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July 10, 2014

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8:47 PM | THIS...is what we need more of
A little late on this post, but summer.There is a new randomized trial published in JAMA that evaluates the efficacy of post-cholecystectomy antibiotics in patients presenting with mild/moderate acute calculous cholecystitis. Upon diagnosis, all patient received amoxicillin+clavulanic acid three times a day pre-operatively and once during surgery. The open-label trial compared patients randomized to 5 days of post-operative antibiotics with the same antibiotic regimen vs. no post-operative […]
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2:58 PM | Medical Students as Patient Advocates
Every month I walk up to Pelham Parkway in the Bronx and ride the Bx12 select bus to the Fordham section to visit my patient. She is a warm-hearted, middle-aged woman who has multiple chronic medical conditions and no longer works as a result. She spends her time watching her neighbor’s children and involving herself [...]
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12:39 PM | Social media is a tool for food safety folks
The Internet is rife with examples of how to employ social media for food safety purposes. Good and bad. Folks that use Twitter or Facebook as a place to push messages out (like an old-fashioned brochure) haven’t quite figured it … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Caring for High-Risk Children
A study published recently in the American Journal of Orthopsychiatry examined characteristics and profiles of youth receiving services in 1 of Florida’s Medicaid-funded residential mental health treatment programs—State Inpatient Psychiatric Program (SIPP)—between July 1, 2004, and June 30, 2008 (N...            Related StoriesSecondary Trauma in Child Protection WorkersThe Problem with Fat JokesIs the $3B Paid by U.S.
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7:47 AM | The Rise and Rise of Yogurt: Using an Ancient Food to Meet Nutrient Needs
Yogurt is a food known from ancient times. Around 77 AD, Pliny the Elder wrote “the barbarous nations…understand how to thicken milk and form therefrom an acrid kind of liquid with a pleasant flavor” in his famous encyclopedia of the ancient world. This is our first description of yogurt consumption, although it was likely to have developed at least 7000 years prior to its description by the Roman naturalist. Over the past millennia, societies that have bred animals for their […]
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5:01 AM | Trial found that patients preferred dentures made using silicone impressions
While oral health has improved in many countries there is still a continuing demand for non-implant prosthodontic treatment.   The aim of this trial was to whether there is a patient preference for dentures produced from alginate or silicone impressions Edentulous adults aged 18 or over who required new complete dentures were invited to participate. Those [read the full story...]

July 09, 2014

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11:57 PM | ‘Natural’ helps sell $40 billion worth of food in the U.S. every year—and the label means nothing
Nothing makes Americans buy a food product quite like the fabulously ambiguous word “natural.” The top 35 health claims and food labels include words most anyone who has been to a supermarket in the past five years should recognize—ones like ”natural,” yes, but … Continue reading →
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11:49 PM | New Zealand fears over food regulation
Primary industry bosses fear New Zealand’s “world-class” food safety regulatory system is in danger of being swapped for a costly and inflexible set of rules, which do nothing to raise performance and will only dent competitiveness. An inquiry into food … Continue reading →
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10:58 PM | South Korea PM vows to improve food safety at school cafeterias
South Korea will prohibit food suppliers that fail to meet certain safety criteria from providing school meals, Prime Minister Chung Hong-won said Wednesday. “Food suppliers that fail to meet standards set forth by the HACCP system will not be able … Continue reading →
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10:55 PM | India bakery closed after food safety raids
The production centre and outlets of a city-based bakery-chain were closed down following raids conducted by food safety inspectors here on Tuesday. According to officials, they organised the raid after they received a complaint from the Accountant-General’s Office. Here, sandwiches … Continue reading →
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10:30 PM | Sanitizers not enough says UK; wash hands after visiting the farm
The UK Public Health Agency (PHA) is reminding families about the importance of washing hands after visiting the farm. All animals naturally carry a range of organisms, some of which can be transmitted to people. Some organisms which may be … Continue reading →
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10:23 PM | Hawthorne effect: hand hygiene rates increase three-fold when auditors visible
Hand hygiene rates were found to be three times higher when auditors were visible to healthcare workers than when there were no auditors present, according to a study in a major Canadian acute care hospital. The study, titled, “Quantification of … Continue reading →
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5:27 PM | The Alchemy of Nutrition and Environment to Age with Grace and Tranquility
Getting  older is only better than the alternative. Everyone’s goal is to age, surrounded by family and friends, in the best of health until the last day. The chances of the ideal scenario depend upon genetics, environment, nutrition and sometimes luck. The 6 leading risk factors for non-communicable diseases  (NCD) globally are high blood pressure, tobacco smoking (including second-hand smoke), household air pollution, diet low in fruits, alcohol use, and high body-mass index.
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2:29 PM | Safety whistleblowers on Warren Buffett’s railroad
Tony Schick of Oregon Public Broadcasting profiles the experience of BNSF railway employees who blow the whistle on safety problems.
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2:03 PM | The Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims
In a recent news conference over the ongoing kidnapping crisis in Nigeria, the national chairman of the Kibaku (Chibok) Area Development Association (KADA) has stated that at least seven parents of kidnapped girls have died due to trauma. According to...            Related StoriesSecondary Trauma in Child Protection WorkersLiving with BetrayalIs the $3B Paid by U.S. Government for Treating PTSD in Soldiers Well-Spent? 
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5:00 AM | Review suggests little difference in failure rates of immediate or early loaded implants placed using a flapless technique
Yesterday we considered a review which compared flapless and flapped placement of implants. (Dental Elf 8th July 2014). Today we are looking at one of the other reviews mentioned. The am of this review to evaluate the effectiveness and safety of immediate loading (within 3 days) versus early loading (after 6 weeks to 2 months) [read the full story...]
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2:37 AM | A blast from the past
Don’t you hate it when you’re rooting through your storage closet, looking for some old high school yearbooks, and you stumble across a few vials of smallpox you forgot to destroy? Yes, smallpox—declared eradicated 34 years ago—is serious. But there is irony here. Recall the year 2002, when our political leaders used the threat of “hostile groups or governments” in order to implement a smallpox vaccination campaign (one that failed miserably, achieving […]
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12:26 AM | Military food safety with mashed potatoes and ‘some stuff with lettuce’
Army Times reports that what began as a line of defense against biological warfare has been unleashed on unsuspecting victims in an Army laboratory — 150 mashed potatoes, to be exact. The result could speed up the Army’s food-testing process, … Continue reading →

July 08, 2014

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11:20 PM | Another study finds that despite rare adverse events, childhood vaccines are safe
Vaccine safety is one of those topics that has become so tragically mired in misinformation and myth that there can never be enough supporting evidence. So, here’s some more.
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11:13 PM | Surveys still suck: UK FSA published self-reported food safety behaviors
Self-reported food safety behaviors are as reliable as Joseph Smith using golden plates to translate the book of Mormon. But, the UK Food Standards Agency keeps cranking them out, so here are the lowlights: • Those most likely to report … Continue reading →
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10:41 PM | Chobani yogurt mold not so harmless in animal models
That mold in Chobani yogurt that most said was harmless even though over 200 people reported getting sick? Not so harmless. A team of medical researchers led from Duke University reports in mBio, the open access journal of the American … Continue reading →
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9:12 PM | Oh, you aren't alone in your teeth clenching
Confession: when a science tweep tweets their latest paper, my 1st thought should be, ‘congrats, science tweep!’ but instead it’s ‘I suck.’ — Karen James (@kejames) July 8, 2014 @kejames @invertenerd @sciencegurlz0 @hapsci @albatrossphd @sciwo congratulating colleagues on a new grant award can be a difficult task — Drug Monkey (@drugmonkeyblog) July 8, 2014
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6:29 PM | The most replicated finding in drug abuse science
Ok, ok, I have no actual data on this. But if I had to pick one thing in substance abuse science that has been most replicated it is this. If you surgically implant a group of rats with intravenous catheters, hook them up to a pump which can deliver small infusions of saline adulterated with […]
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5:09 PM | Getting Antioxidants We Need from Fruits and Vegetables
To counteract the severe oxidative stress created with the production of O2 during photosynthesis, plants load themselves with antioxidants. Antioxidants commonly found in fruits and vegetables are beta-carotene, lutein, lycopene, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. Eating a diet with lots of vegetables and fruits is healthy for humans. Processing can also affect the bioavailability of antioxidants found in food.  Because most of the compounds are unstable, exposure to oxygen or […]
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2:42 PM | Skin Stem Cells to Advance Medical Research
Human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) have long held great promise in medical research because they are pluripotent—able to differentiate into any of the more than 100 types of tissue in the body. In 2001, ethical concerns over obtaining these cells from human embryos led the U.S. government to limit the use of hESCs. The discovery [...]
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12:00 PM | Why is Homosexuality Still Classified as a Disease?
While the American Psychiatric Association declassified homosexuality as a psychiatric disorder in 1973, a coalition of professional groups are calling on the World Health Organization (WHO) to do the same with its own list of medical conditions. Used as a...            Related StoriesThe Problem with Fat JokesThe Psychologist and the Wolf Girl (Part 2 of 2)Secondary Trauma in Child Protection Workers 
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8:50 AM | 19 sick, 1 dead; Alabama Extension system ends E. coli silence, says meals served safely
I figured I’d wait and see what the Alabama Cooperative Extension System had to say about a foodborne illness outbreak at one of its events – it is Extension, which gets millions of taxpayer dollars to inform people about food … Continue reading →
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8:38 AM | Kansas figuring out how to do restaurant inspections
The Kansas Department of Agriculture is working to improve and clarify with inspectors its food safety standards after The Topeka Capital-Journal pointed out some inconsistencies in its enforcement. “Quality and consistency are two of our biggest priorities,” said Adam Inman, … Continue reading →
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5:00 AM | Dental implants placement flapless or not?
Flapless implant placement where dental implants are inserted through the mucosal tissues without raising a mucoperiosteal flap have been introduced as they are considered to minimize the possibility of postoperative peri-implant tissue loss and to overcome the challenge of soft tissue management during or after surgery. The aim of this review was to investigate whether [read the full story...]
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4:33 AM | Because people need edumacating: New Zealand seeks proposals for Food Safety Science Centre
New Zealand dairy producer Fonterra made a mess of a supposed botulism positive test, and then decided to keep it secret, leading to a $150,000 fine. While paying attention to verification and validity, the NZ government also decided the plebs … Continue reading →
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