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October 03, 2014

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10:12 AM | 2 sick with E.coli O157 in UK linked to raw milk
The UK Food Standards Agency reports Barton Farm Dairy (Kentisbury, Barnstaple, Devon EX31 4NQ) is recalling its raw cow’s drinking milk due to a potential link to two cases of E.coli O157 infection. If you have bought this product, do not consume … Continue reading →
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8:45 AM | The Daily Mail is on the case !!
A short update this time, but it seems the Daily Mail has been checking out PubMed in the same way I have been doing. Surprisingly (unless they read this blog as well), they covered the same article about the impact of 50 Shades of Grey. In my case this resulted in “Reading 50 Shades of […]
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7:29 AM | 4 dead, 23000 sickened in 2012 from Salmonella Thompson related to smoked salmon in the Netherlands
On 15 August 2012, an increase in the number of Salmonella Thompson cases was noticed by the Salmonella surveillance in the Netherlands. A case–control study was performed, followed by a food investigation. In total 1,149 cases were laboratory-confirmed between August … Continue reading →
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6:51 AM | When the Target Drives the Method
When the Target Drives the Method I was in a group at a conference recently where the presenter paraded out statistics on injury rates. We were shown graphs, charts and symbols all paraded in trends and patterns. Then right at the end the presenter said: ‘and this is why we are all motivated for safety’. […] The post When the Target Drives the Method appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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6:50 AM | Raya the Muppet talks about poop and is proud of it
NPR asked, “Why did the superhero go to the toilet? “Because it was her duty!” Raya exclaims as she throws her head back laughing. Six-year-old Raya is not shy at all — especially when it comes to talking about poop. … Continue reading →
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6:42 AM | UK wedding party full of police officers struck down with Norovirus after pub serves food found to be ‘unfit for human consumption’
A wedding party with 80 guests - including 60 serving police officers – fell ill with norovirus after being served food ‘unfit for human consumption’. The happy couple and the majority of their guests became unwell with the vomiting bug … Continue reading →
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5:01 AM | Mandibular fractures: review finds that use of a single miniplates reduced postoperative complications
This review looked at which internal fixation method for mandibular fractures resulted in lowest complication rate. 20 studies were included and they found use of 1 miniplate is superior to using 2 ; and the transbuccally placed lateral miniplate was better than one placed on the external oblique ridge The post Mandibular fractures: review finds that use of a single miniplates reduced postoperative complications appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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12:05 AM | Advancing Paid Sick Days and Paid Family Leave
Momentum is building for policies that allow workers to care for their own health and that of their family members without risking financial ruin.

October 02, 2014

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8:38 PM | Ebola: CDC Algorithm for Evaluation of the Returned Traveler
This algorithm might be useful, given the stories coming out of Dallas. The main CDC infection control page is here (last updated Aug 19) and the returned traveler algorithm PDF is available here.
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7:43 PM | Strengthening malaria and climate research in Ethiopia
Lindtjorn B, Loha E, Deressa W, Balkew M, Gebremichael T, Sorteberg A, Woyessa A, Animut A, Diriba K, Massebo F, et al: Strengthening malaria and climate research in Ethiopia. Malaria Journal 2014, 13:P56. Poster presentation The project “Ethiopian Malaria Prediction System” implemented from 2007…Read more →
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7:37 PM | Malaria Prevention trial
Deressa W, Loha E, Balkew M, Desalegne A, Gari T, Gebremichael T, Kenea O, Jima D, Robberstad B, Overgaard H, Lindtjorn B: Combining long-lasting insecticidal nets and indoor residual spraying for malaria prevention in Ethiopia: study protocol for a cluster randomized…Read more →
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7:27 PM | Up and Running
I apologize for the hiatus. For some reason, all of the posts from the past year suddenly disappeared… and backup files, which would normally be used to restore the site, were corrupt. At least one of the IT experts I consulted believed that the site was infected by a malicious robot… but I’m not sure […]
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5:55 PM | CSR says that applications are up by 10%
Again, according to the Peer Review Notes for September 2014, CSR of the NIH says that applications are up by 10%. “Total numbers of applications going to CSR study sections have surged about 14 percent," said CSR Director Dr. Richard Nakamura. “The NIH Office of Extramural Research reports about a 10 percent increase in research […]
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5:51 PM | Vitamin D, Genetics and Blood Glucose Management
Did you read that a genetic study casts doubt that vitamin D prevents the development of type 2 diabetes? Well, don’t believe everything you read. The authors are quoted, “Our findings suggest that interventions to reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by increasing concentrations of vitamin D are not currently justified.” That is one opinion. Here is a different perspective. Ye and colleagues combined data from 22 observational studies with almost 100,000 participants to […]
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3:59 PM | Getting More “Grit”: Strengthening Resilience
Einstein’s Nir Barzilai, M.D., an internationally recognized researcher on aging and one of this blog’s contributors, captivated a crowd of nearly 1,000 people at a September 27 TEDx event in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park neighborhood. His topic: “Grit”—what it is and how to get more of it. Dr. Barzilai knows a great deal about resilience from [...]
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3:05 PM | Northwestern University Professor Involved in Ebola Case Detection: An Interview with Professor Rob Murphy
 by Kate Klein, MA, MPH Professor Rob Murphy is Director of the Center for Global Health and John Philip Phair Professor of Infectious Diseases at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He also wears another hat—as Program Director at … Continue reading →
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12:45 PM | Five Questions You Should Ask When Choosing a Therapist
Seeking care for behavioral health concerns, whether for yourself or your child, can itself cause some stress – especially if you don’t know what to look for in a therapist, or if your insurance coverage for mental health is limited or nonexistent. Here to help is Jennifer Schwartz, PhD, director of Drexel’s new Psychological Services … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Child Abuse and Raising the Next Generation
A study published in Psychology of Violence examines the prospective association of childhood abuse (physical and/or sexual abuse) with subsequent parenting practices in adulthood. The researchers used drawn from the Children in the Community Study, a prospective longitudinal study of...            Related StoriesSleeping Your Way to a Longer LifeGender Differences in Youth CrimesWhen is Torture Justified? 
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6:30 AM | Depression with obesity or obesity with depression?
Kirsten Lawson reports on a prospective population-based cohort study that explores the relationship between depression and obesity. The post Depression with obesity or obesity with depression? appeared first on The Lifestyle Elf.
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6:03 AM | Cambs CCG gives £800m contract to NHS bidder. Should we all be cheering?
There seems to be general relief that the huge £800m contract which Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG have given for integrated care of the elderly hasn’t gone to the private sector. Two of the three final bidders were commercial organisations, but the contract has gone to an alliance between the local teaching hospital, Addenbrooke’s, and the ...read more
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5:37 AM | Chin cup treatment for class III maloclussions: little evidence to assess impact on temporomandibular joint
This review focuses on the effect of chin cup therapy used for treating class III malocclusion on the TMJ.On 8 low quality studies could be included and they suggest suggests that chin cup therapy affects the condylar growth pattern but constitutes no risk factor for TMD. The post Chin cup treatment for class III maloclussions: little evidence to assess impact on temporomandibular joint appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:46 AM | 5 sickened: kids’ E. coli came from raw milk, Kentucky says
Five children sickened by E. coli infections last month drank unpasteurized milk, an investigation has found. The state Department for Public Health worked with local health departments, hospitals and health care providers to find the cause of the outbreak, which … Continue reading →
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2:44 AM | Hold order lifted on Idaho dairy after two potentially sickened with crypto
Raw goat milk tested at Treasured Sunrise Acres turned up negative for an illness that left two sick in August. The hold order preventing the Parma dairy farm from selling its milk was lifted Sept. 18, according to a post … Continue reading →
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2:26 AM | Cargill wins suit v. Greater Omaha Packing
A U.S. District Court jury in Omaha found for Cargill Meat Solutions Corp. in its lawsuit against Greater Omaha Packing Co. for supplying E. coli O157:H7-tainted beef, and awarded Cargill a $9 million judgment plus court costs, according to meat … Continue reading →
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2:17 AM | Raw eggs: Dubai dinner cruise cook jailed after 5 women fall ill with salmonella
A cook has been jailed for three months for risking the lives of five women who became sick with salmonella poisoning after serving them a bacteria-infected chocolate mousse at a dinner cruise. The 42-year-old Indian cook, R.M., was said to … Continue reading →

October 01, 2014

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11:50 PM | Don’t change diapers in the dining room or kitchen
As a dad of a couple of messy boys, I’ve changed diapers in weird situations: in parking lots, hockey arena restrooms, on a plane. But never on the table in a fast food restaurant. According to Gawker and Consumerist coverage, … Continue reading →
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11:00 PM | Sometimes CSR just kills me
The Peer Review Notes for September 2014 contains a list of things you should never write when reviewing grants. Some of them are what we might refer to as Stock Critique type of statements. Meaning that they don't just appear occasionally during review. They are seen constantly. A case in point: 7. “This R21 application […]
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9:21 PM | Thought of the Day
Some days... I tell you, one of the most hilarious parts of this blogging gig is this. On the one hand, any time I try to gently suggest that postdocs could work a little harder, might need to actually produce a little more, need to figure out how to close out "projects" into submittable manuscripts […]
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8:16 PM | Ebola vaccine - do we really need a placebo-controlled RCT?
The last time that I waded into the world of vaccine effectiveness, it maybe didn't go as well as planned. Though I've learned that I get knocked down, but I get up again just as Chumbawamba tells me to do every morning.There are several candidate Ebola vaccines in various stages of evaluation. Recently, in response to the huge increase in cases, there have been calls to speed the evaluation, manufacture and distribution of vaccines to help control the outbreak. Science, NPR and even […]
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7:30 PM | Evaluating Nutrition (and Food) Risk
Every day we are confronted with risks: crossing streets, not wearing seatbelts, walking under upright ladders, failing to lockout equipment, not wearing safety glasses or hearing protection, running across wet floors, living in tornado zones, wearing bicycle helmets, etc. Some activities are more hazardous than others. The challenge is assessing the magnitude of the risk. For the past two days, I participated on a Food Advisory Committee convened by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 
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