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December 04, 2014

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1:47 AM | E. coli, fear turns to thankfulness for Oklahoma family
After months of fear, medical procedures and uncertainty, two members of an Oklahoma family are expressing thankfulness this Thanksgiving. 9-year-old Connor Sneary, of Alva, is still dealing with some health hurdles. One day after the Sneary family returned home from … Continue reading →
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1:13 AM | ‘Construction workers like it’ Activists call on Swiss parliament to outlaw eating cat for Christmas
Amy talks glowingly of her time in Switzerland, but seems sorta weird to me. Keeping with the shameless exploitation of cats to increase blog hits, animal rights activists have drawn up a petition to ban the ‘barbaric’ practice of eating … Continue reading →
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12:59 AM | Making sausage with Baltimore city council
Maryland councilman Brandon M. Scott has been trying to get a food service inspection grade bill passed for two years now. He says a public ratings system, which many cities have, would improve transparency, keep residents better informed of health … Continue reading →
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12:44 AM | It was the bacillus cereus: £20k fine for UK caterers after hundreds of wedding guests get food poisoning
A catering company has been fined £20,111 after hundreds of wedding guests were struck with food poisoning from eating contaminated rice. Ealing Council’s food safety team were first alerted by the father of the bride on September 24, 2013, who … Continue reading →

December 03, 2014

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11:26 PM | New tool measures neighborhood opportunity factors that shape children’s health
As public health practitioners increasingly look upstream to identify the determinants that put people on a trajectory toward lifelong health and wellbeing, early childhood is often tapped as a pivotal intervention point. Now, a new tool is available that practitioners can use to measure neighborhood-level opportunity indicators that are fundamentally linked to children’s health.
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6:07 PM | Screening for vitamin D deficiency - is it worth it?
With over 90% of Americans not getting enough vitamin D in their diet, vitamin D deficiency is one of the biggest issues in nutrition today. With this in mind, the US Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), recently released a recommendation on screening for vitamin D deficiency, stating that there is insufficient evidence to make a conclusion. What should we take away from this report?
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4:18 PM | George Carlin theory of peer review
Everyone who is more approving or lenient than you are is an incompetent moron. Everyone that is harsher or less enthusiastic is a total jackhole.
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12:37 PM | Toilet lids for infection prevention
Back on clinical service again and having more thoughts on poor hospital design. Last month I wondered why there were no stethoscope wipes available outside of every patient room. This month while caring for patients with C. difficile and viral gastroenteritis infections, I looked over and noticed toilets without lids. Of course most toilets in hospitals (and many public spaces) lack lids. Reasons given for lack of lids are (a) lids might be hard to lift for some folks and (b) lids would be […]
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11:17 AM | 25 sickened: Listeriosis outbreak linked to consumption of raw milk brie cheese in France
As Australia reviews its ban on raw milk cheese – with the usual arguments about good and bad bacteria and artisinal crafsmanship  – the Institute of Health in France reports that on Oct 1, 2012, six human cases of Lm … Continue reading →
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9:59 AM | Canadian health unit putting inspection information online
If my friend Jim goes out for a celebratory meal, he’ll soon be able to check on a restaurant in Owen Sound (that’s in Ontario, Canada) to make sure it complies with health regulations. Beginning on Jan. 1, the Grey … Continue reading →
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9:47 AM | 30 sick after Thanksgiving at hotel in New Jersey
The Princeton Health Department received 30 reports between Thanksgiving and Tuesday of individuals experiencing gastrointestinal illnesses. All 30 people ate at the restaurant at the Nassau Inn on Thanksgiving or the day after the holiday, Princeton Health Officer Jeffrey Grosser … Continue reading →
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8:34 AM | 40 sickened: Oman restaurant workers get jail for food poisoning
Ibri Primary Court has delivered its verdict in the case of a restaurant in Shahoom village of Ibri where 40 people complained of food poisoning. In its judgment, the court awarded three people working in the restaurant a one-year jail … Continue reading →
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7:10 AM | Australian family find mouse in rice paper roll, welcome police involvement
The family of a woman who says she bit into a dead mouse in a rice paper roll bought at a supermarket say they welcome police involvement because it will prove their innocence. Emilie Petrusic, daughter of Irena Petrusic who … Continue reading →
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6:57 AM | Bruno’s not-so Best with botulism risk: Advisory for customers of Canada’s Finest at Sea Ocean Products
Vancouver Coastal Health is warning customers of Finest at Sea Ocean Products not to consume certain ready to eat seafood products. Four different varieties of fish products sold under the brand name “Bruno’s Best” have been recalled because they could … Continue reading →
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6:42 AM | Cargill ground beef recalled after E. coli O157 positive in Western Canada
Cargill Meat Solutions (Est. 700) is recalling Your Fresh Market brand ground beef products from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157 contamination.  Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below. The following products have been sold at Walmart stores in Alberta, … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Alcohol consumption increased oral cancer risk
This new review investigated the effect of alcohol on 23 cancer types. They included 572 case-control and cohort studies and using meta-analysis and a dose–response meta-regression model found relative risks for heavy drinkers compared with nondrinkers and occasional drinkers were 5.13 for oral and pharyngeal cancer, 4.95 for oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma, 1.44 for colorectal, 2.65 for laryngeal and 1.61 for breast cancer. The post Alcohol consumption increased oral cancer risk […]
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3:20 AM | How and When to Stop Buprenorphine or Suboxone
First Posted 12/15/2013 People know my bias—that buprenorphine is best-considered a chronic, perhaps life-long treatment for a chronic, life-long disease.  That said, I am aware of how many people out there are convinced that they need to be ‘off everything,’ no matter the misery opioids have caused in their lives.  I don’t get it; my […]
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3:06 AM | UK supermarkets named and shamed over Campylobacter on chicken contamination
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the cumulative results from the first two quarters of its year-long survey of campylobacter on fresh chickens. Individual results by major retailer have also been published. Retailers aren’t happy. One of the … Continue reading →
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2:58 AM | UK E coli victims: Why didn’t Public Health England tell people about outbreak months ago?
Victims of the E coli outbreak have criticised Public Health England for not doing more to publicise the risks of the bug. A Bournemouth woman who contracted the disease, two mothers whose children were desperately ill and a grandfather of … Continue reading →
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2:50 AM | Food safety and worker safety are inextricably linked
Peter O’driscoll, director of the Washington-based Equitable Food Initiative at Oxfam America.writes in this letter to The New York Times regarding, “Protect Those Who Protect Our Food” (Op-Ed, Nov. 13), to say that Jacob E. Gersen and Benjamin I. Sachs … Continue reading →
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2:41 AM | Mobile units deployed to ensure food cleanliness in Thailand
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has launched a mobile unit for food safety across 6 districts throughout the capital in order to ensure food cleanliness and quality. According to BMA, 6 vehicles have been deployed to six areas of Bangkok … Continue reading →
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2:37 AM | ’Tis the season for holiday illnesses (apparently)
There’s a perception that there are more outbreaks around the holidays because folks don’t know how to cook turkey. The epidemiology isn’t all that strong around amateur bird preparation and illnesses –  but there are a lot of parties and … Continue reading →
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2:16 AM | Is this mechanically tenderized meat?
I’ve been frustrated with the rate that large cuts of meat thaw at and have used a variety of methods (running under water; microwaving; or, thawing as part of the cook step) to speed it up. I’ve never resorted to beating … Continue reading →
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1:59 AM | Salvage Grocery Stores: The Next Big Thing In Food Isn’t Even New
The below is a reprint of an article by Ashley Chaifetz, a PhD student studying public policy at UNC-Chapel Hill, that appeared at Modern Farmer. At this point, you’ve probably heard: the ex-president of Trader Joe’s, Doug Rauch, intends to open a … Continue reading →
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12:14 AM | NU Students Interested in Global Health! This Class is for you!
Interested in global health? Want to get real experience assessing major health issues in three countries? Read on! A note from the editors:  We can tell you first hand that this class was one of the best of our public … Continue reading →

December 02, 2014

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11:17 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
New Mexico dairy farm workers face dangerous workplace conditions and fears of retaliation; Chicago passes minimum wage increase; worker dies at Staten Island car dealership; and Philadelphia task force supports paid sick leave.
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8:11 PM | Potential Risks and Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research - December 15-16
About 3 months ago we posted a letter from Marc Lipsitch highlighting the risks of "gain-of-function" research. He described this research as "experiments that create potential pandemic pathogens from virulent precursors that are not readily transmissible." The concerns about this particular kind of research are particularly acute when applied to pathogens with pandemic potential like MERS, SARS and influenza. In two weeks (December 15-16) there will be a 1.5 day meeting in Washington DC at the […]
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7:41 PM | Twelve Months of Drug Monkey (2014)
Apparently I missed this meme last year. huh. The rules for this blog meme are quite simple. -Post the link and first sentence from the first blog entry for each month of the past year. I originally did this meme, after seeing similar posted by Janet Stemwedel and John Lynch. Prior editions include 2012, 2011, […]
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7:37 PM | Christmas Safety Message
Xmas Safety Message First published in December 2012 by George Robotham. George passed away suddenly in September 2013 and this message is republished in his honour. Read all of George’s articles here: Complete Works of George Robotham Christmas is a time when many are more likely to drink and drive, it may help to reflect […] The post Christmas Safety Message appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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7:32 PM | Colorize Your Plate with Carotenoids!
For decades, a cluster of outcomes – hypertension, hyperglycemia, hypertriglyceridemia and gout – have been associated with being overweight/obese and risk on non-communicable diseases. Over time, the term metabolic syndrome has been used to describe this constellation of risk factors. Liu and colleagues report serum carotenoid concentrations and metabolic syndrome prevalence from a cross-sectional study of 2,148 adults
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