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December 11, 2014

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2:48 AM | British holidaymakers take legal action against Thomas Cook after father contracts Salmonella following stay at four-star Turkish resort
A family of five says its four-star holiday to Turkeyd was ruined by illness and one of them tested positive for Salmonella following their return to England. rCheryll Jordan, 45, and her husband Ian, 46 have hired solicitors to investigate … Continue reading →
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2:21 AM | The "whole point" of Supplementary Data
Our good blog friend DJMH offered up the following on a post by Odyssey: Because the whole point of supplemental material is that the publisher doesn't want to spend a dime supporting it This is nonsense. This is not "the whole point". This is peripheral to the real point. In point of fact, the real […]
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1:46 AM | Not my job to send you home alive
Not my job to send you home alive Thanks to John Wettstein from safetystrategies.ca for sharing this. Mike Rowe reflects on his experience on a Crab Boat in the Baring Sea. Working on Crab pots in 30 foots seas he asks about OSHA and Safety – the Captain says: “Look out there – OCEAN, not […] The post Not my job to send you home alive appeared first on Safety Risk.
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12:48 AM | I child dead, 4 sick in Australia from raw milk; US says outbreaks quadrupled
Amidst reports that the number of U.S. outbreaks caused by non-pasteurized milk increased from 30 during 2007–2009 to 51 during 2010–2012, a child in Victoria (that’s in Australia) has died and four have become ill from raw milk. Unpasteurised milk … Continue reading →

December 10, 2014

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7:00 PM | It’s what parents do: ‘Superhero’ UK father gives son a life-saving kidney
A father has given his son a life-saving kidney as an early Christmas present. Zac Stanley was just two when he contracted E .coli, causing permanent damage to his kidneys as the bacterium attacked. His condition got worse until his … Continue reading →
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6:36 PM | 18 now sick: E coli O55 outbreak in UK
  The number of E .coli victims across Dorset has now increased to 18, Public Health England (PHE) has confirmed. The seven additional cases have come to light following screening tests carried out on children and staff at the Blandford … Continue reading →
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6:28 PM | 1 child dead: Safety of food a mystery – even to Cambodia gov’t
In Tbong Khmum, an otherwise reportedly healthy 6-year-old girl’s death, after eating snacks suspected to be contaminated, has prompted a local food-poisoning scare and raised larger questions about the safety of Cambodia’s food distribution. On November 15, three girls in … Continue reading →
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6:08 PM | Global Garlic recalls Fresh Curd over Listeria risk
That’s right; the garlic I used to make pasta with clams ,and salmon last night could have been contaminated with Listeria (but I didn’t use curd). Global Garlic Inc. is recalling De Mi Pais products – Cuajada Fresca (Fresh Curd) … Continue reading →
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5:38 PM | Closing time? A British pub, a pint, some tax and no cigarettes
Today there was much consternation in the UK media about the results from a new report from The Institute of Economic Affairs about the reasons why pubs have been closing in the UK. For example, and as usual for entertainment value, the Daily Mail open with: “Tax and red tape close 6,000 pubs over the […]
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2:24 PM | Vitamin E Needs a 9-1-1 Call
The FDA finalized new pregnancy and lactation labeling requirements on prescription drugs and biological products. The ruling involves a subsection, Females and Males of Reproductive Potential, that will encompass information about potential effects on fertility. I wish there was more emphasis on nutrition recommendations, especially vitamin E, with respect to fertility, full-term pregnancies and baby development.
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10:00 AM | OSHA announces new effort to protect oil & gas workers: Industry investigates silica exposure
“Too many oil and gas industry workers are being hurt or killed on the job,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health, David Michaels in remarks delivered to the more than 2,000 people who gathered last week in Houston for the 2014 OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference. As part…
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8:11 AM | Fatal work injury that killed Ricardo Ramos, 49, was preventable, Michigan OSHA cites Hillshire Brands
The fatal work-related injuries that killed Ricardo Ramos could have been prevented had his employer followed worker safety regulations.
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6:00 AM | Oral health literacy: current tools biased towards word recognition, numeracy and reading skills
This scoping review identified 14 oral health literacy tools identified 14 tools but most were biased to word recognition rather than health behaviours and service utilisation. Recently tools have incorporated incorporate other aspects considered important, including decision making and service navigation. The post Oral health literacy: current tools biased towards word recognition, numeracy and reading skills appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:53 AM | Safety – Not The Number One Priority
Safety – Not The Number One Priority I have upset so many Safety Spuds over the years when I have said: “Safety is not the No1 Priority, never has been, never will be and never should be!” Unfortunately some just do not think things through before going off on their crusades! No statement has ever […] The post Safety – Not The Number One Priority appeared first on Safety Risk.
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5:16 AM | The Overdose Report
I set up a new site today that collects newsfeeds related to the epidemic of opioid dependence and posts links to the articles.  Some of the news stories strike a sensational tone, as opposed to the somber nature of the content— and my intention was not to create a website fashioned after an episode of […]
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5:13 AM | The Unconscious and the Soap Dispenser
The Unconscious and the Soap Dispenser I just came from a “Thinking Group” meeting where the topic of conversation was around conscious and unconscious thinking and about how our unconscious takes care of many of our decisions as we go about our day. In particular we talked about how when incidents happen, quite often the […] The post The Unconscious and the Soap Dispenser appeared first on Safety Risk.
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2:53 AM | Safe food is good business: Fonterra still in a state of denial
Fran O’Sullivan writes in The New Zealand Herald that, there is one salient comment in the report by Queens Counsel Miriam Dean into the WPC80 incident that ought to give Fonterra’s directors and shareholders cause for concern: “A company that … Continue reading →
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2:44 AM | Beware the fungus: FDA says dietary supplements containing live bacteria or yeast could cause problems in immunocompromised persons
The U.S Food and Drug Administration is warning health professionals of the risks associated with the regarding use of dietary supplements containing live bacteria or yeast in immunocompromised persons. A premature infant administered a dietary supplement, ABC Dophilus Powder (Solgar), … Continue reading →
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12:41 AM | Vaccines work: Report shows sharp decline in U.S. hepatitis A cases
A new report shows there has been a sharp decline in hepatitis A cases throughout the United States. An analysis of federal data found that hospitalization rates have fallen from 7.2 to 2.9 patients per million patients admitted to hospitals … Continue reading →

December 09, 2014

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9:31 PM | The more you know: Study finds calorie signs do influence sugary beverage purchases among youth
In ongoing public health efforts to curb the obesity epidemic, better menu and nutrition labeling is often tapped as a low-cost way to help make the healthy choice, the easy choice. And while the evidence on the effectiveness of such interventions is still emerging, a recent study found that educating young people on the calories in sugar-sweetened beverages did make a positive difference.
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4:07 PM | Thought of the Day
People selected to pontificate at an audience on the basis of prior accomplishments in a related context are invariably less interesting than people selected because they have interesting things to say.
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3:55 PM | Einstein’s Research Efforts to Fight Malaria
Editors’ Note: Malaria causes over 200 million new infections annually. Each year, more than 600,000 people die from the disease. The WHO estimates that an African child dies every minute from malaria. There has been progress, however. In April, the U.N. reported that malaria rates for children in Africa are down by half. Still, there is much to be [...]
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3:27 PM | Cynicism, Paranoia and Stress Can Dramatically Impact Your Health
As the average lifespan of people in most industrialized countries slowly increases, we are seeing a sharp rise in new cases of dementia. According to World Health Organization forecasts, there are already the equivalent of 7.7 million new dementia patientss...            Related StoriesThe Geography of SuicideAs Former POWs Grow OlderLearning to Live Together, Jaffa Style 
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1:00 PM | Russian Government Charges LGBT Support Group For Suggesting Gay Youths are Brave
In its latest attack on sexual minorities, the Russian government has formally accused Lena Klimova of "illegal gay propaganda." Klimova is the founder of Children 404, an online support network for LGBT teens, who has come under fire for a...            Related StoriesThe Acid Test (Part Two of Two)British Doctor Goes Undercover to Expose Gay "Cures"Learning to Live Together, Jaffa Style 
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11:10 AM | Why Apply Drug Standards to Vitamin D Supplementation Studies?
What is a reasonable risk reduction goal to use in evaluating randomized, controlled trials (RCTs)? MedPage Today is negating benefits of vitamin D supplementation based on a meta-analysis which applied a 15% risk reduction target. Isn’t any nutritionally-attributable reduction in risk of fracture, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and cancer beneficial? If pharmaceutical treatments fail to achieve a 15% risk reduction, are they dismissed?
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6:00 AM | Overdentures: scarce evidence to assess 1- versus 2 dental implant support
This review compared the survival of mandibular overdentures supported by 1- or 2- implants. Only two small RCTs were identified that suggest no difference between 1- or 2- implants. However only a small number of patients were included in these trials so the evidence is weak and more high quality trials are required. The post Overdentures: scarce evidence to assess 1- versus 2 dental implant support appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:28 AM | Toward Understanding Ibogaine
First Posted 12/30/2013 Paul Dessauer, Outreach Coordinator at WASUA, the Western Australian Substance Users’ Association, often adds insight to issues that come up on my blog.  He shared a few comments in response to my post about ibogaine, and at my request gave permission to post his remarks here. His comments include a summary of […]

December 08, 2014

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11:15 PM | Repost: Should I hire a postdoc or a technician?
This repost is via special request from some n00b Assistant Professor who has apparently lost access to Google. It was originally posted 25 Aug, 2008. The comments following a recent post touched on the newly independent investigator dilemma of who to hire first: A postdoctoral fellow or a technician? We'll leave aside the best answer […]
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6:48 PM | Seven Things to Know about the Global Spread of Asbestos
Asbestos. It isn’t just a word that sends a chill to homeowners renovating old buildings; it’s a naturally occurring mineral in widespread commercial and industrial use that still poses a public health hazard today. It’s still a big industry with big implications. Here’s a look at seven major things to know about asbestos, based on … Continue reading →
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5:19 PM | Hot Tips! Five Things to Know about Temperature and Food Safety this Holiday Season
As the temperature drops outside and things heat up in the kitchen, it’s important to consider safe food handling as part of your holiday baking protocol and other celebratory preparations. Keeping your friends and family safe from food poisoning is a good way to ensure that your festivities are memorable for the right reasons. We … Continue reading →
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