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November 26, 2014

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12:40 AM | Killing the Suboxone Gift Horse with Naltrexone
First Posted 11/14/2013 I received an email update today with important news from the world of psychiatry and addiction.  The email highlighted a study from the October issue of Jama Psychiatry, entitled ‘A Randomized, Double-blind Evaluation of Buprenorphine Taper Duration in Primary Prescription Opioid Abusers’.  The study compared relapse rates in opioid addicts who were tapered […]
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12:25 AM | Not food safety, but something I care about: Support women’s hockey in Brisbane
    Me and Chapman were doing this in Guelph (that’s in Canada) 10 years ago (two of my daughters in the pic). It’s important. I had more hair. Chapman’s in better shape.  
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12:16 AM | How Similar are Humans to Chimpanzees and Orangutans?
Do nonhuman primates (such as chimpanzees and orangutans) have personalities? And how similar are these personality to humans who share an evolutionary history with them? Research looking at personality in humans has identified what is known as the Five-Factor Model...            Related StoriesThe Rise of the Robot TherapistThe Marital Selection Minefield (Part One)As Former POWs Grow Older 
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12:00 AM | Talking turkey with Butterball’s hotline
This is the first American Thanksgiving I’ll be away from Amy, but it’s not such a big deal because it’s too damn hot in Brisbane at this time of year. We used to run the food safety hotline in Canada, … Continue reading →

November 25, 2014

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11:44 PM | Spend restaurant money at places proud of their inspection results: Indiana investigation highlights problems
State law requires counties inspect Indiana’s nearly 12,000 restaurants twice a year. But even when inspectors find mouse droppings, flies and raw meat stored at the wrong temperature, customers might have a hard time finding out about it, an I-Team 8 … Continue reading →
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11:30 PM | I post this only because anything cats will increase my blog hits: Our cats, ourselves
Razib Khan writes in The New York Times that it’s commonplace to call our cats “pets.” But anyone sharing a cat’s household can tell you that, much as we might like to choose when they eat in the morning, or … Continue reading →
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10:44 PM | Public health labs and the Ebola response: ‘This is the type of work they do day in and day out’
Months before the first case of Ebola was diagnosed in Texas, the state’s public health laboratory had begun preparing for the disease to reach U.S. shores. And while the virus itself is an uncommon threat in this country, the response of the nation’s public health laboratory system wasn’t uncommon at all — in fact, protecting people’s health from such grave threats is exactly what they’re trained to do.
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8:50 PM | Giving Thanks To the B-Vitamin Niacin
It seems like the only nutrition-related topic in the news this week is Thanksgiving, and rightfully so! We’ve all heard the story about how the tryptophan in turkey makes us sleepy because it supports the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which is involved in the brain’s regulation of sleep. But did you know that tryptophan can actually be used to produce the B-vitamin niacin in the body?
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8:28 PM | How Many Safety Crusaders Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb?
How Many Safety Crusaders Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb? I’m currently enjoying some banter on Rob Longs Safety Leadership Facebook Page which all started with a blown light bulb in a Coffee Shop. This is something that we do regularly at home without a second thought or need for a convoluted process. […] The post How Many Safety Crusaders Does It Take To Change a Light Bulb? appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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7:26 PM | Risk & Safety in Outdoor Education.
Risk & Safety in Outdoor Education. Great short article by Keith McCabe – a Member of our Brisbane Thinking Group (See: What is a Thinking Group?), First published this on LinkedIn. With enough support from readers we may be able to convince him to become one of our Awesome Authors and not waste any more […] The post Risk & Safety in Outdoor Education. appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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3:55 PM | Ph.D. Training: Using Communication to Drive Critical Thinking and Collaboration
The classic Hollywood depiction of a scientist is a person working in solitude. Nothing could be further from the truth, especially in today’s high-paced, highly connected, technology-driven world. Many novel discoveries are the result of the combined work of teams of scientists from diverse fields. Graduate school is a critical time to master the skill [...]
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1:00 PM | Remembering Ignacio Martin-Baro
"It is clear that no one is going to return to the imprisoned dissident his youth; to the young woman who has been raped her innocence; to the person who has been tortured his or her integrity. Nobody is going...            Related StoriesAs Former POWs Grow OlderUnwritten Laws and the Freedom to Kill (Part 2 of 2)The Acid Test (Part One of Two) 
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12:55 PM | Pictures and stories matter: A persuasive chart showing how persuasive charts are
In 1992, while I was working at the University of Waterloo (that’s in Canada), I hosted the annual meeting of the Canadian Science Writers Association. I brought in some interesting and controversial folks, and because Waterloo was so big on … Continue reading →
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12:26 PM | Talking Risk Videos–Thinking Groups
Talking Risk Videos–Thinking Groups In this next video from Gab and Rob’s ‘Conversations on the Couch’ series, the guys talk about Thinking Groups. Rob talked about Thinking Groups in one of his blogs to give an understanding about what they are and what they are about. Here they expand on that a little more to […] The post Talking Risk Videos–Thinking Groups appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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12:13 PM | Some cultural and safety perspectives from South Africa
Some cultural and safety perspectives from South Africa South Africa is a country with a rich cultural diversity you would not find in many (if any) other countries. Our heritage not only includes the notorious racial diversity, but also a much less noticed cultural variety. We have descendants from slaves from eastern countries, descendants from […] The post Some cultural and safety perspectives from South Africa appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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6:00 AM | Mandibular advancement devices: Trial suggests they can benefit patients with mild obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea
Obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea (OSAH) affects 2-7% of adults. This trial compared 3 mandibular advancement devices with no treatment for mild disease and found benefits over the short term for a range of outcomes including Apnoea-Hypopnoea Index, the Epworth Sleepiness Scale and cost-effectiveness. The post Mandibular advancement devices: Trial suggests they can benefit patients with mild obstructive sleep apnoea-hypopnoea appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:41 AM | Appreciation of Appreciation
Appreciation of Appreciation Most of us probably don’t  show enough appreciation or gratitude for the things that others do for us, nor do we always properly and graciously accept and acknowledge it. As my expectations and perceptions have changed dramatically over time, I’m not going to sound like a cranky old fart and blame it […] The post Appreciation of Appreciation appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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4:15 AM | Think of the children of Ferguson, Missouri UPDATED
UPDATE: All six project fully funded as of Nov 25. Thanks everyone! I am not surprised but I am disappointed. The grand jury convened to consider the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, by Darrin Wilson has decided there are no grounds for a trial. There is one tiny, but undeniably tangible, thing that […]
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2:28 AM | DuPont is a “stickler” for safety, but what does that really mean?
Four workers from DuPont's La Porte, TX facility are dead. Their employer makes hundreds of millions on its behavior-based, blame the worker safety program. Federal investigators will find that the catastrophe occurred because of decisions made far up the chain of command, not unsafe behaviors by the victims.

November 24, 2014

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6:15 PM | Pregnant Taking Suboxone: Should Social Services be Involved?
First Posted 11/4/2013 I recently saw a new patient who described treating her own opioid dependence with diverted Suboxone.  She sheepishly described reading everything she could find about buprenorphine and meticulously using half of her friend’s medication to avoid other opioids, without fail, for four years. She would likely be treating herself now, if she […]
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5:00 PM | Can Vitamin E help the mental development of extremely low birth weight infants?
Vitamin E is an essential antioxidant vitamin and the most abundant fat-soluble antioxidant in the body.  Vitamin E helps maintain the integrity of cell membranes, including the brain, and plays a vital role in many physiological processes such as cell signaling.  Despite the importance of Vitamin E, more than 90% of Americans do not consume enough Vitamin E as α-tocopherol (the only form maintained in the body) to meet the estimated average requirements.   Vitamin E […]
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3:01 PM | Expertise versus consistency
In NIH grant review the standing study section approach to peer review sacrifices specific expertise for the sake of consistency of review. When each person has 10 R01s to review, the odds are that he or she is not the most specifically qualified person for all 10 are high. The process often brings in additional […]
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2:25 PM | The Marital Selection Minefield (Part One)
Bringing a prospective boyfriend/girlfriend home to meet your parents is often nerve-wracking. What happens if your parents disapprove of who you've chosen to spend your life with? Or, maybe, even worse, what if your parents try to set you up...            Related StoriesAs Former POWs Grow OlderThe Rise of the Robot TherapistThe Acid Test (Part One of Two) 
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6:28 AM | Public Health in the News – November 23, 2014
Global India’s Prime Minister has created a new ministry to support traditional health practices. However, many of these practices are not evidence-based. OpenStreetMap, a crowdsourced global map, was used by many volunteers in the Philippines to chart damage after a … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Orthodontic aligners: little evidence to assess their effectiveness
The use of clear orthodontic aligners is increasing, despite searching a wide range of databases this review only identified a limited number of small studies. The quality of the studies was not sufficient to draw any evidence-based decisions on the effectiveness of orthodontic aligners so better quality studies are needed. The post Orthodontic aligners: little evidence to assess their effectiveness appeared first on The Dental Elf.

November 23, 2014

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10:02 PM | Autumn Reading
So much for my plan to do monthly reading updates. I think quarterly might be more feasible. It seems like the fall has flown by and was not as productive as I would have liked. Isn’t that always the way? So I’m currently working my way through Cameron’s Anglo-Saxon Medicine and then next up will … Continue reading Autumn Reading →
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8:38 PM | Safety Spud Heads Will Love This
Safety Spud Heads Will Love This A reader  just sent me this article from ZDNET – Unbelievable! Just shows the battle that the band of merry people have ahead of us against the Kings and their Sheriffs. If you don’t understand people and safety then the obvious answer, of course, is to spend a fortune to […] The post Safety Spud Heads Will Love This appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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7:13 PM | A New Way to Stop Suboxone?
Originally Posted 10/27/2013 I usually have my wife/business partner review my posts and provide her opinion whether my arguments are sound.  For the record, she tells me that this post is technical and boring.  I disagree, but we aren’t planning to separate over the issue.  A valid criticism, I think, is that I’m doing a […]
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1:00 PM | The Acid Test (Part One of Two)
Can lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) boost creativity? When Swiss chemist Albert Hoffman first synthesized the chemical compound he would name LSD-25 (being the twenty-fifth compound in the series lysergic acid derivatives he was working on), his discovery of its powerful...            Related StoriesAlexander the Corrector (Part Two of Two)As Former POWs Grow OlderThe Rise of the Robot Therapist 
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5:02 AM | Who is the Enemy and What War is Safety Fighting?
Who is the Enemy and What War is Safety Fighting? It is interesting after the last piece on the military as a model for safety leadership the responses that assumed that somehow the military was under attack. The idea that the military is a ‘lean, green safety machine’ was used on another blog to advocate […] The post Who is the Enemy and What War is Safety Fighting? appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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