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August 19, 2014

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8:49 PM | New study finds link between mass job losses and teen suicide behaviors
Previous research has documented a link between downturns in the economy and suicide among adults. But how do those downturns ripple throughout families and communities, and in particular, how do massive job losses affect the mental health of teens? A new study has found that, sadly, many teens are not immune to the stress of a struggling economy.
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8:35 PM | From the Salmonella in low moisture foods file: Trader Joe’s almond butter edition
At the 2007 IAFP annual meeting in Florida, CDC foodborne illness outbreak guru Robert Tauxe told symposium audience that the next big thing for food safety was low-moisture ingredients. Salmonella is hardy, especially when stressed through drying, so it sticks around … Continue reading →
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6:40 PM | 2 dead from Vibrio in raw fish in Korea
Health officials in Incheon are on alert after two vibrio sepsis patients died there while receiving treatment. They contracted the disease after eating raw fish. This year, 10 cases of vibrio sepsis have been reported throughout the country, most of … Continue reading →
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6:04 PM | One dead and two others ill from botulism-linked fermented fish in Alaska
Fermented fish isn’t for me. It’s not just a quality/taste thing, I also worry about the safety of the fermentation process – especially if it was carried out at home. Deviating from the prescribed steps can create the perfect environment … Continue reading →
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4:07 PM | Why the ice bucket challenge is different
When something starts to show up enough on your Facebook or Twitter feed, you get sick of it. I get it. The ALS ice bucket challenge is now so big that TV news shows, while reading tweets to fill time …The post Why the ice bucket challenge is different appeared first on Public Health.
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3:23 PM | Can DHA and EPA help your heart if they don't come from fish?
The link between fish-based omega-3 fatty acids and heart health has been recognized since the 1960’s. We now have recommendations from the American Heart Association (among others) for intakes of omega-3 fatty acids which aim to support heart health. But what’s a person to do if they don’t like fish? Or if you’re a vegetarian? Are there other sources of EPA and DHA?
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3:12 PM | Book Review: “Homicide, suicide and mental illness in Africa”
(Princeton University Press. 1960)                                                                           By Osefame Ewaleifoh It […]
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2:31 PM | Nutrition Lessons in the Bronx: “What Would LeBron James Eat?”
When I was a child, one of my favorite sugary snacks was basically a small vat of frosting. It came with cookies for dunking. I won’t lie; some of that stuff is delicious, but with help from my family and what I learned in school, I came to appreciate healthier alternatives. No question, it seems [...]
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12:00 PM | Family Left Homeless After Sorcery Claim
On August 3, a group of men, apparently under the influence of alcohol, attacked the home of a S0lomon Islands family, and systematically destroyed much of the furniture. They later returned and burned the house to the ground. According to...            Related StoriesCan Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?The Judge in the Asylum (Part 2 of 2)Naming That Tune 
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8:05 AM | 1-in-8, just like the US; foodborne illness in Canada
The Canadians were busy today, when most of them are off at the cottage. The Public Health Agency of Canada has joined with the U.S. and now estimates that each year about 1 in 8 Canadians (4 million people) get … Continue reading →
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7:40 AM | Rumors poisonous, drinking cups safe: UAE Ministry flushes out social media lies
Rumors spread on social networking sites about drinking cups containing carcinogens have been dismissed on by the Ministry of Environment and Water as unfounded. “All locally-produced and imported materials used for packaging, wrapping, covering and preparing foods, and including plastics, … Continue reading →
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7:33 AM | It’s all about knowing your supplier (sic); Rancho Feeding Corp. in US charged with selling sick, unfit cattle
A federal grand jury has indicted Rancho Feeding Corp., the Petaluma, California, slaughterhouse at the center of a massive beef recall, for processing animals condemned by U.S. Department of Agriculture inspectors and processing others that were known to have eye … Continue reading →
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7:25 AM | More than Canada would admit: Denmark says ‘serious errors’ in handling of Listeria outbreak with 12 dead, another 12 sick
Denmark’s food safety watchdog made “serious mistakes” in its handling of a listeria outbreak linked to the death of 12 people, the country’s government has said. Food minister, Dan Jørgensen, has blasted the food authorities, Fødevarestyrelsen, over its handling of … Continue reading →
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7:19 AM | Goats killed by Listeria in Ohio, family says city water system to blame
A grandmother in Crooksville said two of her grandson’s prized goats were killed by Listeria and she blames the city’s water system for it. Kim Burkhart said her veterinarian told her the goats came down with the disease from contaminated … Continue reading →
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5:01 AM | Periodontal disease associated with stroke
This is the latest systematic review of a number published over the past decade that have looked at the links between periodontal disease and stroke. The post Periodontal disease associated with stroke appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:00 AM | Can Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?
Sexual violence on college campuses is everybody's problem. Based on recent surveys, an estimated 19 to 25 percent of women report experiencing some form of sexual violence in college while the figures for men is somewhat lower (6.1 percent). Problems...            Related StoriesWhat is a Child Abuser?The Judge in the Asylum (Part 2 of 2)Jane Pauley Opens Psychology Conference 
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1:30 AM | “Alcohol was the weapon of choice for these men”: Peer groups may be key to stopping campus rape
Some men think it's okay to rape if they do it by getting their victims too drunk to offer much resistance. Can their peers change such behavior by speaking up?
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1:01 AM | Seattle restaurants may finally get restaurant grading system
It’s deeply weird or deeply hypocritical that Seattle, self-proclaimed home to many things food, doesn’t have a decent restaurant inspection disclosure system. “We’ve tried to make as much information available as possible,” says Becky Elias, Manager of Food Protection for … Continue reading →
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12:35 AM | Fail: eating grass-fed beef cannot help avoid E. coli infection
I’m getting to old for this shit – cow shit, that is. Lisa Egan writes in Nutritional Anarchy, whatever that  is the commercial meat industry’s practice of keeping cattle in feedlots and feeding them grain that is responsible for the … Continue reading →
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12:04 AM | 91 now sick from Norovirus suspected at UK pirate ship lake
A Norovirus outbreak saw a Devon holiday park temporarily close. Several holidaymakers fell ill with suspected norovirus in the last fortnight.  River Dart Country Park, in Ashburton, said that 91 cases of sickness and diarrhea had been reported by visitors to the outdoor activity … Continue reading →

August 18, 2014

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9:05 PM | Emory's Ebola Unit
This NPR interview gives additional information about the unit.
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7:46 PM | On coming up with multiple ideas for R01 proposals
A question to the blog asked the perennial concern that is raised every time I preach on about submitting a lot of proposals. How does one have enough ideas for that? My usual answer is a somewhat perplexed inability to understand how other scientists do not have more ideas in a given six month interval […]
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7:09 PM | Keeping lunch safe: back to school edition
With Jack starting kindergarten a couple of weeks ago (we have year-round school in Raleigh), our luxurious summer schedule came to an end. No biggie for me as I’m in the habit of a 5:30 am wake up (it’s quiet … Continue reading →
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1:39 PM | Choline, B-vitamins and Neural Tube Defects
While the nutrient choline is not considered a vitamin in the strictest sense, as it can be synthesized by the body in limited amounts, it has nonetheless garnered research interest as it participates in the same group of biochemical reactions as B-vitamins such as folate and vitamin B12. In particular, as Zeisel explains, it may be especially important for expecting mothers and their infants. Choline is required for normal fetal development and the proper functioning of the liver and […]
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1:28 PM | Baby on board–in a BSL4 lab
I’m happy to welcome Dr. Heather Lander to the blogosphere and Twitterverse. She’s a virologist who has done work with some of the world’s deadliest pathogens in a high-security biosafety level 4 laboratory. This is the type of lab where one must wear “space suits” to work with organisms. You’ve probably seen in dramatized in various movies and…
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9:39 AM | “We must all work together in the interests of patients” says the NHS Commissioning Assembly
This comprehensive resource has been written for all the organisations involved in delivering quality services, in particular commissioners and local authorities, who “are responsible for commissioning social care services for adults and children.” The document starts off by explaining what the NHS means by quality, looking at three dimensions, as defined by Lord Ara Darzi [read the full story...]
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8:30 AM | The Different Levels of Wrongness!
The Different Levels of Wrongness! Mahiedine Mehkissi-Benabbad thought he was winning a 3,000m steeplechase at the European athletics championships but instead he was slugged with a red card and stripped of his gold for taking his shirt off! Mahiedine at first was given a yellow card as a warning but a protest ensued and the red card was then issued. http://bit.ly/VsRsD7 Why you might ask? He contravened rule 143.8 of the International Association of Athletics Federations, “bibs Read the […]
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6:42 AM | Russia bans Australian kangaroo meat due to E. coli (or non-tariff trade barrier)
The kangaroo meat trade to Russia was initially suspended back in 2008, and then reopened in November 2012. The most recent ban was put in place in May this year, but Fiona Corke from the Australian Society for Kangaroos says … Continue reading →
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6:33 AM | Food additives on the rise as FDA scrutiny wanes
The explosion of new food additives coupled with an easing of oversight requirements is allowing manufacturers to avoid the scrutiny of the Food and Drug Administration, which is responsible for ensuring the safety of chemicals streaming into the food supply. … Continue reading →
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6:18 AM | Diet and dying: people who ate more fruit and veg were less likely to die
This recent systematic review in the BMJ found that more fruit and veg in the diet was associated with a reduced risk of death from cancer, cardiovascular disease and other causes. The post Diet and dying: people who ate more fruit and veg were less likely to die appeared first on The Lifestyle Elf.
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