Posts

February 11, 2015

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7:39 PM | A tiny bias goes a long way when it comes to grant review
From ScienceInsider: Now, a new computer simulation explores just how sensitive the process might be to bias and randomness. Its answer: very. Small biases can have big consequences, concludes Eugene Day, a health care systems engineer at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, in Research Policy. He found that bias that skews scores by just 3% […]
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7:11 PM | Contraception and Colorado’s dropping teen pregnancy and abortion rates
After the Colorado Family Planning Initiative (CFPI) started providing free IUDs and implants to low-income women at family planning clinics, the teen birth rate and abortion rate dropped sharply.
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5:15 PM | High Fiber Breakfasts Benefit Metabolic Health
In 2012 there were 29.1 million Americans living with type 2 diabetes and a further 86 million American adults with prediabetes.  How much and the type of foods in the diet are important considerations for people with diabetes to help manage blood glucose levels.  The American Diabetes Association has identified 10 ‘super foods’ to incorporate into diabetes meal plans, all of which have low glycemix index (GI) and nutrients like fiber.  In addition to lowering […]
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4:10 PM | Thought of the Day
I hate when I review grant proposals that are good, but clearly have been made pedestrian and conservative through the school of hard knocks. There is so much awesome that could be done by these people. It is so clear to me what the really high impact version of this grant should look like. (Not […]
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10:29 AM | The realities of not vaccinating
Just as I was leaving London for South Africa, I got updates for all my vaccinations. Typhoid, hepatitis, diptheria, polio, tetanus. I didn’t think twice about it. I got teary enough watching Benedict Cumberbatch’s moving portrayal of Alan Turing: his work saved an estimated 15 million people who would have otherwise perished in conflict and […]
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10:14 AM | Like I tell mommies-to-be: Listeria is prevalent, persistent in retail delis
Purdue University research shows that standard cleaning procedures in retail delis may not eradicate Listeria monocytogenes, which can cause a potentially fatal disease in people with vulnerable immune systems. A study led by Haley Oliver, assistant professor of food science, … Continue reading →
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4:42 AM | Up the butt: Clearance of E.coli O157:H7 infection in calves by rectal administration of bovine lactoferrin
Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli (EHEC) strains, of which E. coli O157:H7 is the best-studied serotype, are an important group of foodborne pathogens causing severe illness in humans worldwide. The main reservoirs for EHEC are ruminants, mostly cattle, which harbor the bacteria … Continue reading →
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4:23 AM | Has Mayim Bialik changed her stance on vaccines?
I’ve written previously about Mayim Bialik, an actress previously on the TV show “Blossom” and currently on the “The Big Bang Theory.” She has a PhD in neuroscience and is a brand ambassador for Texas Instruments. Sounds great, right? She’s also gone on the record stating that her family is “a non-vaccinating” one, and has promoted…
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3:54 AM | Food Safety Talk 72: It’s a cup that you fill full of poutine w/ Manan Sharma
Food Safety Talk, a bi-weekly podcast for food safety nerds, by food safety nerds. The podcast is hosted by Ben Chapman and barfblog contributor Don Schaffner, Extension Specialist in Food Science and Professor at Rutgers University. Every two weeks or … Continue reading →
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2:43 AM | Some talk, some do: 101 burgers all temped for safety
Sorenne was in prep (kindergarten for North American types) last year when she asked, “Dad, can I order food from the tuck shop?” “Not until I check it out,” said Dr. food safety dad. So I asked about, and, as … Continue reading →
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2:23 AM | Text me, don’t e-mail me, to influence food safety behavior
I hate texting. I learned how to do it so I could chat with my kids, but I much prefer e-mail. Chapman says I’m old, and the whole e-mail thing just passed by these kids. The hardest lesson to teach … Continue reading →
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2:07 AM | Food safety Frank: Go beyond government standards (remember the Pinto)
When Frank Yiannas left Disney to go work for Walmart, I asked, why? He said something along the lines of, bigger brand, bigger influence. Food safety Frank is using that influence. As its aisles were bustling with holiday shoppers a … Continue reading →
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1:40 AM | People have cameras: Hot flatiron salad spot Sweetgreen shut down by NYC
It’s not quite an entire rodent, but the Flatiron outpost of super hot salad spot Sweetgreen has been shuttered by the Department of Health for evidence of live mice, among other things. Tipster Ryan Eugene Kelley sent photos from the … Continue reading →

February 10, 2015

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11:47 PM | Cow poop is no joke
A southeast Iowa couple who were sent cow manure in the mail have sued the woman who acknowledges that she paid to have the poop sent. Mary Eipert and Steven Rowland want a judge to order Kimberly Capdevila and her … Continue reading →
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11:38 PM | Vaccination works: Hepatitis A rates fall in US children, rise in adults
As all children attending two schools in Portsmouth, UK will be vaccinated against Hepatitis A in light of a potential outbreak, researchers at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control report that adults are particularly at risk for Hep A infections. … Continue reading →
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10:19 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
NPR investigates the high rates of work-related injuries among nurses; Illinois governor signs order targeting collective bargaining; OSHA cites one of the world's largest furniture manufacturers; and thousands of oil refinery workers go on strike.
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9:51 PM | Thought of the Day
Those of you who know me personally know that I am totally forthcoming about all the lucky duck stuff* that has happened to me when it comes to the arc of my career. I do this in part so that I remind myself not to be one of these old farts who thinks he deserves […]
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7:42 PM | New Issue of the Northwestern Public Health Review!
We are excited to share the newest issue of the NPHR with you. Our latest issue highlights a wide range of public health topics from the impact of landmines in Colombia to the role of energy in promoting public health … Continue reading →
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7:33 PM | NZ restaurant gets an E grade following inspection
I’ve seen A and B restaurant grades, and the occasional C. I know what R-rated is, but I’ve not seen an E-rating for a food business until now. According to the New Zealand Herald, Kiwi Country Fried Chicken and Fish, an … Continue reading →
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6:36 PM | Two Irish newborns rushed to hospital after contracting terrapin botulism
Two newborns were left fighting for life after contracting terrapin-related botulism, it has emerged. Both babies were just 11 days old when they were rushed to hospital with the disease, which is linked to pet turtles. The cases are the … Continue reading →
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6:31 PM | Cute but careful: Guidelines for human-animal interactions published
Just in time for our annual school Fete (it’s a British thing) that will feature animals of some sort, I get to further play Dougie Downer and distribute this 2-page guide for playing with animals. Our paper on human-animal interactions … Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | Vitamin E: More Evidence of Health Benefits and Gaps in Intake
Vitamin E is an important antioxidant that plays a key role in protecting cell membranes, protecting low density lipoproteins (LDLs) from oxidation (oxidized LDLs contribute to cardiovascular disease), and the regulation of cell growth and differentiation.  Adults aged 20 and older have an RDA of 15 mg/day, but the most recent dietary data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey shows gaps in intake in the United States.  Males and females aged 20 and older who do […]
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3:32 PM | The “Three Parent” Ruling: Debating the Ethics
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), a governmental regulatory agency in the United Kingdom, has just approved a technique that prevents women with mitochondrial DNA disease from transmitting the faulty DNA to their children. First, some background. Mitochondria are the cell’s chief source of energy. Mitochondrial disease is a group of disorders caused by dysfunctional mitochondria, [...]
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3:27 PM | Let’s stop playing politics with vaccines
Please welcome a guest post from Sriram Ramgopal, a resident physician in the Department of Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He is interested in pediatric advocacy and is pursuing a career in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  Politically motivated fearmongering about vaccination is … Continue reading »The post Let’s stop playing politics with vaccines appeared first on Public Health.
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2:18 PM | Must-Read Article About Buprenorphine
For about 600 reasons I generally avoid the Huffington Post.  But one of their writers did an absolutely perfect job of describing the need for buprenorphine, and the failure of ‘traditional’ treatments.  The article is entitled Dying to be Free. The challenge, though, is getting the article into the hands of policy-makers.  It is too … Continue reading Must-Read Article About Buprenorphine →
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1:00 PM | Should We Return to the Asylum Era?
In 1955, there were 560,000 patients in psychiatric hospital across the United States. Today, there are only 45,000. Since the U.S. population has doubled over that same time period, that means that the number of hospital beds for mental patients...            Related StoriesBecoming a New ParentLeft-handness and Psychiatric Disorders in ChildrenDoctors Baffled by Bizarre "Deja Vu" Case 
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3:23 AM | I’d barf too: Stench from rotting lamb carcasses at Detroit market makes reporter vomit
Steve Neavling of the Motor City Muckraker writes: The stench was so foul that I vomited. A dumpster at the Eastern Market was brimming with scores of rotting lamb carcasses Sunday afternoon, plainly visible to motorists along Gratiot Avenue in … Continue reading →
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1:24 AM | The Perfect Workspace
What exactly is the perfect work space? For me, the answer is “many.” Since I’m not assigned to a cubicle for my PhD work I have some flexibility as to when and how I get my work done. It’s like that really worn out joke about getting a STEM PhD, “The hours are great! You … Continue reading The Perfect Workspace →

February 09, 2015

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11:02 PM | Not an “accident”: Marvis L. Myers, 31 suffers fatal work-related injury in Columbia, SC
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on February 6, 2015 in Columbia, SC.
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10:07 PM | Perspectives from senior scientists on the Emeritus award discussion
Tthe comments just keep coming over at RockTalking. 8581+ year old guy: In 2012-13 my NIH renewal proposal with 4 specific aims was turned down 2X by the GM, NCSD Panel, with 35%+ priority scores. ...I appealed the grant reviews to the GM Council and they awarded the grant to me for 3 years at […]
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