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September 16, 2014

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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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1:51 PM | Suboptimal Vitamin E Status may be Affecting Health
For the past decade, health professionals have ignored vitamin E. Even the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee chose not to identify vitamin E as a ‘nutrient of concern’ although it was identified as one of 10 nutrients (Vitamins A, C, D, E, and K, choline, calcium, magnesium, potassium and dietary fiber) missing from our diet. Plants make 8 different forms of vitamin E but only α-tocopherol is maintained in plasma and tissue. Only the 2R-stereoisomeric forms of […]
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12:00 PM | "Provocation" Cited in Bizarre UK Domestic Violence Case
A U.K. man has received only a suspended sentence after being sentenced for assaulting his wife because of her "provocation" of accusing him that he was the Devil. 52-year-old Anthony Berry reported that he "snapped" after his wife, a devout...            Related Stories"Evil Spirit" Blamed for U.K. MurderThe Jesus Experiment (Part 1of 2)Sex Workers Horrified over Witchcraft Killing in South Africa 
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4:59 AM | Root canal master apical file size: is bigger better?
This review looks at whether large apical master files lead to better root canal treatment outcomes. Only a limited number of low quality studies are available so at present we are uncertain. The post Root canal master apical file size: is bigger better? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:08 AM | UK holidaymaker’s payout after contracting E. coli
A holidaymaker has won just under £3,000 in compensation from a travel company after contracting E. coli on one of their holidays. Carl Pallant, 29, from Horsham, was staying with his girlfriend at Vincci Taj Sultan hotel in Tunisia when … Continue reading →
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1:59 AM | Listeria concerns on the rise for pregnant women?
Listeria has always been a concern, but according to a NBC news affiliate, it’s new. And people wonder why mainstream journalism is dying. “While normally this is a bacteria our bodies can fight off, for expecting women, it becomes more … Continue reading →
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12:29 AM | Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety
Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety One of the best ways of learning safety is through scenarios. Scenarios are constructed to either replicate real situations to maximize perception of recognizable cues or, to enhance the imagination of possibilities. One of the greatest capabilities a safety person can have is a creative imagination. Most times when […] The post Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety appeared first on Safety Risk.

September 15, 2014

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9:19 PM | Amputations, hospitalizations the subject of new OSHA reporting rule
Beginning January 1, 2015, employers in the 29 states covered by federal OSHA will have new requirements for reporting work-related hospitalizations and amputations.
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7:27 PM | Going public saves lives: E. coli kills child in Italy
My Italian food safety friend provides the following: Last summer, Apulia, a region in Italy’s south, was hit by a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) outbreak with 20 cases; it was eventually linked to dairy products. When two children came down … Continue reading →
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6:39 PM | Thought of the Day on how the Public Views Scientists
The comments that are submitted to the NPR pieces on NIH, NIH-funded science and academic careers by Richard Harris (see here, here, here) are interesting. One of the things that is immediately picked up by the typical reader is the conceit we scientists express about having a job paid for by taxpayer funds, that allows […]
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4:54 PM | On Feminist 0.6 thinking
Look, it's a long slog to make yourself a decent person. I once wrote a fairly popular blog post entitled "I am". It contained passages such as I am a friend. A friend to women who I met when I was 5 years old, ones I met in high school, college, grad school. Women I […]
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4:10 PM | Scientists "cut corners", eh, NPR?
The latest in the NIH/science focused series from Richard Harris is: Patients Vulnerable When Cash-Strapped Scientists Cut Corners It hits on some of the expected themes. Including: Most of the experimental ALS drugs, it turns out, undergo very perfunctory testing in animals before moving into human tests — based on flimsy evidence. In hopes of […]
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3:21 PM | A ‘What-If’ Kind of Day…
Monday morning blues. An ecological analysis of databases by the Food Agricultural Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO), and World Bank finds a direct dose-response association between the adoption of a sedentary lifestyle with western dietary patterns and the global rise in diabetes prevalence. Depressing news. What does it take to help people make healthier lifestyle choices? For years as a professor, I thought the answer was in education. This argument was undermined when the […]
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1:00 PM | WHO Releases New Suicide Report
Every suicide is a tragedy. It is estimated that over 800 000 people die by suicide and that there are many suicide for each death. The impact on families, friends and communities is devastating and far-reaching, even long after persons...            Related StoriesSeptember 10 is World Suicide Prevention DayCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?Can Media Use Cause ADHD Symptoms in Children? 
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1:00 PM | Rare enterovirus in US children: what’s going on?
Recently, a mild-to-severe respiratory illness in children in the Southeast and Midwest United States has been emerging. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that between mid-August and September 11th, 2014, their laboratory has confirmed …The post Rare enterovirus in US children: what’s going on? appeared first on Public Health.
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10:17 AM | Medication errors in primary care in the developing world
Global spending on pharmaceuticals is roughly a $1 trillion, dominated by the US, Japan and major EU economies. Yet emerging markets and the developing world still account for around a third of expenditure. That’s a lot of medicines and it’s growing. With this substantial use of medications comes a significant risk of harm, compounded by ...read more
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8:30 AM | Co-production is essential to effective commissioning and service development, says London’s diabetes care pathway
This guide is the result of discussions with health professionals and people with diabetes Types 1 and 2, and surveys investigating the levels of service provision in London. The reason for this work is because people with from diabetes often suffer from mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, phobias, adjustment to their condition, eating [read the full story...]
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5:01 AM | Orthodontic treatment for crowding: review found similar results with early and late extractions
This new review looks at early or late premolar extraction for the orthodontic treatment of severe crowding. However, only seven retrospective studies are available so it is difficult to assess which protocol is more effective. The post Orthodontic treatment for crowding: review found similar results with early and late extractions appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:54 AM | Public Health in the News – September 14, 2014
Global Scientists mapping the spread of Ebola gave grim news that it is likely to spread to hundreds of thousands of people and last up to 18 months more before it is under control. A cool new device may help global health workers everywhere. Called K-1, it is the first syringe to automatically disable once it’s […]
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1:52 AM | Finding vomit on an airplane
Illness happens on planes, and when it does it’s miserable. In 2009 I dealt with campylobacteriosis over a day of travel from Manhattan (Kansas) to Raleigh. In 2013, then four-year-old Jack yacked on a flight which led to a fascinating approach by … Continue reading →

September 14, 2014

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11:40 PM | Injury Response
Injury Response I’ve had several conversations with safety people about response to events and incidents on site. One mate on a tier 1 site explains the Safety Advisor role as simply ‘demoralising’. So I thought I would try to mimic the typical safety spud head response to an incident. (Spud walks in the door) Bill: Hey Spud, where have you been? Spud: Sorry, my phone has been playing up. Bill: Well, there’s been an accident down near the batch plant, you […]
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8:48 PM | Worker Injuries May Take Years to Become a Fatality
Worker Injuries May Take Years to Become a Fatality By Phil LaDuke on his blog. READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE. Phil says: Yesterday the workplace killed another one of my loved ones. I honestly don't have the energy to promote this one, but as you each have in your own way been such a part of my journey I share it with you. Editors note:  Another brilliant, committed safety professional who is just not that into safety anymore I have more than a couple of people question my motives in […]
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3:20 PM | The Ebola War
Things are just awful in Liberia, and getting worse elsewhere as well. The problem now clearly outpaces the response, resulting in shortages of everything from barrier protection to hospital beds. Worse, there is a breakdown in civil order and trust that makes it impossible to do the hard work of case identification, contact tracing and education--which is what ultimately brings epidemics under control. The latest, and somewhat controversial, call is for a large-scale military or […]
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12:00 PM | The Jesus Experiment (Part 1 of 2)
For Milton Rokeach, it would be more than an experiment in treating mental illness. In many ways, it would be one of the most remarkable studies of its kind ever undertaken and help transform the very meaning of human identity....            Related StoriesCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?Does Fertility Affect Attractiveness?Can Media Use Cause ADHD Symptoms in Children? 
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2:10 AM | Filthy ‘Scooby Doo!’ ice cream van served UK kids
We have an ice cream truck that trolls around our Brisbane neighborhood as the kids are coming home from school. I find that creepy. UK environmental health officers say the state of an ice cream van serving children in Bransholme … Continue reading →

September 13, 2014

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4:55 PM | Top Papers in Infection Prevention
Last week, Andreas Voss gave a talk on the year's top papers in infection prevention at ICAAC. He graciously allowed us to post his slides to the blog. To see his presentation, click here. Thanks, Andreas!
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3:04 PM | A simple question (or two) on training graduate students
This one is directed at my Readers who have supervised graduate students through the PhD in their laboratory. Have you ever, at any point, thought that you should not train more than replacement value (n=1)? If not, why not? What influences in your life have shaped your decision to train graduate students? What is YOUR […]
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