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November 05, 2014

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4:13 PM | Challenges of acting on patient experience surveys: quality assurance or quality improvement?
Patient experience surveys are a central feature of primary care evaluation. For years we have had the national GP Patient Survey; we also recently had the Patient Participation DES, part of which required practices to conduct a local patient survey; and there is the requirement for every GP to have patient feedback as part of ...read more
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3:58 PM | Thought of the Day
Datahound showed is that there are something on the order of 5,000 PIs that lose their last bit of NIH funding (as PI) in a given year. What I want to see from McKnight is some clear identification of the deserving, amazing, super star impactful scientists who are in this situation. This would go a […]
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1:11 PM | From Best American Science & Nature Writing, warnings on antibiotics and vaccines
Best American Science and Nature Writing 2014 features two pieces that remind us how public-health interventions can become less effective if we as a society don't use them effectively
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12:59 PM | Leegalizeetmon
Looks like both Oregon and Alaska passed initiatives to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Interesting.
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5:59 AM | Dental implants: evidence on patient expectations mainly cross-sectional
There is a growing interest in patients’ expectations of dental implants. This review found 10 mainly cross sectional studies with variable quality of reporting. Expectations with respect to aesthetics and function predominated. The post Dental implants: evidence on patient expectations mainly cross-sectional appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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12:17 AM | Should Addiction Treatment Include ‘Shame’?
Originally Posted 3/23/2013 I generally write positive articles about the use of buprenorphine for treating opioid dependence, and my articles have been reflective of my attitude toward the medication. The field of psychiatry encompasses more conditions than it does effective treatments for those conditions, and my initial experiences treating people with buprenorphine were strikingly positive. […]

November 04, 2014

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10:58 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Dangerous workplace speedups a hidden side of the economic recovery; California recycling workers vote to unionize; emergency responders in west Texas face new challenges during energy boom; and the U.S. lags in eliminating the gender pay gap.
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10:21 PM | So what should be done about it? Listeria at deli
Postprocessing contamination in processing plants has historically been a significant source of Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat delicatessen meats, and therefore a major cause of human listeriosis cases and outbreaks. Recent risk assessments suggest that a majority of human listeriosis cases linked to … Continue reading →
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10:10 PM | Public health always gets hit first: Maine CDC missing top hepatitis expert for recent case
When the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention decided last week how to respond to a potential hepatitis A exposure at a Cumberland County restaurant, it did so without its top hepatitis coordinator and two leading epidemiologists, positions that … Continue reading →
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9:09 PM | A sports-analogy for ASBMB President McKnight
Steven McKnight is simply intoxicated with his first taste of a social media imbroglio. ...inclusion of the volatile word [riff-raff] in the C3 essay prompted widespread attention. For this, I am simply delighted. This was my first brush with social media, and I can clearly see its power. ... My next two essays, for the […]
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8:59 PM | No need for panic: folic acid is still essential to maintain a healthy pregnancy
Women of childbearing age are encouraged to supplement with 400 mcg/day of folic acid to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in their children. The current Dietary Reference Intake for folate during pregnancy is 600 mcg/day, yet women who are considered at high risk for having children with neural tube defects are often advised to consume up to 5000 mcg/day. Recent data suggests that this practice may be harmful – so is it cause for alarm?
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8:44 PM | Between the Buns owner: ‘There’s a stigma inspectors out to get us. Not. They’re just here to help’
How many tri-city or tri-state areas are there in the U.S.? According to KULR NBC Channel 8, nearly 1,300 restaurants are inspected every year in the Tri-Cities area (we think it’s Washington state, but aren’t quite sure), but not many … Continue reading →
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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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