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March 06, 2015

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6:01 AM | Mouthwashes and plaque control in orthodontic patients
This review of mouthwash use in patients having fixed banded orthodontic treatment included 15 small studies and suggests that they reduce plaque levels. However the clinical relevance of the findings are uncertain and larger well conducted studies are needed. The post Mouthwashes and plaque control in orthodontic patients appeared first on The Dental Elf.

March 05, 2015

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11:54 PM | It’s not unfortunate, it’s preventable: Second food poisoning outbreak linked to Brisbane Convention Centre
Food safety amateur hour here in Brisbane. A second outbreak of food poisoning has been linked to Brisbane’s Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC), as health authorities continue to investigate an incident in which hundreds of Queensland Education employees fell sick. … Continue reading →
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11:35 PM | It’s not a totality, man? Sphere me. Food safety behavior
In order to minimise the occurrence of foodborne illness, it is recommended that individuals perform safe food-handling behaviours, such as cooking food properly, cleaning hands and surfaces before preparing food, keeping food at the correct temperature, and avoiding unsafe foods. … Continue reading →
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5:31 PM | Thought of the Day
This is about the cognitive dissonance involved with realizing your part in a collective action. It is about the result of a slowly evolving cultural hegemony. It is about the tragedy of the commons and the emergent properties of systems that depend on the decisions of individual self-interested actors. It is not all about Snidely […]
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3:55 PM | NPR and ProPublic provide reality check on US workers’ comp system
Michael Grabell and Howard Berkes use the experiences of injured workers as a reality check on the
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3:51 PM | Seeking Mental Health Services as a Medical Student
I am wearing my favorite scrubs, the teal ones a friend gave to me while I was volunteering in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake. My first-year classmates and I are in front of the anatomy lab at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, waiting to see our cadaver for the first time. Our group enters [...]
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2:05 PM | Why We Need To Let People in Gaza Know That Their Community Is Waiting to Help
Why We Need To Let People in Gaza Know That Their Community Is Waiting to Help Posted: 03/04/2015 2:23 pm EST Updated: 03/04/2015 2:59 pm EST Share 0 Tweet 0 0 Comment 0 Since 2001, Palestinian militants have launched thousands...            Related StoriesCan Chronic Medication Use Cause Dementia?Forgiveness and your HealthBearing the Wounds of Christ 
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1:00 PM | Who Gets Bullied?
The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified bullying as a serious health risk for adolescents. In today's age of social media and smartphones, this health risk has taken on new forms and extended its reach. Strategies to reduce the prevalence...            Related StoriesCan Chronic Medication Use Cause Dementia?Forgiveness and your HealthHow to Survive a Slasher Film 
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6:01 AM | Periodontitis: evidence lacking for different cytokine/chemokine profiles in aggressive and chronic disease
This review included 17 studies and 843 patients. A wide range of cytokines/chemokines were assessed but the available evidence is not sufficient to prove that there are distinct differences between patients with aggressive periodontitis and those with chronic periodontitis. The post Periodontitis: evidence lacking for different cytokine/chemokine profiles in aggressive and chronic disease appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:00 AM | Menzies Gets it Wrong
In Opioid Addiction Treatment Should Not Last a Lifetime, Percy Menzies resurrects old theories  to tarnish buprenorphine-based addiction treatment.  Methadone maintenance withstood similar attacks over the decades, and remains the gold standard for the most important aspect of treating opioid dependence:  preventing death. Menzies begins by claiming that a number of ideas that never had the support of modern … Continue reading Menzies Gets it Wrong
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3:26 AM | Food safety cleanup: and don’t celebrate International Women’s Day at an all-male club in Australia
Three new cases of hepatitis A linked to recalled frozen berries imported from China have been reported in Australia, bringing the total to 26. Sucks. Cook frozen berries for one minute, see our infosheet at http://barfblog.com/2015/02/new-food-safety-infosheet-hepatitis-a-illnesses-linked-to-frozen-berries-in-australia/ We don’t need no … Continue reading →
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2:45 AM | Campylobacter sucks: Irish woman’s terrifying ordeal, paralyzed and couldn’t move a muscle
An Irish woman was left paralysed from her neck to her toes after eating a chicken which was contaminated with a common bacteria. Sandra Loftus, from Kinsealy, Co Dublin, contracted Guillain-Barre Syndrome – a severely debilitating condition of the nervous … Continue reading →
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1:47 AM | Congress squeezes Obama’s reg czar about lack of transparency
Testifying before the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, OIRA chief Howard Shelanski was criticized from both sides of the aisle for his office's lack of transparency in handling reviews of agencies' regulatory actions.

March 04, 2015

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11:49 PM | Harold Varmus is stepping down from the NCI Director position
His letter to the NCI community is here. Finally, when I return to New York City full time on April 1st, I will establish a modestly sized research laboratory in the Meyer Cancer Center at the Weill-Cornell Medical College... Harold Varmus is 75 years old. I will be very fascinated to see if his idea […]
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10:27 PM | 2 dead, 31 sick: Same Salmonella strain found in Australian bakery that supplies nursing homes
The strain of Salmonella thought to have killed two nursing home residents and caused dozens of others to fall ill has been found in a Wollongong bakery, tests have confirmed. To date, 31 cases of confirmed salmonella have been reported … Continue reading →
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10:18 PM | But don’t panic: 6 students sick with E. coli from same school in California
An E. coli outbreak in Lodi, California has sickened six elementary school children, requiring one to be hospitalized. The children all attend the same elementary school, but the school has been ruled out as a source of the outbreak. Two … Continue reading →
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9:06 PM | Gen X will never live up to its scientific potential
The NIH Director, Francis Collins, was speaking to Congress this week and was widely quoted as lamenting the fate of junior scientists. As per this Sam Stein bit in HuffPo: “This is the issue that wakes me up at night when I try to contemplate the future of where biomedical research can go in the […]
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8:48 PM | Nutrition Advice for Residents of Lake Wobegon
In describing the residents of Lake Wobegon, Garrison Keillor writes it is a community where “all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and all our children are above average”. The belief that we are unique, and certainly not average, may partially explain dietary and lifestyle behaviors. When the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) writes that the majority of Americans are not consuming recommended amounts of 8 essential nutrients, we probably think, […]
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7:14 PM | PEPFAR, abstinence, and evidence
Stanford medical student Nathan Lo reportedly caused a stir at the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) last week when he presented a new finding: After analyzing surveys completed by 800,000 people in 22 sub-Saharan African countries, Lo and his colleagues found "no evidence to suggest that PEPFAR funding of abstinence and faithfulness programs results in reduced high-risk sexual behavior."
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4:10 PM | Gillian Flynn – the master of the dark side
Most people will know Gillian Flynn as the author of the novel ‘Gone Girl’ which was adapted into a Hollywood movie starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike in the autumn of 2014. However, Flynn has quite a talent for creating well-crafted psychological thrillers; her other novels ‘Sharp Objects’ and ‘Dark Places’ are equally as gripping. […]
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2:44 PM | Early diagnosis of cancer: advances and new evidence
CCHSR researchers have been busy with a number of new analyses on the early diagnosis of cancer, including the potential impact of delayed diagnosis on survival. Gary Abel summarises our collection of five new papers here
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6:01 AM | Temporomandibular disorders: open or arthroscopic surgery?
This review looked at surgical approaches for the management of internal derangement of the temporomandibular joint. Seven studies were identified of which 3 were randomised trials. Benefits for some outcomes were found with both open and arthroscopic surgery. However the available evidence is limited. The post Temporomandibular disorders: open or arthroscopic surgery? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:28 AM | Why does Australia have these huge outbreaks? And an egg problem? 250 now sick from principals’ conference
The number of people who have been struck down by food poisoning since eating at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre last week as part of a principals conference has jumped to 250. The cases are spread across Queensland with … Continue reading →
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3:05 AM | 2 dead, 29 sick at aged-care: Australia apparently sucks at Salmonella control
Public health authorities are concerned after two new cases of Salmonella emerged at aged care facilities in the Illawarra this week, bringing the total number of patients to 31. Last week authorities were hopeful the outbreak of the food-borne illness … Continue reading →
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2:48 AM | 175 sick with Salmonella: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre kitchen dumps eggs and poultry, Lloyds of London is a food safety auditor?
I can’t make this stuff up. The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will continue to source food from the same suppliers, but has suspended the use of poultry and eggs, after the second-worst outbreak of salmonella poisoning in Queensland’s history. … Continue reading →
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12:12 AM | Food safety cleanup
A Japanese buffet restaurant in Stockbridge, Georgia, was asked to close after failing another health inspection, its third in less than six months. The food permit for Huge Hibachi Sushi Buffet, 5425 N. Henry Blvd., was recently suspended because of … Continue reading →

March 03, 2015

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11:27 PM | National Nutrition Month: Focus on Getting Your Vitamins and Minerals
March is National Nutrition Month, a nutrition and education campaign ponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Their 2015 theme is “Bite into a Healthy Lifestyle”. Everyone should try to eat healthier and be more physically active.  Good advice for the more than 7 billion people needing food. It is needed. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee identified 8 vitamins and minerals that most Americans fail to meet recommended intakes.  
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11:25 PM | Researchers: Beyond social justice and fairness, income inequality is a matter of health
The public health literature is pretty clear when it comes to income status and poverty and their profound effects on health, disability, disease and life expectancy. But what about income inequality? Does a rising gap in wealth and resource distribution affect people’s health too?
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10:57 PM | A real headline: Health Officials React To An Outbreak Of Stomach Yuck
I don’t know what Stomach Yuck is, but health department folks in Florida are reacting to it, according to WUWF radio. An outbreak of a nasty stomach bug (Stomachus yuckii? – ben)  has health officials getting the word out about basic … Continue reading →
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8:01 PM | Australia still has an egg (food porn) problem: Former partner of MKR judge investigated after food poisoning incident at Double Bay Public School
The story below from the Wentworth Courier gives a taste of the disdain and food porn that permeates Australian egg culture. A table of egg-based Salmonella outbreaks is available here. The former partner of TV chef Manu Feildel has been implicated … Continue reading →
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