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September 16, 2014

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4:59 AM | Root canal master apical file size: is bigger better?
This review looks at whether large apical master files lead to better root canal treatment outcomes. Only a limited number of low quality studies are available so at present we are uncertain. The post Root canal master apical file size: is bigger better? appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:08 AM | UK holidaymaker’s payout after contracting E. coli
A holidaymaker has won just under £3,000 in compensation from a travel company after contracting E. coli on one of their holidays. Carl Pallant, 29, from Horsham, was staying with his girlfriend at Vincci Taj Sultan hotel in Tunisia when … Continue reading →
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1:59 AM | Listeria concerns on the rise for pregnant women?
Listeria has always been a concern, but according to a NBC news affiliate, it’s new. And people wonder why mainstream journalism is dying. “While normally this is a bacteria our bodies can fight off, for expecting women, it becomes more … Continue reading →
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12:29 AM | Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety
Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety One of the best ways of learning safety is through scenarios. Scenarios are constructed to either replicate real situations to maximize perception of recognizable cues or, to enhance the imagination of possibilities. One of the greatest capabilities a safety person can have is a creative imagination. Most times when […] The post Scenario Learning in Risk and Safety appeared first on Safety Risk.

September 15, 2014

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9:19 PM | Amputations, hospitalizations the subject of new OSHA reporting rule
Beginning January 1, 2015, employers in the 29 states covered by federal OSHA will have new requirements for reporting work-related hospitalizations and amputations.
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7:27 PM | Going public saves lives: E. coli kills child in Italy
My Italian food safety friend provides the following: Last summer, Apulia, a region in Italy’s south, was hit by a hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) outbreak with 20 cases; it was eventually linked to dairy products. When two children came down … Continue reading →
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6:39 PM | Thought of the Day on how the Public Views Scientists
The comments that are submitted to the NPR pieces on NIH, NIH-funded science and academic careers by Richard Harris (see here, here, here) are interesting. One of the things that is immediately picked up by the typical reader is the conceit we scientists express about having a job paid for by taxpayer funds, that allows […]
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4:54 PM | On Feminist 0.6 thinking
Look, it's a long slog to make yourself a decent person. I once wrote a fairly popular blog post entitled "I am". It contained passages such as I am a friend. A friend to women who I met when I was 5 years old, ones I met in high school, college, grad school. Women I […]
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4:10 PM | Scientists "cut corners", eh, NPR?
The latest in the NIH/science focused series from Richard Harris is: Patients Vulnerable When Cash-Strapped Scientists Cut Corners It hits on some of the expected themes. Including: Most of the experimental ALS drugs, it turns out, undergo very perfunctory testing in animals before moving into human tests — based on flimsy evidence. In hopes of […]
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3:21 PM | A ‘What-If’ Kind of Day…
Monday morning blues. An ecological analysis of databases by the Food Agricultural Organization (FAO), World Health Organization (WHO), and World Bank finds a direct dose-response association between the adoption of a sedentary lifestyle with western dietary patterns and the global rise in diabetes prevalence. Depressing news. What does it take to help people make healthier lifestyle choices? For years as a professor, I thought the answer was in education. This argument was undermined when the […]
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1:00 PM | WHO Releases New Suicide Report
Every suicide is a tragedy. It is estimated that over 800 000 people die by suicide and that there are many suicide for each death. The impact on families, friends and communities is devastating and far-reaching, even long after persons...            Related StoriesSeptember 10 is World Suicide Prevention DayCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?Can Media Use Cause ADHD Symptoms in Children? 
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1:00 PM | Rare enterovirus in US children: what’s going on?
Recently, a mild-to-severe respiratory illness in children in the Southeast and Midwest United States has been emerging. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that between mid-August and September 11th, 2014, their laboratory has confirmed …The post Rare enterovirus in US children: what’s going on? appeared first on Public Health.
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10:17 AM | Medication errors in primary care in the developing world
Global spending on pharmaceuticals is roughly a $1 trillion, dominated by the US, Japan and major EU economies. Yet emerging markets and the developing world still account for around a third of expenditure. That’s a lot of medicines and it’s growing. With this substantial use of medications comes a significant risk of harm, compounded by ...read more
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8:30 AM | Co-production is essential to effective commissioning and service development, says London’s diabetes care pathway
This guide is the result of discussions with health professionals and people with diabetes Types 1 and 2, and surveys investigating the levels of service provision in London. The reason for this work is because people with from diabetes often suffer from mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, phobias, adjustment to their condition, eating [read the full story...]
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5:01 AM | Orthodontic treatment for crowding: review found similar results with early and late extractions
This new review looks at early or late premolar extraction for the orthodontic treatment of severe crowding. However, only seven retrospective studies are available so it is difficult to assess which protocol is more effective. The post Orthodontic treatment for crowding: review found similar results with early and late extractions appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:54 AM | Public Health in the News – September 14, 2014
Global Scientists mapping the spread of Ebola gave grim news that it is likely to spread to hundreds of thousands of people and last up to 18 months more before it is under control. A cool new device may help global health workers everywhere. Called K-1, it is the first syringe to automatically disable once it’s […]
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1:52 AM | Finding vomit on an airplane
Illness happens on planes, and when it does it’s miserable. In 2009 I dealt with campylobacteriosis over a day of travel from Manhattan (Kansas) to Raleigh. In 2013, then four-year-old Jack yacked on a flight which led to a fascinating approach by … Continue reading →

September 14, 2014

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11:40 PM | Injury Response
Injury Response I’ve had several conversations with safety people about response to events and incidents on site. One mate on a tier 1 site explains the Safety Advisor role as simply ‘demoralising’. So I thought I would try to mimic the typical safety spud head response to an incident. (Spud walks in the door) Bill: Hey Spud, where have you been? Spud: Sorry, my phone has been playing up. Bill: Well, there’s been an accident down near the batch plant, you […]
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8:48 PM | Worker Injuries May Take Years to Become a Fatality
Worker Injuries May Take Years to Become a Fatality By Phil LaDuke on his blog. READ THE ORIGINAL ARTICLE HERE. Phil says: Yesterday the workplace killed another one of my loved ones. I honestly don't have the energy to promote this one, but as you each have in your own way been such a part of my journey I share it with you. Editors note:  Another brilliant, committed safety professional who is just not that into safety anymore I have more than a couple of people question my motives in […]
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3:20 PM | The Ebola War
Things are just awful in Liberia, and getting worse elsewhere as well. The problem now clearly outpaces the response, resulting in shortages of everything from barrier protection to hospital beds. Worse, there is a breakdown in civil order and trust that makes it impossible to do the hard work of case identification, contact tracing and education--which is what ultimately brings epidemics under control. The latest, and somewhat controversial, call is for a large-scale military or […]
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12:00 PM | The Jesus Experiment (Part 1 of 2)
For Milton Rokeach, it would be more than an experiment in treating mental illness. In many ways, it would be one of the most remarkable studies of its kind ever undertaken and help transform the very meaning of human identity....            Related StoriesCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?Does Fertility Affect Attractiveness?Can Media Use Cause ADHD Symptoms in Children? 
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2:10 AM | Filthy ‘Scooby Doo!’ ice cream van served UK kids
We have an ice cream truck that trolls around our Brisbane neighborhood as the kids are coming home from school. I find that creepy. UK environmental health officers say the state of an ice cream van serving children in Bransholme … Continue reading →

September 13, 2014

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4:55 PM | Top Papers in Infection Prevention
Last week, Andreas Voss gave a talk on the year's top papers in infection prevention at ICAAC. He graciously allowed us to post his slides to the blog. To see his presentation, click here. Thanks, Andreas!
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3:04 PM | A simple question (or two) on training graduate students
This one is directed at my Readers who have supervised graduate students through the PhD in their laboratory. Have you ever, at any point, thought that you should not train more than replacement value (n=1)? If not, why not? What influences in your life have shaped your decision to train graduate students? What is YOUR […]
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6:48 AM | 157 sick, up from 11 last year; reports of crypto rise in Florida county
The Florida Department of Health in Hillsborough County is asking for the public’s help to prevent the spread of Cryptosporidiosis, a disease that spreads easily person to person in in households, child-care settings and schools, and through swimming in contaminated … Continue reading →
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6:40 AM | E. coli connection in Oregon? 3-year-old girl also gets sick
After seeing reports on KATU TV, the family of a 3-year-old girl who got sick from E. coli is convinced that the case is connected to another case of E. coli that killed 4-year-old Serena Profitt on Monday. Both children … Continue reading →
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6:24 AM | Man cooks ex her dog for dinner
In a scene straight out of the vastly underrated movie, War of the Roses, a California man was arrested on charges of stalking and animal cruelty after his ex-girlfriend told police that he killed and cooked her dog before feeding … Continue reading →
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1:01 AM | Food Safety Talk 65: All My Ports are Engaged
Food Safety Talk, a bi-weekly podcast for food safety nerds, by food safety nerds. The podcast is hosted by Ben Chapman and barfblog contributor Don Schaffner, Extension Specialist in Food Science and Professor at Rutgers University. Every two weeks or … Continue reading →

September 12, 2014

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10:46 PM | 5 kids sickened by E. coli-related infection in Kentucky
Five Kentucky children were being treated at Kosair Children’s Hospital on Friday for a potentially life-threatening syndrome usually caused by E. coli infection, and the state health department has launched an investigation into how they got sick. “There is a … Continue reading →
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10:36 PM | Temp workers organize for change in an industry rife with reported abuses: ‘They would treat people as disposable’
For eight years, Dora worked at a frozen pizza factory in Romeoville, Illinois, called Great Kitchens. For eight hours a day — sometimes seven days a week — she assembled pizza boxes or arranged cheese and other toppings on pizzas. The consequences of years of such repetitive work surfaced in October 2012, when her hands would go numb and a painful cyst formed on her left wrist. She told her supervisor about the problem, but he said he couldn’t do anything about it — […]
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