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November 27, 2014

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3:13 PM | Thanks
Today in the USA we think of all the things we are thankful for. I am thankful for another year of awesome from you, Dear Readers. Thanks for reading, for commenting, for writing your Congress Critters, for challenging the bad in academic careers, for donating to school classrooms and for generally giving a care about […]
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1:00 PM | The Devil Made Me Do It.
When faced with negative life events, people often interpret the events by attributing them to the actions of God or Satan (Lupfer, Tolliver, & Jackson, 1996; Ritzema, 1979). To explore these attributions, a new article published in Psychology of Religion...            Related StoriesListening to the GodsAs Former POWs Grow OlderThe Rise of the Robot Therapist 
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8:24 AM | Gross? Just how hygienic is Mumbai’s street food?
No matter the time of night or day, somewhere on the streets of Mumbai there is a plate of deep-fried, mashed-potato patties called vada-pav being served with green chutney; or a bowl of pav-bhaji, a spicy mixture of mashed tomatoes … Continue reading →
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8:21 AM | Bean sprouts tainted with banned additive are again found in China
Bean sprouts are back in the news for all the wrong reasons. Not for the first time, Chinese inspectors have found bean sprouts tainted with a banned food additive, in this instance in a production center on the southern outskirts … Continue reading →
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8:05 AM | Looks like I picked the right week to leave Brisbane as hail strikes
This is what the apartment building across from us looks like.             This is what our next-door neighbor’s place looks like.               This was my response:
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5:59 AM | Dental erosion: information about incidence of erosive wear worldwide remains unclear
Dental erosion is considered to be an increasing problem.However, clear information about the number of people affected is lacking. This review of 22 observational studies suggests that the worldwide prevalence is 30.4% (95%CI 23.8–37.0). However there is considerable heterogeneity between the studies in part related to the number of indices currently being used to measure tooth wear. So the estimate needs to be viewed with caution. The post Dental erosion: information about incidence of […]
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12:36 AM | Buprenorphine Diversion: Beyond a Superficial Understanding
First Posted 11/19/2013 In ‘Addiction Treatment with a Dark Side’, Deborah Sontag of the New York Times shared her observations of the clinical use of buprenorphine for treating opioid dependence, warts and all.  Readers of the Talk Zone know my bias—that buprenorphine/Suboxone is one of the only effective treatments for opioid dependence, and many patients […]

November 26, 2014

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10:26 PM | From the uh, no, that’s not evidence-based file: ‘You never want to cook a turkey frozen.’
Thanksgiving food safety coverage is saturating the Interwebs and some of it is good (evidence-based) some isn’t. Here’s a gem from WVIB in Buffalo: “You never want to cook a turkey frozen,” said [James] Malley. Malley, who’s been a culinary … Continue reading →
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10:13 PM | U.K. restaurant fines are no joke; caterer fined £20k for outbreak
Wedding season for Dani and I lasted three years. Not our wedding (which was organized somewhat hastily) but the ones we attended and participated in for our friends. At one point we had attended 30 in 24 months. We didn’t … Continue reading →
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9:49 PM | U.K. nursery closed following E. coli O55 outbreak
BBC reports that the Blandford Children’s Centre Nursery in Dorset (U.K.) was closed as health officials investigate a cluster of rare E. coli illnesses. Vanessa Glenn, head of family support at Dorset County Council, which runs the nursery in Black … Continue reading →
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9:22 PM | Thanksgiving is my favorite U.S. holiday
After six years in the U.S. celebrating Thanksgiving, this holiday is by far my favorite. The Canadian version occurs on a Monday with two days of weekend buildup and back to real life immediately after the meal. The American iteration … Continue reading →
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5:58 PM | Study: Full-day preschool can set kids up for academic success, better health
Children who have the opportunity to attend full-day preschool programs, versus part-day programs, tend to score higher on school readiness measures such as language, math, socio-emotional development and physical health, according to a recent study. So, why is this finding important to public health? Because education has literally been described as an “elixir” for lifelong health and wellbeing.
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4:43 PM | Interview with Joan Bloch: The connection between bus travel and preterm birth
I spoke with Joan Bloch, PhD, CRNP, about her work on the causes of disparities in preterm birth. Although premature births are declining in America, African-American women are still far more likely than white women to have a baby born … Continue reading »The post Interview with Joan Bloch: The connection between bus travel and preterm birth appeared first on Public Health.
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4:26 PM | E. coli O55 cluster in UK; some cases link to childcare
Since the early 80’s E. coli O157:H7 had been public enemy number one in the pathogenic foodborne E. coli world. Sample and hold strategies that came out of the meat-related E. coli focus was based on O157. Then came the … Continue reading →
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4:06 PM | Annual CCHSR lecture: Rabbi Baroness Neuberger
All welcome to our annual lecture. 5pm on Wednesday, 26 November 2014 at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute, Robinson Way, Cambridge, CB2 0RE.
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3:24 PM | Being Thankful for Good Nutrition
We’re officially less than 24 hours away from Thanksgiving and people are clearly excited by the thought of going into tryptophan-induced turkey comas*. Another nutrient found in turkey that is involved in tryptophan metabolism is vitamin B6. And did you know that, according to the CDC, vitamin B6 deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the United States?
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1:11 PM | “Financial crisis provides a window of opportunity and stimulus for reform” says a Health Foundation report
The aim of this evidence scan was to identify lessons from six other international countries (Ireland, Spain, Portugal, Canada, The Netherlands, Denmark), which the NHS can apply in response to the required austerity measures. The authors used case studies from the countries, chosen for specific reasons described further on in the scan, to find the answers [read the full story...] The post “Financial crisis provides a window of opportunity and stimulus for reform” says a Health […]
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10:32 AM | Egg stamping introduced in Australia today
NSW Minister for Primary Industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, is reminding food retailers and consumers that from today, eggs produced in NSW must be stamped with a unique identifying mark to allow them to be traced back to the farm of origin. … Continue reading →
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10:27 AM | Husband tells of horrific moment of wife’s death after eating reheated Christmas dinner at UK chain pub
 A husband has told how his dying wife’s eyes rolled back into her head after eating a reheated Christmas dinner at one of the country’s top pub chains, a court heard. Mother-of-one Della Callagher died and 32 other diners became … Continue reading →
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10:20 AM | Deal to settle part of Canadian E. coli beef recall lawsuit
Lawyers have brokered a tentative deal to settle part of a class-action lawsuit filed over an E. coli outbreak and the largest meat recall in Canadian history. The lawsuit is against XL Foods Inc., which operated a meat-packing plant in … Continue reading →
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9:44 AM | 100 sick: Food poisoning outbreak at Australian dog track; maybe the mayo?
More than 100 people have been struck down by a gastro outbreak at the Sandown Park Greyhound Racing Club in Melbourne’s south-east. Teachers and students were among the 100 people who fell ill following a valedictory function for Wantirna Secondary … Continue reading →
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9:26 AM | Another side to the story
Another side to the story Another awesome article by Paul Nieuwoudt,  Author of one of my favourite articles:  Zero Harm and a Peasant in 16th Century Europe. Paul puts a positive spin on an age old issue and I think this may create a good deal of healthy debate and thinking. What reaction do you […] The post Another side to the story appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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8:59 AM | Multi-morbidity and the Emperor’s New Clothes: a challenge for primary care researchers
Are single disease guidelines and indicators are going out of fashion? Well they are with people interested in multi-morbidity. The argument is straightforward. Single disease guidelines are usually based on trials which exclude people with multiple complex problems. So how does the physician know how a cholesterol guideline developed from trials on 65 year old ...read more
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6:00 AM | Root canal posts: review suggests no difference in root fracture incidence between metal-and fibre posts
This review compared root fracture rates of metal and fibre root canal posts and found not difference. While 14 studies were included only 7 were randomised trials and all were of low quality so higher quality studies are needed. The post Root canal posts: review suggests no difference in root fracture incidence between metal-and fibre posts appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:22 AM | 13 sick: Illegal cheese factory in Portugal leads to brucellosis outbreak
An unauthorized cheese factory in the northern Portuguese town of Baiao, 370 km north of Lisbon, is the source of an outbreak of brucellosis in the area, which has so far led to 13 confirmed infections, according to local press … Continue reading →
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12:40 AM | Killing the Suboxone Gift Horse with Naltrexone
First Posted 11/14/2013 I received an email update today with important news from the world of psychiatry and addiction.  The email highlighted a study from the October issue of Jama Psychiatry, entitled ‘A Randomized, Double-blind Evaluation of Buprenorphine Taper Duration in Primary Prescription Opioid Abusers’.  The study compared relapse rates in opioid addicts who were tapered […]
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12:25 AM | Not food safety, but something I care about: Support women’s hockey in Brisbane
    Me and Chapman were doing this in Guelph (that’s in Canada) 10 years ago (two of my daughters in the pic). It’s important. I had more hair. Chapman’s in better shape.  
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12:16 AM | How Similar are Humans to Chimpanzees and Orangutans?
Do nonhuman primates (such as chimpanzees and orangutans) have personalities? And how similar are these personality to humans who share an evolutionary history with them? Research looking at personality in humans has identified what is known as the Five-Factor Model...            Related StoriesThe Rise of the Robot TherapistThe Marital Selection Minefield (Part One)As Former POWs Grow Older 
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12:00 AM | Talking turkey with Butterball’s hotline
This is the first American Thanksgiving I’ll be away from Amy, but it’s not such a big deal because it’s too damn hot in Brisbane at this time of year. We used to run the food safety hotline in Canada, … Continue reading →

November 25, 2014

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11:44 PM | Spend restaurant money at places proud of their inspection results: Indiana investigation highlights problems
State law requires counties inspect Indiana’s nearly 12,000 restaurants twice a year. But even when inspectors find mouse droppings, flies and raw meat stored at the wrong temperature, customers might have a hard time finding out about it, an I-Team 8 … Continue reading →
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