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June 29, 2014

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1:28 AM | What the HAC?!
The University of Wisconsin (UW) Hospital is an excellent institution with a stellar infection prevention program. In fact, last year they won the prestigious U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Partnership in Prevention Award, which recognizes “prevention leaders in the U.S…who have achieved wide-scale reduction and progress toward elimination of targeted health care associated infections.” Sadly, this achievement may not be enough to keep HHS from levying […]

June 28, 2014

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4:30 PM | Hepatitis A incident leads Colorado restaurant to make vaccinations for staff mandatory
Ft. Collins Colarodo is home of New Belgium beer, Colorado State University, and a restaurant that has been stung by having a food handler test positive with Hepatitis A. According to thedenverchannel.com, Tortilla Marissa’s North of the Border Cafe is closed until public … Continue reading →
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4:08 PM | Leftover food sharing in Germany leaves a bad taste in my mouth
My role as dad and food dude has morphed in the past year –  I now do most of our food shopping and cooking. Two or three days a week I make meals with the plan that they will also … Continue reading →

June 27, 2014

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11:56 PM | Vibrio cholera in Mexico City
On September 2 and 6, 2013, Mexico’s National System of Epidemiological Surveillance identified two cases of cholera in Mexico City. Rectal swab cultures from both patients were confirmed as toxigenic Vibrio cholerae serogroup O1, serotype Ogawa, biotype El Tor. Pulsed-field … Continue reading →
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11:19 PM | Pregnancy associated listeriosis – clinical characteristics and geospatial analysis of 10 years in Israel
Whenever I talk, I make sure the women in the crowd know about Listeria and what to do. This is an additional reason why.   Clinical Infectious Diseases Hila Elinav, Anat Hershko-Klement, Lea Valinsky, Josef Jaffe, Anat Wiseman, Hila Shimon, … Continue reading →
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11:11 PM | One country’s food safety program is another’s non-tariff trade barrier; catfish threaten US trade deal
Ten Asian and Pacific nations have, according to the N.Y. Times, told the Office of the United States Trade Representative that the Agriculture Department’s catfish inspection program violates international law, and their objections could hamper Obama administration efforts to reach … Continue reading →
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7:06 PM | Study: New method of mapping HIV transmission risk may be more efficient way to prevent infection
Ideally, everyone should be tested for HIV. In reality, however, only about half of U.S. adults have ever been tested for HIV and about half of the 50,000 new infections that happen every year in the U.S. are transmitted by people who are unaware of their HIV status. Such statistics recently lead a group of researchers to ask if there’s a more efficient way to go about curbing the HIV epidemic.
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6:52 PM | Would Nutritional Status Maps Influence where you Choose to Live?
In an extremely insightful article in Scientific American, Melinda Wenner Moyer identifies the challenges in getting a clear, cohesive picture on the role nutrients play in maintaining health. Within the article she cites Dr Robert Heaney’s guidelines on study design. 1.       Measure baseline nutrient status, use status as an inclusion criterion, and in reporting results.
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11:01 AM | No glove, no love: California law repeal edition
Mandating glove use or no barehand contact quickly becomes a political issue. The public health folks point at risk factors and research that suggests that a barehand contact violation is twice as likely to occur at a norovirus outbreak-linked restaurant … Continue reading →
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7:00 AM | Commissioning not yet reached potential in improving outcomes and efficiencies in mental health, says new report
This new paper shares findings from small-scale research into the perceptions and experiences of third sector organisations in NHS and local authority-led commissioning of mental health services.   The role of the third sector is of particular interest, given current policy directions towards greater integration, parity of esteem, personal health budgets, community mobilisation and cross sector working.  The [read the full story...]
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5:00 AM | Small study suggests positive effect for hyaluronic acid spray on swelling and trismus after third molar removal
Postoperative pain, swelling and trismus are common postoperative problems following the removal of impacted third molars. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a major carbohydrate component of the extracellular matrix and can be found in many tissues and has been introduced as a bio-material with potential to enhance wound healing. It has been used in ophthalmology, dermatology, [read the full story...]
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2:46 AM | Dirt on the menu? It’s ‘hyper-local’
My friend Steve managed his four kids and mealtime with frozen veggies, and I sorta did the same. But in provactive food porn, for those who’s lives are hopelessly dull, Toronto’s Globe and Mail reports chef Justin Cournoyer is heading … Continue reading →
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2:23 AM | Go beyond piping hot? new UK food poisoning figures published
New research published by the Food Standards Agency gives the most detailed picture yet of how many people suffer from food poisoning in the UK every year and how much food poisoning can be attributed to different foods. The findings … Continue reading →
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2:12 AM | Now market it, so consumers know at retail; nearly all Westside melon handlers now certified
Tom Burfield of The Packer reports that as California’s Westside cantaloupe industry kicks off its second season under a safety inspection program, nearly all of the state’s cantaloupe handlers have received the required certification, said John Gilstrap, manager of the … Continue reading →
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1:58 AM | MMWR Express app for iPhone and iPad now available
My second favorite bathtime pastime is  MMWR, otherwise know as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. And now there’s an app for that. MMWR Express, is now available for free download in the Apple App … Continue reading →

June 26, 2014

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10:32 PM | Foods are Safe, Regulated by the FDA and to be Enjoyed by Families
According to The Economist, research studies can make ‘big news’ and then after the dust settles scientists sometimes discover errors in peer-reviewed findings. Spectacularly bad reporting can lead to claims that hurricanes with feminine names were more ‘deadly’ than hurricanes with masculine names (see Why Female Hurricanes Made Getting the Story Right, Hard by Paige Brown). The Environmental Working Group issued a report “How Much is Too Much? Excess Vitamins in […]
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8:48 PM | Clarity
This sentence gave me cold chills. Younger scientists need protection from the ambitions of their elders.
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8:26 PM | Science: happy.
I see Twitter based networks of newishly transitioned scientists forming and I cannot wait to see some collaborative papers emerge. Get on it Tweepers!
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8:07 PM | Following tested procedures is better than the sniff test
My dad, who is of dutch heritage, made me eat a lot of stuff growing up that his mom made for him. I still like speculaas cookies, but zuurkool, a dish made with sauerkraut and potatoes was not something I was into.  Sauerkraut … Continue reading →
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2:51 PM | Reflections of a Global Health Leader
  Talk about a doctor on the move. For nearly four decades – from Guatemala to Uganda and points in between, Dr. Jerry Paccione Jr. has been a galvanizing force in promoting global health. His drive to treat patients in remote areas where health care is extremely limited has resulted in one of Einstein’s most vibrant [...]
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1:22 PM | States and localities are where it’s at, opportunities to win safer workplaces
Advocates for safer workplaces are looking to advance reforms at the state and local level. A new manual "Winning Safer Workplaces" is designed to enhance the conversation.
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12:00 PM | Does Work Shape Identity?
Although work is a core part of life, the direction of influence from personality to work has typically been conceived as only unidirectional. A study published in the Journal of Applied Psychology aims to contribute to the literature by considering...            Related StoriesCan Virtual "House Calls" Help Dementia Patients?Living with BetrayalWhen Parents are Harsh 
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4:59 AM | Periodontal treatment may be effective in improving metabolic control in diabetics but clinical significance is unclear
The destructive form of periodontal disease, periodontitis, affects approximately 50% of adults and over 60% of over 65 year olds, with severe periodontitis affecting 10–15% of populations. It is biologically plausible that chronic inflammation from periodontal disease has an impact on diabetes control and a number of epidemiological studies have highlighted associations between the two [read the full story...]
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4:38 AM | Amy Hubbell and Einstein
When I first met Amy almost nine years ago, i asked her what she did. She struggled with that, but not so much anymore. Happy 40th birthday to the love of my life.  

June 25, 2014

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11:23 PM | Whole Foods still sucks at food; penalized for overcharging buyers
Whole Foods will pay about $800,000 in penalties and fees after an investigation found the grocery retailer was overcharging customers in California. State and local inspectors discovered that the chain overcharged customers, didn’t subtract the weight of containers and sold … Continue reading →
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11:05 PM | E. coli on a lot of Norwegian meat
The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (FSA) has discovered antibiotic resistant E. coli bacteria in turkey fillets on the Norwegian market, the Norwegian news agency NTB reported on Tuesday. The FSA deputy supervisory director, Ole Fjetland, said that the situation is … Continue reading →
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10:59 PM | EPA appeals to its workers not to poop in the hallway
There was this one time, Chapman fell asleep in a Montreal hotel hallway. We thought he was dead, and then I called his partner, which only made things worse, but I was the supervisor and he was the grad student. … Continue reading →
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10:36 PM | (This is satire): FDA recalls food, out of an abundance of caution
Saying it was vitally important that citizens avoid consuming any of the affected items, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a nationwide recall of all food Wednesday. “We are asking all Americans to return any edible products they own … Continue reading →
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7:58 PM | Food fraud — a history lesson
Alan Reilly, chief executive of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland writes that the oft quoted phrase; “those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it” might easily be applied to the food chain, particularly given the renewed … Continue reading →
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7:44 PM | Sneeze guard? I don’t need no stinkin sneeze guard. Obama lunches at Chipotle
I still don’t like Chipotle and their fatuous claims on food safety. There was a period during Amy’s pregnancy five years ago when I held my nose and went there because Amy was pregnant and had cravings. On Monday, U.S. … Continue reading →
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