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September 04, 2014

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7:03 AM | How does collective mindfulness apply to workers compensation?
How does collective mindfulness apply to workers compensation? How do our expectations get us into trouble? Oh, and what is the meaning of life? I’m not so sure which I enjoy most anymore, being right or being wrong? My family, who are accustomed to my insatiable appetite for being right are (I expect) rolling on the ground laughing at this point. Obviously there’s something very satisfying about having our intuitive (and especially if they’re marginalised) beliefs, confirmed […]
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6:52 AM | Lesbian, gay and bisexual men and women in England report poorer health and worse experiences of healthcare in the NHS
Our analysis of 27,000 responses to the national GP Patient Survey finds gay, lesbian and bisexual people are more likely to report communication problems and have less trust in their GP...
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5:00 AM | Orthodontic treatment; can it be accelerated by surgical and non-surgical approaches?
With typical orthodontic treatment taking 18-24 months there is pressure to reduce the time it takes. This review considers a range of potential options but there is limited quality evidence for most of the techniques identified. The post Orthodontic treatment; can it be accelerated by surgical and non-surgical approaches? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:00 AM | “These go to eleven”, Laboratory Edition
We’ve covered some of the controversial issues around Ebola planning in US hospitals (recognizing that planning meetings in places where Ebola isn’t seem trivial compared with the disaster unfolding where Ebola is). A couple more opinion pieces have come out in the past week, one from The Lancet and one from Annals of Internal Medicine. Despite ongoing disagreements regarding transmissibility, I think most US hospitals will take a similar approach: to ensure that patients […]
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2:20 AM | Who steals seafood? New Yorkers
A thief stole a tractor-trailer holding more than $1,000 worth of seafood in Eastchester on Monday, according to the NYPD. Police are looking for the the maroon-colored Freightliner cab, license plate number F4475N, and trailer, plate number 0753CP, which were … Continue reading →
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2:13 AM | Martha’s Vineyard oysters could cause foodborne illness
Now that it’s September, it’s unofficially oyster season in New England. Having grown up amongst Greater Boston’s idyllic fishing communities, I’ve abided by the old adage only eat oysters during months that end in ‘ber.’ September is no exception; except … Continue reading →
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2:06 AM | Tjs Place recalls basil pesto pasta because of Listeria
Basil, parsley, cilantro, they can be so contaminated. Tjs Place of Kirkland Washington is voluntarily recalling approx. 20 containers of Basil Pesto Pasta packed in 8 oz plastic tubs because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. … Continue reading →
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12:25 AM | Zero Harm – Just Say No!
Zero Harm – Just Say No! Just discovered this absolute gem of an article by Dave Whitefield and first published in February 2012 in the Australian Mine Safety Journal – read the whole article here. Many of you have told me that you sometimes find the social psychology related discussions about zero harm a little difficult to get your heads around at the moment - I am still slowly gaining an understanding of that myself but looking forward to learning a whole lot more in the future! […]

September 03, 2014

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11:55 PM | Recent research on third-party audits
Ronald Doering, the first president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the only one I can remember, writes in his Food Law column: Until recently there has been little serious research on the most significant food safety advance in … Continue reading →
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11:23 PM | The SEtup: Tools I use to (Digitally) track Emerging Infectious DIseases
I've been doing a lot of emerging infectious disease tracking in the last 18 months. In that time, I've developed a set of tools that make the very time-intensive pursuit go more quickly. My most important tool is actually Twitter (I'm @cmyeaton), because most news breaks there first these days. I follow other epidemiologists, health organizations like WHO, science journalists, and public health professionals. That's also where I find a lot of the best news stories, blog posts, and information […]
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8:58 PM | Blessed are the cheese makers (except those that have an import alert)
Following the don’t-age-on-wood-boards-uh-just-kidding incident earlier this year, the U.S. FDA are again raising the hackles of cheese purveyors. This time over an import alert. According to Janet Fletcher of the L.A. Times Daily Dish, an FDA-issued alert on certain manufacturers of … Continue reading →
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8:57 PM | “Unconscionable to Fail Our Children This Way”: Drexel’s Child Hunger Expert Available to Comment on USDA 2013 Household Food Security Data
Today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service released its annual report on food security in the United States. In 2013, more than 49 million people in the U.S., including more than 16 million children, were living in food insecure households, meaning that they did not have access to enough food for … Continue reading →
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6:54 PM | Fecal transplantation: Not just for medical journals anymore
A new piece in the Atlantic by science writer Amanda Schaffer is the best article in the mainstream media on fecal transplantation that I have seen (and I think I've seen them all). She tackles a complex topic, makes it understandable without losing the nuance, and covers both the medical and regulatory aspects.
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6:50 PM | Danish processor pulls all smoked halibut from retail after Listeria findings
Danish seafood processor Hjerting Laks is assessing whether to resume its smoked halibut production after recalling products due to Listeria findings in two batches last week. A decision on this will be taken next week, the company’s director Christoph Kjaergaard said … Continue reading →
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6:44 PM | Fonterra boosting food safety after last year’s recall
Fonterra Co-operative Group, the world’s biggest dairy exporter, is on track in lifting the quality of its food safety processes, nine months after an independent review into its handling of last year’s false alarm food scare. The Auckland-based company has … Continue reading →
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6:38 PM | Always after an outbreak instead of before: McDonald’s to increase oversight of Chinese suppliers
McDonald’s said it would monitor its suppliers in China more closely after a food safety scandal in the country hurt the chain’s sales and reputation. The company plans to increase audits and video monitoring at its suppliers and send more … Continue reading →
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6:32 PM | 26 sick; Real China Salmonella victims take legal action in UK
Victims of a recent Salmonella outbreak which has been linked to a Chinese restaurant in Hampshire “want answers”. A total of 26 people who were affected by the illness, many of whom ate at the Real China restaurant in Eastleigh, … Continue reading →
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6:08 PM | Highlights of occupational health and safety research published in the last year
Some of the best research published in the last 12 months on worker health and safety topics is profiled in The Year in US Occupational Health & Safety: Fall 2013 - Summer 2014. The third edition of the report was released on Labor Day.
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3:18 PM | Attention FLOWbies!
A solution for you! There are days when a Dothraki academic referencing system holds a certain appeal. pic.twitter.com/e3K8DZRco9 — David Tollerton (@dtollerton) August 4, 2014
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11:45 AM | UNC Public health school serves raw milk cheese at welcome reception
Although North Carolina is largely seen as a basketball-first state, college football is definitely king during the fall months. Despite a current top-25 ranking for Carolina, and a less-than-stellar start of the season for N.C. State (a last minute one-point … Continue reading →
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10:20 AM | Nutritional Supplements help fill Nutrient Gaps
A new report finds that adults are eating better. We are making healthier food choices. US diets aren’t great but they are improving. The question is: have diets improved enough? Wang and colleagues investigated dietary quality trends from 1990 to 2010 in the US using National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data. They used the Alternate Healthy Eating Index 2010 (AHEI-2010) to measure diet quality. 
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8:27 AM | mH2 – the future of mental healthcare
Mental healthcare is often described as the Cinderella of medicine – overlooked, disparaged, and generally neglected. In the UK, mental healthcare is the single biggest item on the NHS budget (£12.16bn in 2010/11), but in practice this means that only about 11% of the overall spend is allocated to deal with 23% of the disease ...read more
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8:14 AM | Who steals sheep? New Zealanders
Cunning sheep rustlers have captured and presumably butchered 30 pregnant ewes from a park on the fringes of central Auckland that is well known for its daffodils and lambs. “It’s disgusting behaviour,” the park’s farm manager Peter Maxwell said on … Continue reading →
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8:09 AM | Concern over shellfish safety controls in Ireland
A “significant” number of recommendations involving shellfish food safety controls still have not been fully addressed, more than two years after they were made, a new audit by the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office has found. The latest audit … Continue reading →
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7:30 AM | Involve service users in design and delivery of services for better outcomes, advises new report
This new report, from National Voices and Think Local Act Personal, considers what matters most to mental health service users in terms of their experience and outcomes.  The report accompanies an earlier publication which considers evidence from research and consultations on what patients and service users want and expect from support which is person-centred and coordinated. “No [read the full story...]
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4:59 AM | Immediate loading may increase dental implant failure compared to conventional loading
Dominic Hurst reports on a new systematic review comparing immediate implant loading protocols with conventional protocols that suggests greater risks of failure with immediate loading in contrast to a recent Cochrane review which found no difference. The post Immediate loading may increase dental implant failure compared to conventional loading appeared first on The Dental Elf.

September 02, 2014

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11:40 PM | Repost: The War on Drugs Didn't Work, Eh?
There's a strawman-tilting screed up over at substance.com from my current favorite anti-drug-war-warrior Maia Szalavitz. She's trying to assert that Trying to Scare Teens Away From Drugs Doesn’t Work. In this she cites a few outcome studies of interventions that last over relatively short periods of time and address relatively small populations. I think the […]
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10:57 PM | Zero Harm and A Peasant in 16th Century Europe
Just came across this one from a few years ago, luvved it and felt it should get some more air. Zero Harm and a peasant in 16th century Europe Guest article by Paul Nieuwoudt Life today appears to hold some similarity to that of 16th century Europe. Europe in those days was largely dominated by the Roman Catholic church and many governments dared not make any decisions of any significance without the church’s permission. Those governments had cardinals, appointed by the church as their […]
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10:49 PM | A dump journal is not an indiscriminate garbage heap
I use the phrase "credible application" a lot when I talk about grant submission. It holds true for manuscript submission as well. I suspect some people may think that what they perceive as a "dump journal" of last resort will not require the most polished of manuscripts. This isn't true in my experience. Dump journal […]
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9:30 PM | Soundtrack for getting your Reviewer #3 on
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