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July 08, 2014

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1:08 AM | Regulators mount up: raw milk producers aim to regulate themselves
I don’t care who does the regulating as long as the data is public, verifiable and producers are liable. There are benefits and faults with the many systems out there that could be largely remedied with public access to data … Continue reading →
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12:43 AM | Being as wrong as can be on the so-called replication crisis of science
I am no fan of the hysterical hand wringing about some alleged "crisis" of science whereby the small minded and Glam-blinded insist that most science is not replicable. Oh, don't get me wrong. I think replication of a prior result is the only way we really know what is most likely to be what. I […]
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12:43 AM | I didn’t poop in public but camera says I did: acute gastroenteritis and video camera surveillance on a cruise ship
Researchers in Norway report that a fecal accident was discovered in front of a passenger cabin of a cruise ship. After proper cleaning of the area the passenger was approached, but denied having any gastrointestinal symptoms. However, when confronted with … Continue reading →
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12:33 AM | Diet alert for mums-to-be
Whenever I get a chance to expound, I always put a plug in for Listeria, and the havoc it can wreck in pregnant mothers. Last year in New Zealand, five women between 23 and 36 weeks pregnant were struck down … Continue reading →

July 07, 2014

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10:30 PM | Can cancer be contagious?
I doubt that many people would expect to be reading about cancer in an infectious disease blog, and yet here you are. Could it really be that I’m about to tell you that cancer, one of the most feared diseases in the developed world, can be contagious? The answer is yes. That said, you don’t […]
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3:40 PM | 60 Years Later, Where is the Fitbit to Measure Nutrition Status?
Does diet affect health? Of course it does. Vitamin and mineral deficiency diseases are evidence that nutrition is essential. Overweight and obesity are caused by eating more calories than we expend. This implies that obese individuals must eat more. And the insinuation is they probably eat more energy-dense foods too. Albar and colleagues used 4 day self-reported dietary records from a nationally representative survey of  636 UK adolescents (11-18y).  
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1:12 PM | Washington pet shop owner goes on month-long pet food diet
We’re dog sitting for a neighbor this week which has added excitement to our house. Between poop scooping, counter surfing and face licking we’re also trying to teach the kids about the trade-offs of a pet. Dogs are great companions … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Worth Reading: Hobby Lobby edition
Journalists and commentators cover the latest developments following the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, the implications for women's health, the context of past decisions, and more.
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12:48 PM | Festival vendors need food safety too
Back before kids, Dani and I lived in Kansas for a few months and spent every weekend traveling around the state looking for quirky stuff to do and see. And fried chicken. The quest for festivals and attractions took us … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | The worm turns no more…
Public Health Perspectives is pleased to welcome Charles Ebikeme to the blog this week. For more information about Charles, see the end of this post. John Stavely, age 24 and unassuming, arrived at Cape Coast Castle on the coast of …The post The worm turns no more… appeared first on Public Health.
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4:58 AM | No good evidence available on treatment options for generalised tooth wear
It has been estimated that about 25% of 10-40 year old European adults were affected by tooth wear (See Dental Elf 30th Sept 2013). The aim of this review was to identify similarities among treatment options for generalized tooth wear and to develop an approach to rehabilitation based on the best evidence available. Searches were [read the full story...]
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12:16 AM | Public Health in the News – July 6, 2014
Global When researchers studying ways to solve global food issues needed a cheap, modular, transparent material in which to grow plants for their experiments, they turned to Legos. A new test that can diagnose tuberculosis much more quickly than other methods has been developed by scientists at Stanford University. People infected with malaria give off […]

July 06, 2014

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11:09 PM | Rot, corruption at Thai rice warehouses
Inspectors found rotten and weevil-infested grain, along with evidence that large stocks were replaced with old or inferior grades. Corruption under the previous government’s rice-pledging scheme was one of the main reasons for the May 22 coup d’etat. The chairman … Continue reading →
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11:02 PM | ‘Feels like you’re going to die’ BC couple on norovirus cruise demand refund
A couple from Victoria, British Columbia (that’s in Canada) are demanding a full refund after enduring what they say was a nightmare cruise ship vacation. Wally and Diane King embarked on Royal Caribbean’s Explorer of the Seas last January. Norovirus struck on … Continue reading →
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10:48 PM | Tea towels should only be used once, then washed?
Never be anywhere without a towel. A tea towel (or dish towel). But do I need 50 clean ones a day? New South Wales Food Authority chief scientist Lisa Szabo said last week that, “Tea towels should be replaced after … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | The Psychologist and the Wolf Girl (Part 2 of 2)
Continued from Part One For Gesell, "filling the gaps" involved drawing on his own extensive research with other children to explain Kamala's abnormal development. He even made numerous comparisons to Mowgli and his relationship with the "Mother Wolf" to describe...            Related StoriesShould an IQ Score Be a Death Sentence?The Hasheesh EaterThe Mind of Harry Orchard (Part 3 of 3) 

July 05, 2014

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4:48 AM | Anthrax in beef hospitalizes five in Hungary
An infection of deadly anthrax has been identified in beef in eastern Hungary and five people are being monitored in hospital for suspected symptoms of the disease, the country’s health authority said Friday. It said the disease was identified in … Continue reading →
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2:49 AM | IBM, others to help public health officials improve food safety
I normally don’t run company press releases because they are long on possibilities and short on actualities. But this one may have some public health benefit. And was published in a journal. Using novel algorithms, visualization, and statistical techniques, a … Continue reading →

July 04, 2014

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11:07 PM | Holiday hot pot with chicken linked to Campylobacter spike in Switzerland
In Switzerland, 7,000-8,000 people fall ill with a Campylobacter infection annually. An increase of campylobacteriosis case numbers is being observed throughout Europe. Human cases of campylobacteriosis must be reported to the relevant authorities in Switzerland. In Switzerland, an unusual increase … Continue reading →
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11:45 AM | Improving access to primary care risks fuelling demand unless a system-wide view taken, says Nuffield Trust
This new report, based on a workshop in March 2014, sets out to inform the development of 20 pilots (in England) of the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund, to improve access to primary care.   The report focuses on the debate around unintended consequences of extending (e.g. longer opening hours) or broadening (e.g. phone or online consultations) access – will [read the full story...]
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10:20 AM | Food safety, Salmonella, sprouts and no, that dingo didn’t eat my baby
We used to be known as, “The no sprouts people.” If Amy or I ordered anything, we’d say, no sprouts please. We fell out of that habit because so much of foodservice in the U.S. has removed raw sprouts from … Continue reading →
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8:28 AM | Market food safety at retail; Foster Farms finally recalls some chicken 16 months after first Salmonella outbreak
Two weeks ago, Foster Farms poultry producers announced they’d dramatically lowered levels of salmonella in chicken parts — and invested $75 million to do it. Now, Foster Farms of Fresno, Calif., is recalling an undetermined amount of chicken products that … Continue reading →
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8:03 AM | 10 sick, two hospitalized in UK E. coli day care outbreak
Two children are in hospital after a suspected E. coli outbreak at a nursery in Cheshire. Public health officers said the children, who both go to the Chrysalis Day Nursery in Northwich, were being treated at Leighton Hospital due to … Continue reading →
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4:59 AM | Review suggests that via socket filling with a bone graft can help preserve alveolar ridge
Vertical and horizontal alveolar bone loss follows tooth removal. Maintaining good alveolar ridges has an impact on future treatment options. As a consequence a range of approaches have been investigated with a view to ridge preservation. The aim of this review was to determine the effect of socket grafting to prevent post-extraction ridge volume loss [read the full story...]

July 03, 2014

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11:20 PM | New analysis offers a small snapshot of the toxic nature of oil and gas extraction
Crystalline silica, hydrofluoric acid and formaldehyde. Those are just three of the dozens of air toxic chemicals that oil companies have used thousands of times in southern California in just the past year.
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6:44 PM | Salmonella transfer potential onto tomatoes during laboratory-simulated in-field debris removal
Florida Tomato Good Agricultural Practices (T-GAPs) mandate the removal of dirt and debris from tomatoes during harvest but do not provide any specific regulations or guidance; thus, the current practice of using cloths needs to be evaluated. This study examined … Continue reading →
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6:36 PM | Non-O157 shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli in U. S. retail ground beef
Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli (STEC) serotype O157:H7 and serogroups O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, and O145 are the leading cause of STEC-associated infections in humans in the United States. In the United States, these organisms are considered adulterants in raw nonintact … Continue reading →
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5:57 PM | 22 sickened: E coli outbreak at Scotland’s Hydro ’caused by under-cooked burgers’ at venue
“We wish to assure the public that at this time we have no significant concerns in relation to catering for our patrons.” That was the statement from SSE Hydro arena in Glasgow as the number stricken by E. coli O157 … Continue reading →
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4:35 PM | Repost: A nonpology for my Glamour hatred. And for PP.
I wrote this awhile ago. Seems worth reposting for new readers: I really should apologize to my readers who get their feelings hurt when 1) I bash GlamourMag science and 2) CPP bashes society journal level science. I just couldn't figure out how to make it something other than a nonpology. So the nonpology version […]
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4:22 PM | ...at least she didn't die of MRSA
For the past six months our group at Iowa has been collaborating with colleagues at the Salt Lake City VA on a project for CDC. We are tasked with measuring the burden of MDRO using systematic reviews to inform economic models that will project MDRO incidence and attributable cost over the next 20 years. We are studying pathogens like C. difficile, VRE, MRSA, ESBL-GNR and CRE. It's a tall order, but we expect that CDC and others will use these estimates to guide funding for research and […]
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