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September 03, 2014

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11:45 AM | UNC Public health school serves raw milk cheese at welcome reception
Although North Carolina is largely seen as a basketball-first state, college football is definitely king during the fall months. Despite a current top-25 ranking for Carolina, and a less-than-stellar start of the season for N.C. State (a last minute one-point … Continue reading →
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10:20 AM | Nutritional Supplements help fill Nutrient Gaps
A new report finds that adults are eating better. We are making healthier food choices. US diets aren’t great but they are improving. The question is: have diets improved enough? Wang and colleagues investigated dietary quality trends from 1990 to 2010 in the US using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data. They used the Alternate Healthy Eating Index 2010 (AHEI-2010) to measure diet quality. 
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8:27 AM | mH2 – the future of mental healthcare
Mental healthcare is often described as the Cinderella of medicine – overlooked, disparaged, and generally neglected. In the UK, mental healthcare is the single biggest item on the NHS budget (£12.16bn in 2010/11), but in practice this means that only about 11% of the overall spend is allocated to deal with 23% of the disease ...read more
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8:14 AM | Who steals sheep? New Zealanders
Cunning sheep rustlers have captured and presumably butchered 30 pregnant ewes from a park on the fringes of central Auckland that is well known for its daffodils and lambs. “It’s disgusting behaviour,” the park’s farm manager Peter Maxwell said on … Continue reading →
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8:09 AM | Concern over shellfish safety controls in Ireland
A “significant” number of recommendations involving shellfish food safety controls still have not been fully addressed, more than two years after they were made, a new audit by the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office has found. The latest audit … Continue reading →
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7:30 AM | Involve service users in design and delivery of services for better outcomes, advises new report
This new report, from National Voices and Think Local Act Personal, considers what matters most to mental health service users in terms of their experience and outcomes.  The report accompanies an earlier publication which considers evidence from research and consultations on what patients and service users want and expect from support which is person-centred and coordinated. “No [read the full story...]
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4:59 AM | Immediate loading may increase dental implant failure compared to conventional loading
Dominic Hurst reports on a new systematic review comparing immediate implant loading protocols with conventional protocols that suggests greater risks of failure with immediate loading in contrast to a recent Cochrane review which found no difference. The post Immediate loading may increase dental implant failure compared to conventional loading appeared first on The Dental Elf.

September 02, 2014

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11:40 PM | Repost: The War on Drugs Didn't Work, Eh?
There's a strawman-tilting screed up over at substance.com from my current favorite anti-drug-war-warrior Maia Szalavitz. She's trying to assert that Trying to Scare Teens Away From Drugs Doesn’t Work. In this she cites a few outcome studies of interventions that last over relatively short periods of time and address relatively small populations. I think the […]
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10:57 PM | Zero Harm and A Peasant in 16th Century Europe
Just came across this one from a few years ago, luvved it and felt it should get some more air. Zero Harm and a peasant in 16th century Europe Guest article by Paul Nieuwoudt Life today appears to hold some similarity to that of 16th century Europe. Europe in those days was largely dominated by the Roman Catholic church and many governments dared not make any decisions of any significance without the church’s permission. Those governments had cardinals, appointed by the church as their […]
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10:49 PM | A dump journal is not an indiscriminate garbage heap
I use the phrase "credible application" a lot when I talk about grant submission. It holds true for manuscript submission as well. I suspect some people may think that what they perceive as a "dump journal" of last resort will not require the most polished of manuscripts. This isn't true in my experience. Dump journal […]
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9:30 PM | Soundtrack for getting your Reviewer #3 on
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9:22 PM | Two new reports paint grim picture of wage growth, income inequality
Yesterday, the nation celebrated its workers. However, new research finds that most workers face fewer and fewer reasons to rejoice.
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8:35 PM | Reading the Post-apocalypse
Post-apocalyptic fiction is all the rage these days. Before the Divergent series, The Hunger Games and The Road by Cormac McCarthy and even before Orwell's 1984, there was The Scarlet Plague (1912). Michele Augusto Riva and colleagues have just published a wonderful review of post-apocalyptic (post-plague) fiction in the October EID. Specifically, the authors focus on the literary history of pandemic infectious diseases from the Bible and Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War to […]
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8:00 PM | Young Children can Benefit from Multi-Vitamin-Mineral Supplementation
Scientific progress is much slower than news the news cycle. So it is surprising when scientific studies create a media frenzy. After all, assembling the totality of the evidence isn’t  a matter of immediacy. The creation of regulations is even slower. Last January, Madden, DeBias & Cook published a market analysis of vitamin supplements in JAMA Pediatrics.  
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3:50 PM | A Doctor’s Passion and Influence: From Haiti to Einstein and Beyond
There are certain people who enrich lives, shape careers and inspire excellence. Einstein’s Dr. Roger Duvivier is one of those people. From his upbringing in Haiti, Duvivier grew from a young man with a dream—who knew almost no English when he came to the U.S. at age 18—into an accomplished obstetrician/gynecologist, mentor and global health [...]
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12:05 PM | A Labor Day look at state and local actions for worker health
As we were putting together 2014 edition of The Year in U.S. Occupational Health and Safety (which she introduced yesterday), we noticed that a lot of the good news about workers winning better conditions was coming from cities and states.
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12:00 PM | Sex Workers Horrified over Witchcraft Killing in South Africa
Arrests over the decapitation murder of a South African sex worker has sparked fears of further killings due to news that a traditional healer was among the six arrestees. The body of 39-year old Desiree Murugan was discovered two weeks...            Related StoriesSacrificing Edith (Part 2 of 2)These Clues Help Identify a Mentally Ill 'Lone Gunman' Before Tragedy StrikesFighting Poverty with Cash 
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11:45 AM | Gloves: Another reason to love them (and wear them)
It's pretty easy to hate on gloves. They're certainly annoying to put on and wear. Yet, much of what we do in medicine is difficult yet worth it, if what we do is effective. Now if we really could get hand hygiene compliance beyond 90%, I think a narrow focus on hand rub utilization would be OK. But, irrespective of what facilities are reporting, when you really look, their compliance is closer to 50% (if they're lucky). That's why I continue to (a) encourage investment in hand hygiene research […]
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11:00 AM | Illustrations of the 1896-1897 Influenza Epidemic in Paris
This image has been used here at Contagions in various cropped versions as the header and avatar for several years now. I found a couple more related illustrations that are worth sharing and put the illustration in better context. This is an emergency tent hospital erected to handle the epidemic of 1897.  It certainly looks […]
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5:01 AM | Paucity of high-quality evaluations of the relative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of dental auxiliaries
This new Cochrane review looks at studies assessing the effectiveness, costs and cost effectiveness of dental auxiliaries in providing care traditionally provided by dentists. Only 5 studies, the majority conducted more than 20 years ago could be included so no firm conclusions can be made. The post Paucity of high-quality evaluations of the relative effectiveness, cost-effectiveness and safety of dental auxiliaries appeared first on The Dental Elf.

September 01, 2014

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11:26 PM | Ebola perspectives from a BSL-4 virologist
Our colleague Tara Smith just posted an interview with Dr. Heather Lander, a virologist who works with hemorrhagic fever viruses. From this interesting interview I linked to her new blog, “Pathogen Perspectives”. She addresses some of the Ebola transmission issues we’ve touched upon, and more. Check it out!
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10:34 PM | THE PLAN – HOW SHIT HAPPENS
There was a great comment recently made on this article (are-you-creating-an-obeyience-culture) about the problem of safety programs designed to satisfy the board or make it look like they are doing something  but really not being practical or effective when implemented and probably only perpetuating a culture of blame shifting, hiding incidents and fear. I thought this little poem, published years ago, portrays that notion perfectly and should be resurrected (I have it on my office […]
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7:02 PM | A Labor Day look back at the year in worker health and safety
Our Labor Day tradition continues with the third edition of "The Year in US Occupational Health & Safety: Fall 2013 - Summer 2014." Section I of the report recaps happenings over the last 12 months at the federal level.
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4:19 PM | Dominican Republic resort visitor awarded five-figure settlement following salmonellosis
In 2004 I visited the Dominican Republic, a popular Caribbean destination for Canadians attempting to escape the winter cold, wet and grey.  Dani and I took advantage of her spring break and Millennium Scholarship (probably not what they were meant for) and … Continue reading →
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4:09 PM | Reflecting
One of the more awesome and fun parts of running this blog for so long is watching you all progress in your lives and careers. Many of you started commenting in stages far removed from your current places. I've seen struggling grad students achieve the PhD, (dis)gruntled postdocs win a tenure track job...or go do […]
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1:14 PM | Can Media Use Cause ADHD Symptoms in Children?
Can there be a link between the rising rate of ADHD diagnoses in children and adolescents and the proliferation in fast-paced media aimed at children? Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder is characterized by symptoms such as attention problems, hyperactive behaviour, and impulsivity...            Related StoriesDoes Walking Speed Predict Dementia?Can Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?Naming That Tune 
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8:26 AM | Care plans and care planning: a rare event?
Have you seen a care plan recently? Despite a massive effort, we didn't see many in our national evaluation of care plans and care planning. Our new paper reports the findings of this work, summarised here.
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4:59 AM | Can treating periodontitis help prevent heart disease?
Periodontal disease is associated with cardiovascular disease. This Cochrane review looks at whether treating periodontal disease can prevent further heart disease. Unfortunately the available evidence is limited to a single trial at high risk of bias. The post Can treating periodontitis help prevent heart disease? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:54 AM | Reading in August
Just a little update on my reading in August. I’ve been jumping around a bit reading on the history of malaria and wetlands.  Lots of interesting bits and pieces! Books John Aberth. An Environmental History of the Middle Ages: The Crucible of Nature, 2013. Gregory of Tours (d. 594): Glory of the Confessors  Gregory of Tours (d. 594): […]

August 31, 2014

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10:52 PM | Public Health in the News – August 31, 2014
Global To fight the outbreak of Ebola, we need developed countries to assist with basic healthcare, public health officials are arguing. Scientists have now sequenced the genome of Ebola, which may help lead to better treatments and vaccines. An article in Aeon explores the history of infectious disease outbreaks and argues that the next pandemic […]
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