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January 29, 2015

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6:00 AM | Distraction osteogenesis: little evidence available of effectiveness in maxillary hypoplasia in cleft lip and palate patients
This review only found 1 study reported in 5 articles at high risk of bias that compared distraction osteogenesis to conventional orthognathic surgery for the treatment of maxillary hypoplasia in cleft lip and palate patients. More high quality trials are needed. The post Distraction osteogenesis: little evidence available of effectiveness in maxillary hypoplasia in cleft lip and palate patients appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:45 AM | Campy hasn’t stabilized in Ireland
Within Ireland, the Food Safety Authority (FSAI) today stated that campylobacteriosis continues to be the most commonly reported foodborne illness in Ireland with 10 times more cases of campylobacteriosis being reported than salmonellosis.  Some 2,288 cases of food poisoning due … Continue reading →
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4:41 AM | Washington firm recalls boneless beef trim product due to possible E. coli O157:H7 contamination
Washington Beef, LLC, a Toppenish, Wash., establishment, is recalling 1,620 pounds of boneless  beef trim product that may be contaminated with E. coli O157:H7, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The following boneless beef product … Continue reading →
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4:18 AM | But what does it really mean? Campylobacteriosis cases stable, listeriosis cases continue to rise in EU
Campylobacteriosis infections reported in humans have now stabilised, after several years of an increasing trend, but it is still the most commonly reported foodborne disease in the EU. Listeriosis and VTEC infections in humans have increased, while reported salmonellosis and … Continue reading →
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3:20 AM | Should I stay or should I go? California deli being sued over Salmonella outbreak
A lawsuit was filed this week on behalf of an Oxnard woman alleging she and at least seven others contracted Salmonella poisoning after eating last year at Brent’s Deli in Thousand Oaks. The suit, filed Monday in Ventura County Superior … Continue reading →
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3:05 AM | Victorian eateries (the Australian ones) with poor hygiene have been named, shamed, fined $450K
Dozens of restaurants, cafes and other eateries in Victoria have copped about $450,000 in fines for breaches of food safety rules. Most of the culprits were Asian food venues, which were prosecuted for offences ranging from failure to protect food … Continue reading →
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2:59 AM | Safety Should NOT Be About Safety
One of our most popular articles in 2014 in terms of the number of comments. We recently asked “What is Safety”? and got quite a mixed response but I think this article by Dr Rob just about nails it!  Safety Should NOT Be About Safety “if your world is just about safety, then your world […] The post Safety Should NOT Be About Safety appeared first on Safety Risk.
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12:47 AM | Food safety’s gotta rule: Uni student says my fridge is your fridge – until the health department shows up
Ernst Bertone and two fellow University of California, Davis graduate students began their experiment last fall with a simple idea: Build a closer community and reduce food waste by sharing food with their neighbors. They placed a community refrigerator on … Continue reading →
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12:34 AM | Willy Wonka would be proud: Microbiological Safety of Low Water Activity Foods and Spices
Chapman has written about his obsession with low moisture foods and how he terrifies his children about Salmonella in chocolate. Now he has a month worth of bedtime reading: The Microbiological Safety of Low Water Activity Foods and Spices Gurtler, … Continue reading →
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12:04 AM | Perishable food: China’s cold chain is improving
Though China’s lack of cold-chain facilities and logistics for perishable products has been its Achilles heel, improvements are expected within the next five years, says Keith Hu, Northwest Cherry Growers representative. Melissa Hansen of Good Fruit Grower writes that China … Continue reading →

January 28, 2015

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10:49 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Exploring the Uberization of work; big retailers fight new OSHA injury reporting rule; Congress members introduce paid leave for federal workers; and John Boehner inadvertently makes the case for a minimum wage increase.
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8:33 PM | Shopping for safety: What is consumer food safety education?
Now that the annual orgy of food safety advice has subsided until the next holiday (that would be the Super Bowl, and all the bad puns), it’s time to ask: are any of these messages effective? Do they actually reduce … Continue reading →
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8:10 PM | Roaches, mold, slime found at routine Georgia restaurant inspection
Laura Berrios of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that a Fulton County health inspector found live roaches in the facility of a Philly & Wings Plus in southwest Atlanta. The routine inspection also turned up slime, mold and food debris in … Continue reading →
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7:25 PM | Should a Newb PI Go Big or Run Long?
The latest version of the query was on the Twotts: Grant? If R00 holder, better to submit new R01 on diff topic early (before yr2) or just collect data & turn into R01 closer to end? — I-75 scientist (@jmcin9) January 28, 2015 My advice, of course, is to do both of these things. Start […]
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5:40 PM | Bioethics Is Not About Technology
Bioethics is not about technology. This is a controversial statement, since bioethicists are often invited to comment on new issues at the interface of technology and health. We comment on gene therapy, on big data and medical research, on the use of advanced imaging techniques in the courtroom. But the questions we address are not [...]
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2:33 PM | Fortification Provides Vitamins and Minerals Essential for Health
Today’s blog, based on data from Sweden, highlights the benefits of consuming fortified foods. Sweden has a history of mandatory iron fortification of white flour since 1944. In 1995, this practice was discontinued. Sjoberg and Hulthen examined the impact of changes in fortification policy on iron intake and serum ferritin stores in 15-16y old adolescents. After the withdrawal of iron fortification in 1995,
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12:46 PM | Too much sitting will harm your health
Evidence has been accumulating about the toll of prolonged sitting, and a new systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows just how harmful sedentary habits can be.
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10:53 AM | Was New York Shut Down by Safety Spuds?
Was New York Shut Down by Safety Spuds? How’s the discourse, by-products and trade-offs!   On 26th January 2015, The US National Weather Service (NWS) predicted that a “potentially historic blizzard”, possibly “the worst ever”, would strike the north eastern states. New York reacted by shutting down their subway system and declaring a travel ban […] The post Was New York Shut Down by Safety Spuds? appeared first on Safety Risk.
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7:49 AM | Understanding user interactions with the artificial pancreas
The ‘artificial pancreas’ is a new treatment for diabetes which allows for the automatic control of blood glucose levels by replicating some of the functions of a healthy pancreas. The system wirelessly links together a set of devices – a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) and insulin pump, both body-mounted, and a tablet-mounted algorithm – in ...read more
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6:34 AM | And fined, again: Owner of UK restaurant banned from running food businesses after premises found to be dirty for third time
A restauranteur has been barred from running any food business after he was convicted of running a dirty Chinese restaurant for the third time in 11 years. Shek Kwok, of Parker Road, Colchester, had admitted seven offences relating to the … Continue reading →
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4:20 AM | Is that all there is? Norovirus suspected by Nebraska health department
The Lincoln-Lancaster County Health Department is investigating an incidence of what it suspects is norovirus. Details of who may have the highly contagious disease, where and how it was reported were not available from the department.  “We have an ongoing … Continue reading →
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3:43 AM | FDA investigating after nails found inside candy in Tennessee
The FDA has launched an investigation to determine who is tampering with candy at a Perry County convenience store. Last November, three people reported finding nails inside Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups at Fat Man’s in Perry County. Now, investigators said … Continue reading →
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3:09 AM | 2 dead, 3 sick from Listeria in Wholesome (?) Soy bean sprouts (final update)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that on November 7, 2014, Wholesome Soy Products Inc. of Chicago, Ill., agreed to close their facility and to cease production and distribution of sprouts. The facility is no longer in production. Sprouts … Continue reading →
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1:04 AM | Farming science, without the conscience
Following an account by Michael Moss in the N.Y. Times last week, a Times editorial says the little-known U.S. Meat Animal Research Center, financed by American taxpayers, which employs the sophisticated tools and scientific expertise of modern animal management — … Continue reading →
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12:59 AM | Salmonella and raw leafy greens most dangerous according to EU risk assessment model
Foods of non-animal origin (FoNAO) are consumed in a variety of forms, being a major component of almost all meals. These food types have the potential to be associated with large outbreaks as seen in 2011 associated with VTEC O104. … Continue reading →

January 27, 2015

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11:46 PM | Marler gets his New Yorker profile
Late one night in September of 2013, Rick Schiller awoke in bed with his right leg throbbing. Schiller, who is in his fifties, lives in San Jose, California. He had been feeling ill all week, and, as he reached under … Continue reading →
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11:34 PM | How about disclosure? Wisconsin restaurants support new food safety standards
Ed Lump, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, writes in the LaCrosse Tribune that to say food safety in restaurants and other food outlets is important is an understatement. However, the public doesn’t hear much about it unless … Continue reading →
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5:06 PM | Friends and Family Influence Your Health: For Better or Worse
Who doesn’t want to be healthy? In an effort to be healthier, we often purchase gym memberships, buy exercise equipment and join weight loss programs. Many will use dietary supplements to ensure nutrient adequacy. However it is hard to change habits, especially if family and friends don’t share similar goals. Using prospective data from adult (≥ 50y) married and cohabiting couples (n = 3,722), Jackson and colleagues examined the influence of partner’s behavior on making […]
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5:00 PM | Nature publishes overwhelmingly proven "NEW AMAZING FINDING" ....because optogenetics!
The PR headlines are breathless and consistent: Researchers Identify Brain Circuit That Regulates Thirst Brain’s On-Off Thirst Switch Identified The paper is here. Yuki Oka, Mingyu Ye & Charles S. Zuker Thirst driving and suppressing signals encoded by distinct neural populations in the brain Nature (2015) doi:10.1038/nature14108 The takeaway punch message from the Abstract: These […]
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4:39 PM | Not an “accident”: Jason Strycharz, 40, suffers fatal work-related injury in Middletown, CT
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on January 23, 2015 in Middletown, CT.
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