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July 09, 2014

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2:03 PM | The Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims
In a recent news conference over the ongoing kidnapping crisis in Nigeria, the national chairman of the Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association (KADA) has stated that at least seven parents of kidnapped girls have died due to trauma. According to...            Related StoriesSecondary Trauma in Child Protection WorkersLiving with BetrayalIs the $3B Paid by U.S. Government for Treating PTSD in Soldiers Well-Spent? 
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5:00 AM | Review suggests little difference in failure rates of immediate or early loaded implants placed using a flapless technique
Yesterday we considered a review which compared flapless and flapped placement of implants. (Dental Elf 8th July 2014). Today we are looking at one of the other reviews mentioned. The am of this review to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of immediate loading (within 3 days) versus early loading (after 6 weeks to 2 months) [read the full story...]
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2:37 AM | A blast from the past
Don’t you hate it when you’re rooting through your storage closet, looking for some old high school yearbooks, and you stumble across a few vials of smallpox you forgot to destroy? Yes, smallpox—declared eradicated 34 years ago—is serious. But there is irony here. Recall the year 2002, when our political leaders used the threat of “hostile groups or governments” in order to implement a smallpox vaccination campaign (one that failed miserably, achieving […]
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12:26 AM | Military food safety with mashed potatoes and ‘some stuff with lettuce’
Army Times reports that what began as a line of defense against biological warfare has been unleashed on unsuspecting victims in an Army laboratory — 150 mashed potatoes, to be exact. The result could speed up the Army’s food-testing process, … Continue reading →

July 08, 2014

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11:20 PM | Another study finds that despite rare adverse events, childhood vaccines are safe
Vaccine safety is one of those topics that has become so tragically mired in misinformation and myth that there can never be enough supporting evidence. So, here’s some more.
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11:13 PM | Surveys still suck: UK FSA published self-reported food safety behaviors
Self-reported food safety behaviors are as reliable as Joseph Smith using golden plates to translate the book of Mormon. But, the UK Food Standards Agency keeps cranking them out, so here are the lowlights: • Those most likely to report … Continue reading →
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10:41 PM | Chobani yogurt mold not so harmless in animal models
That mold in Chobani yogurt that most said was harmless even though over 200 people reported getting sick? Not so harmless. A team of medical researchers led from Duke University reports in mBio, the open access journal of the American … Continue reading →
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9:12 PM | Oh, you aren't alone in your teeth clenching
Confession: when a science tweep tweets their latest paper, my 1st thought should be, ‘congrats, science tweep!’ but instead it’s ‘I suck.’ — Karen James (@kejames) July 8, 2014 @kejames @invertenerd @sciencegurlz0 @hapsci @albatrossphd @sciwo congratulating colleagues on a new grant award can be a difficult task — Drug Monkey (@drugmonkeyblog) July 8, 2014
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6:29 PM | The most replicated finding in drug abuse science
Ok, ok, I have no actual data on this. But if I had to pick one thing in substance abuse science that has been most replicated it is this. If you surgically implant a group of rats with intravenous catheters, hook them up to a pump which can deliver small infusions of saline adulterated with […]
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5:09 PM | Getting Antioxidants We Need from Fruits and Vegetables
To counteract the severe oxidative stress created with the production of O2 during photosynthesis, plants load themselves with antioxidants. Antioxidants commonly found in fruits and vegetables are beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Eating a diet with lots of vegetables and fruits is healthy for humans. Processing can also affect the bioavailability of antioxidants found in food.  Because most of the compounds are unstable, exposure to oxygen or […]
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2:42 PM | Skin Stem Cells to Advance Medical Research
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) have long held great promise in medical research because they are pluripotent—able to differentiate into any of the more than 100 types of tissue in the body. In 2001, ethical concerns over obtaining these cells from human embryos led the U.S. government to limit the use of hESCs. The discovery [...]
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12:00 PM | Why is Homosexuality Still Classified as a Disease?
While the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a psychiatric disorder in 1973, a coalition of professional groups are calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to do the same with its own list of medical conditions. Used as a...            Related StoriesThe Problem with Fat JokesThe Psychologist and the Wolf Girl (Part 2 of 2)Secondary Trauma in Child Protection Workers 
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8:50 AM | 19 sick, 1 dead; Alabama Extension system ends E. coli silence, says meals served safely
I figured I’d wait and see what the Alabama Cooperative Extension System had to say about a foodborne illness outbreak at one of its events – it is Extension, which gets millions of taxpayer dollars to inform people about food … Continue reading →
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8:38 AM | Kansas figuring out how to do restaurant inspections
The Kansas Department of Agriculture is working to improve and clarify with inspectors its food safety standards after The Topeka Capital-Journal pointed out some inconsistencies in its enforcement. “Quality and consistency are two of our biggest priorities,” said Adam Inman, … Continue reading →
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5:00 AM | Dental implants placement flapless or not?
Flapless implant placement where dental implants are inserted through the mucosal tissues without raising a mucoperiosteal flap have been introduced as they are considered to minimize the possibility of postoperative peri-implant tissue loss and to overcome the challenge of soft tissue management during or after surgery. The aim of this review was to investigate whether [read the full story...]
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4:33 AM | Because people need edumacating: New Zealand seeks proposals for Food Safety Science Centre
New Zealand dairy producer Fonterra made a mess of a supposed botulism positive test, and then decided to keep it secret, leading to a $150,000 fine. While paying attention to verification and validity, the NZ government also decided the plebs … Continue reading →
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4:05 AM | Cats and Cook and counters
Who knows what Captain James Kirk Cook saw when he first landed on Australia’s northern coast in May, 1770. We spent a couple of days at Agnes Water, just south of the Town of 1770, which became electrified in 1986. … Continue reading →
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1:22 AM | 2000 sickened: Salmonella egg victims sought by feds, 4 years later
In 2010, eggs produced by farms owned by Jack DeCoster in Iowa sickened at least 2,000 people with Salmonella. The companies recalled 550 million eggs nationwide. In June, 2014, Austin “Jack” DeCoster, 79, and Peter DeCoster, 50, agreed to pay … Continue reading →
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1:08 AM | Regulators mount up: raw milk producers aim to regulate themselves
I don’t care who does the regulating as long as the data is public, verifiable and producers are liable. There are benefits and faults with the many systems out there that could be largely remedied with public access to data … Continue reading →
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12:43 AM | Being as wrong as can be on the so-called replication crisis of science
I am no fan of the hysterical hand wringing about some alleged "crisis" of science whereby the small minded and Glam-blinded insist that most science is not replicable. Oh, don't get me wrong. I think replication of a prior result is the only way we really know what is most likely to be what. I […]
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12:43 AM | I didn’t poop in public but camera says I did: acute gastroenteritis and video camera surveillance on a cruise ship
Researchers in Norway report that a fecal accident was discovered in front of a passenger cabin of a cruise ship. After proper cleaning of the area the passenger was approached, but denied having any gastrointestinal symptoms. However, when confronted with … Continue reading →
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12:33 AM | Diet alert for mums-to-be
Whenever I get a chance to expound, I always put a plug in for Listeria, and the havoc it can wreck in pregnant mothers. Last year in New Zealand, five women between 23 and 36 weeks pregnant were struck down … Continue reading →

July 07, 2014

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10:30 PM | Can cancer be contagious?
I doubt that many people would expect to be reading about cancer in an infectious disease blog, and yet here you are. Could it really be that I’m about to tell you that cancer, one of the most feared diseases in the developed world, can be contagious? The answer is yes. That said, you don’t […]
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3:40 PM | 60 Years Later, Where is the Fitbit to Measure Nutrition Status?
Does diet affect health? Of course it does. Vitamin and mineral deficiency diseases are evidence that nutrition is essential. Overweight and obesity are caused by eating more calories than we expend. This implies that obese individuals must eat more. And the insinuation is they probably eat more energy-dense foods too. Albar and colleagues used 4 day self-reported dietary records from a nationally representative survey of  636 UK adolescents (11-18y).  
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1:12 PM | Washington pet shop owner goes on month-long pet food diet
We’re dog sitting for a neighbor this week which has added excitement to our house. Between poop scooping, counter surfing and face licking we’re also trying to teach the kids about the trade-offs of a pet. Dogs are great companions … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | Worth Reading: Hobby Lobby edition
Journalists and commentators cover the latest developments following the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, the implications for women's health, the context of past decisions, and more.
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12:48 PM | Festival vendors need food safety too
Back before kids, Dani and I lived in Kansas for a few months and spent every weekend traveling around the state looking for quirky stuff to do and see. And fried chicken. The quest for festivals and attractions took us … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | The worm turns no more…
Public Health Perspectives is pleased to welcome Charles Ebikeme to the blog this week. For more information about Charles, see the end of this post. John Stavely, age 24 and unassuming, arrived at Cape Coast Castle on the coast of …The post The worm turns no more… appeared first on Public Health.
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4:58 AM | No good evidence available on treatment options for generalised tooth wear
It has been estimated that about 25% of 10-40 year old European adults were affected by tooth wear (See Dental Elf 30th Sept 2013). The aim of this review was to identify similarities among treatment options for generalized tooth wear and to develop an approach to rehabilitation based on the best evidence available. Searches were [read the full story...]
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12:16 AM | Public Health in the News – July 6, 2014
Global When researchers studying ways to solve global food issues needed a cheap, modular, transparent material in which to grow plants for their experiments, they turned to Legos. A new test that can diagnose tuberculosis much more quickly than other methods has been developed by scientists at Stanford University. People infected with malaria give off […]
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