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March 18, 2015

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5:04 PM | Using High-Resolution Maps to Address Nutritional Gaps
Yesterday’s blog was derived out of frustration that a health professional would undermine trust of professional colleagues and council against well-accepted recommendations in a news broadcast. Today we cover the opposite spectrum – a sensible, thought-provoking, rational recommendation to help reduce the risk of poor health in millions of people because of vitamin D insufficiency. Hats off to authors Karras, Anagnostis, Paschou, Kandaraki and Goulis.
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9:00 AM | So will pharmacists save the NHS?
Well maybe, but we shouldn’t get too carried away. The RCGP and RPS have produced a joint statement of how pharmacists and GPs could work better together and the news media today are talking about an ‘army’ of pharmacists coming to the rescue of general practice. Should we be greeting the cavalry with open arms? ...read more
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6:00 AM | Orthodontic treatment: does it impact on quality of life?
A 3-year school-based cohort study found that oral health related quality of life improved in young people over time whether or not they had undergone orthodontic treatment. The post Orthodontic treatment: does it impact on quality of life? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:42 AM | 4 of the most commonly recalled foods (and how to buy them safely)
We talked to former professor of food safety, Douglas Powell, about the safest ways to eat the things we love. Baked Goods The Concern: While it’s been more than 10 years since the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act … Continue reading →
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3:31 AM | The foodborne illness parade
I have a few signature dishes that I cook regularly: corn/basil salad, beef bourguignon, butternut squash soup and steak salad. They are in a weekly rotation. People (Dani) tells me that the meals are good. But I wouldn’t sell them. … Continue reading →
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12:41 AM | Jersey restaurants’ 4-strike rule: Hamilton considers stiff fines, closure for failed health inspections
In an attempt to make sure restaurant workers are washing their hands and keeping the kitchen clean, Hamilton officials are preparing to bring the hammer down on restaurant owners who frequently violate health codes. The township council on Tuesday is … Continue reading →
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12:21 AM | Scotch and a smoke with your kid? Raw milk fans cheer state laws
Bioethicist Arthur Caplan, head of the Division of Medical Ethics, at New York University, tells Today Health, “Adults drive, cliff dive and smoke, but they have to be informed about risks. The ethical considerations become much more difficult when kids … Continue reading →

March 17, 2015

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11:34 PM | Everything comes down to poo
My mom said she got foodborne illness a couple of years ago, and it affected her for over a year. She didn’t contact the health unit and didn’t go the hospital, because that’s how we roll. My mom’s like most … Continue reading →
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10:56 PM | Study: Declines in air pollutants had direct positive effect on children’s health
In the first study of its kind, researchers have found that improved air quality in southern California had a direct effect on children’s respiratory health. The findings point to the effectiveness of smart public health policy — in other words, even as southern California experienced increases in traffic and commerce, aggressive air pollution policies resulted in cleaner air and healthier kids.
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10:15 PM | Cryptosporidium: 22 years since Milwaukee outbreak killed 69 sickened 400K
Twenty-two years ago this month, residents of Milwaukee started falling ill with nausea, diarrhea and abdominal cramps. At first, a highly contagious intestinal virus was blamed. But as symptoms struck tens of thousands of people – closing schools and businesses … Continue reading →
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9:39 PM | Vibrio in Tampa and New Zealand
The opportunistic pathogen Vibrio vulnificus occurs naturally in estuarine habitats and is readily cultured from water and oysters under warm conditions but infrequently at ambient conditions of <15°C. The presence of V. vulnificus in other habitats, such as sediments and … Continue reading →
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9:21 PM | Your Grant in Review: Future Directions
One of the most perplexing thing I have learned about the review of 5 year R01 NIH grant proposals is a species of reviewer that is obsessed with Future Directions. It was a revelation to me in one of my first few study section meetings that some reviewers really want to see extensive comment on […]
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8:23 PM | Use a thermometer, not steaming hot: Bad government advice paid by taxpayers in UK and Aus
The taxpayer funded bullshit is below, even though the US and Canada say, use a damn thermometer, because color is a lousy indicator. The science is clear on this issue. The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is reminding people to … Continue reading →
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7:56 PM | Salmonella in Trader Joe’s walnuts
Trader Joe’s Company is recalling Raw Walnuts because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The recalled Trader Joe’s Raw Walnuts were distributed to Trader Joe’s stores nationwide. The products are packaged in clear plastic bags with … Continue reading →
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4:56 PM | Lawsuit filed in norovirus-linked fatality
Foodborne norovirus is linked to around 5.5 million illnesses a year and costs the U.S. around $3 billion annually. Fortunately most of the cases result in a couple of days of really bad vomiting or diarrhea – but usually not deaths (an estimated 150 annually). According to … Continue reading →
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4:39 PM | Don’t be Misled, Vitamin D is Safe and Required for Health
I wonder if the American Medical Association is pleased with Dr Agus’ insinuation that we shouldn’t trust our doctor. In the CBSNews this morning, he says, “If your doctor says you should be on vitamin D, I want you to say where is the data it will benefit me and challenge for that data.” It is an extreme position for one doctor to casually dismiss evidence that 9 out of 10 Americans are not getting enough vitamin D. When Agus tells Gayle King she is unlikely to have […]
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4:24 PM | Chewing on a band-aid isn’t fun
I spend most of my time at the hockey rink. Between Jack’s practices/games on weekends and my adult beer league games on Mondays and Wednesdays, my non-food safety social interactions revolved around the ice. Sometimes my two worlds cross-over. One of my hockey buddies … Continue reading →
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3:10 PM | A healthy society is a disaster resilient society
Today, we warmly welcome to the blog Professor Shinichi Egawa from the Division for International Cooperation for Disaster Medicine, International Institute of Disaster Science at Tōhoku University. His bio can be found at the bottom of this post. Disasters are usually measured … Continue reading »The post A healthy society is a disaster resilient society appeared first on Public Health.
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2:55 PM | A Medical Student’s Journey to Match Day
Editors’ Note: This week is Match Week, the long-awaited yearly event when graduating medical students across the country learn if they match to a residency program and, if so, where they’ve been accepted. This week we hear from two students with a different take on Match Day, held on Friday, March 20. On January 13, while [...]
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12:00 PM | Sleepwalking Defense Leads to Acquittal in Child Murder Case
A North Carolina man has been acquitted of killing his four-year-old son in 2010. The verdict was greeted with dismay by family members. According to witnesses, 50-year-old Joseph Anthony Mitchell Mitchell attempted to kill his other two children, 13-year-old Lexi...            Related StoriesThe Two Messiahs (Part Two of Two)The Turing Problem (Part 2)"Kissing Selfies" Lead to Anti-Gay Crackdown in Russia 
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9:57 AM | Salmonella risk in Frontier Co-op organic garlic powder
Frontier Co-op is voluntarily recalling several of its products manufactured with organic garlic powder that were sold under its Frontier and Simply Organic brands, and one product sold under the Whole Foods Market brand due to potential Salmonella contamination. To … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | Recognise the barriers to your improvement
It's often quoted that 70% of change programmes fail in the NHS but it's less clear why and what the solutions may be. In this blog, Alison Turner considers an evidence scan by Health Foundation, which offers some insight on the key barriers, which hamper improvement in projects and programmes. The post Recognise the barriers to your improvement appeared first on The Commissioning Elf.
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6:01 AM | Tooth preparation for crowns
This review of tooth preparation for crowns focuses mainly on the total occlusal convergence angle (TOC). The traditionally recommended 2-4 degree TOC was seen to be unachievable in the clinical situation. The post Tooth preparation for crowns appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:25 AM | March Madness Donor's Choose Drive!
Folks, you know how I love the Donor's Choose. [Almost as much as I don't like March Madness, in a curious balance of the Force. ] Anyway, GertyZ and her co-conspirator Namaste-ish have cooked up another Basket Baller Bracket Bragger thingy. Join IN. The rules are simple. So here's the deal. If you wanna play, […]
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4:22 AM | How to know your Canadian
I go to sleep earlier than Amy, while she watches Real Housewives of Somewhere to wind down. Last night, while asleep, I asked her, “What time is it?” “9 o’clock.” “Beauty.” And then I apparently added, “Party on.” Coaching (ice) hockey is … Continue reading →
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4:07 AM | Suboxone Side Effects
I’ve received questions over the years from people claiming a range of symptoms from Suboxone or buprenorphine, from back or muscle pain to fatigue, depression, or irritability. I didn’t invent Suboxone, so I don’t take it personally when people blame commonly-occurring symptoms on the drug. But I get bored by the non-scientific thinking behind such ... Read more
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2:29 AM | Dear Authors, Don't do this. Ever.
this has been bopping around on the Twitts lately.. Shit --- - F. Cesari / Nature pic.twitter.com/8vlpksZZHc — Sarah (@Drosophilista) March 10, 2015
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12:45 AM | £6,700 fine: Pictures show filth at UK Indian takeaway
Disgusting conditions were discovered in a takeaway when a horrified customer shopped the owner after seeing a mouse run into the kitchen. Indian Ocean has been ordered to pay out more than £6,700 after its co-director Matab Uddin was banned … Continue reading →
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12:05 AM | Cattle poop can get into irrigation water: E. col and strawberries in Belgium
Strawberries are an important fruit in Belgium in both production and consumption, but little information is available about the presence of Salmonella and Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli (STEC) in these berries, the risk factors in agricultural production, and possible specific … Continue reading →

March 16, 2015

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11:59 PM | It’s the season, not the farm, silly (and the poop): E. coli and leafy greens in US
Small- and medium-size farms in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States use varied agricultural practices to produce leafy greens during spring and fall, but the impact of preharvest practices on food safety risk remains unclear. To assess farm-level risk … Continue reading →
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