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April 09, 2014

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1:24 PM | Why is Water Such a Wicked Problem?
Every two minutes, three children die of diarrheal disease. Most of those deaths could be prevented with clean water and sanitation. We know the solution, and it sounds simple – so why haven’t we achieved it yet? Water, it turns out, is a wicked problem. On April 10 at Drexel, representatives from the fields of … Continue reading →
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12:02 PM | Mobile Telecommunication Technologies for Nutrition and Health
In the not so distant past, the thought of having a portable device capable of sending/receiving messages and phone calls at any time and place was science fiction.  Today the number of active cell phones is estimated at 7.3 billion. More cell phones than people on this planet. We are on the precipice of adopting mobile telecommunication technologies (mHealth) to manage our health and wellness. According to Steinhubl and colleagues, three factors are driving mHealth acceptance
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9:51 AM | No one wants their kid to get sick from animals: best practices paper published
From North Carolina, U.S. to Brisbane, Australia, outbreaks of E. coli, Salmonella and other pathogens related to petting zoos or animal exhibits have been devastating to the families involved. We wanted to provide a checklist for parents, and the teachers … Continue reading →
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9:05 AM | Does food safety risk analysis have a public hope? How politics make us stupid
I have no time for scientists who bitch behind closed doors about how they’re misunderstood by the public. As Thomas Jefferson famously stated, which I always use to introduce my risk analysis course, “I know no safe depository of the … Continue reading →
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1:57 AM | Crown Princess cruise ship hit with fourth norovirus outbreak in four years
Earlier this year Time Magazine included Princess Cruise Line’s ship, the Crown Princess on a list of the 13 worst cruise-related norovirus outbreaks. Twice. 4. Princess Cruises, Crown Princess (January 2010) Total number sick: 396 In 2010, there were 14 outbreaks of illnesses … Continue reading →
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1:30 AM | Las Vegas’ Firefly has food safety problems again
In June 2013 Las Vegas’ Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar was linked to over 250 cases of salmonellosis. Investigators fingered cross-contaminated chorizo as the likely source. At the time of the outbreak owner Tabitha Simmons was quoted as saying, “It’s just … Continue reading →

April 08, 2014

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10:20 PM | On resubmitting unfunded A1 NIH grant applications
Well, well, well. The NIH limited applicants to a single revision ("amendment", hence -01A1 version) of an unfunded "new" grant submission (the -01 version, sometimes called "A0") in 2009. This followed the action in 1997 to limit revisions to two (see RockTalk chart), which hurt PIs like Croce and Perrin. (Six revision? Wow, that is […]
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6:40 PM | To live longer, eat 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day
A paper investigating whether the consumption of fruit and vegetables actually affects health in the general population of England was published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health last week (1). The paper measured health as death due …The post To live longer, eat 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day appeared first on Public Health.
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6:01 PM | 20 cops suffered from diarrhea during Sehat Ka Insaaf drive in Pakistan
At least 20 constables suffered from diarrhea and were admitted to hospitals when they eat food during the “Sehat Ka Insaf programme”, hospital sources told The Nation on Monday. They said that district administration has made food arrangements for police … Continue reading →
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5:52 PM | Fancy food ain’t safe food – Welsh curry edition
A curry house voted the best in Wales only last year has been fined £10,000 after food hygiene inspectors found rat droppings on the premises. The owners of Llanymynech’s Bengal Spices, Rabiul Alam, 34, and Mizanur Chowdhury, 43, pleaded guilty … Continue reading →
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5:40 PM | Wilbur Feagan and food safety
A fitting obituary for Wilbur S. Feagan, who died March 29 at his Springfield, Missouri home at the age of 100. Feagan, who founded the Black Pearl Award via the International Association for Food Protection with an endowment of $35,000, … Continue reading →
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5:24 PM | Man arrested at NY airport for smuggling cocaine in frozen meat
Many years ago when I was a teenager, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (Canada), some friends went to Jamacia, and came back with a wooden owl – filled with ganga. Things haven’t changed much. From … Continue reading →
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4:19 PM | Just the Fats: What’s New? What’s Old?
With the Mediterranean diet all the rage, not only because consumers like its tasty composition but because of research touting its health benefits, experts have had to become more specific about recommendations for fats. There’s a steady drumbeat these days—from everyone from chefs to food writers to health gurus—criticizing nutritionists and the “diet police,” who, [...]
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4:01 PM | Pictures say a thousand words: OSHA Silica Hearings week #3
OSHA's public hearing on its proposed regulation on respirable crystalline silica concluded last week. Some of the final witnesses included the American Petroleum Institute and the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund.
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12:00 PM | Did You Know I Have a Book Coming Out?
That's right. An honest-to-goodness book. That I wrote. All by myself. When I was asked last year by the Everything Series to write a book on PTSD, I was both flattered and frightened. After some hemming-and-hawing, I agreed to submit...            Related StoriesBritish Doctor Goes Undercover to Expose Gay "Cures"In Praise of ChildrenThe Problem With Pain 
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11:23 AM | Liver Disease, Obesity, and Essentiality of Vitamins
Obesity is associated with two metabolic aberrations. The most prevalent is metabolic syndrome, a cluster of disorders produced by a fatty liver, including elevated blood glucose and triglycerides. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is defined by the accumulation of excess fat in the liver. There are  no outward signs of NAFLD. Both metabolic syndrome and NAFLD contribute to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and other chronic diseases, e.g. type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular […]
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2:55 AM | ‘I wasn’t really informed’ spring chicks can bring Salmonella
Springtime and the approaching Easter holiday are causing concern among health officials. This is the time of year people tend to buy chicks and ducklings for their backyard flocks. As a result, the number of people who become infected with … Continue reading →
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2:49 AM | 26 poisoned by sushi in Sonora, Mexico
The number of people with symptoms of food poisoning from eating sushi increased to 26, reported the Ministry of Health of the state. All affected persons have noted that the ingested products in the branch “Rodriguez” chain restaurants That Roll … Continue reading →
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2:27 AM | Fancy food ain’t safe food – NZ edition
As New York City somewhat quietly enacted its first paid sick leave law on April 1, wedding guests and eight serving staff at the exclusive Northern Club in Auckland, New Zealand fell sick in a suspected norovirus outbreak. The wedding … Continue reading →
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2:19 AM | Over 300 report Norovirus symptoms linked to Japanese steakhouse in Michigan
With more than 300 people now reporting symptoms consistent with norovirus linked to the Wild Chef Japenese Steakhouse in Michigan, public health types have now said it’s safe to reopen. Ottawa County Public Health spokeswoman Kristina Wieghmink said the department … Continue reading →
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2:06 AM | I’m barfing; does it matter where foodborne illness happens?
Some people publish in peer-reviewed journals; some publish reports; some publish for a vanity press. According to a report from the U.S. Center for Science in the Public Interest, outbreak data show that Americans are twice as likely to get … Continue reading →
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1:17 AM | 80 crypto cases a year; handwashing is never enough: UK health chief warns over risk of infection from region’s petting farms
We have a paper coming out shortly about best practices at petting zoos and farm visits and state fairs and just hanging out with animals. I’ll follow my own best practice and wait until it’s published to talk about it, … Continue reading →

April 07, 2014

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8:13 PM | If you weren't at SHEA, here's what you missed...
Jon Otter, who blogs at Micro Blog, summarizes last week's Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America meeting here. I'll just add that the topics were interesting, the speakers were excellent, and it was a fun gathering. Next year: Orlando, May 14-17.
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7:30 PM | Candida CAUTI: An oxymoron
While I was attending the SHEA Meeting last week, a list-serve that I follow had some disturbing comments regarding how some hospitals are addressing CAUTIs that are due to Candida spp. I'll address those comments a little later, but first want to address the concept of Candida CAUTI.To meet the NHSN definition of CAUTI, a patient could have fever + 100,000 CFU/mL of Candida in the urine, or fever + 10 WBCs/mL + 1,000 CFU/mL of Candida. While this definition is appropriate for bacteria, it […]
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5:35 PM | Amy March, Sister Bear, Lisa Simpson.....oh hell, just read
Over at Tenure, She Wrote today: For although it is true that Amy is a bit of a conceited twit, I strongly object to the core messages in this little speech: don’t show off, even if that means no-one notices how awesome you are. It’s better to be overlooked than to be conceited. Although I […]
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4:55 PM | Vibrio outbreak prompts changes in oyster handling
I’ve only once had raw oysters, on a trip to New Zealand while in graduate school where some Kiwi food safety folks urged me to try the delicacy. They were slimy. I determined that the taste benefit wasn’t worth the … Continue reading →
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2:07 PM | In Praise of Children
For any child, words of praise can be an important part of learning those skills that can prepare them for adulthood. Whether the praise comes from a parent, a teacher, or even friends, children need to be told that they...            Related StoriesUnderstanding HoardersThe Problem With PainDoes Adversity Make You More Creative? 
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1:43 PM | Life in Grad School: A day in the life of Atif
The editorial staff at Gradifying decided that this month we would describe our experience in graduate school, especially given how different our experiences are. Last week, Amanda discussed her experiences as a graduate student, describing her “field season” and “the outdoors” and “early mornings.” My life is completely different. While Amanda spends her days knee […]
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12:29 PM | The Antioxidant Functions of Riboflavin
When we think of antioxidant nutrients, we think of the big names: vitamin C, vitamin E, the carotenoids, selenium. It is less well known that riboflavin also supports the body’s antioxidant functions. These less well known properties have been reviewed recently by Ashoor and Saedisomeolia.
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12:00 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
President Obama highlights the ways inadequate paid-leave and wage policies affect women workers; a California bill would hold companies liable for violations by the temporary labor firms they contract with; and OSHA proposes $2.3 million in fines against a company that exposed workers to asbestos and lead hazards.
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