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October 07, 2014

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12:06 AM | Effect of high hydrostatic pressure on Salmonella inoculated into creamy peanut butter with modified vomposition
Peanut butter has been associated with several large foodborne salmonellosis outbreaks. This research investigates the potential of high hydrostatic pressure processing (HPP) for inactivation of Salmonella in peanut butter of modified composition, both by modifying its water activity as well … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | Effect of acid adaptation and acid shock on thermal tolerance and survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and O111 in apple juice
Gradual exposure to moderate acidic environments may enhance the thermal tolerance and survival of Escherichia coli O157:H7 in acid and acidified foods. Limited studies comparing methodologies to induce this phenomenon have been performed. The effects of strain and physiological state … Continue reading →

October 06, 2014

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11:30 PM | Ebola in the U.S.–Politics and Public Health Don’t Mix
“Against stupidity, even the gods strive in vain.” — Fredirich Schiller I’ve been glued to the Ebola news, riding the roller coaster of emotions. While  very impressed with CDC’s director, Dr. Tom Frieden’s, initial press conference (10/2/14), I became infuriated at the subsequent statements from Lisa Monaco, Homeland Security Advisor, and the tragicomedy of the [...]
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11:12 PM | Ebola Screening: Hey CDC! Is it an AND or an OR?
Like many of you, we've all been assisting with Ebola planning for the past several months. Just today, Mike and I were in another planning meeting and the subject of our screening algorithm came up. Mike had noticed that the September 4th CDC Definition of Person Under Investigation (PUI) that we've been using: "fever of greater than 38.6 degrees Celsius or 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, AND additional symptoms such as severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained […]
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10:50 PM | Does or Should Sex Sell Safety?
Does or Should Sex Sell Safety? (Or encourage people to read a blog article?) Certainly most agree that safety messages can be monotonous, boring and unappealing hence largely ignored, despite their important content (or otherwise). Airlines such as Virgin and Air New Zealand have made several entertaining attempts, using sex, music and bright lights to […] The post Does or Should Sex Sell Safety? appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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8:37 PM | How do people with diabetes describe their experiences in primary care?
Well, actually quite good news here. People with diabetes in England report primary care experiences that are at least as good as those without diabetes for most domains of care. This is one of our conclusions from our analysis of responses to the English national GP Patient Survey from 85,760 patients with self-reported diabetes. However, ...read more
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8:10 PM | America does the right thing
At first you might think it a negative that the US Supreme Court refused to hear five gay marriage cases this term. The Supreme Court on Monday turned away appeals from five states looking to prohibit gay marriage, effectively legalizing same-sex marriage in those states and likely others -- but also leaving the issue unresolved […]
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7:49 PM | Reckitt Benckiser is Smarter than I Thought
Originally published 10/14/2012 Regarding a prior post, I carefully read through the entire Citizens Petition’ filed with the FDA by Reckitt-Benckiser.  I have a better understanding of what, exactly, was accomplished by that action by the manufacturer of Suboxone. The document explains that the company hired an independent group, RADARS (Researched Abuse, Diversion, and Addiction-Related Surveillance), […]
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5:57 PM | Grandmother calls for mandatory minimum penalties for work-related fatalities
A Wyoming grandmother wants the State to impose more meaningful sanctions in work-related fatality cases. Her 20 year-old grandson was killed on-the-job. Despite finding serious violations, the company paid only a $6,700 penalty.
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4:53 PM | Kies mij! Een grappig volkorenbroodje als zetje naar de gezonde keuze
Volkorenbrood is gezond! Dat weten de meeste ouders en kinderen wel. Toch blijft wit  brood aantrekkelijk. Met name kinderen houden niet altijd van de grovere structuur, de smaak en eventuele zaadjes van volkorenbrood. Kinderen motiveren door ze te vertellen dat volkorenbrood goed voor ze is, is een riskante strategie. Recent onderzoek onder kleuters laat zien dat voedsel als gezond aanprijzen een averechts effect kan hebben. Als je maar vaak genoeg zegt ‘dit is […]
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4:26 PM | Something is funny at Science Magazine
Since many of you are AAAS members, as am I, I think you might be interested in an open letter blogged by Michael Balter, who identifies himself as "a Contributing Correspondent for Science and Adjunct Professor of Journalism at New York University". I have been writing continuously for Science for the past 24 years. I […]
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3:29 PM | Omega-3 Fatty Acids: A Lifelong Mission
What does $2.5 million dollars get a scientist in 2014? The answer is a 10 year, double-blind randomized controlled trial (RCT) to determine whether prenatal supplementation with omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA), especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) benefits children’s intelligence and school readiness. This is important research. Higher levels of DHA in the blood of children have been correlated with better sleep and improved reading and behavior in healthy but […]
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2:17 PM | Can Action Video Games Boost Short-term Memory?
How good is your working memory? Whether it involves holding a telephone number in your head long enough to write it down or trying to keep track of all the items on a grocery list, having a good working memory...            Related StoriesChild Abuse and Raising the Next GenerationSleeping Your Way to a Longer LifeGender Differences in Youth Crimes 
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2:11 PM | Guest Post: The Danger of Ebola
This is a guest post by Philip Lederer, an ID fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He was a CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service officer and has also worked in Mozambique as clinical director of the UCSD-Maputo Central Hospital Educational Collaboration.The danger of Ebola goes well beyond the thousands of cases reported so far in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and neighboring countries. It goes beyond the models which estimate that up to 1.4 million […]
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11:25 AM | 11 Salmonella cases linked to hospitality at Celtic Park in Scotland
A Salmonella outbreak in the Glasgow, Lanarkshire and Highland areas has been linked to hospitality at Celtic Park. NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (GGC) said 11 people who had eaten at the stadium on 21 September, the day Celtic played … Continue reading →
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5:00 AM | Low-level laser therapy: review suggests some benefit for patients with temporomandibular disorders
Low level laser therapy have been used of musculoskeletal problems and this review looked it is use in temporomandibular disorders. 6 small studies were included and this suggested a small statistical benefit for pain reduction. The post Low-level laser therapy: review suggests some benefit for patients with temporomandibular disorders appeared first on The Dental Elf.

October 05, 2014

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10:32 PM | Public Health in the News – October 5, 2014
Global Could the Ebola outbreak have been controlled earlier if global health leaders such as the WHO acted faster? An excellent Washington Post article explores the timeline the outbreak and where global health leaders went wrong. Perhaps the answer to treating Ebola … Continue reading →
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6:57 PM | South Carolina health officials investigating two outbreaks of salmonelloisis
In 2009 when I had a Campylobacter infection it took me a few days of puking and diarrhea to go to my doctor. Then it took a week for the lab results. And then it took another week for the … Continue reading →
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5:13 PM | Chicken sausages linked to four illnesses in Alberta
My Wednesday night hockey team grills brats after games sometimes. Sort of a late night tailgate – after a shower and a quick in-dressing room beer, a portable grill is fired up in the parking lot. We each bring an … Continue reading →
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3:45 PM | Communicating Public Health
About the Exhibit: Pictures are powerful tools for storytelling. Effectively communicating health information is essential for public health success. Here we highlight images that tell historic and contemporary public health stories from the Rwandan Genocide to water sanitation during the … Continue reading →
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2:47 PM | Ebola and WHO budget cuts
Anthony Harris used to (and may still) include this New Yorker cartoon in his antibiotic resistance talks. I've always thought it summed up the resistance crisis quite well. We don't have effective antibiotics, so we must resort to the ridiculous. One of the major reasons we lack new classes of antibiotics is the lack of public funding for basic research of bacterial pathogens. It's pretty simple really. Years of ignoring the problem have us in this situation and it will take many years of […]
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12:00 PM | Alexander the Corrector (Part One of Two)
If you've ever seriously studied the Bible, you have likely heard of Alexander Cruden. Though his Concordance of the Bible has never been out of print since it was first published in 1737, it was the, er, unusual circumstances of...            Related StoriesDoomsday DeferredThe Jesus Experiment (Part 2 of 2)"Provocation" Cited in Bizarre UK Domestic Violence Case 

October 04, 2014

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10:28 PM | Ebola and Poverty
I really like this analysis by Daniel Hoffman  comparing the growth rate of the outbreak in Sierra Leone with the fraction of the population that is poor at the county level. He found a significant positive trend - the poorer the county, the faster the spread of Ebola. Go read it.I think it's somewhat intuitive that Ebola virus disease and poverty are linked. High population density (e.g. slums), poor sanitation, and a dearth of infection control resources in healthcare settings all […]
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2:54 PM | Whither infectious diseases?
One morning in October 1983, when I was a 22-year old second year medical student just recovering from infectious mononucleosis, I arrived for my medical microbiology lecture. Several weeks into that course, I found myself with no real affinity for the subject matter. The lectures seemed to focus on the minutiae of biochemical tests for various bacteria that I would memorize for the exam then forget forever. But that October morning we were scheduled to have a clinical correlation lecture. I […]
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4:15 AM | Ebola: Hospital Epidemiologists in the News
It's been amazingly active week for hospital infection control with adult deaths and paralysis in children linked to Enterovirus 68 and there have also been some issues with Ebola. Practically every Hospital Epidemiologist* has been called upon to explain the transmissibility of Ebola and describe how they've been planning to protect healthcare workers and the community. Of course, I can't possibly list all of the mentions in local, national and international media, but if you have a […]

October 03, 2014

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10:25 PM | Rep Harris wants to help the "Young, Brilliant and Unfunded". Allegedly.
In an Op-Ed in the NYT, Representative Andy Harris (R, Maryland) lays out three main issues that he would like to address regarding the functions of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Harris [Wikipedia] was a Physician Scientist prior to running for Congress and was the PI of NIH Grant R01 GM036044-04. This grant ran […]
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9:34 PM | Study: More action needed to confront millions of preventable child deaths
Worldwide, the numbers of children who die before their fifth birthdays is on the decline. Still, millions of children are being lost to diseases and complications that are completely preventable.
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4:52 PM | What to do with Picky Eaters? An Approach to Fill Nutrient Gaps
Nutrition experts recommend getting essential vitamins and minerals from a balanced diet – one with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy products. The challenge is that we don’t always make good choices. Reasons include: time costs, sensory and physical aspects, access, and perceived value.  People with lower incomes eat fewer servings of vegetables and fruits.  Food preferences. Even Presidents can shun nutrient-rich foods such as Brussels sprouts, liver […]
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10:39 AM | EFSA: Scientific Opinion on the risk posed by Salmonella in melons
Melons and watermelons are ready-to-eat foods, with an internal pH of 5.1 to 6.7 and can be consumed whole, as fresh-cut products or as fresh juices. Epidemiological data from the EU identified one salmonellosis outbreak associated with consumption of both … Continue reading →
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10:31 AM | EFSA: Scientific Opinion on the risk posed by Salmonella and Norovirus in tomatoes
Tomatoes may be minimally processed to obtain ready-to-eat products, and these steps include selection, washing, cleaning, stem removal, cutting, packaging and storage. Epidemiological data from the EU have identified one salmonellosis outbreak and one Norovirus outbreak associated with tomato consumption between … Continue reading →
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