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October 30, 2014

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10:14 PM | My five daughters play hockey
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4:35 PM | If you can ride a bike - YoU CaN't SpREAd EbOLa!!!!
Since Ebola is only spread very late in the disease, like when you are sick and in the ICU, it goes without saying that Kaci Hickox is no risk to her community. But she looks to be in great shape, so any squirrel in the road better watch out!
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4:18 PM | SFN 2014: Put NIH Row on Your Itinerary
As the neuroscientists in the audience prepare for their largest annual scientific gathering, I like to remind my Readers to attend to a chore which will improve their odds of obtaining NIH grant funding. This includes a little bit of homework on your part, so block out an hour or two with your coffee cup. […]
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3:56 PM | Multivitamin-Mineral Supplements are Safe, Practical Way to Obtain Nutrients
In the US, a supplement is taken orally and intended to “supplement the diet” with ingredients such as vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanical products, amino acids and substances such as metabolites. The Council for Responsible Nutrition reports that 68% of US adults report taking dietary supplements (50% report being regular users). The majority (>95%) use multivitamin-mineral supplements.  An overwhelming majority (83%) express confidence in the safety, quality and […]
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3:17 PM | Calling Ian Betteridge: Are grocery store conveyor belts a significant source of foodborne illness?
I’m sitting at the NoroCORE annual meeting and listening to Aron Hall and others talk about sources of noro illnesses. Stuff like ill food handlers and bare hand contact in full service restaurants rise to the top as risk factors … Continue reading →
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2:49 PM | Wayne Farms slammed by OSHA for gaming system on poultry worker injuries
After more than a decade, OSHA used its "general duty clause" to issue citations to a poultry processing firm for ergonomic hazards.
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2:26 PM | Maybe something is lost in translation: 4-year-old’s death a misadventure
Kids dying from foodborne illness hits me like a punch in the gut. After following illnesses and outbreaks for 15 years I still take pause to think about my kids when I see a tragic story involving children. Outbreaks rarely … Continue reading →
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1:58 PM | Balancing the Patient Experience with Evidence-Based Medicine
Recently, Dr. Peter Kramer published an intriguing, well-written, but poorly reasoned and potentially dangerous “thought piece” in the New York Times. His article, “Why Doctors Need Stories,” contains several logical flaws and erroneous arguments, but the overarching concept is a classic “straw man” argument.
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12:00 PM | Public health agencies should prioritize public health based on evidence, not fear
The Editorial: The complexity of health requires an expansion of the areas covered by public health agencies Ed note: This post comes to us from our PLOS Blogs friend Dr Travis Saunders. Travis Saunders has a PhD in Human Kinetics … Continue reading »The post Public health agencies should prioritize public health based on evidence, not fear appeared first on Public Health.
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12:00 PM | Trusting the Written Word
Children have many opportunities to learn from others through oral and written sources. Recent evidence suggests that early readers place more trust in written over oral testimony when learning names for unfamiliar objects. Across three studies recently published in the...            Related StoriesUS Foreign Aid and TerrorismChild's Murder Reveals Desperate Plight of Single Mothers in JapanGetting That Exercise Habit 
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3:09 AM | Crazy Week for Suboxone
Originally Posted 3/3/2013 What a crazy week for buprenorphine.  I’ve written about the FDA slapping the face of Reckitt Benckiser by denying their Citizens’ Petition.  Adding insult to injury, the FDA then approved two generic formulations of Suboxone tabs (actually, the correct name is buprenorphine/naloxone combination tabs).  Stock in RB dropped about 5%, but shares regained most of […]
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2:53 AM | Reckitt Benckiser Citizen Petition for Suboxone: DENIED
Posted 2/23/2013 For those who missed my explanation, I’m adding these old posts to reconstruct the archive.  The site’s database was damaged by something, somehow… New posts coming soon. Find a copy of the response here, or at this url:www.suboxonetalkzone.com/cpresponse.pdf

October 29, 2014

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11:07 PM | Galway Kinnell (1927-2014): A Memory
Galway Kinnell, NY Times, 29 October 2014Galway Kinnell died yesterday, at his home in Vermont.I found this out in the same way I learn about all too many things. Not by reading the New York Times, although I do, and I did find his obituary there; but rather in a friend’s Facebook status. I am not a poet – not a published one, at least. I was an upstart, a somewhat overly self-confident English minor at a small college in Virginia. That was in 1982 – or was it 1981? – […]
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9:28 PM | Analysis: Raising the minimum wage could save billions in public assistance
Raising the federal minimum wage isn’t only good for workers — it’s good for the federal budget as well, according to a new issue brief from the Economic Policy Institute.
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9:17 PM | Ebola - Some Hope for Control
Ebola, as we all know, is out of control. As an example, every time I turn on the TV there is Dan or Mike or Dan staring back at me. Eventually, we will calm down in the US and begin to focus our attention on the critical outbreak in West Africa. My prediction is that this will happen sometime soon after November 4th (Election Tuesday). In the mean time, there is some possibly, maybe, hopefully good news out of West Africa in today's NYT. As of a few days ago, fewer than half of the 649 […]
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8:35 PM | One-and-done NIH Grants: A bug or a feature?
There is an interesting new survival analysis for PIs that have been awarded at least one R01 posted at RockTalk. Briefly, what you are looking at is as follows: We chose three cohorts of first-time R01-equivalent awardees — those who received their first R01-equivalent award in 1989, 1997, or 2003....We used data on these three […]
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7:35 PM | Nutrient Status, Healthy Livers, and Metabolic Syndrome
Nutrition science developed from a desire to understand the components of a healthy diet. The goal of nutrition guidance (nutrition policy) is to guide human behavior, including food choices, to favor health and longevity. By helping people understand the 5 food groups in the context of a healthy plate, government agencies hope to influence nutritional value of our diet and ultimately, human health.
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6:49 PM | What is the scariest disease? Depends how you define scary.
Whether you’re personally afraid of Ebola or not, you have to admit it’s a scary disease: no vaccine, no cure, and high fatality rate are just a few of its distinguishing features. Recently I polled my friends on what diseases … Continue reading »The post What is the scariest disease? Depends how you define scary. appeared first on Public Health.
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3:43 PM | Guest Post: Ebola and the Reversal of Transmission Dynamics
L. Silvia Munoz-Price, MD PhDThis is a guest post by Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, Enterprise Epidemiologist at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Institute for Health and Society/Department of Medicine.There is an interesting phenomenon occurring during this Ebola outbreak. The relationship between health care workers and personal protective equipment (PPE) has shifted. Let’s state a fact: up until now, most Infection Control providers have permanently struggled to ensure compliance […]
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10:49 AM | Chinese whistle-blowers to get 60% of food safety fines
The Greater Kaohsiung Council has amended municipal food safety rules to offer whistle-blowers 60 percent of the resulting fines levied on convicted companies — the highest cash reward offered in the nation. Councilors from across party lines unanimously approved the … Continue reading →
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9:55 AM | 12 bizarre foods confiscated from U.S. borders
From BonAppetit.com, people try to sneak in the darndest foods when they’re entering the U.S. From Argentine vicuña patties to Zambian baobab fruit, officials confiscate enough food at the border to throw a months-long (and rather exotic) feast (learn more … Continue reading →
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9:35 AM | People barfing everywhere: Dozens sick at NAACP annual gala
Public health officials are investigating a possible case of food poisoning that left more than 50 attendees at an NAACP gala with terrible vomiting and diarrhea. Twelve people were taken by ambulance to hospitals and treated for dehydration, officials said. … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Elf Break
The Dental Elf is taking a short break and will be back on the 4th November The post Elf Break appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:25 AM | Not a new BIG idea
Not a new BIG idea Just read an enjoyable article Posted by Loren Murray on the Safety Differently Blog. This is by no means a new concept and I don’t know why it required the involvement of a University to trial and implement but the outcome and the learnings are the important bit. I discovered this concept in the early 90’s as a green Uni graduate chucked into a management role. In a nutshell, I learned that “I work for them” not the other way around – I wrote […]
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1:40 AM | Norovirus grounds NZ plane while health authorities are consulted
In 2013, then four-year-old Jack yacked on a flight which led to a fascinating display of infection control by Delta Airlines involving plastic bags (to contain the potential pathogen) and coffee pods (to manage the smell). The flight crew let … Continue reading →
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1:10 AM | Quarantines: Chaos and Confusion
There has been a quantum change in the past few days as to how healthcare workers (HCW) returning from the West African countries of Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone are being treated. This was prompted by two cases. First, Dr. Craig Spencer, a physician with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF, aka Doctors Without Borders) developed a [...]
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1:10 AM | Good ole’ timey science-off: what’s the best way to wash hands, do sanitizers have a role?
Science is about a world–view of a topic and providing the data to back up that view. Biology is especially messy. International handwashing day was October 15, but I was busy making a mess. In Australia, the feds have a … Continue reading →

October 28, 2014

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9:18 PM | Raw sprouts with Salmonella strike again; UK wedding guests win compensation
Wedding guests have won tens of thousands of pounds worth of compensation after beansprouts served at a reception caused a deadly outbreak of food poisoning. Rene Kwartz, 82, died in hospital three weeks after contracting salmonella at a Jewish celebration … Continue reading →
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7:52 PM | Z Natural Foods recalls Lightly Roasted Organic Carob Powder due to possible Salmonella health risk
We all experiment in university. For me it was six months of vegetarianism, and I replaced chocolate with carob powder, as I was cooking everything from scratch. Carob tastes like dust. Z Natural Foods of West Palm Beach, Florida is … Continue reading →
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7:34 PM | 25 Japanese tourists isolated at Australia hospital
Twenty-five Japanese tourists have been isolated at a Sydney hospital after suffering from illness and vomiting. “Symptoms appear to be similar to food poisoning … it’s not confirmed but they are the kind of symptoms that we are looking at,” … Continue reading →
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