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April 28, 2015

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4:04 AM | Food safety should not be faith-based (but often is)
As hundreds pray for the revival of Blue Bell ice cream in Texas, Cross Pointe, Ohio, Free Will Baptist Church Pastor Bill Pitts spoke of the mundane moments in life during his April 19 sermon. Little did he know that … Continue reading →

April 27, 2015

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10:05 PM | Worker health and chemical safety reform: ‘What we’re looking for is to first do no harm’
Today, Maine’s legislature held a hearing on the Toxic Chemicals in the Workplace Act, a proposal to require employers to identify harmful chemicals in the workplace and replace them with safer alternatives. It’s the perfect example of state action on behalf of worker safety and exactly the kind of measure that might no longer be possible under two congressional proposals aimed at overhauling the federal Toxic Substances Control Act.
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9:35 PM | Canned potatoes used in potato salad likely culprit in botulism outbreak
Home canning is not something to mess around with. Low acid foods need to be processed using a pressure canner to inactivate Clostridium botulinum spores – boiling water baths (like what is used for pickles and jams) won’t do it. … Continue reading →
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6:01 PM | WHO Issues Folate Recommendations to Prevent Neural Tube Defects
The World Health Organization (WHO) issued new recommendations on the prevention of neural tube defects (NTDs). With approximately 300,000 newborns being born annually with NTDs, it is important that women who may become pregnant consume recommended amounts (400 µg folic acid daily).
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5:01 PM | The Post and Courier wins Pulitzer for series on “a state where the deck is stacked against women trapped in the cycle of abuse”
The 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner for Public Service went to South Carolina’s Post and Courier for the chillingly effective series “Till Death Do Us Part,” about the state’s inadequate response to domestic violence.
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4:43 PM | Help for Dipendra’s family in Nepal
I’ll keep this brief. My research assistant, who has worked for me for 3 years and even moved halfway across the country with my lab when I changed institutions, is from Nepal. While he is safe in the US, his family back home has been devastated by the earthquake. He is trying to raise funds…
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4:39 PM | Does Your Toddler Point at Airplanes? How Early Autism Screening Helps Families and Public Health
“Does your child point with one finger to show you something interesting, such as an airplane in the sky, or a big truck in the road?” An array of questions like this one, asked by a pediatrician or other professional to parents of toddlers, makes up one of the best standardized measures that can detect … Continue reading →
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2:49 PM | Why are you a scientist? 
From the Twitts..... That is, I'm driven more by rage at my own inadequacy than by love of discovery. — Bill Hooker (@sennoma) April 27, 2015 Me, I think I never got past "I wonder what that does?" 
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10:24 AM | Public Health in the News – April 26, 2015
Global The biggest science news story to come out in a long time: Chinese scientists reported that they edited the DNA of human embryos. Carl Zimmer provides a great summary of the history of the field and problems with the … Continue reading →
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5:01 AM | Oral health-related behaviours: improved with interventions using goal setting, self-monitoring and planning
This new review included 14 studies and included 7 theoretical models of health-related behaviour. The findings suggest that Interventions based on the use of goal setting, self-monitoring and planning are effective in improving oral health-related behaviours. The post Oral health-related behaviours: improved with interventions using goal setting, self-monitoring and planning appeared first on The Dental Elf.

April 26, 2015

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11:37 PM | Botulism is scary; memorial service for victim held
A memorial service for Kim Shaw, a member of Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church in Lancaster, Ohio was held today. Twenty-one illnesses have been confirmed; nine others are still showing symptoms.  
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7:59 PM | Tea towel police? Britain’s kitchens so filthy they present health risk
Home cooking may, according to The Independent, be as popular as ever following the success of celebrity chefs on television. But amateur cooks appear to be less keen on kitchen hygiene. New research presented at the Institute of Food Science … Continue reading →
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7:28 PM | Punjab Food Authority giving unsanitary restaurants an easy time of it
A food safety officer requesting anonymity said the Punjab Food Authority in Pakistan had received a complaint that an assistant food safety officer had received Rs50,000 bribe from the restaurant owner so he could keep his restaurant open. At the … Continue reading →
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7:21 PM | The mob and horsemeat in Europe
A coordination centre run by Eurojust and led by the French Desk succeeded in stopping an organised criminal network involved in trade in illegal horsemeat. Police and judicial authorities from France, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the UK … Continue reading →
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7:13 PM | Lunch meat for crack
Larry Bowen was sentenced this week after attempting to trade a tractor-trailer stuffed with $50,000 worth of lunch meat for crack cocaine. Last June, the 45-year-old was hired to deliver meat to locations in Alabama and Florida, but apparently found … Continue reading →
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7:09 PM | Iowa editorial says egg conviction insufficient
Iowa egg producers Austin “Jack” DeCoster and his son, Peter, stood in a Sioux City courtroom April 13 and were sentenced for their role in the nation’s largest egg-related salmonella outbreak. That outbreak, which sickened at least 56,000 people (2,000 … Continue reading →
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6:44 PM | Listeria in ice cream: Tell consumers testing plans, make results public
Chapman and I made this other road trip, in 2002, where we stayed at a B&B in Gippsland, Australia, saw a bad Pink Floyd cover band in Melbourne, went to New Zealand for work (and to see his girlfriend) and … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Death of a Movie Star (Part One of Two)
They called him “the screen’s most perfect lover” and a matinee idol. Though Wallace Reid is largely forgotten today, nobody ever suspected that the scandal surrounding his 1923 drug death would shape the kind of movies Hollywood made about drug...           Related StoriesThe Heroin Miracle (Part Two of Two)Surviving the Essex Disaster (Part 3 of 3)The Freud-Frink Fiasco 
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9:55 AM | Weick’s theories of organisational sense making
Weick’s theories of organisational sense making When I decided to create the post graduate program in the psychology of risk at ACU in 2011 (http://www.humandymensions.com/post-graduate-studies ), I knew that a study of Weick would be foundational. Weick is first introduced in Unit 1 of the Program but is later tackled fully in Unit 4. This […] The post Weick’s theories of organisational sense making appeared first on Safety Risk.

April 25, 2015

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8:59 AM | Building High Performance Safety Cultures
Building High Performance Safety Cultures (More than ‘the way we do things around here’) What is a Safety Culture? First published here: http://safetyma.myob.net/news/building-high-performance-safety-cultures/162354 If you ask most business leaders to describe their company’s safety culture, they will often say ‘ it’s the way we do things around here’. However, if you take a closer look at […] The post Building High Performance Safety Cultures […]
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12:13 AM | We need to make sure this can never happen again
We need to make sure this can never happen again Can you picture this scenario? Manager: So Ben, I’ve just read through the incident report and I see you injured your back when you ran the forklift into the bollard. I need to ask you a few questions as we need to make sure this […] The post We need to make sure this can never happen again appeared first on Safety Risk.

April 24, 2015

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11:22 PM | Impacts of Cognitive Dissonance in the Workplace
Impacts of Cognitive Dissonance in the Workplace Theory of Cognitive Dissonance (CD) describes a condition of stress, or a feeling of internal discomfort caused by conflicting ideas, values, beliefs or practices. Essentially, this is a situation where two or more opposing thoughts are causing psychological discomfort. Humans have an inner drive to maintain harmony between […] The post Impacts of Cognitive Dissonance in the Workplace appeared first on Safety Risk.
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10:44 PM | Chemicals at work taking their breath away: work-related asthma
A Massachusetts company that manufacturers industrial floatation devices for the off-shore oil/gas industry exposed its workers to toxic dust. Nine cases of work-related asthma among its employees were reported to the state health department.
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9:54 PM | No real answers in Ohio botulism outbreak yet
With 20 confirmed cases, nine others showing symptoms, and the tragic death of Kim Shaw, lots of questions remain in the botulism outbreak linked to a potluck dinner at Cross Pointe Free Will Baptist Church. Like what food led to … Continue reading →
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6:32 PM | Prostate Cancer and Nutrition
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among men. It represents 13% of all new cancer cases in the US and >25,000 men will die from it this year. Risk factors for prostate cancer are: age, family history (genetics), and race. Researchers search to determine if nutrition affects prostate cancer risk. A systematic review of 12 self-reported dietary intake and 9 biomarker studies finds no evidence of an association between prostate cancer risk and omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty […]
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2:47 PM | That study of peer review perplexes me
I just can't understand what is valuable about showing that a 1%ile difference in voted score leads to 2% difference in total citations of papers attributed to that grant award. All discussions of whether NIH peer review is working or broken center on the supposed failure to fund meritorious grants and the alleged funding of […]
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1:07 PM | Flexible dieters are more successful dieters: weight regain and the tendency to think in black and white terms
Maintenance of a healthy body weight is challenging for many people. Diet success rates are generally low and it has been shown that 50% of the weight loss is usually regained after one year.  A factor that has been associated with overeating and weight regain is thinking in black and white terms; a personality trait that is called dichotomous thinking. People often hold divided beliefs about food (healthy or unhealthy), their diets (on track or out of track), but also about […]
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12:00 PM | The Freud-Frink Fiasco
Despite becoming a household name later in his life, Dr. Sigmund Freud was not well-known outside of his native Austria during the first two decades of the Twentieth Century. Along with his relative anonymity, he also had money woes courtesy...           Related StoriesThe Turing Problem (Part 1)Murder by MachismoThe Possession of Nicole Aubrey 
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5:01 AM | Health behaviour change counselling in a dental setting
Oral health professionals can play an important role in helping patients adopt good health behaviours. This review summarises 7 systematic reviews, finding that the strongest evidence is for smoking cessation and dietary interventions delivered by dental professionals. The post Health behaviour change counselling in a dental setting appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:56 AM | Not so wholesome: Illinois food company agrees to stop production of contaminated sprouts
On April 22, 2015, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois entered a consent decree of permanent injunction against Wholesome Soy Products Inc., of Chicago, Illinois, owner Julia Trinh, and manager Paul Trinh, following multiple findings … Continue reading →
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