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July 24, 2014

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9:40 AM | Irish childcare facility closed due to E. coli outbreak
A childcare facility in county Cavan will remain closed until the area is cleaned following an outbreak of verotoxigenic E. coli. The Health Service Executive says that they were notified of a case of E. coli in a child at … Continue reading →
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9:36 AM | 125 now sick in multi-state Cyclospora investigation
The Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy is reporting that U.S. federal health officials have joined with officials in 13 states to investigate a spike in Cyclospora illnesses, with 125 confirmed or probable cases reported and no specific food … Continue reading →
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9:26 AM | Why China still sucks at food safety
Michael Moss and Neil Gough write in the New York Times that China has been scrambling to right its gargantuan processed-food ship ever since six infants died and thousands more were hospitalized with kidney damage in 2008 from milk adulterated … Continue reading →
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5:01 AM | Few trials on improving adherence amongst orthodontic patients
Successful orthodontic treatment requires that the patients to agree with and follow the treatment proposed. This requires the patients to keep appointments, maintaining good oral hygiene, wearing elastics, appliances and avoid damage. The aim of this review was to investigate the effectiveness of interventions to enhance adherence among orthodontic patients aged 12 to 18 years. [read the full story...]
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2:56 AM | Why We Need Mandatory Psychological Tests For Foreign Adoptive Parents
When two-year-old Maxim Kichigin was adopted out of an orphanage in Russia's far east in 2012, it should have marked the beginning of a new life for him. Instead, the boy, whose name had been changed to Maxim Maravalle, was...            Related StoriesSacrificing Edith (Part 2 of 2)What is a Child Abuser?How Dangerous are Opioid Painkillers? 

July 23, 2014

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11:47 PM | Faith-based food safety has to go after audit deception in China: McDonald’s CEO can do better
Not surprisingly, the China meat scandal has widened. McDonald’s Corp feels “a bit deceived” by the audit it received for Shanghai Husi Food Co Ltd, a China supplier that was shut down this week after a TV report showed workers … Continue reading →
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7:29 PM | Australian swimmer has gastro, just 24 hours out from the Commonwealth Games opening
A member of the Australian swim team has contracted the Norovirus after more than 50 staff members at Commonwealth Games athletes’ village have been affected by the highly contagious virus otherwise known as gastro. Despite the Games press manager Andrew … Continue reading →
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7:20 PM | We’ve always done it this way and haven’t made anyone sick; Sark Butter recalled from shops after E. coli found
Sark dairy farmer and butter producer Phil Perree was devastated about the recall, which had followed routine product testing by Environmental Health to ensure food products are safe to be eaten. Any presence of E.coli makes food unsafe to eat. … Continue reading →
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7:06 PM | Open letter to the FSA on the publication of Campylobacter survey results
Richard Lloyd of Which? a UK consumer organization, writes to the UK Food Standards Agency to say: I am writing to express our grave concern about the proposal being put to the FSA Board to withhold information about the levels … Continue reading →
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7:04 PM | A can't-miss inquiry to Editor following the initial review of your paper
Dear Editor Whitehare, Do you really expect us to complete the additional experiments that Reviewer #3 insisted were necessary? You DO realize that if we did those experiments the paper would be upgraded enough that we sure as hell would be submitting it upstream of your raggedy ass publication, right? Collegially, The Authors
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6:53 PM | Maybe use better tests? Fonterra cuts blamed on botulism scare
After a crappy botulism test sparked falling demand for New Zealand-based Fonterra dairy products, the company is now going to axe about 110 jobs at a Hamilton packing site, a union official says. The Dairy Workers Union official told Fairfax … Continue reading →
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5:09 PM | PR before peer review, incomplete advice, damaging food safety reputation
My grade 7 teacher in Canada, Mrs. Patrick, was the grammar police and instilled a strong value in getting things right (write?). My wife has now taken over that role. I explain to students and my kids that grammar is … Continue reading →
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3:14 PM | Not an “accident”: Jose Alfredo Isagirrez-Mejia, 29 suffers fatal work-related injury at construction site in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
This week's snapshot of just one work-related fatality. This one occurred on July 21 at a construction site in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
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7:43 AM | Malnutrition in Vulnerable Refugee Populations: Report on Syria
The civil war in Syria started almost three and a half years ago. As a result of the conflict, roughly 2.9 million people have fled Syria, and another 6.5 million are displaced within Syria. The majority of the international refugees now live in neighboring countries such as Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt and Turkey, in refugee camps and also in the general community in these countries. Refugees are at increased risk of malnutrition, especially in protracted conflicts such as in Syria. A recent […]
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4:50 AM | A compendium of awesomeness
Posting has been light this month, for several good reasons. My own schedule has been full with seeing patients, attending HICPAC, and most recently riding a bike across northwest Iowa during the first couple days of RAGBRAI with my mom (the route this year went through her hometown of Hull, Iowa). The photo above was taken on Sunday during a stop in beautiful Boyden, Iowa. I’m back at work now, and marveling at the complete online release of the SHEA/IDSA Compendium of […]
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4:26 AM | Just market food safety at retail, government is hopeless: FSA plan to name and shame supermarkets selling Campylobacter chicken ditched after pressure from retailers
Maybe there’s something lost in translation; I’m barely starting to understand Australian. But if I read this right, the piping hot UK Food Standards Agency has put retail over public health after scrapping plans to regularly name and shame supermarkets … Continue reading →

July 22, 2014

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9:34 PM | Researchers develop innovative way to detect fake malaria drugs that could save lives, deter counterfeiting
It looks like a simple piece of paper and it’s nearly as cheap, ideally costing just pennies. But despite its small size, it’s poised to make an enormous impact and potentially save thousands of lives.
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6:40 PM | Footie star suffers from Salmonella
I tried my hockey goalie re-debut in Australia and strained both my ACLs (that’s anterior cruciate ligament) within 10 minutes. Maybe I’ll prep better next time, or stick to coaching. Aussie rules football has become my second favorite sport because … Continue reading →
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6:22 PM | Cyclospora surge in Texas
Tarrant County Public Health issued a warning Monday about an outbreak of Cyclosporiasis. Prior to this month, there were just eight cases reported in the State of Texas, and Tarrant County had seen just one. But there are now 69 … Continue reading →
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6:09 PM | E. coli outbreak at Minnesota reservation
The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed several cases of a foodborne illness linked to E-coli on the Fond du Lac reservation. Between six and 12 people have come down with symptoms of E-coli poisoning over the last week. The … Continue reading →
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5:51 PM | Leafy greens cone of silence; 33 sickened: environmental investigation of an Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak in Oct. 2013 associated with pre-packaged salads
California Department of Public Health (CDPH), Food and Drug Branch (FDB), Emergency Response Unit (ERU) investigated a multi-state foodborne illness outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 (PulseNet Cluster ID 1310CAEXH-1) linked to the consumption of pre-packaged salads purchased in October 2013 at … Continue reading →
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5:33 PM | Auditor’s role? Three years since people died from cantaloupe
Attorney Bill Marler writes: It has been almost three long years since dusty Holly, Colorado, became the epicenter of a Listeria monocytogenes human tragedy. Many are painfully aware that litigation has been ongoing since the fall of 2011. The litigation … Continue reading →
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2:51 PM | Comforting Hospitalized Kids with Science
When a child is admitted to the hospital, you can usually count on three things. Time seems suspended. There’s often apprehension. And there’s seldom enough to keep a child’s curious mind occupied and his or her spirits lifted. Family members are present and the hospital’s medical staff is focused on providing medical care—both of which [...]
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12:00 PM | Can Better Health Care Prevent Dementia?
Several new studies presented at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference recently held in Copenhagen, Denmark suggest that lifestyle changes could reduce the risk of developing dementias such as Alzheimer's Disease. According to a Finnish study, two years of exercise, diet,...            Related StoriesCan Virtual "House Calls" Help Dementia Patients?The Problem with Fat JokesWhat is a Child Abuser? 
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11:42 AM | What do Maintaining Muscle, Being Strong and Healthy Aging Share? Vitamin D!
Vitamin D is most commonly associated with bone metabolism. Did you know low vitamin D status also affects muscle? Liu and colleagues report that lower 25(OH)D concentrations are linked with greater muscle mass loss in middle-aged people. Using a subset of 3,289 community-dwelling residents from the Nutrition and Health of Aging Population in China Project living in Beijing and Shanghai, they report muscle mass 
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7:00 AM | Signs of value for money in some out of hours GP services, but room for improvement says National Audit Office
This new report from the National Audit Office considers the current status of out of hours GP services in England, based on data collected during 2013-2014. Although the report is focused on England, there may be lessons for commissioners in other health systems. Methods The report is based on : a web-based survey of CCGs (175 [read the full story...]
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5:10 AM | Study suggests that regular dental checks between 50-65yrs reduced major tooth loss
Regular dental examinations are considered an important element of preventive dental care. The aim of this cohort study was to assess the impact of routine dental attendance between the ages of 50 – 65 in relation to major tooth loss and Oral Health related Quality of life (OHRQoL) In 1992 all 50-year-olds in two Swedish [read the full story...]

July 21, 2014

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11:17 PM | Misdiagnosed Man Sues After 20 Years in a Psychiatric Hospital
A Florida man who was released last year from a Nebraska psychiatric hospital is now suing the hospital and staff for $22 million due to the misdiagnosis that kept him hospitalized for 20 years. John Maxwell Montin, 52, was arrested...            Related StoriesHow Dangerous are Opioid Painkillers?What is a Child Abuser?Caring for High-Risk Children 
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10:46 PM | Sex differences in K99/R00 awardees from my favorite ICs
Datahound has some very interesting analyses up regarding NIH-wide sex differences in the success of the K99/R00 program. Of the 218 men with K99 awards, 201 (or 92%) went on to activate the R00 portion. Of the 142 women, 127 (or 89%) went on to these R00 phase. These differences in these percentages are not […]
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10:24 PM | Lizard found in egg puff, 3rd in a month in India
 The city police have registered a case against owner of the New Ragam Bakery at Ammankoil near Sivanandapuram after one of the customers found a dead lizard in an egg puff on Friday evening. The customer was rushed to a … Continue reading →
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