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August 12, 2014

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9:01 PM | Covert Operations vs. Public Health: What is the Government Thinking?
My attention having been riveted by Ebola, I missed this startling news last week: U.S. Agency for International Development sent young people undercover to Cuba to incite anti-government activism. Their cover was an HIV prevention workshop. This short-sighted idiocy was apparently aimed at making Cuba more “democratic,” by overthrowing Raul Castro, though that small nation [...]
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3:30 PM | When Prevention Fails: Life after an STI
  By Osefame Ewaleifoh, PhD/MPH Candidate As health workers our default position in the fight against sexually transmitted disease is prevention- as it should be. This focus on prevention influences everything we do. From health policy, to health education and health outreach- our entire vocabulary on sexually transmitted diseases is rooted in the prevention of […]
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3:18 PM | Building a Foundation for Healthy Aging: Omega-3s, EPA & DHA
Despite headlines to the contrary, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) does not cure periodontal disease, or anything else. Omega-3s are nutrients not medicines. However, inadequate DHA intakes have health consequences. Omega-3 fatty acids, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and DHA, are important for brain and cardiovascular health. From conception and throughout life.
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2:56 PM | Welcoming Einstein’s M.D. Class of 2018
Med school orientation is here again! How can it be happening so soon? Even though I’ve been at this now for decades (yes, decades), the same questions play out in my head: Do we have everything ready? What will this class be like? How will it do academically? How will it adjust to life at med [...]
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12:57 PM | Replication costs money
I ran across a curious finding in a very Glamourous publication. Being that it was in a CNS journal, the behavior sucked. The data failed to back up the central claim about that behavior*. Which was kind of central to the actual scientific advance of the entire work. So I contemplated an initial, very limited […]
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12:00 PM | Jane Pauley Opens Psychology Conference
"I'm all for fighting stigma. Just stop talking about it ... Speaking as a mental patient, the word makes me feel awful." In a candid and lively talk during the opening session of the 121st Annual Meeting of the American...            Related StoriesDoes Walking Speed Predict Dementia?Why Don't People Intervene in Domestic Violence?Is There a Link between Dual Trauma and Domestic Violence? 
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5:00 AM | Review found few good quality studies on treatment of combined periodontal-endodontic lesions
A non-surgical root canal treatment for periodontal-endodontic lesions was usually performed as an initial treatment step, but this systematic review found little high quality evidence. The post Review found few good quality studies on treatment of combined periodontal-endodontic lesions appeared first on The Dental Elf.

August 11, 2014

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10:33 PM | Women in the R00 phase don't apply for R01s as frequently as men
Sally Rockey: A specific issue that recently has recently created interesting conversations in the blogosphere is whether female K99/R00 awardees were less likely to receive a subsequent R01 award compared to male K99/R00 awardees. We at NIH have also found this particular outcome among K99/R00 PIs and have noted that those differences again stem from […]
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6:17 PM | On making progress
90% of the progress on my manuscripts and grants takes place during 20% of the time I am ostensibly working on them.
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3:27 PM | The Wonders of Vitamins
Chronic inflammation and oxidative stress contribute to age-related disease. Non-communicable diseases (NCD) share common pathologies associated with oxidative stress, inflammation and mitochondrial alterations.  Poor diet increases the risk of NCDs. Fruit and vegetables are important sources of folate, vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium and dietary fiber. With the exception of women in South America, >69% of men and women do not consume recommended ≥ 5 servings […]
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2:28 PM | Checking up on Marriage
People may want their marriages to be happy but there is certainly no guarantee of that. According to one recent survey, thirty-nine percent of women and forty-one percent of American men aged fifty to fifty-nine report at least one divorce....            Related StoriesDoes Walking Speed Predict Dementia?The Judge in the Asylum (Part 1 of 2)Why Don't People Intervene in Domestic Violence? 
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1:20 PM | Public health’s biggest weakness, as illustrated by e-cigarettes
Recently, I was sitting in a meeting with some people, and during a lull in the conversation, they asked me: “Hey, you’re in public health. What is the biggest problem you face?” I paused. That’s a tough question. The Western …The post Public health’s biggest weakness, as illustrated by e-cigarettes appeared first on Public Health.
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1:00 PM | Worth reading: Ebola, artificial sweeteners, and outdated parking laws
Recent pieces give a glimpse of working an Ebola outbreak, industry-backed attacks on a researcher investigating artificial sweeteners' effects, the how parking laws affect housing prices, and more.
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5:00 AM | How should I brush my teeth?
Regular daily toothbrushing plays an important part in preventing periodontal disease and caries but is there consensus on how this should be carried out. The main aim of this study was to assess the methods of toothbrushing recommended for both adults and children by dental associations, toothpaste and toothbrush companies and professional dental sources such [read the full story...] The post How should I brush my teeth? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:32 AM | Public Health in the News – August 10, 2014
Global The Ugandan Supreme Court declared null and void the country’s anti-homosexuality law. Though stigma continues, this decision is a win for LGBT activists and civil society groups to access anti-HIV treatment without fear of prosecution. As the Ebola virus continues to spread throughout West Africa, Sierra Leone and Liberia have introduced blockades on areas hit the hardest, preventing […]

August 10, 2014

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5:28 PM | Why are we dialing it up to eleven?
Yesterday, Dan posted an excellent summary of what's happening in US hospitals as they scurry to plan for the public health issue du jour--Ebola. He astutely points out that there seems to be a disconnect between what we know about Ebola transmission and what we're doing (or planning to do) with regard to safely caring for patients infected or suspected to be infected. I thought it would be interesting to examine what's driving the disconnect. As I see it, a number of factors are at play […]
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3:09 PM | Two decades in: What autism means in our house
This is Bobby, our oldest, wearing our cat Hammy, as you do, naturally. In December Bobby will turn 25. A quarter of a century old. 1/4 of his way to 100, although fractions are not his strong suit, so he probably, almost certainly, wouldn't be able to describe it in those terms to you.Bobby is autistic and intellectually disabled. That's what the government, both local and national, focuses on. His impairments. His not-able to's. Every year I fill out guardianship papers and SSI paperwork to […]
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12:00 PM | The Judge in the Asylum (Part 1 of 2)
Well into the 20th century, family members of people with mental health problems had little choice but to place their loved ones in asylums. And with little hope of their ever coming out again. Despite the occasional success story, most...            Related StoriesWeeding Out The Immigrants (Part Two of Two)Why Don't People Intervene in Domestic Violence?Off To Washington 
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4:28 AM | Faith-based food safety: Georgia peanut plant chief says we faked Salmonella tests
A Georgia peanut plant manager testified Friday that his company had been shipping contaminated nuts with fake documents showing them to be salmonella-free before the plant was identified as the source of a nationwide outbreak that killed nine Americans and … Continue reading →
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4:05 AM | 8 sick: Minnesota preliminary test results of petting zoo animals positive for E. coli O157
The E. coli bacteria that sickened at least eight in the area came from a traveling petting zoo, according to preliminary test results released by the state on Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health received the positive preliminary test results … Continue reading →
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3:47 AM | Not cute with 300 sick from Salmonella linked to live poultry in backyard flocks
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as of August 5, 2014, a total of 300 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, or Salmonella Hadar in 42 states and Puerto Rico, up … Continue reading →
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3:19 AM | Hazelnut growers target food safety
Heavily shaded hazelnut orchards may discourage salmonella from lingering on the ground, but the conclusions for growers remain uncertain, according to an orchard researcher. Ground temperatures in heavily shaded hazelnut orchards appear to fall below the temperature range in which salmonella thrives, compared to orchards with less … Continue reading →

August 09, 2014

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9:34 PM | Culture To Go – Delivering Results Now!
An informed culture learns by means of ongoing debate and constantly shifting discrepancies - Karl E. Weick (2007) Culture to go…… Delivering results now! Organisations interested in cultural change need to think about, and understand their existing culture, then work hard over time to move toward a culture that they desire. Organisations can easily be seduced into ‘change programs' that promise a lot in a short period of time, but fail to deliver because the organisation […]
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6:59 PM | Dialing it up to eleven
While I was away on vacation, I did my best to keep up with the advancing Ebola outbreak in Africa (see Mike’s excellent summary post). I also joined a couple conference calls about the interim infection prevention guidance from CDC. I believe this guidance to be reasonable and consistent with the mode of transmission of Ebola, combining Standard, Contact and Droplet precautions with an emphasis on eye and face protection and use of additional barriers and precautions as required by the […]
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5:59 PM | New Smallpox Relative Discovered in Georgia (the country).
Smallpox Virus - False colored to demonstrate structureSmallpox. It has been in the news a lot lately due to the recent discovery of viable virus tucked away in storage at a government facility in Maryland.Smallpox killed an estimated 300 to 500 million people in the 1900's until it was eradicated in the late 1970's by an aggressive worldwide vaccination campaign.Smallpox relatives are also particularly virulent. Other members of the orthopoxvirus family include cowpox, monkeypox, vaccinia, […]
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10:40 AM | 10 Fun Facts–Cognitive Bias
10 Fun Facts–Cognitive Bias This is brilliant! Thanks to Rob Long // The post 10 Fun Facts–Cognitive Bias appeared first on SafetyRisk dot net.
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10:18 AM | Ekka winds: is handwashing really enough to prevent petting zoo outbreaks?
Even though it’s 70F during the day in the depths of winter, the Ekka winds, as the locals call them, have hit hard. There’s a nasty flu strain going around that knocked all of us out for 10 days even … Continue reading →
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9:13 AM | UK pizza co. fined 10K
A pizza company in St Albans has been fined nearly £10,000 after inspectors said it breached hygiene regulations. Parizon Limited, which runs Pizza Go Go in London Road, has been fined £4,900 for failing to keep premises and equipment clean … Continue reading →
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9:08 AM | In other Florida restaurant inspection news …
Florida health inspectors shut down 22 restaurants last week, including seven in South Florida. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player
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9:02 AM | Florida restaurants to receive letter to follow inspection sign rule
Palm Beach County is sending out reminders to restaurants about a rule that most have not been following. A 2006 ordinance required restaurants to post a sign on the door or window letting customers know that they can request to … Continue reading →
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