Posts

April 01, 2015

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6:49 PM | Bugs survive during storage: Prevent E. coli
The survival of Salmonella and Escherichia coli O157:H7 on strawberries, basil leaves, and other leafy greens (spinach leaves, lamb and butterhead lettuce leaves, baby leaves, and fresh-cut iceberg lettuce) was assessed at cold (<7°C) and ambient temperatures. All commodities were … Continue reading →
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5:48 PM | Heston are you listening? Every worker needs a time-off cushion for illness
Laura Otolski of Takoma Park, Maryland, writes that as a registered dietitian-nutritionist, my work has focused on not only what to eat, but also on how to keep food safe to eat. This has included seven years at a D.C.-based … Continue reading →
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3:24 PM | How to run a crowdsourced data repo
During the summer I began converting Ebola situation reports (sitreps) from PDF to a text format. The reports had critical information like the number of new Ebola cases, how many people were in treatment, details about contract tracing, and more. I needed the data for my research on modeling infectious disease, and since the data were completely unusable in PDF, every day I did the painful manual conversion into a standardized machine-readable format*. I figured that if I needed that […]
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2:27 PM | Fish and Algal Omega-3 Oils are Important for Health
Omega-3 fatty acids are important for cardiovascular, immune, eye, and brain function. Most people do not consume recommended amounts of omega-3 fatty acids from their diet. How do you know if your omega-3 intake is sufficient? The omega-3 index, the percentage of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) in red blood cells, is the best longterm measure of omega-3 status. Some of you may have read news articles that fish oil claims are not supported by research. There are […]
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8:03 AM | Food safety used as union trump card, to no effect, and public discussion of food safety hits new low in Canada
It’s a recurring story, one that Jim Romahn has reported on for decades: the good meat gets exported, the inferior stuff stays at home. It’s the same with Australian seafood, unless you know where to buy. According to Canadian union … Continue reading →
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7:37 AM | Sample-based data model extended to veterinary drug residues
 As two Australian Football League players (the ice hockey of footie) claim their positive tests for clenbuterol came from steak consumed in New Zealand (that’s just scientifically BS, as cyclist Alberto Contador proved in 2010 ), the European Food Safety … Continue reading →
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7:08 AM | Scotland’s new food standards regulator must be a strong independent consumer champion
I vote for Lynn (right, exactly as shown) who’s either really happy to see me or holding a fish. The UK consumerist outfit, Which? has called on the new food standards organisation for Scotland to “operate transparently as a strong, … Continue reading →
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4:59 AM | Intentionally replanted teeth: a possible treatment option?
This review found a significantly higher mean survival for implant supported crowns (97%) compared with Intentionally replanted (IR) teeth (88%). Evidence for IR teeth was limited, being heterogeneous, old and potential suffering from publication bias. The post Intentionally replanted teeth: a possible treatment option? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:07 AM | World food safety increases risks and prevention opportunities
There was this time, about five years ago, when the U.S. Department of Agriculture decided to consult with everyone they could find to chat about food safety messaging. I participated in good faith, but soon dropped out, because it was … Continue reading →
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1:51 AM | Food safety should apply everywhere: Community food, fundraisers and markets in NZ
I’ve listened to about all I can stand from the parents at the kid’s tuck shop and their food porn views of safety. I’ve said, I will help with any food safety issues, but otherwise I’m out. It’s like coaching … Continue reading →
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1:15 AM | Worm found in food, 7 suffer food poisoning in India
Seven people from Kuniamuthur, in Coimbatire, were admitted in the government hospital, Coimbatore, with complaints of food poisoning on Sunday. All seven of them say they had gone together to a chaat outlet where a worm was found in a … Continue reading →
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1:10 AM | No inquest for Bali food poisoning deaths
Many in Australia want to vacation in Bali. Me, not so much. Here’s another reason: An inquest won’t be held into the death of a mother and daughter duo who died from food poisoning while on holiday in Indonesia. Queensland … Continue reading →

March 31, 2015

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11:39 PM | Meaningful gains or huge setbacks?: Congress weighs two bills aimed at reforming the Toxic Substances Control Act
For years, advocates have been calling on policymakers to reform the nation’s outdated chemical safety laws. Today, two such bills stand before Congress — one that advocates say better protects the public’s health and another that advocates warn is a dangerous step backward.
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8:34 PM | Food Safety 101: What is Campylobacter (and What Are We Doing About It)? Via The Abstract
I’m collaborating with Matt Shipman, public information officer at NC State University and curator of The Abstract, on a set of food safety-related posts from other NCSU folks as we roll toward WHO’s World Health Day on April 7– which is focused this year on … Continue reading →
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8:28 PM | Charlotte restaurant owner says cost of vaccinating food handlers against hepatitis A worth it
Risk-based decision making is the mantra in food safety. Picking out an intervention is a starts with a numbers game: calculating the prevalence of an action (like handwashing) and matching that with the likelihood of a pathogen in the system. This is the stuff that … Continue reading →
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4:06 PM | Face to Face with Humanism in Medicine
It was the boy who was unable to speak who ended up teaching me the most. I was seeing patients in the epilepsy clinic at the Children’s Hospital at Montefiore during my neurology rotation as part of my fourth-year training at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The attending physician with whom I was working, an [...]
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12:00 PM | Spanish Priest Arrested in Bizarre Exorcism Case
A judge in the northern Spanish town of Burgos has ordered the arrest of exorcist Jesus Hernandez Sahagun and a local priest following complaints relating to a series of exorcisms conducted on an underage girl suffering from anorexia. Sahagun, who...            Related StoriesThe Five Ws of BullyingSleepwalking Defense Leads to Acquittal in Child Murder CaseThe Two Messiahs (Part Two of Two) 
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10:00 AM | Health & Safety Monitoring in Mining
Health & Safety Monitoring in Mining Mining Industry Guide to Workplace Safety 2015 – Released WHS Regulations require the Mine Operator to ensure that health monitoring is carried out for workers that are exposed to risks associated with mining operations. As a result, Pro-Visual Publishing, in collaboration with Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) and […] The post Health & Safety Monitoring in Mining appeared first on Safety Risk.
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5:00 AM | Periodontal disease: compliance with treatment improves outcomes
When regularly compliant periodontal patients were compared with erratic compliers in this systematic review, they were found to have significantly lower risk of tooth loss during supportive periodontal treatment The post Periodontal disease: compliance with treatment improves outcomes appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:32 AM | Listeriosis and Produce: What’s the Connection? (via The Abstract)
I’m collaborating with Matt Shipman, public information officer at NC State University and curator of The Abstract, on a set of food safety-related posts from other NCSU folks as we roll toward WHO’s World Health Day on April 7– which is focused this year on … Continue reading →
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12:37 AM | Safety don’t have much to do with it: Food safety audits are just what retailers wanted
I’m not Dr. Doug. Kids call me coach, others call me asshole, all fine by me. Dr. Bob and Dr. Dan exist, and probably many others in the misguided belief they are enhancing the public understanding of science, when it’s … Continue reading →

March 30, 2015

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9:02 PM | Want to keep supermarket customers? Don’t sell moldy food
As traditional grocery stores continue to lose market share and wonks advise adding bars and a fishmonger, the New South Wales Food Authority (that’s in Australia) has a better tip: don’t sell out-of-date and moldy food. Several Coles, Woolworths and … Continue reading →
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8:38 PM | Campylobacter testing in NZ
The New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries said since performance targets for Campylobacter were introduced in 2008, setting contamination limits for poultry processors, the number of notified cases of people infected with campylobacter had halved. There had also been a … Continue reading →
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7:50 PM | Salmonella in snakes
For humans, Salmonella is always bad news. The bacterial pathogen causes paratyphoid fever, gastroenteritis and typhoid. But for snakes, the bacteria aren’t always bad news. Certain species of Salmonella are a natural part of the snake microbial collective. However, the … Continue reading →
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7:40 PM | At least 542 sickened in Cambodia, mainly schoolchildren
Ingredients thought to have caused a mass outbreak of food poisoning on Saturday at a Siem Reap province event organised by the NGO World Vision were seized yesterday and sent to Phnom Penh to undergo tests. A crowd of more … Continue reading →
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7:32 PM | Listeria and botulism potential in fish forces closure of California seafood company
At the request of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, a judge has ordered L.A. Star Seafood Company Inc., located in Los Angeles, and its owners, Sima and Sam Goldring, to halt operations until they demonstrate to the FDA that … Continue reading →
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6:26 PM | Can Music Therapy Help Soldiers with PTSD?
For current and former members of the military who experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), one of the central difficulties of the disorder is the ability to manage, or down-regulate, their negative emotions. Among other symptoms, people with PTSD are prone to being triggered by stimuli in their environments that remind them of past traumatic events, … Continue reading →
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2:41 PM | Young v. UPS and lifting guidelines for pregnant workers
The Supreme Court's decision in Young v. UPS leaves it up to lower courts to decide whether UPS discriminated against Peggy Young by not giving her light duty while she was pregnant. In the meantime, new guidance from researchers can help physicians advise pregnant patients whose jobs involve lifting.
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1:30 PM | Games That Teach You Something About Public Health
Reading is great, but sometimes it’s more fun to learn by playing. Here are a few games that will end up teaching you something about public health: Spent: This game is for anybody who feels like they know how they … Continue reading »The post Games That Teach You Something About Public Health appeared first on Public Health.
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12:47 PM | Preventing Cancer With Healthy Living (Part One of Two)
Can lifestyle decisions reduce your risk of developing cancer? According to available statistics, roughly fourteen million people worldwide were newly diagnosed with cancer in 2012 alone. That same year saw about eight million cancer deaths. How many of those deaths...            Related StoriesOvernight Program Helps "Sundowning" Dementia PatientsGrief, Loneliness, and Losing a SpouseCan Chronic Medication Use Cause Dementia? 
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