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August 17, 2014

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7:47 PM | Public Health in the News – August 17, 2014
Global Ebola stories of the week: The World Health Organization reports an increase in the number of new Ebola cases and provides reassurances that air travel to and from affected countries is low-risk. When it comes to using experimental, unproven Ebola drugs to treat the current crisis, do the risks outweigh the benefits? A from-the-trenches […]
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7:24 PM | Don’t eat dog poop, and don’t run around with sharp objects in your ear
Oh, the Brits. Their science-based food safety agency won’t say, use a thermometer, but a local council tells kids not to eat dog poop. Upon seeing this image, you tell yourself that this park can’t possibly be warning kids not … Continue reading →
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5:13 PM | Thought of the day
Your failure to achieve exactly the career outcomes that you desire in academic science is 100% because the systems are broken and you are undermined by nefarious opponents using underhanded tricks to block you. ___ H/T: he knows who
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12:00 PM | The Judge in the Asylum (Part 2 of 2)
Continued from Part One As for Schreber himself, his mental health remained rocky even after his release. Despite a brief separation from his wife while he lived with his mother and sister, he and Sabine eventually moved into a house...            Related StoriesJane Pauley Opens Psychology ConferenceThe Psychologist and the Wolf Girl (Part 2 of 2)The Judge in the Asylum (Part 1 of 2) 
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3:24 AM | Better hygiene through humiliation?
I’ve always been a fan of shame and blame, humility and hubris, carrots and sticks. People can be complicated. According to The Atlantic, a number of companies have designed systems that aim to nudge doctors and nurses into washing their … Continue reading →
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12:13 AM | How to help fight the ebola outbreak
I've had several people ask me how they can help to fight the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. I have no particular knowledge about the answer to this question, but I felt it was worth looking into. Here is a roundup of things I have found. Feel free to add any additional information or suggestion in the comments section. Donate: this outbreak Medecins Sans Frontiers (aka Doctors Without Borders) is an NGO that, as far as I can tell, one of the primary organizations involved in fighting this […]

August 16, 2014

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11:19 PM | Sayings, Slogans, Aphorisms and the Discourse of Simple
Sayings, Slogans, Aphorisms and the Discourse of Simple One of the most annoying things about social media, especially Linkedin (as its intention is to be professional), is the constant flooding of the airwaves with the quest to be simple. The most recent was this: Whilst I understand the quest to keep life simple, the denial of complexity creates a range of by-products and trade offs that have a troubling trajectory. The worst aspect of this constant repetition of pithy meaninglessness Read […]
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4:34 PM | Ebola protection: How much is enough?
There's an excellent piece in today's New York Times that outlines the dilemma currently faced by hospital epidemiologists across the country: what are the appropriate infection control measures for patients infected with Ebola virus? We've blogged on this issue to some extent before (here and here). Are contact and droplet precautions enough (as recommended by CDC), or do we need Tychem suits, PAPRs, and fluid resistant booties, or maybe even something beyond that?What do we know about […]
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7:25 AM | Is Choice The First Casualty in the Worker’s Compensation War?
Introducing our latest awesome Author: James Ellis from The Framework Group Is Choice The First Casualty in the Worker’s Compensation War? Every day we make decisions based on insufficient information, informed by our biases and shortcuts, which ironically, we’re also ignorant to. Even in the google and wikipedia enhanced era of information technology, oversimplification constantly tempts us. I spend most of my time guiding people through the workers compensation maze, and […]
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6:24 AM | Holding auditors blameless
The N.Y. Times writes an editorial about financial auditing, but use imagination and substitute food safety audit. Matthew Goldstein of The Times reported this week that an arbitration panel of three former judges has found no basis for a malpractice … Continue reading →
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5:24 AM | I’ve been everywhere: Norovirus transmission between hands, gloves, utensils, and fresh produce during simulated food handling
Human noroviruses (HuNoVs), a leading cause of food-borne gastroenteritis worldwide, are easily transferred via ready-to-eat (RTE) foods, often prepared by infected food handlers. In this study, the transmission of HuNoV and murine norovirus (MuNoV) from virus-contaminated hands to latex gloves … Continue reading →
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5:07 AM | Handwashing is never enough: Minnesota paper says require handwashing stations at petting zoos
I was talking to my friend John this morning at my church – the ice arena – while the women were skating. We talked about getting out of the rat race, and how it was nice we had wives to … Continue reading →
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3:55 AM | Is it an egg problem? 156 sick: UK investigating national outbreak of Salmonella
Public Health England (PHE) is investigating a national outbreak of a type of Salmonella Enteritidis which has affected 156 people. To date, 55 cases have seen in Hampshire, 25 in London, 33 in Cheshire and Merseyside, and 43 in the … Continue reading →
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3:48 AM | Irony can be ironic: 47 resident doctors suffer food poisoning at hospital in India
About 47 resident doctors were admitted at the Sion hospital after they complained of vomit and diarrhea. Authorities suspect sweets distributed at the hospital’s canteen to be a cause. The doctors started fealing uneasy after 12.00 noon on Friday post … Continue reading →
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3:44 AM | UK row as horsemeat file shelved
The official report into the causes of the horsemeat scandal has been shelved until at least the autumn, prompting criticism that the government is not doing enough on food safety. The inquiry by Chris Elliott, professor of food safety at … Continue reading →
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3:40 AM | Metwurst recalled in Australia for E. coli
No information on which E. coli strain or other pertinent facts, but that’s usual for Australian government. Kalleske Meats has recalled Garlic Metwurst, sold at Crystal Brook and Cleve rural agriculture and produce shows on  Saturday 9th Aug and Thursday … Continue reading →
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3:26 AM | UK restaurant closed after dead rat found
Rat carcasses, droppings, flies and contaminated food were just some of the problems food safety officers found when they carried out surprise inspections of food businesses in Ealing. Coco Noodle Bar, on Ealing Broadway, was forced to close for a … Continue reading →
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3:16 AM | Gateway Pizza in Florida closed for final time
For the past year, there have been problems and repeat health code violations inside Gateway Pizza and Pasta Company. The restaurant is located in St. Petersburg on 94th Ave North, just south of Gandy Blvd. 10 Investigates has taken you … Continue reading →

August 15, 2014

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9:01 PM | Twenty-three years and millions served: CDC’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
Next time someone asks you what exactly public health does, repeat this number: 4.3 million. That’s the number of women — mothers, sisters, wives, aunts, grandmothers, daughters and friends — who might have otherwise gone without timely breast and cervical cancer screenings if it weren’t for public health and its commitment to prevention.
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2:58 PM | Want to be Pregnant? Remember Vitamins are Important
When people think about vitamins and dietary supplementation, the tendency is to think about prolonging life for older adults - reducing risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease later in life. Vitamins are also important to conceive and carry a baby to full term. Approximately one out of four couples have fertility problems. Vitamin insufficiency is associated with impairments in sperm production and sperm competitiveness. 
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9:30 AM | Influenza "Gain of Infection" Research - Worried? Read on
Marc Lipsitch (Harvard School of Public Health) and many others are highly concerned about influenza "gain of function" research.  Recently, Marc sent around an email that I've posted below as some of you might want to support this effort. Those who would like to learn more about this issue, I suggest you read his recent NYT op-ed, which he mentions below, and also listen to yesterday's NPR Morning Edition discussion on the subject.Dear Colleagues: I want to reach as many colleagues as […]
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5:00 AM | Orthodontic treatment of posterior crossbite
Treatment of posterior crossbite was rated in the top 10 most important orthodontic reviews by an international panel of oral health professionals as part of a Cochrane Oral Health Group prioritisation exercise. This new update to this Cochrane review found some evidence to suggest that the quad-helix (fixed) appliance may be more successful than removable expansion plates at correcting posterior crossbites. However, it is mainly low to very low quality. The post Orthodontic treatment of […]
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3:31 AM | Take Safety Seriously
Take Safety Seriously This is the edict of the Queensland Resource Council on 13 August 2014, ‘take safety concerns seriously’. The assumption of course is that workers don’t take safety seriously, what an amazing assumption. What else, when ones reality is dictated by injury data. When the data is low we take safety seriously, when the data is high the industry has slipped into complacency. What a shame injury data is not a measure of culture. So, workers want to hurt […]
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2:41 AM | Peanut Salmonella outbreak plant manager comes clean
A former manager of a south Georgia peanut processing plant blamed for a deadly salmonella outbreak lied to federal investigators to protect the company he worked for but decided to come clean after realizing how many people had been sickened, … Continue reading →
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1:29 AM | Use of social media to identify foodborne illness — Chicago, Illinois, 2013–2014
An estimated 55 million to 105 million persons in the United States experience acute gastroenteritis caused by foodborne illness each year, resulting in costs of $2–$4 billion annually (1). Many persons do not seek treatment, resulting in underreporting of the … Continue reading →
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1:21 AM | Coachella Calif., home of all things groovy and where 8% of food businesses fail inspection
While the vast majority of Coachella Valley food establishments received “A” grades, about 8 percent failed unannounced health inspections in the past two years, according to a Desert Sun analysis of data from the Riverside County Department of Environmental Health. … Continue reading →
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1:11 AM | Brisbane food court operator fined $15,000 after rat infestation
In the Tampa of the south – Brisbane, they’re equidistant from the equator — Queen Street FantAsia owner Yuk Lin Wong, 56, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane Magistrates Court to five charges, including failing to take measures to eradicate pests … Continue reading →
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12:57 AM | ‘I don’t want to be on TV’ Florida: restaurant owner after closure
As 10 News walked into China Gate, 12049 Anderson Road, Tampa, there was an apparent employee “lifting weights” instead of cooking in the kitchen. This, just a week after health inspectors found a long list of health code violations while … Continue reading →
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12:48 AM | There’s Bacillus on Mars (Chocolate Drinks)
The UK Food Standards Agency has been informed by Mars Chocolate Drinks that it is recalling certain date codes of its milk drinks. This is because they contain elevated levels of a type of bacteria known as Bacillus, which can … Continue reading →

August 14, 2014

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8:30 PM | We are in Control and Other Such Delusions!
We are in Control and Other Such Delusions! It was sad to hear about the death of the genius man, Robin Williams. It was even sadder to hear the reason why. This is a man many of us have followed, watched, laughed with, cried with and grown up with. For some it hit hard. It was very unexpected! How do we manage the unexpected? For me Robin Williams’ life is an analogy for the fragility of life. It leaves us wondering why with no answers. Yet we still go on believing that we are in […]
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