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August 04, 2014

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1:57 PM | Shigella leaves 100 British tourists sick in Egypt resort
Up to 100 British tourists have fallen ill after a sickness bug swept through an Egyptian holiday resort. Several were still on intravenous drips in their hotel rooms last night at the four-star Coral Sea Waterworld complex. Angry holidaymakers blamed … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | CDC: Ebola worsening in West Africa; little risk to general US population
As the Ebola epidemic in West Africa worsens, CDC sends staff to affected countries and issues a travel alert, but stresses that the disease "poses very little risk to the general US population."
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1:00 PM | How much does a healthy diet actually cost?
We’re all told to eat 5 (or more!) servings of fruit & veg per day, to cut down on fatty red meat, eat lean proteins, and whole grains. We’re told to cut down on processed and packaged …The post How much does a healthy diet actually cost? appeared first on Public Health.
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12:39 PM | Poisoning in little children
When little ones learn to crawl, everything they come across has to be tasted. The tongue seems to be their most effective way of exploring the world. When my friends and I had toddlers crawling about the house, absolute silence from them put us in instant panic mode. ‘What is that baby of mine chewing […]
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5:00 AM | Available evidence for various aspects of surgical removal of third molars is very low to moderate
The surgical removal of third molars (wisdom teeth) is one of the commonest operations performed. It is usually carried out because of infection associated with a partially erupted and impacted tooth. The aim of this update to a Cochrane review was to compare the relative benefits and risks of different techniques for undertaking various aspects [read the full story...]
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2:37 AM | Public Health in the News – August 3, 2014
Global Updates on the Ebola outbreak: The science blog Lunchbox Science has a great post up about the basics of Ebola and what is happening in this current outbreak. Many Ebola treatments and vaccines are not being used in the current outbreak because a lack of funding has the treatments stuck in various stages of […]
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12:10 AM | China farms push puts safety first
A giant Chinese meat importer has put food safety and quality at the top of its shopping list as it invests tens of millions of dollars in the Western Australia livestock industry. Grand Farm president Chen Xibin said there was … Continue reading →

August 03, 2014

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11:57 PM | For victims, tainted peanut butter trial a chance for justice
Tainted peanut butter killed three Minnesotans six years ago. Now, the trial against food executives brings hope of justice. Maya Rao of the Minnesota Star Tribune writes that six years after Shirley Mae Almer died from eating a slice of … Continue reading →
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10:16 PM | Heartland Virus
The Oklahoma State Health Department recently confirmed the state's first case, and death of Heartland virus.Lone Start Tick - Centers for Disease Control - Division of Vector Borne Infectious DiseasesA resident of Delaware County (North East corner of the state) was the victim of complications of the virus.The Heartland virus is spread via the bite of a Lone Star tick (Amblyomma americanum), which has established it self primarily in the United States South East.Lone Star Tick distribution in […]
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4:36 PM | Are we *sure* Ebola isn’t airborne?
Since yesterday’s post, several people have asked me on various social media outlets about the airborne nature of Ebola. Didn’t I know about this paper (“Transmission of Ebola virus from pigs to non-human primates“), which clearly showed that Ebola could go airborne? Indeed I do–I wrote about that paper two years ago, and it in…
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12:00 PM | Weeding Out The Immigrants (Part Two of Two)
Continued from Part One After the researchers visited Ellis Island in 1913 to test 165 immigrants, it was still up to Goddard to decide how to interpret those results. When he finally published his findings, Goddard stated that a disproportionately...            Related StoriesDoes Walking Speed Predict Dementia?Is There a Link between Dual Trauma and Domestic Violence?Carrying Naloxone 
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3:46 AM | Drama-free, or nearly so
It's been interesting, this summer, and it's flown by. Two weeks left and back to work I go. I took the summer off from teaching, but was lucky enough to watch the sweetest baby this summer, and the change she's brought has been a godsend. I've been moping a bit the last year or so over the lack of grand babies and the probability that I won't have them unless the girls change their minds some day.Let me tell you that holding a baby and loving on her for hours several days a week is absolutely […]

August 02, 2014

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11:16 PM | CFP: Medieval Landscapes of Disease
Call for Papers Medieval Landscapes of Disease 50th International Congress of Medieval Studies Western Michigan University Kalamazoo, MI   — May 14-17, 2015  In recognition that diseases are manifestations of their environment, this session seeks papers that place medieval diseases within their environmental context. Just as a seed must be placed in good soil to […]
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5:58 PM | Campers and staff ill at Ottawa day camp
When I was a kid I used to do a couple of weeks of day camp during the summer – stuff like a week of sports or science. I always kind of wished that I had the overnight-out-of-the-city experience like … Continue reading →
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5:22 PM | Rhode Island state beach concessions cited for multiple health violations
Growing up in Southern Ontario (that’s in Canada) I wasn’t exposed to beach culture. What passed for a beach in the town where I spent my formative years was a rocky spit that couldn’t be walked barefoot (below, exactly as … Continue reading →
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4:55 PM | Ebola is already in the United States
It’s odd to see otherwise pretty rational folks getting nervous about the news that the American Ebola patients are being flown back to the United States for treatment. “What if Ebola gets out?” “What if it infects the doctors/pilots/nurses taking care of them?” “I don’t want Ebola in the US!” Friends, I have news for…
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4:33 AM | Pee-cycling? Vermont effort to piss on farms
A small group of environmentalists in Vermont are collecting urine with special toilets that separate no. 1 and no. 2. Eliza Barclay of NPR – The Salt writes, then they’re pooling the urine of the 170 volunteers in their pilot … Continue reading →
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4:17 AM | Multistate US outbreak of hepatitis A infection linked to pomegranate seeds from Turkey
In 2013, an outbreak of hepatitis A made 162 people in 10 states sick after they ate a berry blend product purchased at a national chain store. CDC detected the outbreak on May 15. Scientists promptly applied whole genome sequencing … Continue reading →
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4:03 AM | 20 sick from bakery in Oran
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3:32 AM | Is it really that strong? There are reptile cafes in Japan and handwashing is strongly encouraged
Most people lose their appetites when they hear that a snake or salamander is crawling around near them. Not Japan, though. While it seems taboo in most places around the world, the country is the home to more than one … Continue reading →
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3:17 AM | Repost: What’s it like to work an Ebola outbreak?
In the light of the current Ebola outbreak, I thought this post from 2007 was once again highly relevant.  As another Ebola outbreak simmers in Uganda (and appears to be increasing), I recently was in touch with Zoe Young, a water and sanitation expert with Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF*, known in the US as Doctors without Borders), who was working…

August 01, 2014

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11:16 PM | Hoffmann’s An Environmental History of Medieval Europe
Originally posted on Heavenfield:Richard C. Hoffmann. An Environmental History of Medieval Europe. Cambridge Medieval Textbooks. Cambridge University Press, April 2014. $25 paperback, $12.50 e-book. History roots in time and place — establishing situations, telling stories, comparing stories, linking stories. Environmental history brings the natural world into the story as an agent and object of…
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10:33 PM | 24 sick with E. coli in Edmonton; sprouts link suspected
Thanks to the reporting of Coral Beach of The Packer, that E. coli outbreak in Edmonton, Alberta (that’s in Canada), is possibly linked to fresh bean sprouts from a local grower, according to a public health official. The Alberta Health … Continue reading →
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9:52 PM | Final USDA poultry rule: Line speeds stay the same, but no word from OSHA; food safety advocates call it a step backwards
For 17 years, Salvadora Roman deboned chickens on the processing line at Wayne Farms in Decatur, Alabama. Because of the repetitive movement and speed of the processing line, Roman developed a chronic and painful hand injury that affects her ability to do even the most basic household chores. About three years ago, she was fired from the plant for taking time off work to visit a doctor for the injury she sustained on the line.
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8:03 PM | E. coli cluster in Edmonton
From the completely useless press release files, Alberta Health Services is warning Edmontonians of the dangers of E. coli following a cluster of cases in the area. They have nothing else to say.
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7:20 PM | Still a failure to communicate and, says CDC, sprouts still suck
After a series of outbreaks associated with sprouts in the mid-1990s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published guidelines in 1999 for sprouts producers to reduce the risk of contamination. The recommendations included treating seeds with an antimicrobial agent … Continue reading →
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6:52 PM | Why there’s no Ebola treatment or vaccine yet, in one chart
This is the second of two posts this week on Ebola. Read yesterday’s here: Why here, why now, and why so deadly? I didn’t make a mistake in the chart above. Ebola’s 1,323 cases barely register when lined up next …The post Why there’s no Ebola treatment or vaccine yet, in one chart appeared first on Public Health.
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6:42 PM | USDA overhauls decades-old poultry inspections
Inspections and audits are never enough, because most of us don’t have bacteria-sensing goggles. But, given the tax dollars shelled out for inspections by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they can do better. The Obama administration is overhauling poultry plant … Continue reading →
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6:26 PM | Food safety inspections and audits are never enough, in China and elsewhere
When inspectors visited Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd earlier this summer, the production line at the plant now at the centre of an international food scandal appeared in good order, with fresh meat being handled by properly-attired workers and supervisors … Continue reading →
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5:53 PM | Is that an African or European swallow? Can’t kill all the birds, but can manage risk
Zoonotic enteric pathogenic bacteria can live in the intestinal tract of birds and can be transmitted to food animals or humans via fecal contact. In the present study, cecal samples were collected from 376 migratory birds from species often associated … Continue reading →
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