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November 06, 2014

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11:22 AM | When incentives go wrong – £55 for dementia diagnosis is a dead cert.
People argue a lot about whether it’s a good idea to give financial incentives to doctors to provide good care. There’s an argument that you should when it costs more to provide that care. Then there’s the more contentious issue of whether a cash incentive is a useful addition. The evidence is that incentives do ...read more
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7:53 AM | Familiar with strict liability? Schnucks sued over E. coli outbreak
A woman from St. Charles County is seeking damages from Schnucks and three companies in its supply chain after suffering kidney failure and long-term health problems from an E. coli bacterial infection linked to romaine lettuce sold at the Arsenal … Continue reading →
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7:20 AM | US FDA will send more inspectors to China office
Food safety is the responsibility of those who produce food. Government is there to ensure minimal standards are met. The best will always far exceed government standards. But, countries need help, so the U.S. Food and Drug Administration will dispatch … Continue reading →
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5:59 AM | Mandibular condylar fractures: is surgical or non-surgical approach best?
Review of 36 studies at high risk of bias suggests that surgical treatment of mandibular condylar fractures provides a better clinical outcome for post-treatment malocclusion, protrusion, laterotrusion, and lateral deviation during maximal incisal opening in comparison to non-surgical treatment. But more patients affected by post-treatment infection. The post Mandibular condylar fractures: is surgical or non-surgical approach best? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:31 AM | Isn’t Safety Supposed to be a Positive Thing?
Isn’t Safety Supposed to be a Positive Thing? I subscribe to quite a few Safety Newsletters via email but I’m starting to wonder whether it is worth the time, effort and bother. I opened a few Newsletters this morning and was confronted with the following headlines: Alcoa could be fined $200K over 2012 Wagerup refinery death Bulga Underground found guilty in 2010 workplace accident Second explosives truck accident in two months Coal carrying ‘Murder Ship’ under […]
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2:31 AM | A Letter from Drug Court
I recently received a note from an area drug court, asking for help tapering one of my patients off buprenorphine. The patient came to me 4 years ago after being treated for a congenital pain condition.  He had been treated with 150 mg of methadone per day, becoming dependent on the medication after taking it […]
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1:57 AM | The Sound of Safety
The Sound of Safety When people in safety see the word ‘sound’ they tend to think of noise hazards and hearing protection. Whilst these are important there are many other ways of thinking about ‘noise’ and ‘sound’ that are not associated with physical hazards and are much more dangerous. An discussion of the social psychology of sound may be helpful. In 1964 Simon and Garfunkel released ‘Sounds of Silence’, a song that would become an anthem […]

November 05, 2014

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11:19 PM | US Military Evalulating Benefits of Omega-3 Supplementation
At the Council for Responsible Nutrition Day of Science, Dr Wayne Jonas (@waynejonas1) from the Samueli Institute highlighted the release of a special issue of Military Medicine entitled “Nutritional Armor: Omega-3 for the Warfighter”. The collection of peer-reviewed papers demonstrate the importance of maintaining n-3/n-6 balance to fulfill demanding mental and physical performance expectations of active military personnnel.
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11:02 PM | Eggs should be treats not tricks
My latest for the Texas A&M Center for Food Safety. The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved introduced the world to Gonzo journalism and Hunter S. Thompson in 1970. Forty-four years later, they’re still living the decadence at Australia’s Melbourne … Continue reading →
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10:12 PM | Reverse zoonotic disease transmission (zooanthroponosis): A systematic review of seldom-documented human biological threats to animals
Thanks to friend of the blog, Michael Batz, for flagging this article. Background Research regarding zoonotic diseases often focuses on infectious diseases animals have given to humans. However, an increasing number of reports indicate that humans are transmitting pathogens to … Continue reading →
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9:59 PM | Leicester diners placed at “unnecessary risk” says UK Food Standards Agency
Leicester City Council has been criticized by the Food Standards Agency for the way it has let restaurant hygiene levels slip. Concerns were raised over the lack of enforcement action taken against low-rated businesses and the backlog of uninspected restaurants … Continue reading →
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9:56 PM | Why does eating red meat elevate breast cancer risk, especially for young women on the pill?
  The answer to that question is unknown, although it may have its origins in the seedy underbelly of the American food system. Let us unravel how red meat consumption may be associated with breast cancer risk. The U.S. Nurses’ … Continue reading »The post Why does eating red meat elevate breast cancer risk, especially for young women on the pill? appeared first on Public Health.
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8:15 PM | Cost of privatizing meat inspection in Australia creeps up as Europe rejects the industry inspection model
I don’t take Food and Water seriously and don’t care who does meat inspection, as long as the results are public. But according to ABC, there are doubts the part-privatization of Australia’s meat export inspection regime is working. Food activist … Continue reading →
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7:43 PM | 150 South African students hospitalized after glass found in food
Hungry Limpopo school children are the unsuspecting victims of an alleged tender war between food suppliers, according to reports. On Monday more than 150 pupils from Kwena Tshwena Primary School in Ridgefontein were rushed to hospital after crushed glass was … Continue reading →
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7:35 PM | Restaurant workers bring risk when sick on the job
In the absence of paid sick days and health insurance, many food service workers show up sick. Sonia Cohen has worked in the fast food business for the last 10 years. Cohen said even missing one day of work hurts … Continue reading →
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7:18 PM | Huge Hibachi Sushi Buffet: Food prep worker in Georgia picked nose, then continued cooking during inspection
Henry County health officials didn’t find too many things that Huge Hibachi Sushi Buffet, 5425 N. Henry Blvd., did right during the recent routine inspection. The restaurant does not have a certified food safety manager on staff, and the person … Continue reading →
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7:09 PM | Top down or bottom up? NIH RFAs are a two-way discussion between Program and Investigators
One of the erroneous claims made by Steven McKnight in his latest screed at the ASBMB President's space has to do with the generation of NIH funding priorities. Time will tell whether this is supposed to be a pivot away from his inflammatory comments about the "riff raff" that populate the current peer review study […]
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6:39 PM | 85 sick in UK shiga-toxin producing E. coli outbreak; source unknown
So far 75 people have been affected (primary cases): 67 in England, 3 in Wales and 5 in Scotland. Genetic analysis has shown that all these individuals have all been infected with the same E.coli strain. Most of these cases … Continue reading →
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4:13 PM | Challenges of acting on patient experience surveys: quality assurance or quality improvement?
Patient experience surveys are a central feature of primary care evaluation. For years we have had the national GP Patient Survey; we also recently had the Patient Participation DES, part of which required practices to conduct a local patient survey; and there is the requirement for every GP to have patient feedback as part of ...read more
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3:58 PM | Thought of the Day
Datahound showed is that there are something on the order of 5,000 PIs that lose their last bit of NIH funding (as PI) in a given year. What I want to see from McKnight is some clear identification of the deserving, amazing, super star impactful scientists who are in this situation. This would go a […]
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1:11 PM | From Best American Science & Nature Writing, warnings on antibiotics and vaccines
Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 features two pieces that remind us how public-health interventions can become less effective if we as a society don't use them effectively
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12:59 PM | Leegalizeetmon
Looks like both Oregon and Alaska passed initiatives to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Interesting.
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5:59 AM | Dental implants: evidence on patient expectations mainly cross-sectional
There is a growing interest in patients’ expectations of dental implants. This review found 10 mainly cross sectional studies with variable quality of reporting. Expectations with respect to aesthetics and function predominated. The post Dental implants: evidence on patient expectations mainly cross-sectional appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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12:17 AM | Should Addiction Treatment Include ‘Shame’?
Originally Posted 3/23/2013 I generally write positive articles about the use of buprenorphine for treating opioid dependence, and my articles have been reflective of my attitude toward the medication. The field of psychiatry encompasses more conditions than it does effective treatments for those conditions, and my initial experiences treating people with buprenorphine were strikingly positive. […]

November 04, 2014

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10:58 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Dangerous workplace speedups a hidden side of the economic recovery; California recycling workers vote to unionize; emergency responders in west Texas face new challenges during energy boom; and the U.S. lags in eliminating the gender pay gap.
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10:21 PM | So what should be done about it? Listeria at deli
Postprocessing contamination in processing plants has historically been a significant source of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat delicatessen meats, and therefore a major cause of human listeriosis cases and outbreaks. Recent risk assessments suggest that a majority of human listeriosis cases linked to … Continue reading →
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10:10 PM | Public health always gets hit first: Maine CDC missing top hepatitis expert for recent case
When the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention decided last week how to respond to a potential hepatitis A exposure at a Cumberland County restaurant, it did so without its top hepatitis coordinator and two leading epidemiologists, positions that … Continue reading →
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9:09 PM | A sports-analogy for ASBMB President McKnight
Steven McKnight is simply intoxicated with his first taste of a social media imbroglio. ...inclusion of the volatile word [riff-raff] in the C3 essay prompted widespread attention. For this, I am simply delighted. This was my first brush with social media, and I can clearly see its power. ... My next two essays, for the […]
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8:59 PM | No need for panic: folic acid is still essential to maintain a healthy pregnancy
Women of childbearing age are encouraged to supplement with 400 mcg/day of folic acid to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in their children. The current Dietary Reference Intake for folate during pregnancy is 600 mcg/day, yet women who are considered at high risk for having children with neural tube defects are often advised to consume up to 5000 mcg/day. Recent data suggests that this practice may be harmful – so is it cause for alarm?
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8:44 PM | Between the Buns owner: ‘There’s a stigma inspectors out to get us. Not. They’re just here to help’
How many tri-city or tri-state areas are there in the U.S.? According to KULR NBC Channel 8, nearly 1,300 restaurants are inspected every year in the Tri-Cities area (we think it’s Washington state, but aren’t quite sure), but not many … Continue reading →
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