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March 26, 2015

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8:14 AM | Fancy food ain’t safe food: Mexico engagement edition
A romantic couple’s plans for a dream engagement at a luxury sunshine holiday resort were wrecked – when the groom-to-be was struck by suspected salmonella poisoning. Joe Kilgannon, 24, and bride-to-be Cezanne Bannon, 22, are suing a holiday company after … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | Strong primary care can help improve efficiency, says WHO report
In her blog, Caroline De Brún considers a recently published report by the World Health Organization, comparing strengths and issues faced by primary care health systems in Europe. The post Strong primary care can help improve efficiency, says WHO report appeared first on The Commissioning Elf.
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5:59 AM | Atraumatic restorative treatment for older adults
This randomised controlled trial compares atraumatic restorative treatment in older patients to conventional care finding no statistically significant difference at 2 years. The post Atraumatic restorative treatment for older adults appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:13 AM | Regulatory myths
Ronald L. Doering, the first president of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and currently counsel in the Ottawa offices of Gowlings, writes: One of the most persistent regulatory myths is the notion that politics can and should be kept out … Continue reading →
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1:55 AM | UAE: Food safety violators to face stiff fine and jail
The Federal National Council (FNC) on Tuesday approved a draft law on food safety with minor amendments, with suggested jail terms of up to two years and fines ranging from Dh100,000 to Dh2 million for flouting food safety rules. The … Continue reading →

March 25, 2015

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11:54 PM | Katie Overbey: March gastro madness
Katie Overbey, a food science graduate student at NC State who focuses on food safety communication and norovirus writes: Basketball has been on my mind a lot this past week and I’ve wondered a few times what would happen if … Continue reading →
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11:20 PM | Why I don’t eat raw shellfish: Viruses in food
The UK Advisory Committee on the Microbiological Safety of Food (ACMSF) has published its extensive review of viruses in the food chain. The ACMSF set up a group to revisit the issue of foodborne viruses in light of developments in … Continue reading →
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10:53 PM | Cameras are everywhere: Newfoundland uni probing student complaints of raw, mouldy food
The food service at Memorial University in St. John’s, N.L. is looking into complaints of spoiled meals, after photos of mouldy and raw products allegedly served at a campus dining hall were posted to social media. A collection of photos … Continue reading →
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9:35 PM | More data to explain.....attitudes.
via: http://twitter.com/MHendr1cks/status/580831188820090880    Rockey had posted on the amount of grant money going to age groups, this Tweep divided by the number of PIs in each group.  I had two immediate thoughts. When the end of the doubling hit, if you were 50 or under you felt it immediately.  If you were 56 or older at that […]
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9:04 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Reporters investigate the state of safety at oil refineries following the 2005 Texas City explosion; fast food workers file OSHA complaints; farm workers go on strike in Baja California; and San Francisco officials vote in support of fair working conditions for shuttle bus workers.
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7:46 PM | Prepared Indian foods recalled for botulism concerns in Scotland
A range of pre-prepared Indian foods from the Mrs Unis brand have been recalled by the Food Standards Agency following concerns over the Edinburgh-based company’s procedures to control Clostridium botulinum. The brand, headed by veteran businesswoman Shaheen Unis, dubbed “Scotland’s … Continue reading →
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7:34 PM | Cities using social media to police restaurants
While cities like Guelph, Ontario, are being dragged into the age of public disclosure, countries like Singapore have been training and using restaurant patrons as gumshoes for a decade to help public health types identify possible infractions through the use … Continue reading →
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7:22 PM | How Canadian: Restaurant food safety reporting needs review in Guelph
According to this editorial, it seems like the Guelph-area public health unit can take extra steps to make the community more aware of food safety issues at local eateries. Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health’s latest records show it has recently flagged 152 … Continue reading →
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7:10 PM | Fancy food ain’t safe food: UK Hell’s Kitchen edition
The owner of an award-winning café must pay out thousands for food safety offences that include leaving raw chickens next to a block of cheese. Helen Pattinson, 47, who ran Hell’s Kitchen, in Stockport centre, until it closed in summer … Continue reading →
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7:03 PM | Blue Bell outbreak: Faith-based food safety doesn’t get rid of Listeria
An outbreak of listeria that contributed to the deaths of three people has been traced to a second production facility operated by Blue Bell Ice Cream. Blue Bell spokesman Gene Grabowski said Tuesday that a contaminated 3-ounce cup of ice … Continue reading →
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3:10 PM | 420andme
I just had this genius idea. A public science service modeled on 23andme where you send in your pot sample for both genetic analysis ("You have new strain-relatives, want to connect and share experiences?") and content of various cannabinoids and what not. Add in some health survey stuff and away we go.
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1:31 PM | Why do people with multiple long-term conditions report worse patient experience in primary care?
A new paper by CCHSR researchers, based on the GP Patient Survey, explores why people with multimorbidity report more negative experiences of care compared to those patients who have none, or one, long-term conditions.
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10:54 AM | Young Children Require Vitamins to Develop
Poor vitamin status contributes to poor growth in children 6-to 30-months of age. This is the conclusion of Strand and colleagues from a randomized, placebo controlled double-blind study providing twice the Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of folic acid and/or vitamin B12 (vs placebo) daily for 6 months. While caregivers may sometimes feel they have relinquished control of their lives to their children, the food and cultural experiences of toddlers are set by caregivers. 
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9:47 AM | 6 sick with campy: California warns of raw milk
California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today warned consumers that the consumption of unpasteurized (raw) dairy products may cause serious illness. Six Northern California residents have recently been diagnosed with campylobacteriosis, a … Continue reading →
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9:35 AM | Boo-hoo: Australian raw milk pushers losing thousands under new laws
 New Victorian laws governing the sale of unpasteurised milk are costing organic dairy farmers thousands of dollars. The death of a three-year-old boy last year, as well as three additional cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome in children under 5-years-old prompted … Continue reading →
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9:07 AM | Sick at school? Here’s the stats
(With thanks to Batz for the tip) Fitting that we had a parent-teacher interview tonight. The teacher doesn’t give the grade 1 students fruit breaks, when every other class does, because, “the students didn’t seem to mind working through.” I … Continue reading →
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6:01 AM | Crown preparation – limited high quality evidence available
This review pulls together 117 studies on, biological parameters, preparation geometry, and technical conditions of crown preparation. However only 23 of the studies are clinical providing limited evidence for crown preparation. The post Crown preparation – limited high quality evidence available appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:00 AM | The long and winding road of frozen spinach in organic, industrially-produced food
It started on Sunday, when Amy’s Kitchen, of Petaluma, Calif., issued a voluntary recall of nearly 74,000 cases of products that may include frozen spinach potentially tainted with Listeria, such as include frozen vegetable lasagna, brown rice and vegetable bowls, … Continue reading →

March 24, 2015

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10:05 PM | Disease to Digest – Haemophilia
Some people will know of this rare disorder because of its prominent feature in European Royalty, or as the textbook example of a recessive X-linked genetic disorder. Haemophilia is a group of inherited genetic disorders that affect the body’s ability to control blood clotting. Coagulation (clotting) is the process in which the blood clots to […]
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9:56 PM | Not an “accident”: James Harrison, 35, suffers fatal work-related injury in Jal, NM
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on March 11, 2015 in Jal, NM
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8:46 PM | Poster GLOBVAC conference 2015
Entomological collections in areas targeted for a cluster randomized controlled trial to prevent malaria in Ethiopia: Results from a pilot study Oljira Kenea1, Meshesha Balkew1, Teshome Gebre-Micheal1, Taye Gari2, Eskindir Loha2, Wakgari Deressa1,Alemayehu Dessalegn1, Bjarne Robberstad3, Hans J Overgaard4, Bernt Continue reading →
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8:43 PM | Pennington writes: Outbreaks are full of lessons
I’ve never met Hugh Pennington (or Sir Hugh as he’s known to some), but as far as food safety gurus go, he’s way up there. In 1997 he led a public inquiry into a massive E. coli O157 outbreak linked … Continue reading →
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8:20 PM | Walking the walk
Ashley Chaifetz, a PhD student studying public policy at UNC-Chapel Hill writes: A company should be able to survive and improve in the wake of a major food recall; it’s an opportunity to reevaluate and strengthen what’s great about an operation … Continue reading →
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7:59 PM | Poster on malaria at GLOBVAC 2015 conference
Malaria incidence in areas targeted for a cluster randomised controlled trial to prevent malaria in Ethiopia: Results from a pilot study Taye Gari1, Eskindir Loha1, Wakgari Deressa 2, Alemayehu Hailu 2, Oljira Kenea 2, Meshesha Balkew2, Teshome Gebremichael 2, Bjarne Robberstad3, Continue reading →
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7:52 PM | No hepatitis please; I’m not that punk
As I listen to my iTunes library on shuffle, the punk rock oracles, NOFX, come on and at the end of Bob off of I Heard They Suck Live (they kind of do) one of the singers says in some … Continue reading →
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