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December 19, 2014

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1:06 AM | Santa, Myths and Regulators.
Santa, Myths and Regulators. I was at a building site yesterday and up pulled a ute full of cases of beer, gifts for loyal and faithful service. A few weeks ago the same company hired a cruise boat for a Christmas party complete with endless alcohol and strippers as a way of saying thanks to […] The post Santa, Myths and Regulators. appeared first on Safety Risk.

December 18, 2014

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9:50 PM | Instant noodles recalled as Taiwan food scare widens
Taiwanese authorities on Thursday (Dec 18) ordered a leading food company to recall two flavours of instant noodles over fears they contain a banned dye as the island’s latest food scandal deepened. Health officials said sauce packages in the two … Continue reading →
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8:31 PM | CDC Study finds Sodium Intake is Lower than Expected
New study finds 24h dietary recall overestimate sodium and potassium intake. Using objective measures of nutritional status, in this case 24 hour urinary collection, Mercado and colleagues suggest that the discrepancy may partially reflect inaccurate food databases. In other words, foods may contain less than expected amounts of sodium.
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8:29 PM | Scrapie from lambs could infect humans like ‘mad cow disease’, research suggests
Or not. Creuzfeldt Jakob Disease (CJD), known more commonly as ‘mad cow disease’, caused a major scare in the 1990s. But now it’s lambs rather than cows that some are concerned about. A question mark over the safety of lamb … Continue reading →
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7:38 PM | Campylobacter in petting zoos; we’ve done this
Here’s an example of terrible story-telling. According to news reporting out of Bilthoven, Netherlands, by VerticalNews editors, research stated, “The significance of petting zoos for transmission of Campylobacter to humans and the effect of interventions were estimated. A stochastic QMRA … Continue reading →
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7:21 PM | Georgia Waffle House fails restaurant inspection
Food at the Waffle House is gross. But that’s where Sorenne wanted to go for her birthday as we drove to Florida a couple of years ago so we obliged. A Peachtree Corners-area Waffle House in Georgia was cited for … Continue reading →
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7:08 PM | Poisoned food found at Gina Rinehart’s Pilbara mine
Australia’s Gina Rinehart was once the world’s richest woman, making a fortune on mining (now she is sixth). A police investigation into possible attempted poisoning is underway after a worker at a remote mining company construction site in Western Australia … Continue reading →
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6:54 PM | Idiocracy: The rise of the Food Babe
Idiocracy is a special kind of 2006 movie, vastly underrated but all too prescient. Real Clear Science writes that it takes a special sort of nonsense to land the top spot on our annual list of junk science. Last year, … Continue reading →
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6:39 PM | Food porn trumps food science, again: Carl’s Jr. to sell grass-fed burgers
For years, Carl’s Jr. has stuck to a tried-and-tested method to market its hamburgers: Enlist blond women (in one case, for equality, a brown-haired male) to peddle them—in slow motion—on TV. But it seems that sex is no longer enough … Continue reading →
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2:50 PM | View from an M.D./Ph.D.: The Winding Road to Research Success
Graduate school is, for many, the first big dose of “failure is the mother of success.” After my first grant application came back with a substantially worse score on the revision submission than on the initial submission (how is that possible?), and the paper I was working on was rejected for the third time, my [...]
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2:00 PM | Plague in Surat: 20 Years Later
I can’t let 2014 pass in a few weeks without mentioning that this fall was the twentieth anniversary of the plague outbreak in Surat, India — a major turning point in modern plague history and in the development of the (re)emerging infectious disease paradigm. In the final accounting, 53 people died of plague, mostly pneumonic, … Continue reading Plague in Surat: 20 Years Later →
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1:00 PM | Volunteering and the Elderly
There is an urgent need to identify lifestyle activities that reduce functional decline and dementia associated with population aging. A article recently published in Psychological Bulletin reviewed the evidence on the benefits associated with formal volunteering among older adults, propose...            Related StoriesAs Former POWs Grow OlderCynicism, Paranoia and Stress Can Dramatically Impact Your HealthThe Geography of Suicide 
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10:03 AM | Lessons learned from a textbook outbreak: EHEC-O157:H7 infections associated with the consumption of raw meat products, June 2012, Limburg, Belgium
On 5 June 2012 several enterohemorrhagic Escherichia coli, EHEC, O157:H7 infections were reported to the public health authorities of Limburg. Methods We performed a case-control study, a trace back/forward investigation and compared strains isolated from human cases and food samples. … Continue reading →
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9:58 AM | Couple sue Whole Foods in son’s E. coli death
I’ve said it many times: Whole Foods is too concerned about food porn and not enough about food safety. According to the Boston Herald a Braintree couple whose 8-year-old son died after allegedly eating ground beef contaminated with a powerful … Continue reading →
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9:32 AM | It was the C. perfringens in the turkey; and why I avoid holiday potlucks
Turkey bacteria has been confirmed as the cause of illness at a recent fatal community supper in Nackawic, says the Department of Health. Lab tests of turkey samples revealed the presence of Clostridium perfringens and Bacillus cereus, acting chief medical officer Dr. Jennifer Russell … Continue reading →
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9:06 AM | Auckland eateries pass food hygiene tests
Auckland diners should feel reassured heading into the holiday season, with almost 98 per cent of the region’s eateries practicing good food hygiene practices. Auckland Council said since it implemented the Food Safety Bylaw last year, which covered inspection, staff … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | Kings Fund report highlights gaps in evidence on reconfiguration
This new report from the King’s Fund is timely, given the emphasis on the need for transformation in current policy (for example, the new care models proposed in the Five Year Forward View in England).  The climate of financial pressures alongside increasing demand is driving the need for change at a system level.  However, despite the [read the full story...] The post Kings Fund report highlights gaps in evidence on reconfiguration appeared first on The Commissioning Elf.
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6:00 AM | Dental implants: review suggests high survival rates at over 10 years
This review of dental implant studies with 10 years or more follow up found average survival rates of 94.6% (range 73.4%- 100%). The lowest rate 73.4% was seen in the study with the longest follow up period (20 years). The post Dental implants: review suggests high survival rates at over 10 years appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:16 AM | The Opioid Dependence Big Picture
First Posted 1/16/2014 Below, internet colleague Paul Dessauer shares his extensive knowledge of opioids in comments about my naltrexone post. His comments were particularly interesting in that they provide evidence that at least someone is aware of the big picture about addiction to heroin and pain pills. In my post about naltrexone, I described how some people […]

December 17, 2014

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11:44 PM | Senator Boxer calls US chemical facility safety “outrageous” and “unacceptable”
“In the 602 days since the West, Texas tragedy there have been 355 chemical accidents resulting in 79 deaths and 1500 hospitalizations,” said Committee Chair Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) opening the hearing. “Essentially,” said Boxer, since the West, Texas accident, there’s been a U.S. incident involving hazardous chemicals every other day. “This,” she said, “is absolutely outrageous.”
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11:36 PM | The proof is in the budgeting
When we last discussed Representative Andy Harris it was in the wake of an editorial he published in the NYT. It consisted of a call to put hard targets on the NIH for reducing the average age of the first R01, standard Golden Fleece style carping about frivolous research projects and a $700M "tap" of […]
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11:08 PM | Worlds Largest Collection of Free Safety Stuff
Worlds Largest Collection of Free Safety Stuff I used to call myself “The Robin Hood of Safety” when I first started this blog. I collected all the safety slogans, safety pictures, risk assessment forms and safety checklists I could find and stuck ‘em all in one place. It was a big hit with all the […] The post Worlds Largest Collection of Free Safety Stuff appeared first on Safety Risk.
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11:05 PM | A top OHS blog for 2014
A top OHS blog for 2014 Congratulations to Kevin Jones and his blog SafetyAtWorkBlog for the recent award from LexisNexis Kevin writes in response: I am very proud to receive recognition from LexisNexis again in 2014 for my work on the SafetyAtWorkBlog.  On 16 December 2014 LexisNexis Legal Newsroom Workers’ Compensation named the SafetyAtWorkBlog as […] The post A top OHS blog for 2014 appeared first on Safety Risk.
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10:41 PM | It’s in all ruminants: E. coli confirmed in Igloolik after several illnesses
Nunavut’s health department (that’s in Canada) is trying to find out what caused a number of people in Igloolik to come down with severe, sometimes bloody diarrhea and vomiting. Health officials says several children were among the cases and some became very … Continue reading →
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10:33 PM | 111 sick; US outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to bean sprouts
We count 61 outbreaks associated with raw sprouts, sickening at least 11,179. http://barfblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Sprout-associated-outbreaks-12-8-14.xlsx The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports that as of December 15, 2014, a total of 111 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Enteritidis have … Continue reading →
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7:30 PM | OSHA ignores poultry workers’ petition, sixteen months and counting
Poultry and meatpacking workers submitted a petition to OSHA in September 2013 asking the agency to issue a regulation to address line speed and other hazards that lead to musculoskeletal injuries. Sixteen months later, they're still waiting for a response.
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7:19 PM | Does fortification work outside of the US?
Food fortification has been an extremely powerful public health tool, improving the nutrient intakes of the public and preventing nutritional deficiencies. Much of the data we refer to in TalkingNutrition is based on information in the United States, however today we have new data from Ireland showing a similar beneficial impact of fortification.
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6:15 PM | Do you really want that holiday potluck?
I’ve got a new gig. I’m the head of food safety for the school tuck shop that is run by volunteers at daughter Sorenne’s school. The pay is lousy (non-existent) but the discussions are gold, and gets me back into … Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | Writing
The paper I am working on. The paper I should be working on as my top priority. The paper I can't wait to work on once the last bit of data we are waiting for arrive. The paper I shouldn't bother working on until one of the manuscripts under review comes back with comments. Only […]
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4:58 PM | Thought of the Day
This blog is as much about succeeding in the world as we find it as it is about complaining about the bad things.
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