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November 04, 2014

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8:29 PM | It’s like Australians are marketing food safety: ‘Scores on doors is a fantastic marketing tool’
The New South Wales Food Authority Scores on Doors program (that’s the state that includes Sydney, in Australia) sees shops judged on hygiene and safety. They then receive a score out of five — five being the best — which … Continue reading →
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8:08 PM | Mold this: Conn. students boycott cafeteria
Students at Farmington High School in Connecticut are boycotting their school lunch program this week, accusing the campus food service provider of serving low-quality meals and embarrassing students who can’t afford them. Over 500 people have joined a student Facebook … Continue reading →
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7:32 PM | Schweddy balls: NPR’s advice on ‘how to buy the safest meat and make the juiciest steaks’
U.S. National Public Radio is a continual target of satire and for good reason. “Free range’ can be a bit of a misnomer,” Bridget Lancaster, executive food editor of the Test Kitchen, tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross. “When you see … Continue reading →
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7:11 PM | Norway Seafoods recalls products in Denmark over Listeria risk
Norway Seafoods has recalled products sold in Denmark at the supermarket chains Irma and DognNetto, citing potential risk of Listeria, reported iLaks.no. Products were also recalled from Fotex and Bilka. Listeria was found at one of the production sites. The … Continue reading →
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6:49 PM | It’s not cute: Salmonella risks to babies through pet food
Anyone who has pets and babies knows that when they learn to crawl – the human babies – they head straight for the dish of pet food on the floor. The bubblegum pop idiocy that is television’s Good Morning America, … Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | Global Health Trainees: Public Servants or Poverty Tourists?
Editor’s Note: On November 10, 2014, Carinne Brody, DrPH, assistant professor and chair of the global health track at the College of Education and Health Sciences, Touro University, California, will speak at Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Global Health Conference. She’ll address global health trainee program ethics. We asked her to share some of her [...]
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1:00 PM | Family of "Baked To Death" Inmate Reaches Settlement with City
"This is a very awful thing that I am going through. I hope that nobody else will have to ever go through nothing like this," When Alma Murdough launched a lawsuit against the City of New York over the death...            Related StoriesChild's Murder Reveals Desperate Plight of Single Mothers in JapanSurviving the Deepwater Horizon Oil SpillP.T. Barnum and You 
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8:16 AM | 40 sick at NAACP annual gala; Hotel Sofitel Norovirus outbreak wasn’t contained
The outbreak of gastrointestinal illness at Hotel Sofitel in Redwood Shores continued days after last month’s ill-fated NAACP dinner, leading the hotel to temporarily shut down all its food operations for disinfection. The hotel and San Mateo County Health System … Continue reading →
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8:03 AM | Demand or told they want it ($$$) Meat companies go antibiotics-free as more consumers demand it
I have concerns about indiscriminate use of antibiotics as sub-therapeutics, but they also have a role in reducing disease. According to the The Wall Street Journal, the Food and Drug Administration, responding to concerns about antibiotic-resistant bacteria, asked drug and … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | New guide to help commissioners involve young people in designing better mental health and wellbeing services
This new guide, which shares learning from the Right Here programme, offers practical tips for commissioners to address the mental health and wellbeing needs of young people (16-25 years of age).  Young people are often overlooked and can suffer as a result of poor transition from child to adult services.  A failure to connect with this group [read the full story...]
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6:01 AM | Plaque control during orthodontic treatment: study suggests that text messaging may have a positive effect
This small study in orthodontic patients suggests that text messaging might improve plaque control in short term. Larger better quality studies are needed to provide more definitive answers. The post Plaque control during orthodontic treatment: study suggests that text messaging may have a positive effect appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:10 AM | Geography
Courtesy of Anthony England, via the Washington Post.
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4:00 AM | Poop on a plane forces turnaround
Virgin Australia has said no human waste was sloshing down the aisle of a flight from Los Angeles to Sydney, contrary to passenger reports. Flight VA2 turned around when liquid from the bathrooms was found in the aisle.  “The onboard … Continue reading →
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3:46 AM | It’s only been 18 years since Odwalla: Cider recall has producer on the defensive
When Amy provides some medical advice, I remind her she’s not a medical doctor or scientist, she’s a doctor of French professoring. So when a farmer says, one bad batch of unpasteurized apple cider shouldn’t scare the public away from … Continue reading →
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3:24 AM | It was the Campy in raw milk provided by parents that sickened 38 related to a Wisconsin high school football team
When Bri­anna Win­nekins, 18, was ad­mit­ted to Chippewa Val­ley Hospi­tal in Du­rand Sept. 22, her par­ents, Karla and Brian, had no idea what was caus­ing her symp­toms, which in­cluded a 105-de­gree fever. It didn’t take long be­fore more Du­rand High … Continue reading →
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2:36 AM | This is the song that never ends: Regulations for sale of raw milk being considered in Ireland (paid for by taxpayers)
Regulatory standards for the sale of raw milk are being examined by the Irish Department of Agriculture, following years of uncertainty over the sale of the milk, which is not pasteurized. The department banned the sale of raw cow’s milk … Continue reading →
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2:28 AM | Still prefer scores on doors: UK diners should ‘look before they book’
Festive diners are advised to ‘look before they book’ when planning a Christmas meal out in Bucks. The Food Standards Agency said people should check a restaurant’s food hygiene rating, which is determined by local authority food safety officers. Restaurants … Continue reading →
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2:21 AM | Villagers in China ordered to alert authorities if they hold outdoor banquets
Villagers holding banquets with more than 40 guests in Zhoukou, Henan province, will have to inform the authorities in advance in a bid to combat food poisoning, it has been reported. Some critics have said the new policy discriminated against … Continue reading →
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1:42 AM | Beware those berries: Three simultaneous, foodborne, multi-country outbreaks of hepatitis A in 2013
I love the berries fresh, so I moved to a sub-tropical climate where we have a steady supply. I love the berries frozen, because of convenience and continual availability. But there’s been a lot of outbreaks on berries of late … Continue reading →
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1:20 AM | 9 sick with Salmonella, Arkansas restaurant closes
KAIT-TV reports that a restaurant in Benton has closed voluntarily after an outbreak of salmonellosis. The state Health Department says nine cases have been confirmed. The Cafe Santa Fe will reopen after it receives approval from the Health Department to assure … Continue reading →
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12:40 AM | Successful produce marketing requires digital tools – and selling safety at retail
If you thought that the Internet and social media were passing fads and could be ignored as marketing tools, Dan’l Mackey Almy said think again. “It’s main stay,” said the president and chief executive officer of Irving, Texas-based DMA Solutions. … Continue reading →

November 03, 2014

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11:57 PM | Turning poop into gold: Inactivation of pathogens during aerobic composting of fresh and aged dairy manure and different carbon amendments
Composting is hard. It sounds easy, but in reality, it takes work and there are a lot of variables that impact on the microbiological safety of the final product. Because we live in central Brisbane in an all concrete townhouse, … Continue reading →
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11:06 PM | Not an “accident”: Milton Hernandez, 22 suffers fatal work-related injury in Scott, Louisiana
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on October 28 in Scott, Louisiana.
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8:31 PM | People Want Gluten-Free Products
Researchers confirm the food system is primarily an economic enterprise. Food choices are affected by price, demand, cost, and trade regulations. Our food supply is complex with over 85,000 uniquely formulated food and beverage products which are often changing. New products enter the market, old ones leave, and others are reformulated. Miller and colleagues examined the US food supply in relation to the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) 2010 
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8:24 PM | An Interview with the ATTC
For those who missed it, I recently provided some opinions about buprenorphine treatment for The Bridge, a journal produced by the Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network.  The discussion was published in The Bridge Volume 4, Issue 3, and is copied below. Question 1. The introduction to buprenorphine treatment in the U.S. has occurred through a […]
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8:24 PM | Its All In The Sign
Its All In The Sign A brilliant essay by Max Geyer, submitted as part of his study for the Graduate Certificate in the Psychology of Risk – published here with his permission: Norretranders (1998) provides ample evidence that the unconscious plays a major role in communication. This paper looks at the critical nature of unconscious communication in relation to understanding and managing risk. It uses the example of a road sign as a symbol which is used to unconsciously transmit to us […]
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7:20 PM | Rockey looking to leave the NIH
It looks like Sally Rockey, Deputy Director in charge of NIH's Office of Extramural Research since 2005, is looking to depart the NIH. The NU Presidential Search Screening & Selection has identified 4 finalists for the next president of the university. They are: — Univ. of Nebraska (@u_nebraska) November 3, 2014 and 3. Dr. Sally […]
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4:31 PM | Klingon University
The best known Klingon proverb Revenge is a dish best served cold. is proof that before they were warriors, the Klingons were academicians.
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2:52 PM | Surviving the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
On April 20, 2009, an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon, an offshore drilling rig owned by Transocean Ltd resulted in the deaths of twenty oil workers and created a fireball that could be seen more than forty miles away. Since...            Related StoriesTrusting the Written WordGetting That Exercise HabitUS Foreign Aid and Terrorism 
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5:04 AM | Public Health in the News – November 2, 2014
Global The World Health Organization’s resources have been overwhelmed by the Ebola epidemic, which means they can’t oversee the destruction of smallpox virus that is being stored at the NIH. Australian researcher Tim Inglis wonders in a Nature opinion piece whether … Continue reading →
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