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March 12, 2015

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11:44 PM | Colon blow: High fiber diets linked to increased risk of E. coli O157?
According to new research published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, people who consume diets rich in fiber are at an increased risk of contracting Escherichia coli (E. coli) which can lead to O157:H7 infection and severe … Continue reading →
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11:13 PM | Toolbox Talk Show–PPE
Toolbox Talk Show – PPE Sarah Jane (The Safety Nerd) is making a series of videos and podcasts covering some of the basic fundamentals of safety. This is the first one (below) and you will be able to see them all here: http://www.riskologyconsulting.com.au/podcast SJ has also been blogging for some time and her articles have […] The post Toolbox Talk Show–PPE appeared first on Safety Risk.
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9:43 PM | Reflections on Workshops and Opportunities to Influence Nutrition Policy and Health
This week Canadian and American federal agencies hosted a workshop Options for Consideration of Chronic Disease Endpoints for Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) at the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.  The purpose was to bring a panel of experts together to consider chronic disease endpoints (or surrogates) to set future nutrient DRIs. The meeting opened with welcoming comments from representatives of NIH-ODS (Dr Paul Coates) and Health Canada (Dr Amanda MacFarlane). In reviewing the workshop […]
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7:11 PM | Glimmer of hope for beleaguered Chemical Safety Board
After four hours of testimony on retaliation against employees, abuse of power and more, there was a glimmer of hope from new leadership at the Chemical Safety Board.
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5:45 PM | The saddest thing I have read on the internet in quite some time
I've never read a single fantasy novel or sci fi novel — Genome F. Daddy (@GenomeDaddy) March 12, 2015
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4:24 PM | On Revisiting Past Interactions and the Unfairness Factor: Newsweek's Autism Article
In December I was contacted by a reporter from Newsweek asking to interview me for an article about Jonathan Mitchell. I politely declined, as I haven't had any interaction with him since I apologized in 2011 for allowing him to be bullied in the comments on several of my blog posts. I sent the reporter the link to the article and my addendum with the apology.Since I declined, I was more than a bit surprised to find out that my words to Jonathan about autism not being his biggest problem, along […]
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3:00 PM | On penicillin
Today, we have a guest post by Philip Lederer, an Infectious Disease fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a former Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). His views do not represent any of those organizations.Bright and alert, the elderly woman sat in a chair in the corner of her hospital room. Snow fell lightly outside. An IV ran into her arm, giving her antibiotics for a bloodstream […]
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2:46 PM | 2015 Match Day: With Special Meaning and Pride
Editors’ Note:  Next week is Match Week, the anxiety-provoking yearly event when medical students across the country learn if they match to a residency program and if so, where they’ve been accepted. In this post, assistant dean for student affairs Dr. Joshua Nosanchuk reflects on how Einstein’s class of 2015 has inspired him and provides [...]
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1:18 PM | Should PI or trainee submit the manuscript?
@drugmonkeyblog trying to figure out why some PIs submit manuscripts instead of having trainees do that. Pros/cons — A- List Scientist (@DListScientist) March 12, 2015 I imagine the answers are any of: Speed. Control. It was the project of a trainee now departed. Trainee not competent* in eyes of PI. It is actually the PI […]
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12:00 PM | Sexual Discounting and High-Risk Behaviour
Youth under 25 show substantial sexual and substance use risk behaviors. One factor associated with risk behaviors is delay discounting, the devaluation of delayed outcomes. A study published in Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology determined if delay discounting for sexual outcomes...            Related StoriesCan Chronic Medication Use Cause Dementia?When Assaulted Young People Seek Emergency CareFalling Out of Love 
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11:49 AM | What is safe to eat when pregnant?
Daughter 2-of-5, who is due shortly, asked food safety dad, I know to avoid deli meats, but is it OK to eat pepperettes? I asked Chapman (it’s his job, he’s in extension). “Most are shelf stable based on pH and … Continue reading →
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11:37 AM | City, state assumed the other was inspecting hospital kitchens in Illinois
After looking through inspection reports for 12 Chicago hospitals, the 2 Investigators found critical food violations. Even worse, they uncovered a bureaucratic problem that left some hospital kitchens with no oversight at all. The city thought state government was inspecting the kitchens, … Continue reading →
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11:25 AM | Speaking of audits: Most wrongful-death lawsuits settled in Listeria outbreak
A Denver judge has wrapped up most of the wrongful-death lawsuits stemming from a 2011 listeria outbreak traced to a cantaloupe farm that killed more than 30 people and sickened more than 140 others. The Denver District Court judge approved … Continue reading →
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11:20 AM | But will fewer people get sick? USDA seeks alignment of GAPs audit with food safety law
The Good Agricultural Practices audit offered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture for fruit and vegetable growers will be updated to reflect the requirements of the regulations from the Food Safety Modernization Act. The new joint GAPs review project includes … Continue reading →
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9:47 AM | Stop, this is an intervention!
Welcome to our latest Awesome Author, Dave Whitefield, from People and Risk. I first came across Dave’s work 3 years ago when he wrote Zero Harm – Just Say No!. It’s a real thrill to now have him writing on this blog, as well as getting to know him personally as a fellow member of […] The post Stop, this is an intervention! appeared first on Safety Risk.
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9:21 AM | 64 now sick with Salmonella from small-town Texas restaurant
For a Texas town of barely 8,000 people, 64 sick from Salmonella linked to the same restaurant is a lot. Officials say 12 additional cases came from the X10 In Texas Restaurant in Dalhart after it voluntarily closed when the … Continue reading →
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9:09 AM | Unpasteurised goat’s milk cheese recalled in UK because of Listeria
Neals Yard Creamery has recalled a batch of its 200g Ragstone unpasteurised goat’s milk cheese because high levels of Listeria monocytogenes have been found in the product.
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9:03 AM | 20 sick in new Salmonella outbreak: Australia still has an egg problem
Amy figures we ate at this place last year. At least 20 people are believed to have been hospitalised after eating at Broadbeach cafe Grocer and Grind. The venue’s head chef is reportedly among those admitted to hospital. Some of … Continue reading →
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8:45 AM | Australian mums go for placenta smoothies
My first four daughters were born at home. We buried the placentas under trees to commemorate the kids. Some people make soup. At least that’s a kill step. But a smoothie? And of course, it’s the affluent. An ancient practice of … Continue reading →
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8:42 AM | So has QOF reduced death rates or not?
The question of whether improving healthcare leads to improvements in health remains an important one. Martin Roland outlines why a recent BMJ analysis on the relationship between QOF and mortality may not take the right approach to answering this.
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8:06 AM | Baltimore restaurants soon forced to post health ratings in window
Critics worry anything less than a perfect health rating will hurt a restaurant’s financial bottom line. But, nonetheless, it appears Baltimore will join a long list of cities already posting health ratings in restaurant windows. Eat out in New York … Continue reading →
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6:01 AM | Ultrasonography for diagnosing temporomandibular disorders
This diagnostic test review included 11 studies the majority from 2 research groups. The findings suggest that ultrasonography could be useful for diagnosing anterior disk displacement in patients with temporomandibular disorders. The post Ultrasonography for diagnosing temporomandibular disorders appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:31 AM | Do they care about humans? The money involved in food safety recalls
Food safety is top-of-mind among many consumers and producers of food. It is also a continuum, because the more a food firm spends on effective technologies and protocols to ensure safe food, the greater chance the foods are protected against … Continue reading →
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2:04 AM | Hockey, restaurant inspection and Boca
There was this one time, Amy and I went to a Phoenix Coyotes hockey game, to see Wayne coach, and the guy behind us wouldn’t stop talking about this cougar he had in Boca, and he kept leaning into Amy, … Continue reading →
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1:39 AM | Food safety doesn’t happen in an office
About 15 years ago, I was a goofy grad student without a lot of ambition. I had an interest in infectious diseases, genetics and how people talked about risk. Not necessarily in that order. I found Doug and he set me up with a project working with … Continue reading →
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1:34 AM | New Zealand closes online fish market
Bored suburbanites like to dabble in risk, and I never understood the term black market, other than it was offensive. Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) compliance officers today terminated an operation against four groups in Auckland who were selling seafood. … Continue reading →
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1:27 AM | Philosophy, food and schnapps: Herring recalled because of Clostridium in Canada
I still have fond memories of a misspent youth building houses in the summer, drinking schnapps, eating pickled herring, and talking philosophy with my Danish mentor, John. He was also a great dancer. So it pains me a little to … Continue reading →

March 11, 2015

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11:28 PM | Thought of the Day
It is a crying shame that the science blogosphere' favorite Wankees fan, Comradde Physioproffe, does not coach tee ball, Farm or Pinto. 
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8:44 PM | Your Grant in Review: Effort and systems designed for amateur scientists
Since we're discussing the amount of PI salary that should be rightfully paid by the NIH versus a local University lately, I have a grant review scenario to mention. It is not uncommon to see R01 proposals come in from PIs who say that they will charge the grant for "three months summer salary". As […]
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7:43 PM | Food Fortification: An Effective Method to Increase Intake of Shortfall Nutrients
It is finally beginning to feel like spring in the Northeastern United States. The sun is shining and the days are getting longer but that does not mean that we can stop worrying about meeting our vitamin D requirements.  Vitamin D or the “sunshine vitamin” can be synthesized with sun exposure, about 15-20 minutes is needed to reach normal serum 25(OH)D3 concentrations. Sunscreen, skin color, clothing and geographical location all affect vitamin D synthesis.  In the 2015 […]
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