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October 19, 2014

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6:50 PM | Ebola Preparedness and the Lab
By Lab, of course, I mean my yellow lab Mindo, pictured above during this morning's walk along the Iowa River. Look carefully and you’ll note a few important things: (1) she is alert, poised, vigilant for any potential threat (including, in her case, a random squirrel or rabbit); (2) she nonetheless appears calm—she understands that loud barking, tail-chasing, and similar behaviors are wastes of energy, counterproductive, foolish; and finally, (3) she is a dog, and probably […]
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5:51 PM | Ebola fears at Kent State
Though I haven’t had a chance to write about this here, I have an article at Mic.com on Kent’s experience with Ebola exposure in our area. Amber Vinson, the second Ebola-infected nurse in Texas, is a Kent State alumna and has relatives that work here. Our experience on campus so far is described here in…
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12:16 PM | Tweeting for foodborne illness
In less than a year, a Chicago Department of Public Health website launched to track Twitter traffic for foodborne illness complaints turned up 21 restaurants that failed unannounced health inspections (Harris JK et al. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2014;63[32]:681-685). … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | The Case of the Brooklyn Enigma (Part One of Two)
Throughout the late 19th century, she was known as "America's Most Famous Invalid" and "The Brooklyn Enigma." Though skeptics denounced her as a fraud, spiritualists and curiosity seekers still came in droves to see the bedridden woman whose paranormal claims...            Related StoriesThe Rumour Watchers (Part 2 of 2)What is Grisi Siknis?The Jesus Experiment (Part 2 of 2) 
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10:42 AM | ‘Measuring’ does things to people…. (and what to do about it)
‘Measuring’ does things to people…. (and what to do about it) It has become fashionable for organisations to use positive or leading indicators as a way to ‘measure’ their risk and safety ‘performance’. Leaders in some organisations have proudly told me how they are ‘progressive’, ‘generative’ and ‘world class’ because they focus on leading indictors […] The post ‘Measuring’ does things to […]

October 18, 2014

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7:21 PM | Marijuana Laws: Progressive Change or Society’s Downfall?
Originally posted 12/8/2012 I’ve been hearing more calls these days to change US marijuana laws (note- Colorado and Washington legalized recreational use of marijuana shortly after this article was originally posted).  Legalizing marijuana has been a cause for some citizens for decades, and efforts to change marijuana laws have waxed and waned since I was a […]
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3:27 PM | What I learned this week
It's Saturday morning and I'm sitting at my dining room table trying to reflect on and process the events of the last week. Without a doubt, this week will go down in the annals of infection prevention as a pivotal time point. Hospitals across the country furiously raced to prepare for Ebola, propelled by the unfortunate news of transmission of the virus to two nurses at Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. I'll share with you the lessons of this incredibly interesting week:Texas Presbyterian […]
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3:25 PM | Ebola: Fear and Loathing (Part 1 in a series)
Ebola virus. Photo, BBC NewsAs I type this, I am sitting in an airport cafe. The waiter just loudly announced that there are two ebola cases in Virginia. I have no idea if that is true or not. Either way, his tone of voice speaks volumes. I read this week that in a recent US poll, over 50% of Americans are concerned that there will be a serious ebola outbreak in the US. Nearly 60% think we should ban flights from Sierra Leone, Liberia, and Guinea. I don’t know about the subtleties of […]
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11:56 AM | Squirts Stars, thermometers and gender stuff
In Canada we call the little kids that play hockey, Novices. In Brisbane they call them Squirts. Novice is better. Whatever they’re called, mucho kudos to the Brisbane  Southern Stars Squirts (5-9-years-old) on winning all seven games at the 4th … Continue reading →
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7:08 AM | Ebola’s Chain of Infection
A chain of infection is a method for organizing the basic information needed to respond to an epidemic.  I’ve gathered the best information I’ve been able to find. As the current epidemic is analyzed, there is no doubt some of the recommendations and basic knowledge will change. The Ebola Virus (EBOV) The Ebola virus is […]

October 17, 2014

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10:30 PM | History and Hindsight in Safety
History and Hindsight in Safety In this post I wish to continue the discussion about significance through a discussion of history. It was Weick who said: ‘I don’t know what I believe until I see what I do’. In other words, everything we ‘know’ is retrospective. Humans have unlimited hindsight but limited foresight. This is […] The post History and Hindsight in Safety appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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9:29 PM | New research finds that drinking soda may lead to cell aging and disease, regardless of obesity
At this point, it’s pretty clear that soda is bad for your health. But a new study has found that it may be even worse than we thought.
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2:43 PM | A tale of climate change (A tale of immigration part 2)
You may have noticed it is a Friday today, so as a result two posts on a single day. It’s like Christmas (but without the presents)! I was giving this random cut-off point used in the graph by Mr Monckton on the Heartland Institute website in my previous post (A tale of immigration) a bit […]
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1:06 PM | What We Can Do to Slow Down the Growing Suicide Rate in Alaska
While I was growing up in a small village of about 250 people, I was abused by my father, my friends, and my older brother....My friends didn't want to hear what I went through. I didn't have anyone to talk...            Related StoriesStigma and Seeking HellpWHO Releases New Suicide ReportSleeping Your Way to a Longer Life 
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12:49 PM | A tale of immigration
You may be surprised that this month’s blog post is not about public health, nor is it about epidemiology. It’s closely aligned though, in that I’d like to pay a bit of attention to lying with (objective) data. Here in the UK we are gearing up for another election, with the most important theme seeming […]
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7:22 AM | Review Articles Emphasize Nutrition for Health over Deficiency Prevention
Two new reviews were published this week. Barnes and colleagues review nutrients with a role in maintaining cognitive function. Whitehead and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of randomized,  placebo-controlled studies (RCTs) using ≥ 3 g oat beta glucan daily. Both reviews focus on nutrient intakes required to optimize health. 
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4:59 AM | Chronic periodontitis: review suggests that Er:YAG laser may provide short term improvement
This review compares the clinical outcomes of scaling and root planing with Er:YAG laser either as an alternative or as an adjuvant in patients with chronic periodontitis. 12 small trials were included and similar outcomes were seen with both treatments at 3 months . However hetrogeneity in teh studies and the small sample size mean that these finding should be interpreted with caution. The post Chronic periodontitis: review suggests that Er:YAG laser may provide short term improvement […]

October 16, 2014

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6:44 PM | The Origami Condom and NIH Ebola funding
One of the NIH funded research projects that has been bandied about with much glee from the right wing, in the wake of Francis Collins' unfortunate assertion about Ebola research and the flatlined NIH budget, is the "Origami Condom". It shows why NIH Director Collins should have known better. The Origami Condom sounds trivial and […]
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5:23 PM | Commonwealth Games athletes’ village outbreak report released
In July over 80 staff and volunteers were hit with a touch of the norovirus prior to the Commonwealth Games (the Olympics, sort of, except the only nations invited are part of the British, uh, commonwealth). According to Herald Scotland, HS … Continue reading →
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5:14 PM | One hundred years of food safety extension
Ellen Thomas, PhD candidate in the department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at NC State writes, When I was growing up, I made occasional trips with my dad to the local extension office to drop off soil samples (we … Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | Not an “accident”: John Dunnivant, 57, suffers fatal work-related injury at Kia Motors plant in West Point, Georgia
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on October 7 at a Kia Motors manufacturing plant.
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3:30 PM | Infection Prevention Thoughts of the Day
Thoughts of the day. Start reading at the bottom (or not). Be careful out there.
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2:15 PM | The ethics of mobile health technology
                Today, we welcome back Priya Kumar, a digital researcher from the University of London for part two of an interview on mobile health. If you missed part one, you can catch up … Continue reading »The post The ethics of mobile health technology appeared first on Public Health.
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12:00 PM | Stigma and Seeking Hellp
Perceived public stigma regarding seeking mental health treatment can be a barrier to accessing services for young adults. While factors associating with personal stigma regarding how one would view and treat others have been identified, the discrepancies between perceived and...            Related StoriesSleeping Your Way to a Longer LifeWHO Releases New Suicide ReportSeptember 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day 
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9:52 AM | Respectable Leafy greens food safety hucksterdum
To finish my tri-part Rolling-Stones inspired critique of leafy greens bullshit –outbreaks are only confirmed with direct testing and Bill Keene would be in his grave — the Leafy Green Marketing Agency has done what all bureaucracies do: Made a … Continue reading →
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9:25 AM | Complexity and safety
Complexity and Safety Popular discussion topic at the moment – republished guest post by the late George Robotham Introduction Early in my safety career it became obvious to me that safety is about the people and not about the things and artefacts. It is not about the safety management systems, safety management plans, risk assessments, […] The post Complexity and safety appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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7:41 AM | EFSA Approves Health Claim for DHA and Normal Brain Development
Experts from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion that a cause and effect relationship has been established between the consumption of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and contribution to normal brain development. The Panel noted the well-established role of DHA in normal brain function across all ages, including brain development in infants and children. Based on the scientific evidence, the Panel approved the following statement:
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5:01 AM | Anterior mandibular fractures: review suggests lag screws and 1 plate plus an arch bar were superior to 2 miniplates for fixation
This is one of a series of reviews that has looked at postoperative complications following different treatments for mandibular fractures. This review focuses on anterior mandibular fractures with the findings suggesting that lag screws and single miniplate plus an arch bar were superior to 2 miniplates The post Anterior mandibular fractures: review suggests lag screws and 1 plate plus an arch bar were superior to 2 miniplates for fixation appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:04 AM | 127 sick with Yersinia in NZ: When should public health types go public with food safety risks?
Early findings into a severe gastroenteritis outbreak were withheld to avoid causing a public scare with limited information, the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says. I’ve heard the same shit for 20 years – we can’t tell the … Continue reading →
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3:56 AM | What Makes a Safety Management System Fly
What Makes a Safety Management System Fly Had quite a bit of interest recently in this article – one of the most popular articles written by the late, great George Robotham – download his free E-Books HERE Original published by the American Society of Safety Engineers, International Safety Best-Practice Specialty Newsletter, Spring 2002,Vol.1, No.3, incorporated […] The post What Makes a Safety Management System Fly appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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