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July 02, 2014

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5:48 PM | Medical marijuana "researcher" fired by U of A
From the LA Times: The University of Arizona has abruptly fired a prominent marijuana researcher who only months ago received rare approval from federal drug officials to study the effects of pot on patients suffering from post traumatic stress disorder. The firing of Suzanne A. Sisley, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry, puts her research […]
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5:42 PM | Ridiculous redactions by the Labor Dept’s mine safety agency
A reporter's request for an MSHA citation is probably the worst case of redaction overkill that I’ve seen.
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12:35 PM | Are you Feeling your Oats Today?
The number of people with diabetes mellitus has doubled over the past 3 decades. WHO estimates 150 million people worldwide have diabetes and the number will double by 2025. There is increasing interest in finding nutritional components which may help control healthy blood glucose levels.  Oats are considered unique among cereal grains, partially because they contain β-glucan, a high-molecular weight polysaccharide exhibiting high viscosity at relatively low concentrations. Because of […]
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9:33 AM | Technology catches up: smartphone QR codes to be used in Pasadena restaurant grades, Longo’s beef in Canada
Chapman says QR barcodes are so … 2010. I wanted to do the equivalent using a url so people could find out what went into a product back in 2000. Because some producers and companies are better at this food … Continue reading →
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9:16 AM | New color-coded restaurant inspection disclosure system to start in Hawaii
Customers will soon be able to find out if their favorite restaurant makes the grade or has a dirty secret. The state’s food safety rating system is almost ready. Health inspectors are dishing out new rules to all food establishments, from … Continue reading →
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6:20 AM | Dirty dining: King & I on Tropicana, Vegas
This week’s Dirty Dining takes us back to a place we’ve been before. The restaurant’s new owners hadn’t gotten rid of old problems. The King & I Thai restaurant on East Tropicana near Maryland Parkway is a Dirty Dining repeat … Continue reading →
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5:48 AM | Nottinghamshire fruit growers hit back at health scare as crops are given all-clear
From the I’ve-been-doings-things-this-way-all-my-life files comes word that strawberry growers across Nottinghamshire, UK, say their product is “perfectly safe” in light of a report from  the European Food Safety Agency which described frozen strawberries, along with raspberries, as an “emerging public … Continue reading →
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5:36 AM | Unlabeled irradiated Australian tomatoes now on NZ shelves
New Zealanders are being urged to once again ask their retailer if their tomatoes have been treated with radiation, as, according to this story, large volumes of unlabelled irradiated Australian tomatoes hit local shelves. The story says currently there are … Continue reading →
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5:28 AM | Not just hitching a ride; Campylobacter jejuni can cause disease in some breeds of chickens
Contrary to popular belief, the foodborne pathogen Campylobacter jejuni is not a harmless commensal in chickens but can cause disease in some breeds of poultry according to research published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for … Continue reading →
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5:13 AM | Israeli Health says recycling egg cartons for arts and crafts forbidden due to fear of Salmonella
Using old egg cartons to recycle and make creative objects in elementary schools, kindergartens, nursery schools and day care centers sounds like an admirable idea — but not to the Health Ministry, which worries that the practice could spread disease. According … Continue reading →
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4:59 AM | Another review finds limited evidence for making treatment recommendations for keratocystic odontogenic tumors
The keratocystic odontogenic tumor (KCOT) is a benign but locally aggressive tumour and accounts for 2-11% of jaw cysts and can occur at any age. Historically they have been referred to as odontogenic keratocyst (OKC) and primordial cyst. A range of treatment approaches have been suggested for KCOTs but preferred option is still debatable. The [read the full story...]
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4:21 AM | Yersinia pestis found in human fleas, Madagascar 2013
Madagascar is consistently one of the top two countries in Africa (and usually the world) in cases of plague, caused by Yersinia pestis. For five years prior to January 2013, Madagascar registered 312 to 648 cases per year, with a majority being laboratory confirmed of which >80% were bubonic plague. Of the multiple reservoir species in […]

July 01, 2014

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8:55 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
The U.S. Supreme Court deals a blow to union fair-share fees; Massachusetts raises minimum wage to $11 an hour; and Texas lawmakers scoff at the idea of better safeguards in the wake of the West fertilizer blast.
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6:14 PM | Do you have a question?
IDWeek abstract dispositions were just emailed last week. Hopefully you received good news and have already started planning your trip to Philadelphia! IDweek discounted registration closes July 25th.For those also attending SHEA2015 in Orlando, this will be the first SHEA meeting in three years where we will be accepting abstracts (kinda like the old days but with competitions, voting and awards). So get busy making science - abstract submission closes January 16, 2015.Whether you are […]
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5:43 PM | PSA: Keep your age assumptions about PIs to yourowndamnself
I realize this is not news to most of you. But the Twitts are aTwitt today about the way youthful appearing faculty are treated by.....everyone. New record: only 3 people asked if I was an incoming grad student at a new student welcome thing. — NatC (@SciTriGrrl) July 1, 2014 From undergrads to grads to […]
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2:59 PM | Tackling Hunger at Home and in Haiti
I first heard about Partners in Health (PIH) in college after a friend recommended Mountains Beyond Mountains, a book about Paul Farmer’s volunteer experience in Haiti as a medical student. He later co-founded PIH. The book’s descriptions of Haitian communities suffering from preventable and treatable diseases such as tuberculosis and malnutrition were striking. I felt driven to [...]
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1:04 PM | Are you Grilling a Salmon? Why not Increase your Omega-3 Status?
For our Canadian readers, Happy Canada Day! Enjoy a day of celebrations. National celebrations are associated with special activities – parades, fireworks, and barbecues with family and friends. There may even be birthday cake. Everything can be tasted and savored. July 1 is a special day soon to be followed by the Fourth of July! Health is a long-term goal requiring a regular diet supplying essential nutrients. Our plates should be sprinkled with nutrition – some fruit to provide […]
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12:00 PM | Is the $3B Paid by U.S. Government for Treating PTSD in Soldiers Well-Spent?
Though an estimated $3B U.S. is spent each year by the U.S. government for treatment programming to deal with PTSD in soldiers and veterans, a new Institute of Medicine report raises disturbing questions about the effectiveness of these programs. The...            Related StoriesLiving with BetrayalCan Virtual "House Calls" Help Dementia Patients?Does Work Shape Identity? 
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10:35 AM | Australian infant stricken with botulism digging deep to save other mums from heartache
Lucas Whitelegg was stricken with botulism at nine-weeks-old and left him paralyzed for 241 days. The Mildura, Australia, youngster spent 10 months in intensive care at Monash Children’s Hospital after ingesting spores of Clostridium botulinum bacterium, found in dust and … Continue reading →
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9:03 AM | Lost in translation: the impact of medical jargon on patient-centred care
In the days before BuzzFeed, amusing adverts snapped abroad by would-be photojournalists were a staple of email circulars. Who could forget the Chinese KFC ad that translated “finger-lickin’ good” to “eat your fingers off”, or the Italian campaign for “Schweppes toilet water”? Of course, you don’t have to go overseas to be met with mutual ...read more
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7:19 AM | Thermal inactivation of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and non-O157 shiga toxin–producing Escherichia coli cells in mechanically tenderized veal
Preflattened veal cutlets (ca. 71.5 g, ca. 0.32 cm thick) were surface inoculated with ca. 6.8 log CFU/g of a multistrain cocktail of Escherichia coli O157:H7 (ECOH) or a cocktail made of single strains of serogroups O26, O45, O103, O104, … Continue reading →
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7:02 AM | Know the risks of feeding raw foods to your pets
Despite fawning media coverage, foods like raw milk comprise a small fraction of the U.S. market. Not so with raw pet foods. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Aministration, raw pet food consists primarily of meat, bones, and organs … Continue reading →
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6:48 AM | Fate of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella on whole strawberries and blueberries of two maturities under different storage conditions
Strawberries and blueberries harvested at or near full-ripe maturity tend to be less firm and more susceptible to bruising during harvest and transport. The objective of this research was to determine the fate of Escherichia coli O157:H7 and Salmonella on … Continue reading →
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4:59 AM | Insufficient evidence to determine the effect of systemic antibiotics on adults with symptomatic apical periodontitis or acute apical abscess
The recommended treatment for apical periodontitis or acute apical abscess is removal of the source of inflammation or infection by local, operative measures ie tooth extraction or pulp extirpation possibly in combination with the incision and drainage of any swelling present. Antibiotics are only recommended where there is evidence of spreading infection or systemic symptoms.   [read the full story...]
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3:56 AM | Do older mothers really live longer? And what does it mean if they do?
You may have seen the headlines: “Older mothers tend to live longer,” was how TIME put it. NPR chose a more careful but similar phrasing: “Older moms take heart: You may be more likely to live longer.” But the study …The post Do older mothers really live longer? And what does it mean if they do? appeared first on Public Health.
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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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