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September 30, 2014

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3:59 PM | IUDs and implants have checkered pasts but a pretty awesome present
This week, US pediatricians (in agreement with a previous report from US gynecologists) announced a set of recommendations on contraceptives for young women. The headline grabber: IUDs and implants should be first-line choices. After all, they’re safe, effective, and as … Continue reading »The post IUDs and implants have checkered pasts but a pretty awesome present appeared first on Public Health.
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3:29 PM | Sometimes the good guys win
I've mentioned a time or two that I think the DREADD approach is infinitely more useful than optogenetics for anything that matters. So congrats to the team for this new award. DREADD2.0: AN ENHANCED CHEMOGENETIC TOOLKIT DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative has the ambitious goal of elucidating […]
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2:49 PM | Battling Obesity in the Physically Challenged Child
I direct a nutrition clinic in a large center for children with special needs, the Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. My “kids” can have everything from mild learning disabilities to genetic disorders that affect growth and development to profound intellectual and physical impairments that cause them to be unable to [...]
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12:00 PM | FBI Report Shows Mass Shootings on the Rise
A new report released by the Federal Bureau of Investigations has shown a dramatic increase in shooting incidents involving the wounding or killing of multiple people. The reportwas prepared with the assistance of Texas State University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid...            Related StoriesGender Differences in Youth CrimesWhen is Torture Justified?Use and Abuse of Research in the Courtroom 
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11:12 AM | Antimicrobial Stewardship: The President, PCAST and Beyond
There's been a lot of excitement the past couple of weeks surrounding the release of several overlapping documents: the PCAST Report, the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria, and the President's "Combating Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria" Executive Order. The Order is interesting in that the effort is to be coordinated by the National Security Council staff and guided by a task force co-chaired by the Secretaries of Defense, Agriculture and HHS. By next February […]
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9:59 AM | Fancy food ain’t safe food: Gold Coast (BrisVegas) edition
One of the Gold Coast’s most long standing restaurants, Saks Restaurant and Bar, has closed its doors for good. The up-market eatery, which once hosted stars like actor Matthew McConaughey and was a meeting place for the city’s who’s who, … Continue reading →
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9:44 AM | Hawaiian restaurant cited for removing food safety placard
The state Department of Health has fined the owners of Iyo Udon at Ala Moana Center $11,000 for intentionally removing a “conditional pass” placard and for food safety violations during a health inspection. On Aug. 22, the department conducted a … Continue reading →
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9:35 AM | Over 100 sick; Wisconsin school district deals with aftermath of Campylobacter
After a severe illness sends dozens of students home sick, attendance is back to normal at Durand schools. More than 100 total students in the district were reported absent last wee, with Durand’s football team being hardest hit by the … Continue reading →
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9:30 AM | Seven day access – policy goes in the wrong direction – again!
Politicians just don’t get it. They are (and have been for years) obsessed with increasing access to GPs. And of course it sounds good for elections. But it’s not what the population needs. Increasing access comes at the expense of continuity of care. You can’t see your own doctor and expect him or her to ...read more
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5:00 AM | Periodontal treatment:- another review finds that it has short term benefits for glycaemic control
This is the most recent review of the link between periodontal treatment and glycaemic control in diabetic. In included 10 trials involving 1135 patients and found and improvement in Hb1Ac levels at 3 months but not at 6 months. The post Periodontal treatment:- another review finds that it has short term benefits for glycaemic control appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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12:35 AM | Predictably Arational, Safety as a Superstition
Predictably Arational, Safety as a Superstition One of the most annoying things about Daniel Ariely’s book Predictably Irrational is that it allows risk and safety people to dismiss aspects of human decision making as stupid when they are not. The framing of the word ‘irrational’ is simply unhelpful. The hidden forces that govern our decisions […] The post Predictably Arational, Safety as a Superstition appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.

September 29, 2014

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11:56 PM | The new ASBMB President has words for the science riff-raff
Now honestly, this thing reads like a spoof or some top-quality trolling akin to my Boomer bashing. Albeit without a shred of actual data on which it is based (unlike my Boomer bashing). However, you will be interested to hear the new ASBMB President's analysis of the real problem in science today. Two or three […]
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10:43 PM | More hatching chick associated salmonellosis
You see a cute baby chick, I see a Salmonella factory. The other parents hate me at school. Scott Wesse writes in his Worms & Germs blog that the salmonellosis outbreak in the US associated with hatching chicks continues to … Continue reading →
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10:26 PM | Nosestretcher alert: no studies showing impact of diseases spread to customers from animals in petting zoo, but NY requires handwashing anyway
New York now requires petting zoos to provide for hand washing. The new law says establishments providing an area where animals are grouped so visitors can view, touch or fondle them must provide appropriate facilities for washing. They should be … Continue reading →
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8:21 PM | Public Health in the News – September 29, 2014
Global Nature News has a fantastic profile of Sheik Humarr Khan and other public health workers as they fought against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Science is not enough to stop Ebola – we need social change as well. We may … Continue reading →
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6:05 PM | Protecting young people working in US agriculture – How are we doing?
In announcing National Farm Safety Week, President Obama emphasized his Administration's commitment to reducing hazards of agricultural work – including for young people. So how are we doing at protecting children and teens working on farms and ranches? Note: There is no federally required safety training for youth working in agriculture. Estimated injury rate is 38 per day and fatalities, 115 per year
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2:39 PM | How Does Vitamin D Deficiency Affect Risk of Pregnancy Complications?
Pregnancy is not a disease. Nevertheless, it is associated with increased risk to the health of the expectant mother, which can in turn affect the unborn child. Regular visits with trained professionals can help to identify and reduce some of the risks of pregnancy. Nutrition is considered to be a modifiable factor that can affect the progress or outcome of a pregnancy. Can vitamin D help pregnant women avoid complications?
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1:50 PM | Question of the Day
The NIH funds grants at "foreign applicant institutions", meaning a University in another country. In these times should we be continuing this practice or is scientific grant protectionism a good idea?
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1:13 PM | Sleeping Your Way to a Longer Life
Not getting enough sleep can lead a wide range of health problems. Along with medical problems including lower resistance to disease, fatigue, and problems at work, getting too much or too little sleep has also been linked to obesity, cardiovascular...            Related StoriesCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?Can Media Use Cause ADHD Symptoms in Children?WHO Releases New Suicide Report 
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4:59 AM | Toothbrushing: review finds association between infrequent brushing and periodontitis
One of the aims of regular daily toothbrushing is to remove plaque as it is an important risk factor for caries an periodontal diseases. This new review looks at the evidence related to frequency of brushing and periodontal disease. Only 14 observational studies were included and these suggest that irregular brushing is associated with more severe periodontal disease. The post Toothbrushing: review finds association between infrequent brushing and periodontitis appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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1:40 AM | Who are you? Scientist, writer, whatever
I thought I was a scientist, then a writer, then a scientist, and now again a writer. Maybe I’m both.

September 28, 2014

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11:07 PM | Polio virus released into Belgian waters; The Netherlands issue shellfish warning
The Dutch Food Safety and Health Authorities issued a warning (computer translated) against the consumption of raw, improperly cooked shellfish (mainly oysters) harvested by individuals in the eastern part of the Westerschelde river in response to the 45 litres of concentrated … Continue reading →
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10:37 PM | Disruptive Safety
Disruptive Safety Very interesting article and points raised by Kelvin Genn  on the Safety Differently Blog READ THE WHOLE ARTICLE HERE  Some Extracts:   Recently I was studying Google’s management philosophy where I was struck by one of their principles: “make mistakes well”. On initial presentation, this would seem to be counter intuitive, yet it […] The post Disruptive Safety appeared first on Safety Risk.
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7:52 PM | When Scientists Give Up (On Academic Science)
A couple of recent articles published by NPR and Nature really hit home with me as well as with friends of mine.The NPR article titled "When Scientists Give Up", I thought was a great piece. I know titles are tough, and I am certainly not without fault, but I thought it was a bit ridiculous (which is why I changed it to the title above).In my opinion, "giving up" on research science (especially, but not limited to academic science) at this point in time is probably the smart move. The […]
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6:12 PM | HCV in Minot
The North Dakota Department of Health has been dealing with an outbreak of  hepatitis C virus (HCV) in Minot, North Dakota. The outbreak was first noticed at a local nursing home, and all but two cases are related to ManorCare. Most recently, two cases have been identified outside of ManorCare at Somerset Court. Thus far, the total case number is at 47, 45 at ManorCare and two at Somerset Court. Since the investigation began last August 2013, the Health Department has tested […]
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12:00 PM | Doomsday Deferred
The history of religious movements seems filled with examples of religious figures proudly proclaiming the imminent coming of God, along with redemption for the faithful and punishment for unbelievers. Many of these religious figures even go so far as to...            Related StoriesThe Jesus Experiment (Part 2 of 2)Sacrificing Edith (Part 2 of 2)"Provocation" Cited in Bizarre UK Domestic Violence Case 
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3:55 AM | Asparagus soup? Three deaths traced to new Listeria outbreak in Denmark
Three people have died from listeria-infested asparagus soup at Odense University Hospital. The deaths are a result of a new listeria outbreak and are not related to the one that has been traced to the deli meat rullepølse, which has … Continue reading →
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2:47 AM | A Bloody Hand Rail
A Bloody Hand Rail It doesn’t matter where in the world you go there is always a safety crusader who doesn’t understand what safety is about. The safety crusader is so fixated on petty objects they don’t even realise that there are people in the world. I had a classic example this week when presenting […] The post A Bloody Hand Rail appeared first on Safety Risk.

September 27, 2014

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11:12 PM | 9 sick from Salmonella in South Carolina
The S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control is investigating nine reports of salmonella poisoning in Beaufort County, including one illness matched to a national cluster of salmonella, according to a state official. The department has received reports of eight … Continue reading →
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11:03 PM | Use a thermometer and stick it in, not a knife
Bad food safety advice from Tesco Ireland today on Twitter: @safefood_eu tip: To check meat is fully cooked, stick a sharp knife in & check that there is no pink meat in the middle #homecooks Color is a lousy indicator. … Continue reading →
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