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August 11, 2014

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3:32 AM | Public Health in the News – August 10, 2014
Global The Ugandan Supreme Court declared null and void the country’s anti-homosexuality law. Though stigma continues, this decision is a win for LGBT activists and civil society groups to access anti-HIV treatment without fear of prosecution. As the Ebola virus continues to spread throughout West Africa, Sierra Leone and Liberia have introduced blockades on areas hit the hardest, preventing […]

August 10, 2014

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5:28 PM | Why are we dialing it up to eleven?
Yesterday, Dan posted an excellent summary of what's happening in US hospitals as they scurry to plan for the public health issue du jour--Ebola. He astutely points out that there seems to be a disconnect between what we know about Ebola transmission and what we're doing (or planning to do) with regard to safely caring for patients infected or suspected to be infected. I thought it would be interesting to examine what's driving the disconnect. As I see it, a number of factors are at play […]
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3:09 PM | Two decades in: What autism means in our house
This is Bobby, our oldest, wearing our cat Hammy, as you do, naturally. In December Bobby will turn 25. A quarter of a century old. 1/4 of his way to 100, although fractions are not his strong suit, so he probably, almost certainly, wouldn't be able to describe it in those terms to you.Bobby is autistic and intellectually disabled. That's what the government, both local and national, focuses on. His impairments. His not-able to's. Every year I fill out guardianship papers and SSI paperwork to […]
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12:00 PM | The Judge in the Asylum (Part 1 of 2)
Well into the 20th century, family members of people with mental health problems had little choice but to place their loved ones in asylums. And with little hope of their ever coming out again. Despite the occasional success story, most...            Related StoriesWeeding Out The Immigrants (Part Two of Two)Why Don't People Intervene in Domestic Violence?Off To Washington 
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4:28 AM | Faith-based food safety: Georgia peanut plant chief says we faked Salmonella tests
A Georgia peanut plant manager testified Friday that his company had been shipping contaminated nuts with fake documents showing them to be salmonella-free before the plant was identified as the source of a nationwide outbreak that killed nine Americans and … Continue reading →
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4:05 AM | 8 sick: Minnesota preliminary test results of petting zoo animals positive for E. coli O157
The E. coli bacteria that sickened at least eight in the area came from a traveling petting zoo, according to preliminary test results released by the state on Friday. The Minnesota Department of Health received the positive preliminary test results … Continue reading →
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3:47 AM | Not cute with 300 sick from Salmonella linked to live poultry in backyard flocks
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as of August 5, 2014, a total of 300 persons infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Infantis, Salmonella Newport, or Salmonella Hadar in 42 states and Puerto Rico, up … Continue reading →
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3:19 AM | Hazelnut growers target food safety
Heavily shaded hazelnut orchards may discourage salmonella from lingering on the ground, but the conclusions for growers remain uncertain, according to an orchard researcher. Ground temperatures in heavily shaded hazelnut orchards appear to fall below the temperature range in which salmonella thrives, compared to orchards with less … Continue reading →

August 09, 2014

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9:34 PM | Culture To Go – Delivering Results Now!
An informed culture learns by means of ongoing debate and constantly shifting discrepancies - Karl E. Weick (2007) Culture to go…… Delivering results now! Organisations interested in cultural change need to think about, and understand their existing culture, then work hard over time to move toward a culture that they desire. Organisations can easily be seduced into ‘change programs' that promise a lot in a short period of time, but fail to deliver because the organisation […]
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6:59 PM | Dialing it up to eleven
While I was away on vacation, I did my best to keep up with the advancing Ebola outbreak in Africa (see Mike’s excellent summary post). I also joined a couple conference calls about the interim infection prevention guidance from CDC. I believe this guidance to be reasonable and consistent with the mode of transmission of Ebola, combining Standard, Contact and Droplet precautions with an emphasis on eye and face protection and use of additional barriers and precautions as required by the […]
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5:59 PM | New Smallpox Relative Discovered in Georgia (the country).
Smallpox Virus - False colored to demonstrate structureSmallpox. It has been in the news a lot lately due to the recent discovery of viable virus tucked away in storage at a government facility in Maryland.Smallpox killed an estimated 300 to 500 million people in the 1900's until it was eradicated in the late 1970's by an aggressive worldwide vaccination campaign.Smallpox relatives are also particularly virulent. Other members of the orthopoxvirus family include cowpox, monkeypox, vaccinia, […]
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10:40 AM | 10 Fun Facts–Cognitive Bias
10 Fun Facts–Cognitive Bias This is brilliant! Thanks to Rob Long // The post 10 Fun Facts–Cognitive Bias appeared first on SafetyRisk dot net.
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10:18 AM | Ekka winds: is handwashing really enough to prevent petting zoo outbreaks?
Even though it’s 70F during the day in the depths of winter, the Ekka winds, as the locals call them, have hit hard. There’s a nasty flu strain going around that knocked all of us out for 10 days even … Continue reading →
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9:13 AM | UK pizza co. fined 10K
A pizza company in St Albans has been fined nearly £10,000 after inspectors said it breached hygiene regulations. Parizon Limited, which runs Pizza Go Go in London Road, has been fined £4,900 for failing to keep premises and equipment clean … Continue reading →
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9:08 AM | In other Florida restaurant inspection news …
Florida health inspectors shut down 22 restaurants last week, including seven in South Florida. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player
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9:02 AM | Florida restaurants to receive letter to follow inspection sign rule
Palm Beach County is sending out reminders to restaurants about a rule that most have not been following. A 2006 ordinance required restaurants to post a sign on the door or window letting customers know that they can request to … Continue reading →
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8:45 AM | Wyoming researchers discover substance that increases Listeria monocytogenes survival
University of Wyoming researchers have discovered a substance that greatly increases the survival of Listeria monocytogenes, a foodborne bacterial pathogen that contaminates processed meat and milk products, as well as fresh produce. Researchers hope the discovery will lead to the … Continue reading →

August 08, 2014

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11:19 PM | Safety – Learning by Doing and Learning by Theory
Safety - Learning by Doing and Learning by Theory I get amazed at the number of times I read safety people parading ‘dumb down’ as a badge of honour. This constant envy (or whatever) of academic learning versus practical learning seems more accentuated in the safety industry than any other I have encountered. There is no hierarchy of learning (apologies to Bloom) and it makes no sense to denigrate any mode of learning as better or less than the other. I received a letter this week […]
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10:06 PM | The Human Safety Newsletter is Out
Human Dymensions Newsletter 2014 Quarterly Newsletter If you are over boring safety newsletters about legislation updates, recent fines and the latest PPE flooding your inbox then here is a Safety Newsletter worth reading. You can subscribe here: http://www.humandymensions.com/mailing-list Human Dymensions Newsletter 2014 Quarterly Newsletter This Newsletter has come out early this quarter because of a hectic program for Human Dymensions in August and September. Read the whole article here The […]
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4:32 PM | New data: Lack of acclimatization procedures most often associated with worker heat deaths
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new data on heat deaths among U.S. workers, underscoring the often-tragic consequences that result when employers fail to take relatively simple and low-cost preventive actions.
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4:19 PM | New paper on Ebola–no primate-to-primate transmission seen
By the same lead author that published the pig Ebola transmission paper comes a new publication examining airborne transmission among primates. In these, Ebola did *not* spread between non-human primates (NHPs) via air. I sent an email to the PI to comment; will update the post if he responds, but in the meantime, some money…
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4:07 PM | Simple, can't-miss strategy to get a grant from the NIH
Work at it. Chance favors the prepared. You can't win if you don't play the game. Effort matters. Persistence pays off. AND The NIH rewards those that work at it. Sally Rockey finally got around to looking at the per-investigator success rate some time ago. It is higher than the per-application success rates. Jeremy Berg […]
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3:19 PM | NICE and Roche at loggerheads (again)
  NICE has today (8th August 2014) announced that it cannot recommend Roche’s latest breast cancer drug, Kadcyla (a combination of trastuzumab and emtansine) for routine use on the NHS because it is too expensive and hence not cost-effective.  The draft ‘no’ was actually published in May, but there has been a press release issued today ...read more
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1:24 PM | Mothers’ DHA Omega-3 Levels Affect Infant Developmental Outcomes
Earlier this week, we wrote about how the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids EPA and DHA are important for cardiovascular health. The evidence base for omega-3 and heart health is strong enough to allow a qualified health claim in the USA and article 13 health claims in the EU. But these healthy fats are also important in other health areas. In particular, DHA is important for the normal development and function of the infant brain, nervous system and eyesight. Maintaining adequate levels of […]
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10:01 AM | Does pay for performance work or doesn’t it?
Martin Roland discusses the effects of pay for performance, following on from our study published in the New England Journal of Medicine this week.
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9:15 AM | A different look at HIV transmission
Did you see the DN2 cover story in yesterday’s (5th August 2014) Daily Nation ? It was about the risk of HIV spreading from the homosexual to heterosexual world by bisexuals. The three men interviewed (Elly, Otieno and Evans) have sex with men to make money while having a girlfriend on the side. http://mobile.nation.co.ke/lifestyle/Bisexuality-gay-HIV-Aids-Jennifer-Wambua/-/1950774/2408034/-/format/xhtml/-/hy1jpu/-/index.html In […]
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9:08 AM | Hantavirus in North Dakota
Earlier this summer, it was reported by the North Dakota State Health Department that a case of Hantavirus Pulmonary Disease resulted in the death of an infected adult.Hantavirus disease transmission cycleIt is the first case of the disease since 2009 and only 12 cases have been reported to the state health department since 1993. There have been seven total recorded deaths in North Dakota including the most current this year. If you have questions, use the comments section below!I am honestly […]
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8:11 AM | 63 in Europe sickened; Salmonella in watermelon from Brazil, 2011
In November 2011, the presence of Salmonella Newport in a ready-to-eat watermelon slice was confirmed as part of a local food survey in England. In late December 2011, cases of S. Newport were reported in England, Wales, Northern Ireland, Scotland, … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | Cryptosporidium confirmed at Florida water park
The Pinellas County Department of Health has notified the City of Tarpon Springs that they have received three confirmed cases of cryptosporidium in which the patients had been at the Tarpon Springs Splash Park during the incubation period. All three … Continue reading →

August 07, 2014

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11:32 PM | Snake oil: Whole Foods Market still peddling hucksterism
There is no definition for natural foods in the U.S. Yet, Whole Foods applies the label to so many products, it is close to meaningless. Alan McHughen, a botanist at the University of California, Riverside, told The Economist that the … Continue reading →
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