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December 02, 2014

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8:11 PM | Potential Risks and Benefits of Gain-of-Function Research - December 15-16
About 3 months ago we posted a letter from Marc Lipsitch highlighting the risks of "gain-of-function" research. He described this research as "experiments that create potential pandemic pathogens from virulent precursors that are not readily transmissible." The concerns about this particular kind of research are particularly acute when applied to pathogens with pandemic potential like MERS, SARS and influenza. In two weeks (December 15-16) there will be a 1.5 day meeting in Washington DC at the […]
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7:41 PM | Twelve Months of Drug Monkey (2014)
Apparently I missed this meme last year. huh. The rules for this blog meme are quite simple. -Post the link and first sentence from the first blog entry for each month of the past year. I originally did this meme, after seeing similar posted by Janet Stemwedel and John Lynch. Prior editions include 2012, 2011, […]
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7:37 PM | Christmas Safety Message
Xmas Safety Message First published in December 2012 by George Robotham. George passed away suddenly in September 2013 and this message is republished in his honour. Read all of George’s articles here: Complete Works of George Robotham Christmas is a time when many are more likely to drink and drive, it may help to reflect […] The post Christmas Safety Message appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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7:32 PM | Colorize Your Plate with Carotenoids!
For decades, a cluster of outcomes – hypertension, hyperglycemia, hypertriglyceridemia and gout – have been associated with being overweight/obese and risk on non-communicable diseases. Over time, the term metabolic syndrome has been used to describe this constellation of risk factors. Liu and colleagues report serum carotenoid concentrations and metabolic syndrome prevalence from a cross-sectional study of 2,148 adults
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7:19 PM | The new NIH Biosketch is here
The NIH has notified us (NOT-OD-15-024) that as of Jan 25, 2015 all grant applications will have to use the new Biosketch format (sample word doc). The key change is Section C: Contribution to Science, which replaces the previous list of 15 publications. C. Contribution to Science Briefly describe up to five of your most […]
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5:50 PM | Using the Holidays to Recharge and Get Ahead
We are now in the midst of the 2014 Holiday season and 2015 is only a month away, which means that many of us are busy with holiday errands, travel, and family events. While this is considered a hectic time of year for obvious reasons, December is a great time to find moments to both … Continue reading Using the Holidays to Recharge and Get Ahead →
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3:55 PM | A Career Spent Educating Students, Influencing Peers
Dr. Michael Reichgott has been leading medical education efforts and influencing faculty and students throughout his 30-year career at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Now, his peers have recognized him with a top honor. A member of the Einstein class of 1965, Dr. Reichgott is the 2014 recipient of the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) [...]
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1:00 PM | New Program Has Expectant Fathers Experience Labour Pains
"My wife is expecting a baby in three months, and we had a row when I told [her] not to make such a fuss. When she found out about this project, she told me had to sign up for it,...            Related StoriesThe Marital Selection Minefield (Part Two)The Acid Test (Part Two of Two)The Devil Made Me Do It. 
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5:59 AM | Slow-release fluoride devices: review finds insufficient evidence to show they reduce dental decay
This new update of a Cochrane review only identified 1 study that randomised 174 children but analysed only 63. While there was a reduction in caries in those children with the slow-release fluoride glass bead the study is at high risk of bias and provides insufficient evidence to determine the caries-inhibiting effect of slow-release fluoride glass beads. The post Slow-release fluoride devices: review finds insufficient evidence to show they reduce dental decay appeared first on The Dental […]
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4:45 AM | Watch and learn Maine: NJ health officials release info about hepatitis A exposure
A food handler from a New Jersey restaurant is in hospital recovering from hepatitis A. According to nj.com, the individual worked in the back of the house of Rosa’s Restaurant and Catering in Hamilton, NJ. Health officials warned that anyone … Continue reading →
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4:45 AM | Presentation Tips for Safety People
Presentation Tips for Safety People Rob’s new Book: “Following-Leading in Risk” is a MUST READ if you think you already know about Leadership.CHECK IT OUT What is the point of knowing the Act, regulation, systems, procedures and standards if you either can’t communicate or help others learn? Poor pedagogy (theory of teaching) is one of […] The post Presentation Tips for Safety People appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.

December 01, 2014

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5:38 PM | Worth reading: Ferguson, doomed health programs, and retail jobs
Recent pieces address President Obama's remarks on events in Ferguson, an Obamacare program that works but is shutting down, retail workers' pay, and more.
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5:00 PM | Antioxidant Vitamins: An Elixir for Life?
It is difficult to adhere to goals during this season of indulgences and special events. Self-monitoring has been shown to influence behavior even though self-reported data  may be woefully inaccurate for scientific purposes. Inflammatory responses affect health, immunity and cancer risk. Metabolism generates reactive oxygen (and nitrogen) species which damage cells, mutate DNA and contribute to oxidative stress.
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2:09 PM | The Marital Selection Minefield (Part Two)
Parents and their children are not always going to agree on who their children decide to marry. Due to different ideas what constitutes a desirable mate, there can be considerable conflict, While most families are able to work through these...            Related StoriesThe Acid Test (Part Two of Two)The Devil Made Me Do It.How Similar are Humans to Chimpanzees and Orangutans? 
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2:00 PM | Maintaining health literacy through being web-savvy and culturally engaged
Note: The research discussed on the blog today is work from my PhD dissertation, which was published last week and covered by several media outlets online. It was originally blogged about on the Health Behaviour Research Centre ‘Health Chatter’ blog. … Continue reading »The post Maintaining health literacy through being web-savvy and culturally engaged appeared first on Public Health.
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1:00 PM | Expanding the Historical Plague Paradigm
When the first complete genomic sequence of Yersinia pestis was published on October 4, 2001 the world was naturally focused elsewhere, on anthrax bioterrorism — the Amerithrax incident was then in its second week– and the September 11 attacks were just over three weeks old. As the world redeveloped bioterrorism assessments and plans, plague was … Continue reading Expanding the Historical Plague Paradigm →
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7:39 AM | Safety Shoes.
Safety Shoes. Another great reflection by Keith McCabe on LinkedIn (sighhhh) – first published here Social media sites are full of pictures of people working in unsafe situations. The same images are usually followed by a tirade of apparently outraged safety experts pointing out what they are doing wrong, how foolish they are and then […] The post Safety Shoes. appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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5:59 AM | Zinc supplements may have some benefit in treating taste disorders
Taste disorders can have a impact of health and quality of life. This new Cochrane review identified 9 trials (566 participants) and found some evidence that zinc supplements could improve taste perception in people with idiopathic taste disorders. However the evidence is not of high quality. The post Zinc supplements may have some benefit in treating taste disorders appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:46 AM | An abundance of "abundances of caution"
Googling “abundance of caution Ebola” yields 213,000 hits and a treasure trove of misguided responses to Ebola fears. You can even refer to this excellent Washington Post article about how to make “an abundance of caution” work for you! It’s to the point now that if I hear “abundance of caution” being used in a sentence about Ebola, I translate it to “what I am suggesting makes no actual sense but demonstrates my extreme seriousness about […]
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12:49 AM | Public Health in the News – November 30, 2014
Global The burden of tuberculosis in pregnant women is substantial. A new study in the Lancet shows how maternal care services could provide an important platform for tuberculosis detection, treatment initiation, and subsequent follow-up. What works in the battle of … Continue reading →

November 30, 2014

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11:58 PM | Sexy Curves and the Paradox of Risk
Sexy Curves and the Paradox of Risk Rob’s new Book: “Following-Leading in Risk” is a MUST READ if you think you already know about Leadership. CHECK IT OUT One of the modern myths of mechanistic safety is that injury rates have been coming down for the last 100 years. Presenters love to parade the curve […] The post Sexy Curves and the Paradox of Risk appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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11:24 PM | Turkish Delight in Bransholme (U.K.) not so delightful after health inspectors award zero-rating
Risk factors in restaurant inspections mean more to me than appearances (the old school floors/walls/ceilings). I look for the stuff that actually makes folks sick like improper temperatures, cross-contamination and poor hygiene. According to Hull Daily Mail, a recent inspection … Continue reading →
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10:48 PM | Cards Against Humanity offers poop for Black (or brown?) Friday
My Black Friday experience consisted of a quick trip to Best Buy (for a gift for my dad) and some browsing of Amazon. I’m not into lineups, traffic or parking rage. While my Email inbox has been littered with television, … Continue reading →
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1:00 PM | The Acid Test (Part Two of Two)
Continued from Part One Part of the appeal of LSD and newer mind-altering drugs such as mescaline and psilocybin was the promise of "unlocking" inner potential and making people more creative as a result. Robert E. Mogar of San Francisco...            Related StoriesThe Acid Test (Part One of Two)As Former POWs Grow OlderThe Rise of the Robot Therapist 
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8:51 AM | On Biodelivery and Norbuprenorphine
Over the past few months, I’ve read a few posts at the forum that are worth sharing.  I’ve been torn whether to share them with the general buprenorphine community, or only with doctors who prescribe the medication.  I’ve decided that since the ideas came from a layperson community, I’m not opening the floodgates to irresponsible […]
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7:36 AM | Just Toolbox it!
Just Toolbox it! ‘Just Toolbox it!’ How often have you heard this term in risk and safety? It seems to be the key way we address safety concerns including incidents, hazards, a ‘safety alert’ or a ‘safety share’ As the name suggests, the ‘Toolbox Talk’ (also known as the ‘pre-start chat’, the ‘huddle’, the ‘first […] The post Just Toolbox it! appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.

November 29, 2014

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7:44 PM | Conference report: NAPCRG (North American Primary Care Research Group) Annual Meeting 2014
What were the highlights of the US meeting this year? Apart from cake for breakfast, much was going on as primary care researchers gathered in Times Square from across the world...conference report here
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6:16 PM | Maybe Sheldon was right...
A new study from Ohio State University published in the American Journal of Infection Control sought to determine whether buses are contaminated with MRSA. Forty buses in a midwestern city were sampled. MRSA was detected in over 60% of the buses, with seats (33%) and seat rails (30%) the most common sites of contamination.Those of you who are fans of the Big Bang Theory know that Sheldon Cooper, PhD, ScD, a genius theoretical physicist who has never learned to drive, wears bus pants when using […]
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4:07 AM | Bangor to Maine: Too Much Suboxone Treatment!
First Posted 11/26/2013 As I read about the moratorium on buprenorphine treatment programs in Bangor, Maine, I thought about the scene from the movie Titanic where the people who found safety in lifeboats struggled to keep those in the water from climbing aboard. The Bangor city council recently voted to impose a moratorium on expanding buprenorphine treatment […]
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1:46 AM | How Do You Know If You Are Leading in Risk and Safety?
How Do You Know If You Are Leading in Risk and Safety? The current marketing at ANU has caught on to the trend in describing one’s self as a ‘thought leader’ (See Youtube Video). You can join a thought leaders group, buy a thought leaders app and even ‘engineer’ a thought leader. Some have caught […] The post How Do You Know If You Are Leading in Risk and Safety? appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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