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August 21, 2014

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9:46 PM | Nosestretcher alert: Australian food scientist says just wash raw sprouts, they’re safe and great choice
And why just pick on the Brits. Misuse of science by allegedly science-based agencies is rampant, owing to personal and political preferences. According to the New South Wales Food Authority (that’s the state where Sydney is located, that’s in Australia), … Continue reading →
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9:31 PM | Nosestretcher alert: steaming hot taxpayer-funded UK food safety nonsense
“You don’t even need a temperature probe, just keep dad handy. Meat should be steaming in the middle, with no pink on the inside. Any juices should run clear.” Nonsense. And taxpayers pay for this. I also wouldn’t use tongs … Continue reading →
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9:25 PM | 18 sickened in 2012; E. coli O111 in a French nursery
(Thanks to my food safety friend Albert for sending this along.) Three cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) occurred in 15 days and the cases were notified to the Institute for Public Health Surveillance (VS) November 5, 2012 suggesting clustered … Continue reading →
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9:13 PM | Labels the law for all mechanically tenderized beef in Canada
In a move to cut risk from foodborne E. coli, all mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) sold in Canada from today on must be labelled as such and list instructions on safe cooking. Health Minister Rona Ambrose on Thursday announced the … Continue reading →
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5:28 PM | New Projects for Donors Choose Drive for #Ferguson
Wow. Three Donors Choose projects I posted yesterday were completely funded in less than 15 hours. I am delighted so many of you found this opportunity to help the communities around Ferguson Missouri attractive. If you missed out on contributing, never fear, there are new opportunities to help. Please also pass this suggestion along to […]
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3:11 PM | Do multivitamin supplements increase mortality risk?
Earlier this week, I was innocently scrolling through the latest research on the JAMA Internal Medicine website. The top headline on the ‘Most Read’ side panel instantly caught my eye: ‘Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women’. …The post Do multivitamin supplements increase mortality risk? appeared first on Public Health.
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2:57 PM | The Ethics of the Ebola Outbreak: Who Should Receive Experimental Treatment?
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has led to at least 1,200 deaths, poses a number of ethical questions that are both pressing and unfamiliar. There are currently no approved drugs to treat Ebola. However, new, untested treatments have been given to a few people during this latest outbreak, in the hopes [...]
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12:00 PM | The Price of Sexy
Using an experimental methodology, a study published recently in Psychology of Popular Media Culture assessed adolescent girls’ and young adult women’s perceptions of a peer who presented herself on Facebook in either a sexualized or nonsexualized manner. Fifty-eight adolescent girls...            Related StoriesCan Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?Naming That TuneFamily Left Homeless After Sorcery Claim 
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11:24 AM | Micronutrient Powders Improve At-Risk Infants’ Language Development
Malnutrition can have long term effects on health and development, especially when it occurs during the first thousand days of a child’s life, from before conception to the age of two. From a nutrition stand-point, the best outcomes for children occur when their mothers are well-nourished from the pre-pregnancy period up until birth, and they receive appropriate and adequate nutrition that is tied to their age and development throughout infancy and childhood. Unfortunately, this is not […]
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8:39 AM | 166 sick from Salmonella linked to bearded dragons
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that this investigation is over; however, the illnesses linked to contact with pet bearded dragons are expected to continue at a low level. *Reptiles can be carrying Salmonella bacteria but appear … Continue reading →
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8:33 AM | Nosestretcher alert: eating locally helps prevent foodborne illness?
The Globe and Mail, based in Toronto and self-proclaimed public record of all thing Canadian, used to be decent. There are still good people there, and some are my friends. But this is just crap. Jason Tetro, a similarly self-proclaimed … Continue reading →
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8:24 AM | Person with diarrhea most likely source of Crypto at Georgia splash pad
An infected person with diarrhea who used the East Athens Community Park splash pad earlier this month is the likely source for the recent spread of the parasite Cryptosporidium confirmed to have infected at least 16 children, the Athens-Clarke County … Continue reading →
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8:19 AM | ‘Apocalyptic’ vomiting bug hits French tourists
Hundreds of French tourists fell violently sick at a posh Greek hotel creating what one visitor called an “apocalyptic” scene that had guests vomiting in the swimming pool and hallways. A mysterious vomiting bug is sweeping through a five-star resort … Continue reading →
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5:00 AM | Review suggests that surgical anchorage is more effective than conventional anchorage for orthodontic treatment
This recent update of a Cochrane review considers the question as to whether surgical or conventional anchorage is more effective. Surgical anchorage was more effective but there is limited information on patient reported outcomes such as pain. The post Review suggests that surgical anchorage is more effective than conventional anchorage for orthodontic treatment appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:30 AM | The horror
Mike recently posted about Emory’s state-of-the-art isolation unit, where the only two Ebola-infected patients in the U.S. have been treated. Compare that unit with this Ebola isolation unit set up in an abandoned school in Monrovia, Liberia. Or with this new Ebola treatment center being set up by Doctors Without Borders, in Monrovia, soon to be the largest Ebola treatment and isolation center in history. Large open tent, mattresses on the ground just feet from each other, no […]
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4:22 AM | Safety and Risk Leadership Master Class
Safety and Risk Leadership Master Class Important message from Rob Sams from Dolphyn about his upcoming program Hi Everyone, I thought I'd let you know about a great leadership program that I'm running in Newcastle over three days starting next month. The attached brochure has the full details. Venue will be Fort Scratchley and the three days are 22 & 23 Sept followed by the final day on 21 October.  If you are interested in attending please give me a call or drop me a line: […]
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4:20 AM | A chocolate toilet? A $133,000 bathroom suite made out of Belgian chocolate
When I think chocolate toilet, I’m thinking of some 50-something digestive issue that explodes way too fast. Bathrooms.com, a bathroom furniture retail site, and U.K.-based chocolatiers Choccywoccydoodah have gotten together to create a bathroom furnished with Belgian chocolate. The set … Continue reading →
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3:33 AM | Its all About Behaviours
Its all About Behaviours I'd like a dollar for every time I get asked if do programs on 'behaviours'. Oh, doesn't safety love behaviours. I often get asked this question by people who want to control the behaviour of others. It is amazing how attractive behaviourism is to the safety industry. 'Forget this psychology stuff', they say, 'I need measurable behaviours'. This is usually followed by some pithy saying like: 'you can't manage what you can't measure'. How strange, because the most […]
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1:58 AM | Donors Choose Drive for #Ferguson
As you know, Dear Reader, I am a big fan of Donors Choose and the opportunity to help out classrooms in need around these here tax-phobic United States of America. A mention on Twitter triggered me to realize we could help out, slightly, with the current dismal situation in Ferguson Missouri by looking for some […]

August 20, 2014

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10:45 PM | Defense attorney grills former peanut plant manager in trial linked to Salmonella outbreak
Defense attorneys for three people charged in a deadly salmonella outbreak sought to deflect blame and poke holes in the government’s case Tuesday as they questioned a co-defendant, who is a key prosecution witness. The co-defendant, Samuel Lightsey, was a … Continue reading →
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10:34 PM | Bacteria found in water samples from Malaysia’s vending machines
The water you buy from vending machines in Malaysia may not be as clean as you think. Twenty-nine samples of water were drawn from such machines throughout the Klang Valley – and almost all were contaminated. There were harmful E. … Continue reading →
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10:26 PM | 13 dead: Listeria found in another Danish workplace
Another sandwich meat producer has been hit by the Listeria outbreak that has now claimed 13 lives in Denmark. The food product authorities Fødevarestyrelsen ordered the Delika plant near Hammel to close its doors – for 24 hours – so … Continue reading →
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10:20 PM | Belleisle Farms brand cole slaw recalled due to Listeria monocytogenes
Roy Pope and Sons is recalling Belleisle Farms brand cole slaw from the marketplace due to possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled product described below. Recalled products Brand Name: Belleisle Farms         Common Name: Garden Fresh Cole … Continue reading →
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9:47 PM | New herbicide and GE seeds: EPA and USDA poised to approve herbicide with insufficiently unexamined cumulative and long-term health effects
If the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) give their approval to a new herbicide called Enlist Duo and to corn and soybean seeds genetically engineered (GE) to resist that chemical, the United States could see a significant increase in what is already one of the country’s most widely used herbicides.…
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7:58 PM | You came so close, Nature Editorial staff.
A news bit in Nature overviews Richard Nakamura's plans to investigate the disparity in grant funding that was identified in the Ginther report in 2011. See here, here, here for blog comment on Gither et al. Nakamura is, of course, the current director (pdf) of the Center for Scientific Review, the entity at NIH that […]
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7:37 PM | Improperly processed low-acid foods sold at Virginia farmers market; health alert issued
In 2011, a 29-year-old man was hospitalized after five days of progressive dizziness, blurred vision, dysphagia, and difficulty breathing. The patient required mechanical ventilation and botulism antitoxin. He remained in the hospital for 57 days and then spent some time … Continue reading →
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7:20 PM | Peer Review: Advocates and Detractors Redux
A comment on a recent post from Grumble is a bit of key advice for those seeking funding from the NIH. It's probably impossible to eliminate all Stock Critique bait from an application. But you need to come close, because if you don't, even a reviewer who likes everything else about your application is going […]
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6:15 PM | Note
I want you Readers to succeed in your careers and your grant seeking. You are not bothering me* in the least when you email with questions. Really. __ *I may ignore you but mostly I respond.
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4:16 PM | Teenagers need Exercise & Sunshine: Vitamin D Supplements Recommended
The television commercials of tanned, active young men and women enjoying outdoors activities, especially the beach, effectively compel us to warmer climates during the winter months. When skies are cloudy, temperatures are cool, and conditions can be downright wet or cold, people yearn to feel the sun warming their bodies. It feels good. It is good because vitamin D supports bone and muscle health. Especially important for teenagers.
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5:00 AM | Fixed or removable appliances for treating anterior crossbite in the mixed dentition?
We look at a small RCT that compares fixed and removable appliances for treating anterior crossbite in the mixed dentition. The post Fixed or removable appliances for treating anterior crossbite in the mixed dentition? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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