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December 05, 2014

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4:56 PM | Snowflakes falling
We've finally found out, thanks to Nature News, that the paltry academic salary on which poor Jim Watson has been forced to rely is $375,000 per year as "chancellor emeritus" at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. The current NIH salary limitation is $181,500, this is the maximum amount that can be charged to Federal grants. I'm […]
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3:37 PM | What Came First, Statistics or the Egg?
Maintaining or improving healthy eating habits is on the mind of many people as we enter the holiday season.  But what to eat can be confusing because of mixed messages.  Nutritional epidemiology is often used as a starting place to test relationships between nutrients, foods or a variety of foods (diet patterns) and health outcomes.  The caveat to epidemiological studies is that unlike an intervention, nutrients or foods are not controlled and individuals often have very […]
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2:30 PM | What Came First, Statistics or the Egg?
Maintaining or improving healthy eating habits is on the mind of many people as we enter the holiday season.  But what to eat can be confusing because of mixed messages.  Nutritional epidemiology is often used as a starting place to test relationships between nutrients, foods or a variety of foods (diet patterns) and health outcomes.  The caveat to epidemiological studies is that unlike an intervention, nutrients or foods are not controlled and individuals often have very […]
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1:50 PM | FDA to Virginia sprout producer: your place is still a dump
Coral Beach of The Packer writes that criminal charges may be the next step in Virginia’s efforts to protect the public from Henry’s Farm, a fresh sprout grower that has been on officials’ food safety radar because of listeria since … Continue reading →
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1:39 PM | I loves me the berries, so do many others, so a kid from Japan decides it’s lucrative to pick strawberries in Australia
Sorenne was quick to the fruit at the compact market in Melbourne tonight: 2 punnets of strawberries. She gets it from her father, who got it from his mother, except the strawberry season in Australia is almost year round, while … Continue reading →
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1:12 PM | Uh-huh: ‘All employees expected to follow proper GMPs; strict food safety; isolated incident’
Houston’s north side presents a microcosm of terrible food safety risk communication messages in spite of contrary evidence. As reported by Click 2 Houston, inspectors found bare hand application of icing to cinnamon rolls. The corporate types responded: “Relating to … Continue reading →
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12:15 PM | FoodSafetyHelpline introduces mobile app in India
FoodSafetyHelpline.com — a platform for accumulating and learning information on food safety and standards Act, and its rules and regulations — has introduced a mobile app on Food Safety, which will facilitate food business operators in India, and help them … Continue reading →
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12:01 PM | Children suffer the most: Salmonellosis from reptiles in Minnesota, 1996-2011
I’ve told this tale before but it’s worth retelling in light of new stats from Minnesota. Turtles in the 1960s and 1970s were inexpensive, popular, and low maintenance pets, with an array of groovy pre-molded plastic housing designs to choose … Continue reading →
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11:32 AM | Washington man sues Domino’s over wire bristles left in pizza
JoNel Aleccia, now of The Seattle Times, writes that an Auburn man is suing a local Domino’s Pizza outlet over claims he swallowed wire bristles from a cleaning brush left behind in his takeout order, which pierced his intestines and … Continue reading →
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9:33 AM | ROC curves and the forgotten lesson of Pythagoras
You know the feeling – someone has said something at some point, but you can’t find the reference to back it up. Well according to Wikipedia, no specific attribution of Pythagoras’ theorem to Pythagoras exists in the surviving Greek literature from the five centuries after Pythagoras lived, let alone from the big man himself. So ...read more
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5:59 AM | Dental implants: are survival rates for tilted and axially placed implants similar?
This review included 44 studies (25 prospective, 19 retrospective) and suggests that survival rates for tilted and axially dental implants are similar. However the findings should be treated with caution because of the limited quality of the available evidence. The post Dental implants: are survival rates for tilted and axially placed implants similar? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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1:27 AM | I have to recall? I sue you
On Dec. 12, 2012, Ocean Beauty Seafoods LLC voluntarily recalled 371 cases of ready-to-eat cold smoked salmon products because of possible contamination by Listeria monocytogenes. Now, they’re suing their supplier. Ocean Beauty Seafoods is suing salmon farming giant Marine Harvest … Continue reading →
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1:18 AM | Aussies getting the thermometer message; when will the Brits?
ABC News Australia reports that chicken is Australia’s favorite meat. The story goes with the just-cook-it-approach and ignores cross-contamination (isn’t there a better term? I say be the bug, but there’s lots of marketing geniuses out there), but at least … Continue reading →
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12:29 AM | Neptune (me, not exactly as shown) to halt production until FDA documents correction of unsanitary practices
Neptune Manufacturing prepares, processes, packs, holds and distributes ready-to-eat smoked and salt-cured (pickled) fish and fishery products including pickled herring, smoked steelhead trout, smoked turbot/halibut, smoked whitefish, smoked salmon and smoked mackerel. The company sells its ready-to-eat products wholesale to … Continue reading →

December 04, 2014

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10:24 PM | Is the Food Babe a fearmonger? Yes
Yes. The details are here, via NPR Salt.
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9:37 PM | A Special Christmas Message From Safety Spud
A Special Christmas Message From Safety Spud BE CAREFUL! Christmas is an accident waiting to happen – it really should be banned!. Safety Spud Santa’s Xmas Accident Tips and Facts for a Zero Xmas: Mistletoe is poisonous as its berries contain toxic proteins that slow the heart rate and can cause hallucinations not to mention […] The post A Special Christmas Message From Safety Spud appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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8:34 PM | Can E. coli O157:H7 blow from feedlots to lettuce or spinach fields? (Yes) Does it matter? (Probably)
The impact of proximity to a beef cattle feedlot on E. coli O157:H7 contamination of leafy greens was examined. In each of two years, leafy greens were planted to nine plots located 60, 120, and 180 meters from a cattle … Continue reading →
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8:25 PM | Consumer food safety efforts (or, environmental scans aren’t about camping)
I started out my career in food safety as an undergraduate student looking for some sort of direction or passion. It was post-y2k and I really just wanted to find something fun to do and stay in Guelph with all … Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | Health Privacy at the Pharmacy
First Posted 12/20/2013 In the middle of an already-hectic schedule, my office received a call from a pharmacist at Roundy’s Pharmacy, Sheboygan WI saying that he couldn’t fill a script for oxycodone without the patient’s ICD-9 number.  The ICD-9 is soon to be replaced by ICD-10, a system that applies numbers to every medical illness […]
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6:45 PM | Not an “accident”: Jesus Mendizabal, 43, suffers fatal work-related injury on Staten Island, NY
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on November 28 on Staten Island, NY.
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3:29 PM | For Patients, What Makes a Great Doctor?
Anna is an elderly, vibrant patient who doesn’t remember what brought her to the hospital this time, but she enjoys company, and an audience for her life’s stories. She tells me about growing up in the only Hispanic family in an Italian neighborhood, raising her children, becoming a widow, adopting a few too many stray [...]
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1:49 PM | Put Your Mind to Rest, Make a Plan to Consume More Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Most people associate omega-3 fatty acids with cardiovascular. Because research shows that consumption of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosashexaenoic acid (DHA) may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, regulatory agencies in the United States and Europe have approved health claims. Healthy levels of omega-3 are important for more than the heart. DHA is also structurally essential for the brain. Observational studies have found children with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity […]
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1:00 PM | The Geography of Suicide
Understanding the spatial distribution of suicide can inform the planning, implementation and evaluation of suicide prevention actions. No previous study has assessed spatial clustering of the different methods of suicide in Quebec. A study recently published in Psychiatry Research assessed...            Related StoriesAs Former POWs Grow OlderThe Rise of the Robot TherapistThe Acid Test (Part Two of Two) 
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9:13 AM | It’s a Risky Christmas
It’s a Risky Christmas A Xmas Safety Poem without the word Safety In it We know that time and place, perception, priming, pace. Make the mind and heart, of each expectation race. When lights and tinsel raise, and carol songs of praise. Our sites are dim, as dreaded deadline’s daze.   When we think about […] The post It’s a Risky Christmas appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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8:45 AM | Aldi hotdogs contaminated with Listeria in Australia
I didn’t know they had hot dogs in Australia. There’s sausages, snags and snots, but not a lot of hot dogs. Apparently I need to go to ALDI’s: or maybe not. Canberrans are urged to check any hotdogs bought from … Continue reading →
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8:34 AM | You are ahead by a (half) century: Belarus to Russia on food safety
Allegations of the poor quality of Belarusian foodstuffs are groundless, Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko said at a meeting to discuss the measures to remove the ban on the import of Belarusian products to Russia and the transit of embargoed food, … Continue reading →
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8:21 AM | Unborn babies can get toxoplasmosis, listeriosis
ABS-CBN News in the Philippines reports Toxoplasma gondii, a parasite found in raw or undercooked meat, can latch on to pregnant moms and their unborn babies if ingested, potentially causing food poisoning, miscarriage or other complications to the unborn baby. … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | HSJ Commission challenges anecdote-based practice for frail elderly
Alison Turner considers the strengths and weaknesses of a new report which presents the findings of the HSJ Commission on Hospital Care for Frail Older People, asking key questions of commissioners, providers and patients. The post HSJ Commission challenges anecdote-based practice for frail elderly appeared first on The Commissioning Elf.
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6:01 AM | Photodynamic therapy: review finds insufficient evidence of its effectiveness for oral premalignant lesions
This review of photodynamic therapy (PDT) for oral premalignant lesions only identified a small number of poor quality studies that provide insufficient evidence for the effectiveness of PDT for the management of oral premalignant lesions. The post Photodynamic therapy: review finds insufficient evidence of its effectiveness for oral premalignant lesions appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:27 AM | What’s wrong with Kansas? Westboro Baptist Church turned into turkey safety hotline by pranksters
Just down the road from my home in Manhattan, Kansas is Topeka’s most despised institution, The Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), an American unaffiliated Baptist church known for its extreme ideologies, especially those against gay people. According to wiki, the church … Continue reading →
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