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April 17, 2014

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9:09 PM | Your germy digital footprints are everywhere. Scientists are watching.
Looked up something on Wikipedia lately? That may be enough for a computer to guess if you’re sick. According to a new study in PLOS Computational Biology, the most accurate, timely data about how the flu is spreading in the …The post Your germy digital footprints are everywhere. Scientists are watching. appeared first on Public Health.
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8:06 PM | More pics on CDC FoodNet data
 
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8:00 PM | Hey kids, the snails are back: CDC releases 2013 FoodNet data
That’s the tagline from a Far Side cartoon and what immediately came to mind upon reading yet again that reductions in foodborne illness were stagnant for 2013. There were successes, failures and shifting profiles of what foods lead to foodborne … Continue reading →
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7:15 PM | Immigration, Unhealthy Dietary Habits, and Nutritional Status
Moving from one place to another takes effort and is fraught with unknowns. Different cultures, languages, laws, and more. People do this because they are seeking opportunity, to improve their circumstances. Contrary to this notion, Eldeirawi and colleagues report a negative effect of immigration/acculturation on nutritional status using data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (1988-1994). The data is not recent but the results are insightful, based on 1,559 Mexican […]
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4:56 PM | NIH backs down on resubmitting unfunded A1 grant applications
The rumors were true. NOT-OD-14-074says: Effective immediately, for application due dates after April 16, 2014, following an unsuccessful resubmission (A1) application, applicants may submit the same idea as a new (A0) application for the next appropriate due date. The NIH and AHRQ will not assess the similarity of the science in the new (A0) application […]
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2:43 PM | Vegetative States and PET Scans: Is More Information Better?
One typically thinks of advances in medical science and technology as having unalloyed benefits. The ability to cure illness, the mitigation of pain and the possibility of making diagnoses that are more accurate are some of the uncontroversial results of medical progress. Yet as a new study of vegetative states demonstrates, such advances can raise [...]
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12:36 PM | Norovirus outbreak hits Florida school
Over the past couple of days I drove the family from sunny and somewhat warm Raleigh, NC to the frigid tundra of Southern Ontario. I knew things would be bad when it started snowing as we passed through Maryland – … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Teaching Suicide Prevention Skills to Health Professionals
An article in Health Psychology examined a series of studies examining the association between gatekeeper training and suicide knowledge among a diverse set of health care workers (case managers, clinicians, administrators, nurses, physicians, support staff). An additional aim of the...            Related StoriesIn Praise of ChildrenOnline Support Groups and SuicideDid You Know I Have a Book Coming Out? 
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2:50 AM | Rescuing US Biomedical Research From its Systemic Flaws
For roughly four years now I have been on the "biomedical research needs reform bandwagon" tossing around heretical ideas like; there isn't enough funding to sustain the number of PhD and postdocs, alternative "non-traditional" career training, downfalls of hypercompetitiveness, etc.If you have questions, use the comments section below!When Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS) School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) started putting together its strategic plan […]

April 16, 2014

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11:15 PM | Side thought on the NIH issuing project grants versus program grants
I asked a poorly worded question on the Twitts Twitter poll: would a PI who only ever had a single #NIH grant for 5 yrs be a good thing? Bad? Neutral? — Drug Monkey (@drugmonkeyblog) April 16, 2014 in which what I was trying to ask was this. From the perspective of awarding NIH grants, […]
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6:58 PM | Antibacterial soaps can reduce risk of foodborne illness
Friend of the blog Don Schaffner has published some new research that shows  the use of antibacterial soaps can reduce the spread of harmful bacteria – that often leads to foodborne illness – more effectively than using non-antibacterial soaps. The … Continue reading →
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6:34 PM | Supermarket madness: shopping for food safety
      From the Texas A&M Center for Food Safety: Shopping is a competitive sport. Especially for groceries. People who would think nothing of laying out $200 for a fancy-pants dinner and atmosphere, will digitally or electronically clip coupons to … Continue reading →
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6:17 PM | Headlines can Drive you Crazy! Today’s Rant is Vitamin E
Headlines. They are seductive. They are memorable. Unfortunately, the details beneath the headline may be different.  In an insightful article (The media wails about money wasted on Tamiflu – but we were the ones who demanded it), Oliver Wright tracks headlines last week in Great Britain condemning their government for wasting taxes to stockpile the anti-flu drug Tamiflu. Then he cites 2005 headlines when the media criticized government for failing to protect its citizens, leaving […]
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5:20 PM | Pulitzer Prizes and public health
The list of Pulitzer Prize winners released earlier this week includes several journalists who addressed public-health issues, from black lung to food stamps.
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8:37 AM | Just wash it doesn’t cut it; new research shows how E. coli O157:H7 binds to fresh vegetables
Research presented today at the Society for General Microbiology’s Annual Meeting in Liverpool shows that the disease-causing E. coli O157:H7 interacts directly with plant cells, allowing it to anchor to the surface of a plant, where it can multiply. Researchers from the … Continue reading →
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8:24 AM | 21 sick, 1 dead from E. coli O157 linked to Gort’s cheese in Canada last year; source not known
Seven months after their world was shaken, the owners of Gort’s Gouda cheese farm are still working to get their business back on solid ground. “It’s been a tough haul. We’re working hard at rebounding, it’s looking positive. It’s going … Continue reading →
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2:05 AM | Cheesecake Factory says ‘seriously’ its food is safe after 2 problematic health inspections
The Cheesecake Factory wants people to know it’s food is safe. The restaurant is speaking out after two problematic health inspections at its Destiny USA location. “The Cheesecake Factory takes food safety and sanitation very seriously and is committed to providing a … Continue reading →
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1:19 AM | What does it look like to be a socially conscious business person? Read on!
by Annie Conderacci, Kellogg MBA student Do business interests have to conflict with those of the public good? In light of recent corporate scandal, greed, and corruption, I frequently ask myself this question. As a Social Enterprise major at Kellogg, I believe it is a firm no, but we future business leaders can do more to be better […]
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1:13 AM | 22 sick in Illinois: food poisoning suspected
The Jefferson County Health Department is investigating a possible outbreak of food poisoning which happened April 6. Health Department Administrator Mark Stevens declined to give the location where the outbreak occurred. He said the department did not begin receiving reports … Continue reading →

April 15, 2014

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9:38 PM | Post #4 Know your Advisor and Department Chair - My PhD Process: How I Survived a PhD in the Biological Sciences and Succeeded Afterward
Post #4 is all about getting to know your professor and department chair. Most everything I have seen in the "self-help" graduate school category is about getting to know your mentor/advisor.A few examples:Rackham Graduate School - University of MichiganGraduate School - University of WashingtonScience Magazine and anotherThis is a very important topic. No question, your advisor is going to own your career (and most of your life) for 4+ years, and will definitely have an influence […]
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8:52 PM | Don’t be fooled by the safety talk
Two recent incidents reminded me of what a worker said about "safety talks."
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6:03 PM | Nutrient Status is More Important than Nutrient Intake
For the most part, our bodies can interconvert macronutrients but vitamins and minerals must be consumed. Our bodies use carbohydrates, proteins, fats, and alcohol as energy sources. While some amino acids and fatty acids are essential (must be ingested), excess protein, carbohydrates, and fats are metabolized and stored in adipose tissue (as fat). Because of inadequate intakes of vitamins and minerals, people (and animals) can be overweight, even obese, and still malnourished. While low […]
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5:50 PM | Thinspo, eating disorders and the seedy underbelly of The Internet
<em>Trigger warning: I’m going to avoid triggering language as much as possible, but I will be discussing eating disorders and body image in this post.</em> ==== We’ve all seen those photos. The inspirational quote, set to a background of a sunset, or a “One More Rep” picture with airbrushed model standing there, glistening ever so […]
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5:17 PM | Homemade goods: most Hawaiian lawmakers not in compliance with food safety regulations
State legislators and their staff have been busy whipping up homemade goods for the annual Hawaii Food Bank fundraiser. The effort to raise cash lasts from January to early May and features a variety of fares, from Filipino food to brownies ala … Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | 22 sick from staph in Vietnam horse-blood pudding
Twenty-two people in the northern mountainous province of Lao Cai were poisoned after eating horse-blood pudding due to presence of Staphylococci and E. coli. Test results of horse blood pudding showed that Staphylococci and E.coli were present in the dish … Continue reading →
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12:00 PM | Halifax "Mystery Man" Hospitalized for Giving Away Money
Just days after reports of a "mystery man" giving away money to strangers across Halifax, Nova Scotia, the unnamed man quickly became seen as a folk hero to many city residents. Dressed in patched pants and wearing a wool jacket,...            Related StoriesHanging Out With The Wrong CrowdThe Great BillickDid You Know I Have a Book Coming Out? 
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5:30 AM | Tricorder for food safety?
While the original Star Trek television series was heavy on cheese, I enjoyed the more complex morality tales of Star Trek: The Next Generation (as complex as early 1990s TV could get). And who doesn’t love them some Patrick Stewart. … Continue reading →
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1:58 AM | 108 sickened; court rules no negligence in E. coli outbreak at NC state fair
The North Carolina State Fair is not, according to Courthouse News Service, liable after more than 100 people became sick after an E. coli outbreak at its petting zoo in 2004, the state appeals court ruled. The state’s health department … Continue reading →
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1:45 AM | Walmart challenging Chinese regulators
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. is, according to this story, fighting back against Chinese regulatory authorities after facing continuous investigations. The world’s largest retailer has been forced to pay roughly $10 million over the last three years for violating Chinese food and … Continue reading →
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12:55 AM | FDA says, keep lilies away from your cats
The white, trumpet-shaped Easter lily symbolizes Easter and spring for many people, and is a popular decoration in homes at this time of year. If you have cats, however, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to remind you … Continue reading →
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