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July 03, 2014

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4:35 PM | Repost: A nonpology for my Glamour hatred. And for PP.
I wrote this awhile ago. Seems worth reposting for new readers: I really should apologize to my readers who get their feelings hurt when 1) I bash GlamourMag science and 2) CPP bashes society journal level science. I just couldn't figure out how to make it something other than a nonpology. So the nonpology version […]
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4:22 PM | ...at least she didn't die of MRSA
For the past six months our group at Iowa has been collaborating with colleagues at the Salt Lake City VA on a project for CDC. We are tasked with measuring the burden of MDRO using systematic reviews to inform economic models that will project MDRO incidence and attributable cost over the next 20 years. We are studying pathogens like C. difficile, VRE, MRSA, ESBL-GNR and CRE. It's a tall order, but we expect that CDC and others will use these estimates to guide funding for research and […]
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4:18 PM | Brief Reader query
Do you ever click on the category links at the top of a post to read other items that I have placed in that category? If so is it helpful?
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3:55 PM | Scientific peer review is not broken, but your Glamour humping ways are
I have recently had a not-atypical publishing experience for me. Submitted a manuscript, got a set of comments back in about four weeks. Comments were informed, pointed a finger at some weak points in the paper but did not go all nonlinear about what else they'd like to see or whinge about mechanism or talk […]
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2:56 PM | Navigating Life’s Cocktail Party: Processing Sounds
Imagine yourself walking on a busy city street. Noises from the environment converge and digress as you walk: a jet flies overhead, a jackhammer makes repeated sound bursts, cars drive by, people are talking as they walk past you. The sound waves reach your ears in a mixture of all the sources, overlapping and dynamically [...]
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1:26 PM | Eating to Reduce Prescription and Health Care Costs
A new report finds that the USA has the highest total and public health expenditure per person compared to 5 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, and Switzerland). The average health expenditure per person was $7,212 in 2011. The US spent 17% of GDP on health spending whereas the other 5 nations ranged between 10.6 to 11%. Out-of-pocket health expenditure per person is the highest except for Switzerland. Probably attributable to higher spending on hospital costs ($2,408 vs $909 to […]
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12:00 PM | Secondary Trauma in Child Protection Workers
Research investigating how secondary traumatic stress impacts those who work in the field of child exploitation is in its early stages. In recent study published in Traumatology, researchers investigated how attempts to cope with secondary traumatic stress vary between investigators...            Related StoriesLiving with BetrayalIs the $3B Paid by U.S. Government for Treating PTSD in Soldiers Well-Spent?Should an IQ Score Be a Death
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6:17 AM | Isolation and Characterization of Shiga Toxin–Producing Escherichia coli in range and feedlot cattle from postweaning to slaughter
Cattle are the main reservoirs for Shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains. E. coli O26, O45, O103, O111, O121, O145, and O157 are among the STEC serogroups that cause severe foodborne illness and have been declared as adulterants by the … Continue reading →
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6:05 AM | CDC: Antibiotic resistance in foodborne germs is an ongoing threat
In a report that is sure to be interpreted by the political lenses of various groups, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that in 2012 that multi-drug resistant Salmonella decreased during the past 10 years and resistance to … Continue reading →
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2:09 AM | Saskatchewan public health: hotel guest may have exposed 1000+ to hepatitis A
This one confuses me a bit. There must be more to this story than what is being reported. According to Global News  a Riverhurst, Saskatchewan (that’s in Canada) hotel guest with hepatitis A has caused a public health response usually only … Continue reading →
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1:50 AM | Calibrating a thermometer: choose the better tool
Susan Selasky of the Detroit Free Press writes in the Free Press Test Kitchen Tip how to calibrate a crappy bimetallic stem thermometer. If the thermometer starts at 0 degrees, make an ice slush using crushed ice and water in a average … Continue reading →

July 02, 2014

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9:02 PM | Influenza: what’s in a name?
H1N1, H3N2, H1N7; we hear their names daily, but have you ever wondered what they mean? Why do we refer to the different strains of influenza by a ‘H’ and ‘N’ followed by a series of seemingly random numbers? In order to replicate (reproduction is the ultimate ‘aim’ of all organisms!), viruses must first enter […]
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8:58 PM | Top 10 list of foodborne parasites released
A Top 10 list identifying the foodborne parasites of greatest global concern has been released today, and new guidelines are being developed to control them. The parasites affect the health of millions of people every year, infecting muscle tissues and … Continue reading →
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8:11 PM | Risk, communication and trust: Towards an emotional understanding of trust
Current discussions on public trust, as well as on risk communication, have a restricted rationalistic bias in which the cognitive-reflexive aspect of trust is emphasized at the expense of its emotional aspect. This article contributes to a substantive theory of … Continue reading →
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8:02 PM | Risk assessment of Escherichia coli O157 illness from consumption of hamburgers in the United States made from Australian manufacturing beef
We analyze the risk of contracting illness due to the consumption in the United States of hamburgers contaminated with enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) of serogroup O157 produced from manufacturing beef imported from Australia. We have used a novel approach for … Continue reading →
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5:48 PM | Medical marijuana "researcher" fired by U of A
From the LA Times: The University of Arizona has abruptly fired a prominent marijuana researcher who only months ago received rare approval from federal drug officials to study the effects of pot on patients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. The firing of Suzanne A. Sisley, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, puts her research […]
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5:42 PM | Ridiculous redactions by the Labor Dept’s mine safety agency
A reporter's request for an MSHA citation is probably the worst case of redaction overkill that I’ve seen.
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12:35 PM | Are you Feeling your Oats Today?
The number of people with diabetes mellitus has doubled over the past 3 decades. WHO estimates 150 million people worldwide have diabetes and the number will double by 2025. There is increasing interest in finding nutritional components which may help control healthy blood glucose levels.  Oats are considered unique among cereal grains, partially because they contain β-glucan, a high-molecular weight polysaccharide exhibiting high viscosity at relatively low concentrations. Because of […]
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9:33 AM | Technology catches up: smartphone QR codes to be used in Pasadena restaurant grades, Longo’s beef in Canada
Chapman says QR barcodes are so … 2010. I wanted to do the equivalent using a url so people could find out what went into a product back in 2000. Because some producers and companies are better at this food … Continue reading →
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9:16 AM | New color-coded restaurant inspection disclosure system to start in Hawaii
Customers will soon be able to find out if their favorite restaurant makes the grade or has a dirty secret. The state’s food safety rating system is almost ready. Health inspectors are dishing out new rules to all food establishments, from … Continue reading →
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6:20 AM | Dirty dining: King & I on Tropicana, Vegas
This week’s Dirty Dining takes us back to a place we’ve been before. The restaurant’s new owners hadn’t gotten rid of old problems. The King & I Thai restaurant on East Tropicana near Maryland Parkway is a Dirty Dining repeat … Continue reading →
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5:48 AM | Nottinghamshire fruit growers hit back at health scare as crops are given all-clear
From the I’ve-been-doings-things-this-way-all-my-life files comes word that strawberry growers across Nottinghamshire, UK, say their product is “perfectly safe” in light of a report from  the European Food Safety Agency which described frozen strawberries, along with raspberries, as an “emerging public … Continue reading →
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5:36 AM | Unlabeled irradiated Australian tomatoes now on NZ shelves
New Zealanders are being urged to once again ask their retailer if their tomatoes have been treated with radiation, as, according to this story, large volumes of unlabelled irradiated Australian tomatoes hit local shelves. The story says currently there are … Continue reading →
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5:28 AM | Not just hitching a ride; Campylobacter jejuni can cause disease in some breeds of chickens
Contrary to popular belief, the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni is not a harmless commensal in chickens but can cause disease in some breeds of poultry according to research published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for … Continue reading →
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5:13 AM | Israeli Health says recycling egg cartons for arts and crafts forbidden due to fear of Salmonella
Using old egg cartons to recycle and make creative objects in elementary schools, kindergartens, nursery schools and day care centers sounds like an admirable idea — but not to the Health Ministry, which worries that the practice could spread disease. According … Continue reading →
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4:59 AM | Another review finds limited evidence for making treatment recommendations for keratocystic odontogenic tumors
The keratocystic odontogenic tumor (KCOT) is a benign but locally aggressive tumour and accounts for 2-11% of jaw cysts and can occur at any age. Historically they have been referred to as odontogenic keratocyst (OKC) and primordial cyst. A range of treatment approaches have been suggested for KCOTs but preferred option is still debatable. The [read the full story...]
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4:21 AM | Yersinia pestis found in human fleas, Madagascar 2013
Madagascar is consistently one of the top two countries in Africa (and usually the world) in cases of plague, caused by Yersinia pestis. For five years prior to January 2013, Madagascar registered 312 to 648 cases per year, with a majority being laboratory confirmed of which >80% were bubonic plague. Of the multiple reservoir species in […]

July 01, 2014

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8:55 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
The U.S. Supreme Court deals a blow to union fair-share fees; Massachusetts raises minimum wage to $11 an hour; and Texas lawmakers scoff at the idea of better safeguards in the wake of the West fertilizer blast.
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6:14 PM | Do you have a question?
IDWeek abstract dispositions were just emailed last week. Hopefully you received good news and have already started planning your trip to Philadelphia! IDweek discounted registration closes July 25th.For those also attending SHEA2015 in Orlando, this will be the first SHEA meeting in three years where we will be accepting abstracts (kinda like the old days but with competitions, voting and awards). So get busy making science - abstract submission closes January 16, 2015.Whether you are […]
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5:43 PM | PSA: Keep your age assumptions about PIs to yourowndamnself
I realize this is not news to most of you. But the Twitts are aTwitt today about the way youthful appearing faculty are treated by.....everyone. New record: only 3 people asked if I was an incoming grad student at a new student welcome thing. — NatC (@SciTriGrrl) July 1, 2014 From undergrads to grads to […]
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