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July 15, 2014

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12:39 AM | Fancy food ain’t safe food, Brisbane edition: DM Jazz cafe fined $25,000 after diner finds cockroach in her risotto
I’ve walked by the DM Jazz café in Southbank, Brisbane, but never ate there. My lifestyle doesn’t demand that. The four-star rated restaurant was fined more than $25,000 after a customer found a live cockroach in her chicken and mushroom … Continue reading →

July 14, 2014

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8:54 PM | A cluster of E. coli O111 illnesses in MN investigated by health officials
Ricky Bobby’s favorite restaurant chain, Applebee’s, is connected to multiple E. coli O111 illnesses but according to health officials, the restaurant is not the sole source of the outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health sent out a press release detailing … Continue reading →
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6:37 PM | Food Safety Talk 63: The Great One
Food Safety Talk, a bi-weekly podcast for food safety nerds, by food safety nerds. The podcast is hosted by Ben Chapman and barfblog contributor Don Schaffner, Extension Specialist in Food Science and Professor at Rutgers University. Every two weeks or … Continue reading →
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4:46 PM | Wanting to Get Out of the Kitchen? Some Free Advice
Whether on vacation, traveling for business, or trying to avoid standing in front of a stove during the summer, a common choice is eating at a restaurant. When doing so, most people underestimate the calories in restaurant foods.   A CDC report finds that 57% of Americans use menu labels when making food choices. Women are more likely to read menus than men. 
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2:23 PM | Woodgett on modern science careers
Nailed it: @adamgdunn @BabyAttachMode Akin to hitchhiking for a living. Reliance on semi-random “goodwill” of others & odd jobs to keep goal alive. — Jim Woodgett (@jwoodgett) July 14, 2014
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2:21 PM | Monkeying Around with the Hot Hand
Imagine you're at a roulette table in Las Vegas. You've been having an amazing run of luck (yes, it does happen on occasion). After winning five times in a row using a can't-fail new system, do you become convinced that...            Related StoriesSacrificing EdithCaring for High-Risk ChildrenThe Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims 
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12:59 PM | Why young Americans aren’t using Obamacare
The first open enrolment period for Obamacare ended this March. Despite the cringe-worthy ads, it was a success. 9.5 million Americans now have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act – a huge step forward for President Obama’s vision of …The post Why young Americans aren’t using Obamacare appeared first on Public Health.
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12:00 PM | EPA’s trichloroethylene (TCE) risk assessment: Will it succeed in protecting workers?
What do these places have in common: Camp Lejeune in North Carolina; Mountain View, California, where Google headquarters are located; Endicott, NY – the birthplace of IBM; and 389 Superfund sites in at least 48 states plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands? All are contaminated by trichloroethylene (TCE), a carcinogenic solvent. TCE's health hazards are well-documented. So why are Republicans rushing to condemn EPA's just-completed TCE risk assessment?
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8:58 AM | Does E. coli persist in strawberry fields (not forever)
Irrigation water quality is one of those nagging issues for on-farm food safety and fresh produce: it’s difficult to model how persistent E. coli is and just how much of a threat is present. Or as my farmer friends say, … Continue reading →
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8:47 AM | Can chlorine dioxide improve the microbiological safety of frozen blueberries?
Blueberries are prone to microbial contamination, with growth of bacteria, yeasts and molds during bulk freezing negatively impacting quality and marketability. As a follow-up to our previous work, the combined impact of ClO2 gassing and freezing rate on the microbiological … Continue reading →
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8:24 AM | Australian mother finds lizard in baby formula
A mother has called on a leading baby formula brand to recall a batch of one of their popular product lines after she opened a tin and discovered a dead lizard rotting inside. Artilina Castanares, a 30-year-old mother-of-two from the … Continue reading →
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5:00 AM | Review suggests that electronic apex locators may be useful in primary dentition
Electronic apex locators (EALs) have used in permanent teeth since the 1960s and they have been gaining in popularity. The use of EALs in the primary dentitions was proposed in 1996. The aim of this review was to compare the accuracy of EALs in primary teeth when compared to actual root canal lengths (ARCLs). Searches [read the full story...]
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1:25 AM | Norovirus: it’s everywhere and you still don’t want it
Ingeborg et al. report in Food Control that Noroviruses (NoV) are among the most common causes of viral gastroenteritis (GE) worldwide and can be transmitted from person-to-person, via food or contaminated surfaces. The present study aimed to examine the prevalence … Continue reading →
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1:03 AM | French goat cheese recalled for E. coli O26
The LHT Company withdraws from the sale of the following products: Name: Dung de Chavignol Trademark: Dairies H. TRIBALLAT Type of packaging: For 2 fresh tray packed fresh packed radius Lot #: L 161.12 DLC / Shelf life: 08/07/14 Veterinary … Continue reading →
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12:48 AM | Public Health in the News – July 13, 2014
Global NPR has posted an interesting blog piece on the work that Partners in Health and others are doing to prevent the spread of the most deadly strains of TB in Russian prisons. This week the WHO announced that scabies will join the list of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs). Affecting nearly 130 billion people per year, scabies […]

July 13, 2014

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8:28 PM | Conference report – SAPC 2014
For those who were unable to make it to Edinburgh for the 43rd annual conference of the Society of Academic Primary Care (9th – 11th July), here is my round-up of highs, lows, and (most importantly) the best and worst céilidh dancers at the conference dinner… As ever with national conferences, SAPC 2014 offered a ...read more
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12:00 PM | Sacrificing Edith
On May 1, 1879, Charles F. Freeman plunged a knife into his five-year-old daughter, Edith, apparently believing that it was God's will. As his wife would later testify, he then walked the room with her dead body as he prayed...            Related StoriesThe Psychologist and the Wolf Girl (Part 2 of 2)"I Don't Like Mondays"Alzheimer's Patient Killed by her Children in Exorcism 
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12:00 PM | Sacrificing Edith (Part One of Two)
On May 1, 1879, Charles F. Freeman plunged a knife into his five-year-old daughter, Edith, apparently believing that it was God's will. As his wife would later testify, he then walked the room with her dead body as he prayed...            Related StoriesThe Psychologist and the Wolf Girl (Part 2 of 2)"I Don't Like Mondays"Alzheimer's Patient Killed by her Children in Exorcism 
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6:10 AM | Suitable for dog poop: don’t marinate chicken wings in plastic newspaper bags
Mike Much in Upper Saucon Township, apparently saves the bags in which his newspapers are delivered for marinating chicken wings. Irene “Toilet Lady” Zalutsky, who shared her homemade concoction for clearing a clogged toilet in 2009, responded, “I just wanted … Continue reading →

July 12, 2014

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6:28 PM | Colorado restaurant to remain closed for weeks following hepatitis A incident, bad inspection
A Fort Collins, Colorado restaurant has chosen to remain closed for at least six weeks to address numerous food safety issues highlighted in a poor inspection coupled with a food handler being diagnosed with hepatitis A. According to The Coloradoan, … Continue reading →
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7:32 AM | EBOLA – Why the WHO is scared
The latest outbreak of Ebola virus disease has spread further, infecting and killing more people than ever before. Past epidemics have been restricted to single countries but this time, the Ebola virus has spread from Guinea, to Sierra Leone and Liberia since March 2014.   So worried are the World Health Organization (WHO) that they […]
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7:12 AM | Horror stories on the menu in south New Zealand
Vermin, food past its best before date and no hand-washing facilities in kitchens are just some of the horror stories uncovered in Invercargill eateries and shops. A report commissioned by the Invercargill City Council has uncovered the dirty secrets in … Continue reading →
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6:40 AM | Children vomit after lizard found in midday meal in India
Barely a week after 54 students of a government middle school in Sitamarhi district fell ill after eating midday meal (MDM) in which a snake was found, some children were taken ill in Siwan district on Friday after eating midday … Continue reading →

July 11, 2014

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11:39 PM | Workers at trendy NYC brunch spot forced to poop in cup
The New York Post reports that workers at the trendy Manhattan restaurant, Freemans, were forced to hand over stool samples to the Department of Health — after a pregnant customer reported she contracted a foodborne illness at the eatery. The … Continue reading →
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11:17 PM | Chobani disputes Duke researchers’ paper about fungus
Duke (or Dook as it’s known around here) is waging war on multiple fronts this week: with John Wayne’s estate over bourbon, and with the equally powerful yogurt community over nuances of pathogenicity. Here’s the shortened story: Chobani receives complaints … Continue reading →
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9:20 PM | Mystery of kitchen’s ‘clean bill of health’ in Malta
St Vincent de Paul home for the elderly was “in constant breach” of health and food hygiene regulations and it was difficult to understand how it was given “a clean bill of health” in previous months, a report by the … Continue reading →
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9:14 PM | U.S. Census: One in four U.S. residents live in communities of concentrated poverty
Last year, the U.S. Census reported that record numbers of people were living in poverty. But along with overall poverty numbers, the Census recently reported that concentrated poverty is up, too — and that’s worrisome because it means that more people may face even greater barriers and fewer opportunities to moving out of poverty.
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7:29 PM | Suboxone/Buprenorphine Survey
The folks at NAABT are asking for people on buprenorphine to complete a short survey.  Respondents are eligible for prizes.  Here is the copy from the NAABT announcement: What’s better than doing a good deed and being rewarded for it? Here’s an opportunity for you to do both, at once! Good deed: Help fellow patients […]
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2:00 PM | Every commissioner should address ethnic inequalities in mental health says panel of experts
Anyone can suffer from mental illness, but current mental health services may not be appropriate for the whole population. People from black and minority ethnic groups may have different requirements, and this guide aims to help commissioners reduce inequalities by procuring good health care for all. This guidance has been produced by the Joint Commissioning [read the full story...]
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10:01 AM | It’s Canada: how to make love in a canoe and shit in the woods
Canada is rich in parks and trails – but not all of them are equipped with washroom facilities. Of the 24 nature reserves in Ontario, for example, only two have outhouses. A third has a port-a-potty, but only in the summer … Continue reading →
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