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July 01, 2014

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3:27 AM | Happy birthday, Ada.
So much has happened in this one year. So much that should have happened but didn’t. So many tears shed. Too hard to put it into words.Filed under: Uncategorized
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2:32 AM | Dumpster-diving Frenchman bikes for world hunger
Chapman’s been chronicling dumpster-diving for a few years, but now Frenchman Baptiste Dubanchet is on a quest to bike across Europe, surviving entirely on discarded food. The three-month, 1,900-mile journey from Paris to Warsaw is Dubanchet’s way of raising awareness … Continue reading →

June 30, 2014

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9:35 PM | Strategies for your #A2asA0 Resubmissions
A query came into the blog email box about how to deal with submitting a new grant based on the prior A1 that did not get funded. As you know, NIH banned any additional revisions past the A1 stage back in 2009. Recently, they have decided to stop scrutinizing "new" applications for similarity with previously […]
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3:27 PM | Food safety for summer – and the other seasons
When Liz Szabo of USA Today called me a few weeks ago, my immediate thought was, not another food safety tip story, because most of them are as exciting as watching soccer or listening to Springsteen. But, I changed my … Continue reading →
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2:30 PM | 162 sickened: Salmonella kiss of death for Canberra restaurant
When we go out to eat, which is increasingly rare, I always ask, does your chef use raw eggs in the aioli or mayo or something else that is not cooked. In Australia the answer is usually a convincing yes. … Continue reading →
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1:28 PM | Should an IQ Score Be a Death Sentence?
Freddie Lee Hall has been on Florida's Death Row for the past 36 years. Sentenced to death on June 27, 1978 for a brutal double-murder, the 69-year-old Hall has exhausted decades of legal appeals relating to his mental capacity at...            Related Stories"I Don't Like Mondays"Living with BetrayalThe Hasheesh Eater 
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1:14 PM | “You shouldn’t have to win the boss lottery”: The White House Summit on Working Families
Last week’s White House Summit on Working Families served both as a pitch to employers to adopt more family-friendly policies, and as a push for policies that require all employers to evolve for 21st-century realities.
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12:52 PM | Looking into the Future: A Week of Carotenoids
The 17th International Symposium on Carotenoids begins today. The meeting brings together experts from around the world. Topics will range from spectroscopy and synthesis to photosynthesis and microbial production of carotenoids for human consumption and disease prevention. The themes are:    - Carotenoids in the Eye and Brain    - Chemical Synthesis, Analysis and Industrial Production
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11:30 AM | New guidance from SDCEP on the prevention and treatment of periodontal diseases in primary care
The Scottish Dental Clinical Effectiveness Programme (SDCEP) has just launched its latest guidance on the Prevention and Treatment of Periodontal Diseases in Primary Care.  The focus of the guidance is on the prevention and non-surgical treatment of periodontal diseases and implant diseases in primary care.   It includes advices on diagnosis and management of periodontal and [read the full story...]
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11:27 AM | Undercooked hamburgers and risk communication
James Andrews of Food Safety News writes that undercooked hamburgers continue to be a popular offering at U.S. restaurants. While they may be tasty, a burger cooked outside of specific time/temperature combinations is a risky meal. In May 2014, Detroit-based … Continue reading →
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5:43 AM | Fighting FGM- Part II
The female circumcision debate has heated up in the media and in parliament . I have followed the discussion in The Daily Nation and there are some rather interesting tit bits. Take this letter to the editor by a regular contributor.     She was of the opinion that slapping a ban on FGM is […]
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12:41 AM | What do you really want to know about the past?
Originally posted on Heavenfield:When you think about the past, what do you really want to know? Do you want to know what people thought and felt, their philosophy or understand their spin? Or, do you really want to know what really happened? What was their world really like, not what they said it was…

June 29, 2014

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6:52 PM | Public Health in the News – June 29, 2014
Global In a newly published study in Nature magazine, researchers predict the spread of A H7N9 Avian Flu Virus by looking at poultry markets throughout Asia as a way to understand how the virus will spread. An oral vaccine for cholera called Shanchol, invented in Vietnam and produced in India, provided 86 percent protection in Guinea, West Africa, a study published […]
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3:07 PM | Norovirus: you still don’t want it
A new study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases, shows a need for a vaccine to prevent the often violent attacks of vomiting and diarrhea associated with Norovirus, researchers said. “Our findings show that norovirus infection contributes substantially to the … Continue reading →
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3:01 PM | 50 sick: Delta Halifax hit by gastrointestinal illness outbreak
Sloan, Dutch Mason, April Wine: all great musicians from Halifax (except the April Wine part). And now an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness causing vomiting and diarrhea at a downtown Halifax hotel is under investigation by officials at the Capital District … Continue reading →
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2:42 PM | Are you controlling E. coli in that meat? Are you?
We described characteristics of the Escherichia coli O157 and Escherichia coli non-O157 illness investigations conducted by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) during the 5-year period from 2006 through 2010. We created a multivariable logistic regression model to … Continue reading →
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2:30 PM | http://barfblog.com/2014/06/174963/
Bacterial pathogens may survive and regrow in finished compost due to incomplete thermal inactivation during or recontamination after composting. Twenty-nine finished composts were obtained from 19 U.S. states and were separated into three broad feedstock categories: biosolids (n=10), manure (n=4), … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | The Psychologist and the Wolf Girl (Part 1 of 2)
On October 22, 1926, the New York Times ran a memorable headline on the bottom of the front page: "2 Little Wolf Girls in "Den" With Wolf Cubs; Rescued, 1 Dies; 1 is Humanized Slowly." According to the story, which...            Related StoriesThe Hasheesh EaterFeeling BlueDoes Work Shape Identity? 
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1:28 AM | What the HAC?!
The University of Wisconsin (UW) Hospital is an excellent institution with a stellar infection prevention program. In fact, last year they won the prestigious U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Partnership in Prevention Award, which recognizes “prevention leaders in the U.S…who have achieved wide-scale reduction and progress toward elimination of targeted health care associated infections.” Sadly, this achievement may not be enough to keep HHS from levying […]

June 28, 2014

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4:30 PM | Hepatitis A incident leads Colorado restaurant to make vaccinations for staff mandatory
Ft. Collins Colarodo is home of New Belgium beer, Colorado State University, and a restaurant that has been stung by having a food handler test positive with Hepatitis A. According to thedenverchannel.com, Tortilla Marissa’s North of the Border Cafe is closed until public … Continue reading →
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4:08 PM | Leftover food sharing in Germany leaves a bad taste in my mouth
My role as dad and food dude has morphed in the past year –  I now do most of our food shopping and cooking. Two or three days a week I make meals with the plan that they will also … Continue reading →

June 27, 2014

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11:56 PM | Vibrio cholera in Mexico City
On September 2 and 6, 2013, Mexico’s National System of Epidemiological Surveillance identified two cases of cholera in Mexico City. Rectal swab cultures from both patients were confirmed as toxigenic Vibrio cholerae serogroup O1, serotype Ogawa, biotype El Tor. Pulsed-field … Continue reading →
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11:19 PM | Pregnancy associated listeriosis – clinical characteristics and geospatial analysis of 10 years in Israel
Whenever I talk, I make sure the women in the crowd know about Listeria and what to do. This is an additional reason why.   Clinical Infectious Diseases Hila Elinav, Anat Hershko-Klement, Lea Valinsky, Josef Jaffe, Anat Wiseman, Hila Shimon, … Continue reading →
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11:11 PM | One country’s food safety program is another’s non-tariff trade barrier; catfish threaten US trade deal
Ten Asian and Pacific nations have, according to the N.Y. Times, told the Office of the United States Trade Representative that the Agriculture Department’s catfish inspection program violates international law, and their objections could hamper Obama administration efforts to reach … Continue reading →
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7:06 PM | Study: New method of mapping HIV transmission risk may be more efficient way to prevent infection
Ideally, everyone should be tested for HIV. In reality, however, only about half of U.S. adults have ever been tested for HIV and about half of the 50,000 new infections that happen every year in the U.S. are transmitted by people who are unaware of their HIV status. Such statistics recently lead a group of researchers to ask if there’s a more efficient way to go about curbing the HIV epidemic.
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6:52 PM | Would Nutritional Status Maps Influence where you Choose to Live?
In an extremely insightful article in Scientific American, Melinda Wenner Moyer identifies the challenges in getting a clear, cohesive picture on the role nutrients play in maintaining health. Within the article she cites Dr Robert Heaney’s guidelines on study design. 1.       Measure baseline nutrient status, use status as an inclusion criterion, and in reporting results.
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11:01 AM | No glove, no love: California law repeal edition
Mandating glove use or no barehand contact quickly becomes a political issue. The public health folks point at risk factors and research that suggests that a barehand contact violation is twice as likely to occur at a norovirus outbreak-linked restaurant … Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | Commissioning not yet reached potential in improving outcomes and efficiencies in mental health, says new report
This new paper shares findings from small-scale research into the perceptions and experiences of third sector organisations in NHS and local authority-led commissioning of mental health services.   The role of the third sector is of particular interest, given current policy directions towards greater integration, parity of esteem, personal health budgets, community mobilisation and cross sector working.  The [read the full story...]
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5:00 AM | Small study suggests positive effect for hyaluronic acid spray on swelling and trismus after third molar removal
Postoperative pain, swelling and trismus are common postoperative problems following the removal of impacted third molars. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a major carbohydrate component of the extracellular matrix and can be found in many tissues and has been introduced as a bio-material with potential to enhance wound healing. It has been used in ophthalmology, dermatology, [read the full story...]
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2:46 AM | Dirt on the menu? It’s ‘hyper-local’
My friend Steve managed his four kids and mealtime with frozen veggies, and I sorta did the same. But in provactive food porn, for those who’s lives are hopelessly dull, Toronto’s Globe and Mail reports chef Justin Cournoyer is heading … Continue reading →
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