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February 24, 2015

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2:08 PM | A lesson on Supplemental Materials
What happens when you bury data in supplemental figures b/c reviewers ask for it? Another lab publishes a primary paper on same topic. — chemstructbio (@chemstructbio) February 24, 2015 Good! That's my response. It is fantastic if someone can publish a paper on stuff that was essentially hidden in the Supplementary Materials of some other […]
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1:00 PM | Psychological Testimony Given at "Heart Eater's" Trial
It was a sight Officer Mlungisi Landule isn't likely to ever forget. On June 10, 2014, Landule was the first police officer to arrive at a house in Gugulethu township, not far from Cape Town, South Africa, to investigate what...            Related StoriesThe Baby FarmersHow to Survive a Slasher FilmStalking Eleanor (Part Two of Two) 
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10:43 AM | The rising tide of creation science
Last week I visited the Cradle of Humankind – a World Heritage Site home to the Sterkfontein Caves which has produced a hugely rich collection, and some of the oldest fossils, of our human ancestors ever found. The fossils unravel a fascinating glimpse at human evolution: creatures that began to think and feel like us […]
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8:54 AM | 2 dead, 27 sick in Salmonella outbreak linked to Australian aged care facilities
Two people from Illawarra aged care facilities died after being transferred to hospital. The director of the Illawarra Shoalhaven Health District’s Public Health Unit, Curtis Gregory, said the unit was interviewing patients and staff, and doing tests to track the … Continue reading →
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8:44 AM | 15 sick: Norovirus strikes in NZ play area affects 15
At least 15 people have become ill after contracting a virus from the children’s play area of a Tauranga ten pin bowling venue. Toi Te Ora – Public Health Service medical officer of health Dr Jim Miller said, in a … Continue reading →
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8:37 AM | Australian students and staff struck down with salmonella poisoning after end of year event
Six members of the Double Bay Public School community were struck down with salmonella poisoning following a Year 6 farewell event. South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) public health unit director Mark Ferson confirmed the illnesses were linked. An … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Fluoridation and hypothyroidism- study suggests an association
This cross-sectional study using secondary data and binary logistic models compared the hypothyroidism prevalence at general medical practice (GMP) level 
with fluoride levels in the drinking water. A positive association was identified although only a small number of confounders were adjusted for which suggest that further clarification is required. The post Fluoridation and hypothyroidism- study suggests an association appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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1:59 AM | Reheat cooked burgers to ‘steaming hot?’ USDA disappoints
While promoting today that the “U.S. Department of Agriculture continues to modernize its food safety program,” a press release from last week contradicts its own agency advice. Jane Doherty, international coordinator, at USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service, writes that … Continue reading →

February 23, 2015

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10:59 PM | Brian Williams, Bill O'Reilly and the RealProblemTM with the alleged profession of journalism
Brian Williams' evolving story.. "We". "Our". "in front of us". "all four of our low-flying Chinook took fire" Bill O'Reilly's alleged war journalism story has been covered by David Corn who details how O'Reilly uses terms like "active war zone", "combat situation" and "I've been there". What really chaps my hide is not that Brian […]
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8:54 PM | Movies and Mental Health: Did This Year’s Oscar-Winning Films Portray Brain Disorders Accurately?
Actress Julianne Moore won an Oscar for her starring role in the drama “Still Alice” at the 87th Academy Awards last night, but did the movie accurately depict early-onset dementia? Actor Eddie Redmayne also received one of the coveted gold statues, but was his portrayal of Stephen Hawking’s neurological disorder scientifically defensible in the biopic … Continue reading →
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6:24 PM | Patricia Arquette, Privilege and the Oppression Olympics
I was watching the Oscars last night when Patricia Arquette busted out some equal-pay feminism in her acceptance speech. "To every woman who gave birth, to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else's equal rights," Arquette said, her voice intensifying. "It is our time to have wage equality once […]
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6:12 PM | Food porn parody: The Katering Show
Amy forwarded this, and it’s a well-earned skewer at the cooking show world. It’s been over a decade since my research lab made food safety fun of TV chefs, but maybe we should have been funnier. We were trying to … Continue reading →
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5:03 PM | Draft guidance to help evaluate effectiveness of drugs to reduce pathogenic Shiga toxin-producing E. coli in cattle
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued today draft Guidance for Industry #229: Evaluating the Effectiveness of New Animal Drugs for the Reduction of Pathogenic Shiga Toxin-Producing E. coli (STEC) in Cattle. GFI #229 provides recommendations on study design and … Continue reading →
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4:55 PM | Raw milk in the same fridge as pasteurized at Banana Joe’s supermarket in Sydney
While the Australian state of Victoria has taking steps to limit the sale of bath milk, linked to a child’s death and three other cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome, the stuff was found on sale yesterday alongside regular milk in … Continue reading →
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4:40 PM | 120 sick: Tourists at Taiwan afflicted by possible norovirus
About 120 tourists in a central Taiwan tourist spot known for its cherry blossoms reported a diarrhea and vomiting outbreak Monday, which health officials said could be a result of norovirus infection. Both tourists and staff of the Hoya Resort … Continue reading →
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4:17 PM | Practicing medicine in an era of antibiotic resistance: Duodenoscope edition
Last week, FDA warned healthcare providers that the complex design of a piece of endoscopy eqiupment may make it hard to fully disinfect -- which means that using it, even in accordance with the manufacturers' instructions, might allow dangerous bacteria to spread between patients.
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2:47 PM | Hidden Hunger has Huge Personal and Economic Consequences
Dr Klaus Kraemer, Director of Sight and Life, writes of hidden hunger – when people have an adequate supply of energy from the food they eat but the nutritional value is insufficient to support optimal growth and development. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) observed that dietary patterns of Americans are suboptimal and casually related to poor individual and population health and higher chronic disease rates.
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2:29 PM | The dangers of doing nothing: What pregnant women need to know about clinical trials
Please welcome a guest post by Kaitlin Bell Barnett, who writes about health and medicine for various print and online outlets. She’s at work on a book about medications and medical care in pregnancy. Her first child is due in July. … Continue reading »The post The dangers of doing nothing: What pregnant women need to know about clinical trials appeared first on Public Health.
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1:47 PM | How to Survive a Slasher Film
Ever since John Carpenter's horror classic film, Halloween (link is external) first premiered in 1978, the slasher film has been a familiar staple for horror movie viewers. In the decades that followed, there have been an astonishing number of slasher...            Related StoriesWho Gets Addicted to the Internet?Losing a Family to SuicideWhen Assaulted Young People Seek Emergency Care 
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9:43 AM | Is an intensive treatment regimen for newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes patients cost-effective? Economic evaluation of the 5-year results of the ADDITION study.
A new paper in Diabetic Medicine reports an economic evaluation of the ADDITION study, based on the five year follow-up data.  The Anglo-Danish-Dutch study of Intensive Treatment In peOple with screeN detected diabetes (ADDITION) is a prospective randomised controlled trial of screening and intensive treatment of newly diagnosed type-2 diabetes patients. The five-year outcomes, published ...read more
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6:42 AM | We Need To Get Out of The Business Of Blame and Shame
We Need To Get Out of The Business Of Blame and Shame   Latest article By Phil La Duke on his blog https://philladuke.wordpress.com/ Phil says: While there are variations on the behavioral theme, most approaches to safety still directly or indirectly result in blaming someone. It’s unproductive and shuts down meaningful research and discovery. In […] The post We Need To Get Out of The Business Of Blame and Shame appeared first on Safety Risk.
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6:00 AM | Congenital bleeding disorders and dental extractions
This Cochrane review looked at the effectiveness of haemostatic regimens for patients with bleeding disorders. Two small trials involving 59 patients demonstrated the efficacy of antifibrinolytic agents acid in people with bleeding disorders having dental extractions. The post Congenital bleeding disorders and dental extractions appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:24 AM | To the importer who says there’s no proven link, I say, epidemiology still works: 18 confirmed sick with hep A from frozen Chinese berries
As the number of confirmed hepatitis A cases in Australia from frozen berries grown in China rose to 18 over the weekend, as political rhetoric about imports and local food reached staggering new heights, the company continued to insist there’s … Continue reading →
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2:09 AM | Bird feeders can spread Salmonella
My grandparents were all about birds; they had Audubon field guides and binoculars in multiple spots in their house. Whenever I visited them in Campbellford, Ontario (that’s in Canada) I always helped fill up their bird feeder with seed. Who knows how much Salmonella I … Continue reading →
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1:52 AM | Celebrity Cruises Equinox has an outbreak; pathogen unconfirmed
According to CDC’s Vessel Sanitation Program, the Celebrity Equinox has a bunch of ill folks on it and it will be back in port tomorrow for public health specialists to investigate. Voyage Dates: February 13 – February 23, 2015 Number of … Continue reading →
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1:37 AM | Environmental health specialists: the salt of the earth
There are some good folks in state and local health departments throughout the world. Environmental heath specialists, public health inspectors, hygiene officers – whatever they might be called – are some of the most fun food safety nerds to hang out with. They’ve got … Continue reading →
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1:25 AM | Some supply chain: Organic café in Australia closed after reports of insect contamination, food from unlicensed suppliers
Health inspectors have ordered the closure of the cafe at Petty’s Orchard after complaints of something a little too natural in its baked goods. Manningham Council demanded an immediate shutdown of the rustic Yarra Organics cafe, run by John and … Continue reading →
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1:00 AM | Temple crowd suffers food poisoning in India
At least 500 persons, majority of them children, were admitted in various hospitals in and around Kanhangad on Thursday following suspected food poisoning. They are said to have taken food from a temple Attenganam, 15 km from Kanhangad, as part … Continue reading →

February 22, 2015

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9:14 PM | Rampant cross-contamination at Pho Saigon 8 in Vegas
Dirty Dining visits a place where health inspectors say the cook contaminated the food, and it’s all part of a 54-demerit closure. The 54 big ones went to Pho Saigon 8 on South Eastern. The Vietnamese restaurant was guilty of multiple handwashing … Continue reading →
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9:01 PM | Almost 6000 sick with 1000 dead dogs: Jerky pet treat investigation in US
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an update on its ongoing investigation into pet illnesses and deaths in animals that ate jerky pet treats. As of September 30, 2014, the FDA has received approximately 5,000 complaints of illness … Continue reading →
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