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March 17, 2015

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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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11:32 PM | Food: Hucksters and snake oil
While the Food Babe may have gotten some less than glowing press from the N.Y Times, two Australian food porn types have been thoroughly routed and lost their book deals. If only people wouldn’t initially fall prey to 21st century … Continue reading →
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10:17 PM | Paperwork: Costco Canada’s fish import licence suspended by CFIA
Canada’s food safety watchdog has suspended Costco Canada’s fish import licence. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the retail giant is not reliably following food safety controls on a consistent basis. The agency says Costco is in violation of federal … Continue reading →
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8:20 PM | Folic Acid Supplements Reduce Stroke Risk
Skeptics don’t believe that vitamins are absorbed from pills. People are chastised for wasting money on dietary supplements. Researchers review results of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and conclude that vitamin supplements don’t help prevent chronic disease. Experts step up and explain that decades of nutrition research shouldn’t be ignored. The problem is that understanding nutrient-disease relationships requires measuring nutritional status. Proof of this fact can be […]
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4:04 PM | London’s congestion charge and Seattle’s affordable transit
Researchers analyze crash data following London's 2003 implementation of a congestion-charge zone, while Seattle reduces transit fares for low-income riders.
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1:33 PM | Grief, Loneliness, and Losing a Spouse
“Every widow wakes one morning, perhaps after years of pure and unwavering grieving, to realize she slept a good night's sleep, and will be able to eat breakfast, and doesn't hear her husband's ghost all the time, but only some...            Related StoriesCan Chronic Medication Use Cause Dementia?Sexual Discounting and High-Risk BehaviourForgiveness and your Health 
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6:36 AM | 3 dead, 2 sick: Blue Bell Listeria victim’s wife speaks out
68-year-old Richard Porter faced several health issues during the last year of his life. He had cancer and gastrointestinal bleeding that hospitalized him at Via Christi Saint Francis in Wichita, Kansas. Porter’s widow, Lois, says he was very sick and … Continue reading →
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6:24 AM | Bureaucrats at work, more eggs recalled: Australia sucks at this recall-provision-of-information thing
My elderly parents arrived from Canada yesterday, and we took them out to dinner. The restaurant knows me, knows my concerns, and does not serve aioli (garlic and mayonnaise) on those occasions when I venture out because they make it … Continue reading →
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5:59 AM | Non-surgical periodontal treatment – is there a role for systemic antibiotics?
This review update includes 23 new studies comparing the effects of antibiotic therapy adjunctive to scaling and root planning for periodontal disease. While some additional benefit was shown the authors could not establish definitive conclusions and guidelines regarding their use. The post Non-surgical periodontal treatment – is there a role for systemic antibiotics? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:01 AM | Public Health in the News – March 15, 2015
Global Read of the week! Vox has a collection of stories from people whose lives have been affected by Ebola, from family members of infected individuals to journalists covering the outbreak. Ebola has placed much stress on the healthcare systems in … Continue reading →
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12:37 AM | Most fast-food places do well with food safety in Philadelphia
Friend of the barfblog and beard aficionado Don Schaffner told Philly.com that, “In terms of fast food, there’s not much they can do to screw it up.” Schaffner, a professor of microbiology at Rutgers University who also sits on McDonald’s … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | Always the kids: Health concerns after raw milk bill moves forward in W. Virginia
Lydia Nuzum of the Sunday Gazette – Mail writes that for Amy Nordyke, it seemed like the right choice. After researching ways to improve her family’s diet, she stumbled across the idea of consuming raw milk. “It was very convincing … Continue reading →

March 15, 2015

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8:14 PM | Safety Slogans Don’t Save Lives
Unfortunately one of the most popular pages on this blog is our Safety Slogans Page (last week, during Indian Safety Week, it was getting 40k hits per day!).  Rob Long wrote of the futility and danger in using safety slogans here: Sayings, slogans, aphorisms and the discourse of simple. Hopefully we can introduce the safety […] The post Safety Slogans Don’t Save Lives appeared first on Safety Risk.
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12:00 PM | The Two Messiahs (Part Two of Two)
Continued from Part One With their belief in Dora's messianic message still somewhat unshaken, the Perfectionists announced that George Jacob Schweinfurth would be Dora's successor and that they could see her spirit guiding their affairs. Since the large house now...            Related StoriesBearing the Wounds of Christ"Kissing Selfies" Lead to Anti-Gay Crackdown in RussiaFalling Out of Love 

March 14, 2015

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9:46 PM | Safety “Professionals” Behaving Badly
Safety “Professionals” Behaving Badly ADDENDUM: This is an old post which I put up recently on LinkedIn Pulse. My Good Friend Max Geyer made a comment which I think sums this up better than I ever could. He says: I think that part of the difficulty, for the safety professional, is that they perceive that […] The post Safety “Professionals” Behaving Badly appeared first on Safety Risk.
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8:47 PM | Drug to Digest – Aspirin
Even if you’ve never taken aspirin, it is one of those drugs which the majority of the population have some knowledge about (although not many people know about its connection to the willow tree…). In fact, aspirin was one of the first drugs to come into common usage and is still one of the most […]
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8:38 PM | Food safety cleanup
Fancy food ain’t safe food, Bristol, UK edition: It is one of Bristol’s most popular restaurants – but because of paperwork issues, the Cowshed steakhouse has had its food hygiene rating dropped from a 5 to a 2, but the … Continue reading →
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4:23 AM | ‘It’s a mitigation measure’ Food safety amateur hour continues in Queensland with ‘dirty eggs’
With 250 teachers sick from a conference, and an additional 20 people sick in a separate outbreak around Brisbane – but apparently using the same egg supplier – people are now being told it’s possible dirty eggs may be the … Continue reading →
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3:39 AM | Food tested after 22 Maine students vomit
State and city health officials are investigating after 22 students at Portland’s Reiche Elementary School suddenly came down with a stomach ailment this week. District food services officials have sent samples of the food served at the school to a … Continue reading →
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3:29 AM | Food porn crazy in Australia: feed your baby formula from liver and beef broth
An Australian baby recipe book that advocates milk formula based on liver and bone broth has been put on indefinite hold after intervention by a consortium of health organizations. But no worries for one of the authors of Bubba Yum … Continue reading →
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1:32 AM | Contaminated meat blamed for animal sanctuary deaths in Nevada
Horse meat contaminated with barbiturates was blamed for killing a wolf and tiger and sickened a cheetah at a wildlife sanctuary here last month. Triple A Brand Meat Co., based in Burlington, Colo., recalled the horse meat that was sold … Continue reading →

March 13, 2015

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9:12 PM | Vitamins, Obesity, Bariatric Surgery, and Cystic Fibrosis
Are you worried about getting too many vitamins? It is improbable. Experts informed the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services that 8 essential nutrients are under-consumed (2015 DGAC Report). About half of American adults (117 million people) have one or more preventable chronic diseases that relate to poor diet and physical inactivity. In addition, ≥ two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and youth are overweight or obese.
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8:47 PM | 3 dead, 2 sick in Kansas from Listeria in ice cream made in Texas
Three people are dead and two sick, all from the same hospital in Kansas and linked to Blue Bell Scoops milkshakes and the company publishes this on its website: “For the first time in 108 years, Blue Bell announces a … Continue reading →
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8:29 PM | Why Safety Controls Don’t Work
Why Fancy Safety Controls Don’t Always Work Thanks to John Wettstein from Safety Strategies for sending this photo in. Wilde’s theory of Risk Homeostasis tells us that all people have their own target level of risk. They will adjust their behaviour based on their own perception of the risk versus all of the perceived costs […] The post Why Safety Controls Don’t Work appeared first on Safety Risk.
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7:22 PM | Why PMA if dealers don't want to kill their clients?
There's an interesting piece on Ecstasy in Mixmag that addresses something that is a side issue of the MDMA overdose issue that I've talked about on the blog. These issues bubble up to our conscious consideration every time there is a mysterious Ecstasy-related cluster of adverse events such as at Wesleyan University. Until there is […]
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