizing the role of dietary supplements in health promotion and prevention of chronic diseases. The law established a new regulatory framework and mechanisms to deal with safety issues, labeling, and health claims. It provided guidance on good manufacturing practices. Unfortunately, Congress didn’t guarantee funding for enforcement of DSHEA.
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4:51 PM | Query for Readers: Are Blogrolls Over?
What do you think? Do you ever click on the blogroll anymore? Is this useful to any of you?
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4:06 PM | NIH's rapid growth has let in a bunch of riff-raff!
I am sure Dr. McKnight realizes that when he asserts that "Biomedical research in the 1960s and 1970s was a spartan game" and "Biomedical research is a huge enterprise now; it attracts riff-raff who never would have survived as scientists in the 1960s and 1970s" he is in fact lauding the very scientists "When I […]
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3:42 PM | Congress is dissatisfied with NIH's spending priorities!
This passage appeared in a highly prestigious journal of science. "Important elements in both Senate and the House are showing increasing dissatisfaction over Congress's decade-long honeymoon with medical research....critics are dissatisfied...with the NIH's procedures for supervising the use of money by its research grantees....NIH officials..argued, rather, that the most productive method in financing research is […]
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3:09 PM | Exploring the Roles of Emotion and Bias in Caring for Patients
How we think about emotion affects not only the meanings we ascribe to situations, events or people but also our possible future actions. In medicine, emotion is central to the work carried out by health professionals daily. Understanding, reflecting on, engaging with and expressing emotion are important aspects of practice. That healthcare professionals need to [...]
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12:02 PM | Chili’s restaurant cook fired for shirtless kitchen selfies in Florida
One of my favorite food writers, Tina Nguyen, reports for Mediate, that a Chili’s line cook in Florida was fired this week after photos emerged of him taking shirtless photos in a restaurant, and no, we didn’t make this story … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | "Emotional Damage" Cited in Lawsuit Over Phony Psychologist
A lawsuit filed against the Board of Education in Maryland's Montgomery County claims that a phony psychologist employed by the Board is responsible for leaving the 18-year-old plaintiff "emotionally damaged." According to his lawyer, Ronald Karp, the plaintiff, who has...            Related StoriesWhat is Grisi Siknis?The Case of the Brooklyn Enigma (Part One of Two)What We Can Do to Slow Down the Growing Suicide Rate in Alaska 
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11:19 AM | One child dead, 2 sick from E. coli in Oregon E. coli; parents desperate for answers ask was it a goat named Cathy?
The parents of a Lincoln County girl, Serena Profitt, who died last month of shiga-toxin producing E. coli, say public health officials suspect the 4-year-old was infected by droppings from the family’s goat. But Rachel Profitt told The Oregonian lab tests … Continue reading →
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10:29 AM | Who doesn’t buy canned beets from a gas station?
It was somewhere around 2000 when Chapman accompanied me on a two-week whirlwind tour of Australia and New Zealand, speaking on a variety of topics, sampling kangaroo, and initially staying at a bed and breakfast in East Gippsland on a … Continue reading →
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10:11 AM | Latest Book by Dr Robert Long–Free Download
Latest Book by Dr Robert Long – Free Download Download Chapter 1 of “Following-Leading in Risk”:  To win a FREE COPY of the book CLICK HERE To attend the book launch CLICK HERE   BACK COVER: Understanding what happens in the space between those who lead and those who follow is the new frontier in […] The post Latest Book by Dr Robert Long–Free Download appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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7:45 AM | Nuffield Trust offers an insight into the costs of end of life care
This report from the Nuffield Trust is an important addition to the literature base on end of life care as it attempts to quantify the costs involved in end of life care, from the perspectives of the various services involved.  Although there are limitations to the cost estimates, which are explicitly acknowledged, the findings will [read the full story...]
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5:00 AM | Nerve repositioning for implant placement: neurosensory complications common
This review of complications following inferior alveolar nerve repositioning techniques included 24 studies the majority at high risk of bias. Initial sensory disturbance was highest with lateralisation technique but lower at end of follow up periods than transposition approach. The post Nerve repositioning for implant placement: neurosensory complications common appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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1:56 AM | We’re all hosts on a viral planet: Scientists unlock exact structure of Hepatitis A
That was barroom discussion in graduate school 30 years ago, but not all hosts die because then there’d be no where for the viruses to have babies.. Heady stuff. Scientists have announced that for the first time, they have determined … Continue reading →
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1:11 AM | Blame it on the (chicken) juice — enhances surface attachment and biofilm formation of Campylobacter
We were having dinner with friends Sunday night, and they do a Chinese-style cooking that is light and yummy, but I noticed a lot of cross-contamination going on during the prep (can someone please come up with a better name … Continue reading →
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12:46 AM | “The Hot Zone” and the mythos of Ebola
The Hot Zone was first released in 1994, the year I graduated high school. Like many readers, that book and Laurie Garrett’s The Coming Plague really sparked my interest in infectious diseases. In some sense, I have those books to thank (or blame?) for my career. But I’m still going to criticize it, because as…

October 20, 2014

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10:49 PM | Worth reading: Ebola, family planning and “the conversation that matters most”
Recent pieces address healthcare workers' safety and the research behind controlling Ebola's spread; end-of-life planning; contraception; and more.
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9:33 PM | (This is satire) Senate Passes Bill Mandating Hand Washing
Our foray into sharing satire news has backfired a few times. There was this one story about hot oil being spilled in the kitchen during, some uh intimacy, that garnered a bit of backlash for not being food safety enough. … Continue reading →
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9:10 PM | Arizona school’s noro outbreak linked to over 100 ill
I was chatting with a couple of guys at a birthday party of one of Sam’s friends this past weekend and relayed that I do food safety stuff. One dude said “I hate this time of year: between the colds, … Continue reading →
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8:38 PM | Can Scientists be Social and Translate Science?
Not everyone is intrigued by science. I get that. However, science (and scientists) is interesting. Three reasons to follow science blogs: 1) By nature, scientists test hypotheses. When considering questions from different perspectives, they challenge the status quo. 2) Scientists have a profound ability to distill a problem into the obvious. And 3), being a scientist can be fun. We may even have friends.
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7:05 PM | Xanax Worsens Anxiety and Panic
First posted 12/13/2012 Anxiety is one of the most common presenting complaints for people who come to my psychiatric practice. By the time people with anxiety visit a psychiatrist, they have usually discussed their symptoms with friends and family members, and some have been to their family care physician. And as a result of these … … Continue reading →
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6:59 PM | Following-Leading In Risk–Book Competition
Following-Leading In Risk–Book Competition The first 3 books in the series by Dr Rob Long were total sell outs, as were their reprints – which is rare for any book these days let alone one about Safety and Risk! Here is your chance to win a copy of the new book “Following-Leading In Risk” by […] The post Following-Leading In Risk–Book Competition appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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6:58 PM | Bash Science with Gay AND Fat-shaming? It's like a rightwing three-fer
We recently discussed how the Origami Condom project supported under the Small Business Innovation Research Congressional mandate had quite obvious public health implications in a prior post. This was in response to the gleeful Republican bashing of NIH funding priorities in the wake of NIH Director Francis Collins' rather poorly considered claims* that Ebola research […]
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6:35 PM | Are Drone Operators Experiencing Burnout?
With the launch of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Iraqi Freedom (OIF), drones have become a vital part of the U.S. military's operations in different parts of the world. Controlled either by onboard computers or remote operated by operators on...            Related StoriesKeeping Rural Veterans AliveCan Anger in Infants Predict Later Problems?What We Can Do to Slow Down the Growing Suicide Rate in Alaska 
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2:13 PM | How can we use patient experience surveys to improve care?
One new answer, for cancer patients, comes from our analysis of the National Cancer Patient Experience Survey, published this week in the European Journal of Cancer Care We found strong inequalities in experience between patients with different cancer diagnoses, and these were pretty consistent across the whole patient journey, from pre-diagnosis care to post hospital ...read more
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1:26 PM | Can Anger in Infants Predict Later Problems?
How does your baby handle anger? Research studies suggest that young children responding with excessive anger to blocked goals (such as taking away a favourite toy) can help identify whether they might be at risk for later problems such as...            Related StoriesStigma and Seeking HellpWhat We Can Do to Slow Down the Growing Suicide Rate in AlaskaChild Abuse and Raising the Next Generation 
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1:00 PM | 12 simple ways to prevent cancer
33% to 50% of all cancers are attributable to preventable lifestyle causes, such as smoking and tobacco use, poor diet, alcohol consumption, and obesity (1-3). Genetics play a tiny role, causing only 5-10% of all cancers. The remainder of cancer … Continue reading »The post 12 simple ways to prevent cancer appeared first on Public Health.
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4:59 AM | Peri-implantitis: little evidence that particular non-surgical treatments are better than debridement alone
This Bayesian network meta-analysis only included 11 small studies of overall low quality. While the greatest reduction in PPD was seen with debridement in conjunction with antibiotics the difference are small so it is difficult to conclude that any particular non-surgical treatment for peri-implantitis performs better than debridement alone The post Peri-implantitis: little evidence that particular non-surgical treatments are better than debridement alone appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:24 AM | Human Dymensions Newsletter–October 2014
Human Dymensions Newsletter–October 2014 Book Launch 21 November 2014   DOWNLOAD THE FLYER WITH CONTACT LINKS Follow-Leading in Risk Launch Flyer RSVP: Email Brad Markham Rob and Craig are pleased to invite you to the launch of book 4 in the series on risk. The details of the book launch are pictured above and the […] The post Human Dymensions Newsletter–October 2014 appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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12:10 AM | Social Media and Safety
Social Media and Safety and, Safety in Social Media There is no doubt that social media has changed the way we live, relationships, communication, politics and worldview. Hoffer (1951) The True Believer; Ellul, (1973) Propaganda; Sunstein (2006) Infotopia; Kirkpatrick (2010) The Facebook Effect ; Turkle (2011) Alone Together and Keen (2007, 2012) The Cult of […] The post Social Media and Safety appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.

October 19, 2014

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11:03 PM | Public Health in the News – October 19, 2014
Global An ambitious UNAIDS initiative aims to block the spread of HIV by 2020, banking on growing evidence that antiretroviral therapy (ART) equals prevention. As the Ebola outbreak rages on, read a powerful, touching, and most importantly, useful piece by … Continue reading →
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