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October 05, 2014

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12:00 PM | Alexander the Corrector (Part One of Two)
If you've ever seriously studied the Bible, you have likely heard of Alexander Cruden. Though his Concordance of the Bible has never been out of print since it was first published in 1737, it was the, er, unusual circumstances of...            Related StoriesDoomsday DeferredThe Jesus Experiment (Part 2 of 2)"Provocation" Cited in Bizarre UK Domestic Violence Case 

October 04, 2014

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10:28 PM | Ebola and Poverty
I really like this analysis by Daniel Hoffman  comparing the growth rate of the outbreak in Sierra Leone with the fraction of the population that is poor at the county level. He found a significant positive trend - the poorer the county, the faster the spread of Ebola. Go read it.I think it's somewhat intuitive that Ebola virus disease and poverty are linked. High population density (e.g. slums), poor sanitation, and a dearth of infection control resources in healthcare settings all […]
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2:54 PM | Whither infectious diseases?
One morning in October 1983, when I was a 22-year old second year medical student just recovering from infectious mononucleosis, I arrived for my medical microbiology lecture. Several weeks into that course, I found myself with no real affinity for the subject matter. The lectures seemed to focus on the minutiae of biochemical tests for various bacteria that I would memorize for the exam then forget forever. But that October morning we were scheduled to have a clinical correlation lecture. I […]
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4:15 AM | Ebola: Hospital Epidemiologists in the News
It's been amazingly active week for hospital infection control with adult deaths and paralysis in children linked to Enterovirus 68 and there have also been some issues with Ebola. Practically every Hospital Epidemiologist* has been called upon to explain the transmissibility of Ebola and describe how they've been planning to protect healthcare workers and the community. Of course, I can't possibly list all of the mentions in local, national and international media, but if you have a […]

October 03, 2014

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10:25 PM | Rep Harris wants to help the "Young, Brilliant and Unfunded". Allegedly.
In an Op-Ed in the NYT, Representative Andy Harris (R, Maryland) lays out three main issues that he would like to address regarding the functions of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Harris [Wikipedia] was a Physician Scientist prior to running for Congress and was the PI of NIH Grant R01 GM036044-04. This grant ran […]
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9:34 PM | Study: More action needed to confront millions of preventable child deaths
Worldwide, the numbers of children who die before their fifth birthdays is on the decline. Still, millions of children are being lost to diseases and complications that are completely preventable.
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4:52 PM | What to do with Picky Eaters? An Approach to Fill Nutrient Gaps
Nutrition experts recommend getting essential vitamins and minerals from a balanced diet – one with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and dairy products. The challenge is that we don’t always make good choices. Reasons include: time costs, sensory and physical aspects, access, and perceived value.  People with lower incomes eat fewer servings of vegetables and fruits.  Food preferences. Even Presidents can shun nutrient-rich foods such as Brussels sprouts, liver […]
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10:39 AM | EFSA: Scientific Opinion on the risk posed by Salmonella in melons
Melons and watermelons are ready-to-eat foods, with an internal pH of 5.1 to 6.7 and can be consumed whole, as fresh-cut products or as fresh juices. Epidemiological data from the EU identified one salmonellosis outbreak associated with consumption of both … Continue reading →
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10:31 AM | EFSA: Scientific Opinion on the risk posed by Salmonella and Norovirus in tomatoes
Tomatoes may be minimally processed to obtain ready-to-eat products, and these steps include selection, washing, cleaning, stem removal, cutting, packaging and storage. Epidemiological data from the EU have identified one salmonellosis outbreak and one Norovirus outbreak associated with tomato consumption between … Continue reading →
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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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