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March 30, 2014

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10:26 PM | $35 a day
A new paper in the American Journal of Infection Control takes a look at the cost of contact precautions. The investigators determined that on average 48 gowns and pairs of gloves are used daily for each isolated patient, and donning and removing the personal protective equipment consumed 43 minutes of time per isolated patient per day. This resulted in a cost of $35 per isolated patient day. In the ICU setting the cost was higher at $42. Of course, this represents a fraction of the true cost […]
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10:02 PM | Survival of Salmonella during baking of peanut butter cookies
Peanuts and peanut-based products have been the source of recent Salmonella outbreaks worldwide. Because peanut butter is commonly used as an ingredient in baked goods, such as cookies, the potential risk of Salmonella remaining in these products after baking needs to be assessed. This … Continue reading →
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9:49 PM | Most juice outlets in Kochi function by flouting food safety norms
Locating a juice shop in the city fully complying with the guidelines prescribed by the Commissioner of Food Safety may be a Herculean task this summer. With shops mushrooming in every nook and cranny in Kochi, Indian Food Safety officials … Continue reading →
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4:19 PM | University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown identifies norovirus outbreak, takes steps to limit virus exposure
A few years ago fellow graduate student Brae Surgeoner had a fun idea to collect behavior data in the midst of an outbreak. The University of Guelph was dealing with a bunch of illnesses that seemed to be linked to … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | The Twin Doctor (Part 2 of 2)
Continued from Part One Josef Mengele didn't do all the research himelf alone, of course. Since many of the inmates were physicians themelves, Mengele was in a good position to force them to conduct much of the research, collect results,...            Related StoriesThe Twin DoctorExploring the Hollow EarthThird Trial Underway in Psychologist Murder 
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6:01 AM | Linked to global frozen fruit outbreak? 28 cases of hepatitis A infection reported in Norway
A total of 28 cases of hepatitis A infection has been reported over the last few months in Norway, where this disease is said to be rare, the Norwegian news Agency NTB reported Saturday, quoting public health officials. In almost … Continue reading →
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5:53 AM | Handheld inspection tool may increase food safety for soldiers
Military food inspectors may one day hold the key to avoiding foodborne illness in the palms of their hands. The U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center is working to develop a small, sensitive, hand-held device that will … Continue reading →
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5:46 AM | Worst food safety failures in NSW grocery stores
Rodents, bugs, filth and expired food have caused nearly 300 supermarkets, greengrocers and delis to be slapped with fines over the past six years, data from the New South Wales Food Authority shows. The IGA Plus Liquor store in East … Continue reading →
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5:31 AM | First cases documented of TB caught from cats
There was this one time, I went to the U.S., and when I returned there were two Persian furballs in the house. I vacuumed this morning and reminded Amy, you wanted fluffy cats, right? dShe laughed as she went out … Continue reading →

March 28, 2014

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11:45 PM | Why Salmonella needs to be prevented and controlled; 1 million jars of peanut butter to be dumped in landfill
Nearly a million jars of peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill to expedite the sale of a bankrupt peanut-processing plant that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall. Bankruptcy trustee Clarke … Continue reading →
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9:52 PM | Parents in Ohio say their kids not allowed to wash hands at school
First thing I do when a kid is checked into a new daycare or school is check out the handwashing facilities. Proper handwashing requires access to proper tools: vigorously running water, soap and paper towels. Sorenne says at her kindergarten … Continue reading →
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9:36 PM | A medieval hermit, a religious nut and a mobile phone enter a pub……….
Sometimes it is a very good idea to look at a problem from a completely different and sometimes unexpected angle. That’s what this post is all about. It’s about idiopathic environmental intolerance, or, in medical terminology “I don’t feel well and my doctor has no idea what it is, but I am pretty sure it’s […]
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9:33 PM | Benzodiazepines can Kill You
I’ve written about the dangers of Xanax (alprazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), and other drugs in a class of drugs called ‘benzodiazepines’.  The drugs are grossly over-used by patients, and over-prescribed by psychiatrists, usually for patient complaints of anxiety. My primary concern over use of benzodiazepines is that when used to treat anxiety, they are more likely […]
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8:47 PM | ‘Why do we have to wash our hands? We wear gloves’ bad inspection forces Wisconsin McDonald’s to close, give refunds
A McDonald’s at 3131 Mayfair Road in Wauwatosa was, according to the Journal Sentinel, closed briefly two weeks ago because of issues with handwashing, and the restaurant was forced to give customers refunds at the counter, public records from the … Continue reading →
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7:47 PM | World Health Organization Infographic on Vector Diseases
Dengue outbreaks in Malaysia have quadrupled since 2010 creating a significant disease burden in the country. Infographics, media campaigns and disease prevention strategies have been proven to improve public understanding of communicable diseases. There is a need for clear, concise information which is readily available without extensive research. The use of social media through #Just1Bite becomes an effective conduit between the healthcare organization and the individual. The digitalization […]
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6:16 PM | How healthy is your county? This year’s County Health Rankings underscore that place matters
This year’s County Health Rankings once again illustrate why geography and good health go hand-in-hand. They’re also a poignant reminder that there may be no better way to improve health for all than by focusing on the social determinants of health.
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6:08 PM | Omega-3 Index, Inflammation and Cardiovascular Health
Inflammation is observed in individuals,  especially obese persons, even without evidence of cardiovascular disease, a high incidence of metabolic syndrome and risk of diabetes. Inflammation may lead to atherosclerosis of vessels to increase risk of stroke and heart attack. Although prescription medicines called statins appear to reduce arterial inflammation, the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guidelines to expand statin therapies to older individuals without […]
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5:58 PM | Russian factory staff bathes in cheese vat
Still hurting from their early exit in the 2014 men’s Olympic hockey tournament, Russians have apparently resorted to bathing with cheese to heal the wounds. And are sharing the activities on Instagram. Or something like that. According to Opposing Views, … Continue reading →
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5:13 PM | Thought of the Day
One of the obvious desires and needs of the newly minted Assistant Professor is to rapidly establish his or her independent laboratory focus. To show the world, in both formal and informal ways, that all that brilliant work has indeed been driven forward by this new Principal Investigator. As part of this it is necessary […]
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3:07 PM | How might we harness the power of patient experience to drive improvements in care?
Much more can be done to use patient experience as a driver for improving quality of care, so say Angela Coulter and colleagues in a thoughtful BMJ analysis. So, where do we start? Professor Coulter and colleagues advocate for a national institute of ‘user’ experience.  Indeed, this could provide a catalyst for bringing together different ...read more
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1:57 PM | 5 Pointers for a Better Poster
There is a big difference between the research posters we make in graduate school compared with our seventh grade science projects. Some of us, myself included, managed to dodge poster projects all through undergrad, until one day as graduate students we find ourselves staring blankly at the submission form for a poster session at a […]
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9:30 AM | Mayim Bialik is a problematic ambassador for science
Mayim Bialik is an actress. She grew up playing TV’s “Blossom,” and recently has surfaced again on television as Dr. Amy Farrah Fowler, a neurobiologist on “The Big Bang Theory.” In between, she went to college and on to grad school, receiving a PhD in neuroscience. She is a “Brand Ambassador” for Texas Instruments and…
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9:06 AM | Sent to US military bases; USDA FSIS issues public health alert for processed egg products unfit for human consumption
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a massive recall on food sent to the men and women who serve the U.S. According to USDA, “Nutriom LLC” sent false test reports about thousands of pounds of eggs, many of which … Continue reading →
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8:56 AM | Five new Listeria species found; may improve tests
Cornell researchers have discovered five new species of Listeria – including one named for Cornell – that provide new insights that could lead to better ways to detect soil bacteria in food. To date, of the 10 previously known species of Listeria, … Continue reading →
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8:52 AM | UK retail group fined £8700 over food hygiene offences
Food had to be removed from a village shop on four occasions and destroyed after safety inspectors found it posed a risk to public health. McColls store in Lytham Road, Warton, came under suspicion after customer complained milk bought there … Continue reading →
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8:28 AM | Europe assesses the risk of Salmonella and Norovirus in leafy greens
Rainfall, use of contaminated water for irrigation or contaminated equipment are among the factors that cause contamination of leafy greens with Salmonella and Norovirus. These are some of the findings of EFSA’s latest opinion on risk factors that contribute to … Continue reading →
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12:03 AM | Organ Donor Crisis: The Need for New Solutions
by Gregory Tyson, PhD student In 1950 Dr. Richard Lawler performed the first human kidney transplant in Chicago. This was the first of many pioneering procedures that led to transplantation of livers, hearts, and other organs into human patients. As immunosuppressive drugs were developed and the techniques required for successful transplants were mastered, it was […]

March 27, 2014

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11:41 PM | Over 100 sickened; Salmonella linked to unlabeled Mexican-style cheese in Illinois
The Illinois Department of Public Health issued a warning Thursday, saying 100 people have contracted Salmonella linked to illegally manufactured Mexican-style cheeses. Health departments in Cook, DuPage, Boone, Fayette, Kane, Lake, LaSalle, Macon, Marion, McHenry, Vermillion, Washington and Will counties … Continue reading →
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11:33 PM | ‘Tip of iceburg’ 7 sick from Campylobacter linked to NZ raw milk
A recent outbreak of Campylobacter in Timaru, New Zealand, has been blamed on raw milk. Seven people have been confirmed as having Campylobacter after purchasing raw milk from a farm on the outskirts of Timaru. South Canterbury Medical Officer of … Continue reading →
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7:01 PM | Michigan restaurant investigated for norovirus; responds on Facebook
The Beltline Bar, a Grand Rapids Michigan Fixture is at the center of an outbreak investigation. According to the Grand Rapids Press, at least 10 individuals have called the health department reporting symptoms of norovirus. The Kent County Health Department … Continue reading →
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