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March 27, 2014

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2:57 PM | Translating “Translational Research”
Translational research is a catchphrase in biomedical circles these days. But if you’re confused about what the term really means, you’re not alone.  It was 35 years ago when I first heard the term “translation” in a scientific context. It was about enabling basic research undertaken by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to find [...]
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2:56 PM | Guest Post: Manage your career, folks!
This is another guest post from @iGrrrl, a grant writing consultant. A few comments I've seen around, on top of my experience working with applicants for K-flavored and other career development grants, make it clear that they think the required career development parts are just window dressing. I hear complaints that they have to write […]
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2:27 PM | Sovaldi and Gilead’s Need for a Sustainable Growth Strategy
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1:00 PM | Cell-to-cell spread of HIV and its possible implications for antiretroviral therapy
Today’s post features a conversation with an inspiring person about HIV transmission, health inequality in sub-Saharan Africa, and future directions for HIV control. Dr Boghuma Kabisen Titanji is a physician from Cameroon with a deep caring for people and …The post Cell-to-cell spread of HIV and its possible implications for antiretroviral therapy appeared first on Public Health.
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12:00 PM | Can Dementia Be Linked To Smoking Cessation?
Like caffeine, nicotine may be regarded as a stimulant. The neurotoxic and neuroprotective properties of nicotine had not been thoroughly investigated until recently. Also nicotine has a neuroprotective action in neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. It protects...            Related StoriesUnderstanding HoardersFollowers of Frozen Religious Leader Waiting For His ReturnThe Twin Doctor 
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4:03 AM | Left to our own devices
The big news today in healthcare-associated infection (HAI) prevention is the publication of the CDC’s Emerging Infections Program (EIP) point prevalence survey of HAIs, which includes burden estimates and an update on the epidemiology of HAIs in the US, circa 2011. Simultaneously, CDC released an update on national and state-level progress in HAI prevention. The CDC’s press release provides the bottom line messaging around these data: (1) we’ve made progress, and (2) we […]
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12:44 AM | Should K99 awardees continue the R00 phase at the current Institution?
The FOA for the K99/R00 says that a different institution is "encouraged (but not required)". I will confess I thought this was somewhat stronger in tone but the original announcement was similar. Applicants are encouraged to consider independent positions at departments and institutions different from where they conducted their mentored research. Should an awardee wish […]

March 26, 2014

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10:11 PM | 40 years of U.S. Salmonella data now available
Forty years of data on a major cause of food poisoning now is available to the public, the food industry, and researchers in a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The data, collected by state … Continue reading →
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10:04 PM | 1-in-8 new Canadian estimate of annual foodborne illness rate
For years it was 1-in-4. One out of every four people would get sick from the food and water they consumed every year in the U.S., culminating in the 76 million sick people per year. The Canadians and Australians eventually … Continue reading →
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6:46 PM | Not only oysters; clam-associated vibriosis, USA, 1988–2010
Infections with Vibrio spp. have frequently been associated with consumption of bivalve molluscs, especially oysters, but illness associated with clams has also been well documented. We describe the 2312 domestically acquired foodborne Vibrio infections reported to the Cholera and Other … Continue reading →
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6:09 PM | Dutch safety council poised to slam ‘untransparent’ meat industry
I’m not sure untransparent is a word, but that’s the Dutch. According to a new report in the Telegraaf, the Dutch safety institute is poised to publish a damning report about food safety in the meat industry. The report by … Continue reading →
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6:03 PM | Omega-3 Fatty Acids, Pregnancy and Child Health
Maternal nutrition is especially important during pregnancy to meet the nutritional needs of both mother and child. Because of the rapid development of the child’s brain and eye during the last trimester in utero,  long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA), especially docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), are essential. Fetal assimilation of LCPUFA is influenced by maternal ω-3 [DHA and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA)] and ω-6 fatty acid concentrations. Standl and colleagues […]
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2:47 PM | “We’re not stupid?”: OSHA Silica Hearings Week #1
A few highlights (and low lights) from the first week of public hearings on OSHA’s proposed rule to protect workers who are exposed to respirable crystalline silica.
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3:56 AM | 12 sick with Salmonella in Wales, laverbread suspected
It may be the Welshman’s caviar, but laverbread – excessively boiled seaweed, the green goop on the breakfast plate – is suspected in a Salmonella outbreak that has so far sickened 12. As a precaution, a local company, Penclawdd Shellfish … Continue reading →

March 25, 2014

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10:15 PM | Botulism from instant soup in Italy
A 33-year old man hospitalized in Camposampiero remains in critical condition, but is showing signs of recovery following botulism poisoning after eating an instant soup. Though the young man remains intubated in intensive care, he is slowly regaining mobility of his limbs, … Continue reading →
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9:16 PM | What can we learn from the cholera epidemic in Haiti?
By Anthony Robbins, MD, MPA I am surely not an expert on cholera. I have never seen a patient with the disease. And I have never been to Haiti.  Yet I keep reading about the epidemic in Haiti.  The first case reports appeared in October 2010, about 10 months after the powerful earthquake that shook…
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6:06 PM | 67 sick with Salmonella from Kaliningrad kebabs
The Moscow Times reports that 67 people are suffering from suspected Salmonella poisoning after purchasing questionable kebabs from a food vendor in Kaliningrad, Russia’s consumer rights watchdog has said. Of this number, 64 people are in moderately severe condition, while three people have been placed … Continue reading →
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5:49 PM | The K99/R00 is not some sort of unfair distortion of the academic job market
This sentiment comes up, now and again, when we discuss the K99/R00 NIH grant mechanism. @AmasianV it seems that K99s are NIH's way of giving a tenured track job to whom it sees fit. Everyone I know w/k99 gets job. — cychow (@ClementYChow) March 25, 2014 This inevitably rings as critical to my ear. As […]
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5:38 PM | E. coli O157 death of Minnesota 4-year-old seen as isolated case
The death of a 4-year-old Pelican Rapids girl, who fell ill after becoming infected with a dangerous strain of E. coli bacteria, was an isolated case, a health official said Monday. Sophia Amy Odens started having flu-like symptoms Feb. 5, … Continue reading →
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5:30 PM | £18000 fine and costs; food firm which supplied UK primary schools had ‘filthy conditions’
Boston Magistrates heard on March 24 that Food for Thought GB Ltd admitted 12 different food hygiene charges involving raw meat being stored next to cooked ready-to-eat ham, dirty cups being supplied to a school, dirty plastic bowls and colanders, … Continue reading →
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4:33 PM | $25K fine; Australian Woolworths supermarket fined for food safety breach
Woolworths Noranda in Western Australia was issued with a fine of $25,672.40 on 28 February 2014 for offences dating back to 23 September 2013 involving the in-house bakery. WA Today reports that further investigation of the site found that metal … Continue reading →
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3:54 PM | Errors in Meta-Analysis, Scientific Frustration and Nutrition Guidance
Wait for it….Scientists call for new media coverage to correct misinformation generated from a March 17 Annals of Internal Medicine paper “Association of Dietary, Circulating, and Supplement Fatty Acids with Coronary Risk: A systematic Review and Meta-analysis”. [Link to corrected paper]. But don’t count on  new headlines on the subject. While scientists may be outraged by shoddy methodology, poor reviewing, and calling for retraction, it is unlikely this […]
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2:58 PM | Laughter and Medicine
She asked me, “Is it okay to laugh?” My patient Linda, who was only 12 weeks pregnant, had just had a chorionic villus sampling, or CVS. During this procedure, a small piece of placenta (chorionic villi) is removed via a long, thin needle inserted into the woman’s uterus, and then the sample is sent to [...]
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12:00 PM | Followers of Frozen Religious Leader Waiting For His Return
Months after Ashutosh Maharaj died of a heart attack, his hopeful followers are patiently waiting for him to return to them. Though doctors declared the founder of the Divine Light Awakening Mission to be clinically dead, his followers that he...            Related StoriesSyracuse Man Indicted in Exorcism Murder of Three-Year OldUnderstanding HoardersThe Twin Doctor 
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12:37 AM | Blame Suboxone!
I recently came across the blog of a person who has dedicated his life to trashing buprenorphine treatment.  I won’t provide the name or link, as I don’t want to waste my own ‘page rank’ on supporting his misplaced anger.  But I suspect many readers of my blog have stumbled across that one as well, […]

March 24, 2014

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9:29 PM | California Board votes to maintain better worker’s right-to-know
Thanks to a unanimous vote of California’s Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board last Thursday, workers get to hold on to a robust chemical right-to-know rule that puts their health and safety first. The vote also means that California workers will reap the benefits of more meaningful right-to-know rules than those at the federal level.
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7:59 PM | FSA seeking for research on norovirus removal from oysters
Norovirus in oysters is a global issue and the UK Food Standards Agency, home of piping hot, is looking for some research help. As the virus bioaccumulates and is tough to cook out of shellfish, lots of folks are looking … Continue reading →
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7:46 PM | Summer Plans? Check Out the Summer Undergraduate Residency in Public Health.
Learn about this unique summer program in public health for undergrads held at Kansas State University's College of Veterinary Medicine. The post Summer Plans? Check Out the Summer Undergraduate Residency in Public Health. appeared first on Elliott Garber.
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7:39 PM | No glove, no love: California edition part 2
AP’s Fenit Nirappil weighs in on the polarization of California’s no barehand contact rule and reports that while McDonalds and other chain restaurants have picked the I’m glovin’ it policy, others are voicing opposition. The arguments have been well established … Continue reading →
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5:54 PM | Sharing (in science) with people you don't particularly like
The Twitt @tehbride raised an interesting mentoring question: Someone wants to see a successful grant a postdoc wrote. It is someone she does not get along with and she doesn't want to share it. 1/2 — Beatrix Kiddo (@tehbride) March 24, 2014   As you are likely aware Dear Reader, due to the accident and […]
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