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September 18, 2014

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11:47 PM | Shattered: UK FSA annual science report published
I saw the Rolling Stones in Buffalo in 1981. We stayed up all night, and drove from Guelph, crossing the border about 4:30 a.m. George Thorogood opened in the rain, and was awesome, followed by Journey, who sucked (hence the … Continue reading →
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9:49 PM | Not an “accident”: Ernesto Rodriguez, 41, suffers fatal work-related injuries at southern Oklahoma oil rig site
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on September 10 at a fracking site near Mannsville, Oklahoma.
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6:54 PM | Hard truths for supposed neuroscientists
This is the truest and best thing I have read on the internet today. @MyTChondria @drugmonkeyblog :O Neuroscience doesn't make sense without behavior!!!! You just do cell bio accidentally using neurons! — Scienerdorkeekist (@TheIntroNertPhD) September 18, 2014
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6:52 PM | New Research on Earlier Intervention in Autism : A Q&A with Dr. Lisa Shulman
Last week, findings from a small but notable University of California–Davis study showed that intervening earlier than usual with infants who show signs of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can help prevent them from developing the disorder by the time they reach age 3 or 4. For perspective, we spoke with Einstein’s Dr. Lisa Shulman, a [...]
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6:36 PM | Heading into Autumn Equinox, Vitamin D is Top of Mind (Again)
Have all the vitamin D researchers been on vacation? Who would believe that it has been almost a month since our last blog on vitamin D? Today’s blog highlights a new scientific report on the role of vitamin D in older adults. Takehome message: “Plasma 25(OH)D concentrations predict subsequent lower 13-y total mortality and incident cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and fractures.”
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5:27 PM | Managing Your Adviser
The student/adviser dynamic can be one of the most rewarding or most fraught relationships in graduate school, and choosing the right mentor is one of the most important decisions you will make as a graduate student. A positive relationship with your adviser can help you reach your full potential as an academic researcher, while a […]
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2:55 PM | Tough love
I got tough-love comments only about twice in my postgraduate academic training prior to becoming a PI. Once was from a friend in a far different graduate program when I was in the depths of writing my dissertation. This one is in my top 5 life touch-stone conversations I would guess. Basically it boiled down […]
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12:00 PM | Use and Abuse of Research in the Courtroom
In parenting cases, judges are asked to resolve the dispute by reference to the best interests of the child. In many cases, they have the benefit of expert witnesses who are trained in a social science and who draw upon...            Related Stories"Provocation" Cited in Bizarre UK Domestic Violence CaseThe Jesus Experiment (Part 1of 2)"Evil Spirit" Blamed for U.K. Murder 
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11:55 AM | Clearwater restaurant shut down for violations
After a day in Clearwater Beach today at the International Citrus and Beverage Conference, I’m glad I ate lunch at the hotel instead of heading over to Lenny’s Restaurant on U.S. 19. According to ABC Action News Lenny’s has had some recent … Continue reading →
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9:44 AM | Framing Folly and Fantasy in Safety
Framing Folly and Fantasy in Safety Research by published in the Orthomolecular Psychiatry Journal shows that humans can be primed by colour. Advertisers and political strategists know that colours can ‘frame’ the way people receive a message. The choice of a red or blue tie is most important for a politician. Research by Schauss demonstrates […] The post Framing Folly and Fantasy in Safety appeared first on Safety Risk.
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8:45 AM | New York dirty delis and markets exposed
Sean Perkins stopped by his favorite Washington Heights market the other day at lunchtime. But some nasty news came along with his sandwich. Perkins learned that the market he frequents, Presbyterian Deli II has the dubious distinction of having the most … Continue reading →
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8:28 AM | Social media rules: owners of Chicken Cottage in UK fined after customer snaps rat in shop
A fast-food restaurant has been fined for a number of food hygiene failings after a customer took a picture of a rat on their premises. Arun District Council has successfully prosecuted Bethel Catering UK Ltd, for food safety offences found … Continue reading →
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8:14 AM | Reports of Listeria more than double in Hong Kong
The annual number of reports of a deadly disease resulting from foodborne bacteria have more than doubled from 2011 to last year as people eat more pre-packaged food, doctors at the Centre for Food Safety said on Wednesday.  A total … Continue reading →
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5:01 AM | Caries management: trial finds Hall technique more successful than other approaches in primary molars
The Hall technique is a relatively new management technique for caries in primary molars. This trial compares it use against the conventional approach and a non-restorative approach. Results at one year suggest that the Hall technique performed best. The post Caries management: trial finds Hall technique more successful than other approaches in primary molars appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:35 AM | East NY Village Pizzeria shut down for second time in just over a month
New York City has shut down a well-known pizza joint for the second time in just over a month after an inspection found evidence of mice, flies and other health violations. Nino’s Pizza, on the corner of Avenue A and … Continue reading →
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2:26 AM | Brisbane’s food hall of shame
Brisbane’s annual food hall of shame, released by City Hall on Wednesday, revealed the vast majority of the city’s worst food hygiene offenders had food preparation areas infested with rodents or pests last financial year. Just more than $710,000 in … Continue reading →
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1:24 AM | We’re in waste managment: Liechtenstein thieves steal 1.3 tonnes of Listeria cheese
Germany’s food inspection office is concerned bad cheese will be sold either directly or indirectly, posing a health risk to anyone who consumes it, ATS reported on Tuesday. The problem is the “Alp Sücka” cheese was found to be contaminated with … Continue reading →
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1:16 AM | Moscow court fines Burger King restaurant for food safety violations
The Moscow Arbitration Court at the request of Russia’s public health agency Rospotrebnadzor has fined Burger Rus LLC, operator and manager of Burger King restaurants in Russia, 100,000 rubles ($2,583) for the storage of unauthorized items in refrigerators alongside food, … Continue reading →
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12:33 AM | No, postdoc, your fellowship doesn't give you a right to continued salary from the PI
I got it mostly out of my system on Twitter but there IS a lesson in this idiocy from today. Do not EVER assume that just because [insert some assumption you made up inside your own head] that your postdoctoral mentor is going to continue to support you beyond some timepoint agreed upon explicitly. That […]

September 17, 2014

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9:15 PM | U.S. Census: 2013 poverty rates lower than previous year, but not significantly different
New data from the U.S. Census Bureau finds that the U.S. poverty rate declined slightly between 2012 and 2013, however the numbers of people living at or below the poverty level in 2013 didn’t represent a real statistical change.
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7:57 PM | What is collaboration?
My latest column for the Texas A&M Center for Food Safety: Me and Chapman have been working together and writing for 15 years. We ain’t the Beatles but we’ve had our moments. Lots of research, coaching girls’ hockey together, and … Continue reading →
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7:32 PM | Too many tragedies from foodborne pathogens
Stories in food safety matter. Folks aren’t compelled by the fancy facts and figures that all of us nerds have access to. It’s too easy to forget that food safety is about people that get sick. When I get bogged … Continue reading →
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2:34 PM | Review Updates on Omega-3 Long-chain Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids EPA & DHA
Long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (LCPUFA) experts have been busy publishing reviews on the health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). The Early Nutrition Academy supported a systematic review of human studies on the roles of pre- and postnatal LCPUFA. Using the most recent studies (2008-2013), Koletzko and colleagues report:
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5:00 AM | Mandibular fractures: review finds no difference in postoperative complications between locking and non-locking plates
Today we look at a review that was comparing the clinical outcomes between locking and non-locking plates for the fixation of fractures mandibles. The review identified 10 studies, 8 of which were at high risk of bias. They found that there was no difference in the level of post operative complications between teh different approaches. The post Mandibular fractures: review finds no difference in postoperative complications between locking and non-locking plates appeared first on The Dental […]
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12:23 AM | US uninsured rate sinks to new low
New findings from CDC's National Health Interview Survey show the uninsured rate at its lowest level since the agency started tracking this statistic 17 years ago.

September 16, 2014

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6:45 PM | What is a Safety and Risk ‘Thinking Group’?
What is a Safety and Risk ‘Thinking Group’? When we take time out to critically think through, and challenge, the ‘norm’ in risk and safety, we open up our eyes, and importantly our minds, to new thinking and innovation when we use our imagination to better discern risk In my last post Some Basics on […] The post What is a Safety and Risk ‘Thinking Group’? appeared first on Safety Risk.
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6:37 PM | We have moved to www.healthkenya.co.ke
Hello there, thank you for visiting.  Please note that we have moved to; www.healthkenya.co.ke Keep reading.
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3:42 PM | NIH Grant Strategy: Just keep the ball in play
We're at the point of the fiscal year where things can get really exciting. The NIH budget year ends Sept 30 and the various Institutes and Centers need to balance up their books. They have been funding grants throughout the year on the basis of the shifting sands of peer review with an attempt to […]
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3:07 PM | NPRonNIH continues: The Postdoc
More from Richard Harris at NPR: Too Few University Jobs For America's Young Scientists That's because if you want a career in academia, it's almost essential as a postdoc to make a splashy discovery and get the findings published in a top scientific journal. Hubbard-Lucey is working on an experiment that she hopes will be […]
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2:52 PM | The High Cost of and Uncertain Path to a Blockbuster Drug
One thousand dollars per pill? A single treatment course for hepatitis C virus to cost $83,000? How can those prices be justified? The drug-discovery process is a long one, fraught with disappointments and massive investment, no matter what the outcome. Some pharmaceutical companies argue that the high prices charged for their rare “blockbuster” drugs help [...]
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