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February 28, 2015

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2:16 AM | New Food Safety Infosheet: Hepatitis A illnesses linked to frozen berries in Australia
Australian public health officials have identified an outbreak of hepatitis A and linked illnesses to consuming Nanna’s frozen berries sold by Patties Foods. Food safety infosheet highlights: –  Health officials have confirmed 20 illnesses to date. – The berries were … Continue reading →

February 27, 2015

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10:31 PM | King v. Burwell: Supreme Court case could wreak havoc on working families, state governments and health providers
“Established by the state.” Those are the four words at the center of an upcoming Supreme Court case that could strip affordable health insurance coverage from millions of working families and result in billions of dollars in uncompensated care costs.
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9:26 PM | Not an “accident”: John P. Stoll, 58, suffers fatal work-related injury in Madison, WI
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on February 20, 2015 in Madison, WI.
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7:55 PM | Market impacts of E. coli vaccination in US feedlot cattle
Immunization through vaccination has been a commercially available pre-harvest intervention to reduce E. coli shedding in cattle for about five years. Despite demonstrated substantial improvement in human health that vaccine adoption offers, it has not been widely adopted. This highlights … Continue reading →
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7:43 PM | Minnesota vs. California: Investigators can’t identify source of E. coli O157 outbreak; celery or caterers suspected
The root of last summer’s E. coli outbreak linked to California grown celery remains a mystery. After six months of inspections and testing, investigators found no local sources of E. coli contamination – good news for Salinas Valley growers and … Continue reading →
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7:35 PM | In China, visitors to resort have to sign Norovirus waiver
Hundreds of Taiwanese visitors to Taichung’s Hoya Resort Hotel in Wuling have signed an affidavit that they are staying at the resort at their own risk in the midst of an outbreak of norovirus GII.17, a genotype common in certain … Continue reading →
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7:19 PM | Salmonella in tahini sauce in Canada
Amira brand Tahini Sauce has been recalled for Salmonella as part of an investigation by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) into a foodborne illness outbreak. There have been no reported illnesses associated with the consumption of this product. That’s going … Continue reading →
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5:31 PM | ‘American Sniper’ – how the film connects to a murder trial
The film ‘American Sniper’, directed and produced by Clint Eastwood, showed the life of Chris Kyle and is based on his autobiography titled “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History”. The film instantly became a major commercial success when released worldwide in January 2015, although it also caused much […]
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5:28 PM | Increasing EPA and DHA Concentrations in Blood to Modify Diabetes Risk
Fats are carried in the blood in many forms (chylomicrons, lipoproteins, etc). The enzyme, lipoprotein lipase, found in blood vessels, muscle and fat cells releases free fatty acids, also known as nonesterified fatty acids (NEFA), which serve as a fuel source. NEFA can be chronically elevated and have pathological consequences in individuals who are obese or diabetic. Elevated NEFA are an independent risk factor for sudden death.
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4:11 PM | Is your NIH PO a little....grouchy?
Another one, paraphrased from multiple correspondents: Dear DM: is it just me or are all the POs getting increasingly grouchy and unhelpful? A. Reader I am not certain, since I hardly have a representative sample. But I'd say no, this is probably just a bad run for you. When encouraging you to interact with your Program […]
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1:00 PM | The Baby Farmers
It was a problem that was all too common during the 18th and 19th centuries. In an era before contraception and abortion became safe and affordable, women who found themselves pregnant and unmarried were often faced with harsh choices. Though...            Related StoriesShould We Return to the Asylum Era?The Reporter in the Madhouse (Part Three of Three)The Nazi Patient 
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8:18 AM | It’s not just chicken but UK wants piping hot bang for its intervention dollar: Campy results released
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has today published the latest set of results from its year-long survey of campylobacter on fresh chickens. Campylobacter is a food bug mainly found on raw poultry and is the biggest cause of food poisoning … Continue reading →
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8:03 AM | Food safety nerd alert: FDA launches iRISK 2.0
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has released FDA-iRISK 2.0, an enhanced version of the free web-based tool that helps users conduct their own quantitative risk assessments in support of food safety. The Joint Institute for Food Safety and Applied … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Xylitol gum reduced mutans streptococci transmission
This review identified 5 trials reported in 11 publications and found that the chewing of xylitol gum by mothers significantly reduced transmission of mutans streptococci to their children. However the effects on caries were inconsistent. The post Xylitol gum reduced mutans streptococci transmission appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:24 AM | Focus on ‘Meeting’ people, not legislation – a path to risk maturity
Focus on ‘Meeting’ people, not legislation – a path to risk maturity ‘Due Diligence’ seems a buzz term in health and safety in Australia at the moment. I’ve heard many refer to ‘due diligence’ and it’s six steps, as the answer to what we have long been searching in health and safety. Many believe that […] The post Focus on ‘Meeting’ people, not legislation – a path to risk maturity appeared first on Safety Risk. […]
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2:48 AM | Understanding How People Make Decisions and Judgments
Understanding How People Make Decisions and Judgments Robert Sams presented at the 2015 National Workers Compensation Summit in Melbourne NSW on 25 February. In the midst of presentations that mainly focused on numbers, graphs and data, most of which were about how to ‘control’ workers compensation (including people, organisations and stake holders), Rob’s presentation focused […] The post Understanding How People Make Decisions and Judgments appeared first on Safety […]
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2:00 AM | What foods make people sick? It’s complicated, so follow the bug
Sometimes it’s best to let things ruminate, ferment, instead of simply repeating public relations drivel. Guess that’s one reason people write books. Or journal articles. Various U.S. government agencies patted themselves on the back for their “improved method for analyzing … Continue reading →
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1:00 AM | ‘Lab confirmation should never be a requisite to implicating food in an outbreak’ Epidemiology is getting hammered to protect interests
From Australia to Wisconsin to cucumbers, epidemiology is getting hammered with a bunch of people defending their turf by saying, there’s no definitive proof. The hepatitis A outbreak in Australia linked to Chinese frozen berries that has now sickened 19 … Continue reading →

February 26, 2015

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11:38 PM | Highs and lows of Labor Department websites
MSHA continues to develop new ways for the public to access its enforcement data, while parts of OSHA's website have been "temporarily unavailable" since early this year.
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10:02 PM | Always the kids: raw goats milk in Idaho sickens at least 2
On August 27, 2014, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Division of Public Health (DPH) was notified of two cases of cryptosporidiosis in siblings aged <3 years. Idaho’s Southwest District Health (SWDH) investigated and found that both children had … Continue reading →
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9:23 PM | Winter Storm Remus: Take Care Outside and Inside
Another winter storm, Remus, is traversing the US. More than 175 million people from the Upper Midwest to the interior South and Northwest will have to endure severe cold conditions. Without doubt, people living in these regions will not be exposing much skin for vitamin D synthesis in the skin. Cold weather is one of the environmental factors contributing to low vitamin D status. Genetics is another factor. Hansen and colleagues report that 55% of African Americans studied in the Health ABC […]
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7:56 PM | What would you ask Sally Rockey?
Apparently Sally Rockey, NIH Deputy Director in charge of the Office of Extramural Research is on some sort of University tour because I have received several queries lately that go something like this: Dear Drugmonky: Sally Rockey will be visiting our University soon and I have the opportunity to ask a question or two if […]
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4:40 PM | Is Medicine Right for Me? A First-Year Einstein Medical Student Reflects
My route to medical school was fraught with arguments against going: “You won’t have time to enjoy life,” “You’ll be in debt” and, possibly the most alarming, “You know that 50 percent of physicians are burned out, right?” Bombarded with such discouraging thoughts and potentially bleak prospects, I have often questioned what drove me to [...]
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1:00 PM | Who Chokes Under Pressure?
A new study published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences examined whether the Big Five personality factors could predict who thrives or chokes under pressure during decision-making. The effects of the Big Five personality factors on decision-making ability and...            Related StoriesHow to Survive a Slasher FilmWho Gets Addicted to the Internet?When Assaulted Young People Seek Emergency Care 
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9:22 AM | Internet cheese? Be careful Europeans
The suitability for consumers of a variety of raw milk cheeses purchased over the Internet was investigated in terms of packaging, labelling, physicochemical parameters and microbiological safety. 108 purchases from seven European countries were examined. The prevalences of Salmonella spp., … Continue reading →
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8:00 AM | Innovation case studies point to a co-productive approach acknowledging risk taking and organisational development
This new digital report from the King’s Fund stresses the importance not to lose sight of the need for innovation and improvement amidst the current financial pressures.  The report brings together examples of service improvement from the NHS and internationally, aiming to inspire local change programmes.  The case studies stem from the Time to Think [read the full story...] The post Innovation case studies point to a co-productive approach acknowledging risk taking and […]
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6:01 AM | Mutans Streptococci: maternal-child transmission confirmed by review
Thirty six studies were identified for this review of maternal-child transmission rates for mutans streptococci. Rates varies from 52.5% - 84.5% with a meta-analysis finding a cumulative event rate of 0.650 (95% CI; 0.565 – 0.726). The post Mutans Streptococci: maternal-child transmission confirmed by review appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:48 AM | Sustaining NIH funding then and now: 58% as many Type 2 awards in FY2014
Datahound has a cool new analysis posted on the distribution of competing continuation R01/R37 awards (Type 2 in NIH grant parlance). There is one thing that I noticed that makes for a nice simple soundbite to go along with your other explanations to the willfully blind old guard about how much harder the NIH grant […]
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1:03 AM | Except for the Salmonella: Fairway ‘Like No Other Market’ recalls raw hazelnuts (Filberts)
Fairway “Like No Other Market” of New York, NY, is recalling Fairway brand Raw Hazelnuts (Filberts), because it has the potential to be contaminated with Salmonella. The Fairway brand Raw Hazelnuts (Filberts) were distributed to Fairway stores in New York, … Continue reading →
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12:07 AM | Food purchases remain faith-based, at market or megalomart: 4 sick with scombroid from tuna in Sydney
As the buy-local mantra becomes indoctrinated in Australia with 18 confirmed sick with hepatitis A from frozen Chinese berries, a Sydney café has vowed to change suppliers after four were sickened with scombroid poisoning linked to tuna from Thailand. No … Continue reading →
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