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March 16, 2015

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2:01 AM | Public Health in the News – March 15, 2015
Global Read of the week! Vox has a collection of stories from people whose lives have been affected by Ebola, from family members of infected individuals to journalists covering the outbreak. Ebola has placed much stress on the healthcare systems in … Continue reading →
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12:37 AM | Most fast-food places do well with food safety in Philadelphia
Friend of the barfblog and beard aficionado Don Schaffner told Philly.com that, “In terms of fast food, there’s not much they can do to screw it up.” Schaffner, a professor of microbiology at Rutgers University who also sits on McDonald’s … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | Always the kids: Health concerns after raw milk bill moves forward in W. Virginia
Lydia Nuzum of the Sunday Gazette – Mail writes that for Amy Nordyke, it seemed like the right choice. After researching ways to improve her family’s diet, she stumbled across the idea of consuming raw milk. “It was very convincing … Continue reading →

March 15, 2015

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8:14 PM | Safety Slogans Don’t Save Lives
Unfortunately one of the most popular pages on this blog is our Safety Slogans Page (last week, during Indian Safety Week, it was getting 40k hits per day!).  Rob Long wrote of the futility and danger in using safety slogans here: Sayings, slogans, aphorisms and the discourse of simple. Hopefully we can introduce the safety […] The post Safety Slogans Don’t Save Lives appeared first on Safety Risk.
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12:00 PM | The Two Messiahs (Part Two of Two)
Continued from Part One With their belief in Dora's messianic message still somewhat unshaken, the Perfectionists announced that George Jacob Schweinfurth would be Dora's successor and that they could see her spirit guiding their affairs. Since the large house now...            Related StoriesBearing the Wounds of Christ"Kissing Selfies" Lead to Anti-Gay Crackdown in RussiaFalling Out of Love 

March 14, 2015

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9:46 PM | Safety “Professionals” Behaving Badly
Safety “Professionals” Behaving Badly ADDENDUM: This is an old post which I put up recently on LinkedIn Pulse. My Good Friend Max Geyer made a comment which I think sums this up better than I ever could. He says: I think that part of the difficulty, for the safety professional, is that they perceive that […] The post Safety “Professionals” Behaving Badly appeared first on Safety Risk.
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8:47 PM | Drug to Digest – Aspirin
Even if you’ve never taken aspirin, it is one of those drugs which the majority of the population have some knowledge about (although not many people know about its connection to the willow tree…). In fact, aspirin was one of the first drugs to come into common usage and is still one of the most […]
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8:38 PM | Food safety cleanup
Fancy food ain’t safe food, Bristol, UK edition: It is one of Bristol’s most popular restaurants – but because of paperwork issues, the Cowshed steakhouse has had its food hygiene rating dropped from a 5 to a 2, but the … Continue reading →
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4:23 AM | ‘It’s a mitigation measure’ Food safety amateur hour continues in Queensland with ‘dirty eggs’
With 250 teachers sick from a conference, and an additional 20 people sick in a separate outbreak around Brisbane – but apparently using the same egg supplier – people are now being told it’s possible dirty eggs may be the … Continue reading →
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3:39 AM | Food tested after 22 Maine students vomit
State and city health officials are investigating after 22 students at Portland’s Reiche Elementary School suddenly came down with a stomach ailment this week. District food services officials have sent samples of the food served at the school to a … Continue reading →
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3:29 AM | Food porn crazy in Australia: feed your baby formula from liver and beef broth
An Australian baby recipe book that advocates milk formula based on liver and bone broth has been put on indefinite hold after intervention by a consortium of health organizations. But no worries for one of the authors of Bubba Yum … Continue reading →
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1:32 AM | Contaminated meat blamed for animal sanctuary deaths in Nevada
Horse meat contaminated with barbiturates was blamed for killing a wolf and tiger and sickened a cheetah at a wildlife sanctuary here last month. Triple A Brand Meat Co., based in Burlington, Colo., recalled the horse meat that was sold … Continue reading →

March 13, 2015

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9:12 PM | Vitamins, Obesity, Bariatric Surgery, and Cystic Fibrosis
Are you worried about getting too many vitamins? It is improbable. Experts informed the Secretaries of Agriculture and Health and Human Services that 8 essential nutrients are under-consumed (2015 DGAC Report). About half of American adults (117 million people) have one or more preventable chronic diseases that relate to poor diet and physical inactivity. In addition, ≥ two-thirds of adults and nearly one-third of children and youth are overweight or obese.
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8:47 PM | 3 dead, 2 sick in Kansas from Listeria in ice cream made in Texas
Three people are dead and two sick, all from the same hospital in Kansas and linked to Blue Bell Scoops milkshakes and the company publishes this on its website: “For the first time in 108 years, Blue Bell announces a … Continue reading →
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8:29 PM | Why Safety Controls Don’t Work
Why Fancy Safety Controls Don’t Always Work Thanks to John Wettstein from Safety Strategies for sending this photo in. Wilde’s theory of Risk Homeostasis tells us that all people have their own target level of risk. They will adjust their behaviour based on their own perception of the risk versus all of the perceived costs […] The post Why Safety Controls Don’t Work appeared first on Safety Risk.
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7:22 PM | Why PMA if dealers don't want to kill their clients?
There's an interesting piece on Ecstasy in Mixmag that addresses something that is a side issue of the MDMA overdose issue that I've talked about on the blog. These issues bubble up to our conscious consideration every time there is a mysterious Ecstasy-related cluster of adverse events such as at Wesleyan University. Until there is […]
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12:00 PM | The Turing Problem (Part 2)
Continued from Part 1 While the first Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-1) was released in 1952, the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder was already firmly in place as far as mental health professionals were concerned....            Related StoriesThe Turing Problem (Part 1)The Turing Problem (Part 3)Sexual Discounting and High-Risk Behaviour 
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9:57 AM | Gimme some sugar: the people want homeopathy, but that doesn’t mean they should get it
The Australian National Health and Medical Research Council has weighed in where the Cochrane Collaboration has before, to conclude what we already knew – that homeopathy is a load of tosh. For homeopathy to work, many of the laws of science would have to be rewritten. It’s not a competition, but dare I say it, […]
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5:59 AM | Tooth extraction: no need to stop long-term aspirin before suggests review
This review considers whether patients on long-term aspirin therapy should stop aspirin before tooth extraction. The review found 10 studies (3 RCTs). No significant increase in bleeding time was found and although there was an increased risk of haemorrhage, the authors recommended not stopping aspirin therapy. The post Tooth extraction: no need to stop long-term aspirin before suggests review appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:45 AM | Australia still has an egg problem: And a food safety culture problem
It’s a simple question that journalists and beaurocrats in Queensland (that’s in Australia) seem unwilling to answer: were raw eggs used in any of the menu items that sickened 250 school principals, and now an additional 20 people on the … Continue reading →
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2:41 AM | Uh oh: health officials investigating multiple hepatitis A cases in Napa; including two food handlers
Most of the hepatitis-A-in-restaurants events follow this formula: A food handler or a server shows symptoms, the virus is confirmed, health folks provide patrons with shots and hopefully no one else gets sick. The story in Napa County is a bit different: According … Continue reading →
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2:14 AM | Tragic: Brittany Scadlock dies from pathogenic E. coli infection
Pathogenic E. coli is a horrible bacteria. Between O157 and non-O157 there are an estimated 175,000 illnesses, 2,400 hospitalizations and 20 deaths annually in the U.S.. But those just statistics. Behind each case is a real person. Like Sister Brittany Scadlock … Continue reading →
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1:53 AM | 363 sick from Salmonella in chicks and ducklings linked to single mail-order outfit
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that in early 2014, five clusters of human Salmonella infections were identified through PulseNet, the national molecular subtyping network for foodborne disease surveillance. Many ill persons in each of these clusters reported contact … Continue reading →

March 12, 2015

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11:59 PM | USDA strategies to reduce E. coli levels at beef slaughterhouses
Reduction of E. coli O157 illnesses since the mid-1990’s has been one of the Food Safety and Inspection Service’s greatest public health successes, with illnesses having dropped by over 50% since 1998.  While overall illnesses are down significantly, the most … Continue reading →
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11:44 PM | Colon blow: High fiber diets linked to increased risk of E. coli O157?
According to new research published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, people who consume diets rich in fiber are at an increased risk of contracting Escherichia coli (E. coli) which can lead to O157:H7 infection and severe … Continue reading →
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11:13 PM | Toolbox Talk Show–PPE
Toolbox Talk Show – PPE Sarah Jane (The Safety Nerd) is making a series of videos and podcasts covering some of the basic fundamentals of safety. This is the first one (below) and you will be able to see them all here: http://www.riskologyconsulting.com.au/podcast SJ has also been blogging for some time and her articles have […] The post Toolbox Talk Show–PPE appeared first on Safety Risk.
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9:43 PM | Reflections on Workshops and Opportunities to Influence Nutrition Policy and Health
This week Canadian and American federal agencies hosted a workshop Options for Consideration of Chronic Disease Endpoints for Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.  The purpose was to bring a panel of experts together to consider chronic disease endpoints (or surrogates) to set future nutrient DRIs. The meeting opened with welcoming comments from representatives of NIH-ODS (Dr Paul Coates) and Health Canada (Dr Amanda MacFarlane). In reviewing the workshop […]
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7:11 PM | Glimmer of hope for beleaguered Chemical Safety Board
After four hours of testimony on retaliation against employees, abuse of power and more, there was a glimmer of hope from new leadership at the Chemical Safety Board.
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5:45 PM | The saddest thing I have read on the internet in quite some time
I've never read a single fantasy novel or sci fi novel — Genome F. Daddy (@GenomeDaddy) March 12, 2015
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4:24 PM | On Revisiting Past Interactions and the Unfairness Factor: Newsweek's Autism Article
In December I was contacted by a reporter from Newsweek asking to interview me for an article about Jonathan Mitchell. I politely declined, as I haven't had any interaction with him since I apologized in 2011 for allowing him to be bullied in the comments on several of my blog posts. I sent the reporter the link to the article and my addendum with the apology.Since I declined, I was more than a bit surprised to find out that my words to Jonathan about autism not being his biggest problem, along […]
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