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October 15, 2014

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6:43 AM | 33 S. Korean students sickened with E. coli O157:H45 linked to tuna bibimbap
Background: In May 2013, an outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred in a high school in Iuncheon, South Korea. We investigated the outbreak in order to identify the pathogen and mode of transmission. Materials and Methods: A case–control study was performed using … Continue reading →
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5:00 AM | Endodontic microsurgery or single tooth implants after failed root canal treatment
This systematic review was looking to compare endodontic microsurgery with single implant placement. No studies directly comparing the two treatments were available. 44 studies of single implants and 6 studies of endodontic microsurgery found 2 -4 years survival rates for endodontic microsurgery were 94% and single implants 96%. The quality of the available evidence was moderate. The post Endodontic microsurgery or single tooth implants after failed root canal treatment appeared first on The […]
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2:56 AM | Market food safety at retail so consumers can choose: Not training or technology
Maple Leaf Foods hosted its Sixth Annual Food Safety Symposium last week in Mississauga (that’s in Canada). According to The Poultry Site, this year’s event was themed ‘People or Technology’, asking participants to debate which was the best investment to … Continue reading →
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2:15 AM | Ebola: Now is the time for discreet barfing
Sometimes I can handle vomit like a pro. Landing from a three-hour flight and when the plane touched the tarmac, my daughter was spewing. I had the bag and calmly departed the plane. Other times, the smell is enough  to … Continue reading →
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12:20 AM | Thought of the day
The comment of Francis Collins (NIH Director) about Ebola research being hampered by the decade long slide in NIH funding brought out a bit of the usual about science and the public interest. With the usual back and forth about how stupid and uninformed Americans just can't grasp how terribly important your genejockery ChiPSlipNDip EleventoptoArckylit […]

October 14, 2014

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9:50 PM | Salmonellosis outbreak linked to North Carolina church conference
Earlier this year, the Food Safety Summit, an annual gathering of food safety nerds dealt with an outbreak of foodborne illness amongst attendees. Over 100 became ill with C. perfringens  after eating a buffet meal. Conferences provide a nice environment for an outbreak – … Continue reading →
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9:37 PM | Study: Public views of drug addiction much more negative than views of mental illness
When it comes to substance abuse disorders, public health and the public at-large are hardly on the same page — in fact, they’re not even reading the same book. And that’s a serious problem for sustaining and strengthening efforts to treat addiction and advancing effective public health policy.
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7:10 PM | The CrowdFund Science Crowd Mistakes "An Experiment" for "Doing Science"
I had a revelation that clarified some of my points of poor understanding of the science crowdfunding enthusiast position. In skirmishing on Twitter with some guy associated with "Experiment.com" I ran across a project on brain inflammatory responses in a fetal alcohol model from the Lindquist lab. Something I can readily assess, being that it […]
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4:25 PM | Ebola: The questions keep coming
The progression of the Ebola epidemic, particularly the recent episodes of transmission to healthcare workers who wore appropriate personal protective equipment, raises interesting questions. Certainly we need to continue to work on learning everything we can about the best approach to personal protective equipment and minimzing the risk of transmission during the process of care. But it’s also time to rethink some of the rituals surrounding care that have persisted in […]
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4:10 PM | Pregnancy and Vitamin D for Healthy Babies
Humans can synthesize vitamin D when skin is exposed to strong sunlight. Obviously, babies are dependent upon their mother for vitamin D until birth (in utero). Even after birth, depending upon seasonal temperatures, a baby may be bundled in wraps and kept inside. Thus, the vitamin D status of an infant is totally dependent upon his/her mother. Zhang and colleagues examined the nutritional requirements for vitamin D in 30 women during pregnancy. 
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3:01 PM | Medical Librarians: Improving Research Quality, Reducing Bias
A recent Viewpoint column by Melissa L. Rethlefsen et al. in the Journal of the American Medical Association, “Engaging Medical Librarians to Improve the Quality of Review Articles,” examined the value medical librarians bring to the research process. Librarians’ expertise includes selecting databases, employing advanced search skills, refining topics, developing search strategies and managing results. [...]
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12:00 PM | October 10 is World Mental Health Day
The World Health Organization has marked October 10 as World Mental Health Day. Held every year on October 10, the Day is intendend to raise awareness about mental health problems around the world and to mobilize treatment resources to help...            Related StoriesKeeping Rural Veterans AliveAlexander the Corrector (Part Two of Two)The Personality of Being A Troll 
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11:11 AM | Ebola: Bloggers in the News
Last night, Dan, Mike and I sat around a table and drafted an op-ed at the suggestion of several colleagues. We would eventually like to include it here, but that will have to wait pending editorial reviews and rejections. Media requests have been frequent and we are doing our best to speak with as many reporters as we can. Dan has been very busy with SHEA duties, as he is currently the Society President. SHEA has just released a statement on infection prevention funding needs where Dan is […]
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5:00 AM | Oral health problems in elite athletes
A systematic review identified 39 observational studies looking at the oral health of elite athletes. The quality of the studies was low and there may be some concerns about unrepresentative sampling it suggests that oral health problems are common in this group. This consensus statement highlits these problems and makes recommendation for the future oral health of athletes and to research in this area. The post Oral health problems in elite athletes appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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1:22 AM | Is doggy doo-doo polluting your water?
The stuff is everywhere.We know we’re supposed to clean up after our best friends—but a lot of us don’t. According to Take Part, scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have developed new DNA testing to determine how much … Continue reading →
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12:22 AM | The End of Narcotic Pain Medication?
First posted 11/15/2012 The LA Times ran a very interesting story a few days ago about deaths from overdose of narcotic pain medications.  I strongly encourage readers of this blog to read the story, which discusses the issue from the perspectives of doctors, patients, and family members. The story reports that a small number of Southern-California doctors […]

October 13, 2014

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11:53 PM | King Harvest has Surely Come: Everything you need to know about Canadian Thanksgiving
We decided to forgo the Canadian Thanksgiving this year for the first time – ever. Two intense weekends of hockey, jobs, school, and turkey about $5 a pound (although they walk around the neighborhood and Amy could take one out … Continue reading →
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11:52 PM | Interviewing people about genetic engineering: Kimmel has a better production team
This one time, in graduate school, I visited an anti-genetic engineering event in Toronto with a fellow student and whiz video editor Christian. And took a video camera.  The idea to was to interview folks about why they were there. … Continue reading →
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11:06 PM | Eisen Nails Down Why Collins Was Wrong on Ebola Assertion
Endorse. Go read: But what really bothers me the most about this is that, rather than trying to exploit the current hysteria about Ebola by offering a quid-pro-quo “Give me more money and I’ll deliver and Ebola vaccine”, Collins should be out there pointing out that the reason we’re even in a position to develop […]
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10:55 PM | What is Critical Listening when Dealing with Risk?
What is Critical Listening when Dealing with Risk? I was walking on a worksite the other day and engaged in a conversation with a worker. I asked how he was going. He explained that he was extremely busy, needed to get something done quite urgently and his co-worker was off sick. This raised some concern for […] The post What is Critical Listening when Dealing with Risk? appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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9:07 PM | What does the recent Ebola situation have in common with the global malnutrition crisis?
It seems like the only health-related news these days deals with the recent cases of Ebola that have appeared in Texas. In many ways, the Ebola situation in Africa draws parallels to the malnutrition crisis observed in developing nations, where millions are affected by deficiencies of essential nutrients such as vitamin A, iron, and iodine. But if we in the Western world are hardly impacted to the same degree by either Ebola or malnutrition, why should we feel compelled to help?
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6:37 PM | Why bother fighting with a chap who calls most scientists "riff raff"?
Well, for some perspective I offer three older posts that addressed a different issue but tend to apply. Weekend Diversion Once a person has convinced him or herself that s/he is correct, or has a pretty good take on the world, the notion that s/he is a sap, fool, tool of advertising, subject to the […]
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5:52 PM | Should we continue long-funded NIH grant programs under younger PIs?
In the course of discussing the infamous graph showing the longitudinal increase in the median age of first-R01 award, and the other infamous slide deck showing the aging of the distribution of all NIH-funded PIs there is something that eventually comes up. @drugmonkeyblog you're approaching 60, and NIH says "automatic 7 yr renewal, but it […]
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2:26 PM | Keeping Rural Veterans Alive
For veterans who return home from a tour of duty in Iraq, Afghanistan, or any of the other hotspots where members of the U.S. military may serve, the possibility of suicide needs to be taken very seriously. In 2012 alone,...            Related StoriesChild Abuse and Raising the Next GenerationSleeping Your Way to a Longer LifeWHO Releases New Suicide Report 
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1:00 PM | Health in hand: mobile technology and the future of healthcare
Wi-Fi, smartphones, and all associated phenomena have permeated lives all around the globe. We are just seeing the first generation of humans to grow up with these things – the first of the ‘digital natives’. The health implications of virtual … Continue reading »The post Health in hand: mobile technology and the future of healthcare appeared first on Public Health.
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11:36 AM | ‘Safest food in the world E. coli in sprouts; just want to be misunderstood
Just days before his sister’s wedding, Alumnus Wilson Criscione was lying on a hospital bed, his body seemingly withering away and his arm impaled by an IV needle. “I didn’t really think it was food poisoning,” Criscione  told of Aaron … Continue reading →
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11:08 AM | Commissioning Support Units: Their progress so far
The Health Service Journal has published this supplement to highlight the successes of Commissioning Support Units (CSUs), and to discuss their next steps, as they “enter a competitive market next year”, where they have to bid to get a place on the lead provider framework. There has been immense change since CSUs were first launched, [read the full story...]
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11:00 AM | Expanding the right to know: California workers gain additional access to workplace toxics information as new hazards emerge
"If the California Public Health Department had been able to find out that my company was using a chemical that was killing people, I might never have gotten so sick that I had to have a lung transplant," Ricardo Corona told a California Judiciary Committee last April, testifying in favor of California Senate Bill (SB) 193 that Governor Jerry Brown signed into law on September 29th.
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4:59 AM | Intravenous midazolam sedation for dental treatment: review found no significant side effects
This review of IV midazolam for treating children and adolescents only identified 11 studies (5 RCTs, 6 non randomised). No serious adverse events were reported but there was a generalised inconsistency in side effect reporting. Consequently the call for better side effect reporting. The post Intravenous midazolam sedation for dental treatment: review found no significant side effects appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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1:25 AM | Public Health in the News – October 12, 2014
Global HIV-positive individuals may end up needing new organs due to health issues, but they are not eligible for organ transplants. Now, a South African doctor is transplanting organs that have been donated from other HIV-positive patients. The Nobel Prize … Continue reading →
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