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December 17, 2014

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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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1:46 PM | Study: Reduced emissions from electric cars could prevent thousands of deaths
When compared with gasoline-powered cars, vehicles fueled with electricity from renewable sources could cut air pollution-related deaths by 70 percent, according to a new study, which noted that air pollution is the country’s greatest environmental health threat.
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6:01 AM | Inferior alveolar nerve injury following bilateral sagittal split osteotomy lacks standardised assessment procedures and reporting says review
As this review looks as potential harms from bilateral sagittal split osteotomy a wide range of study designs were included. However, the majority relied on subjective assessment of Inferior alveolar nerve injury so a standardised assessment and reporting procedure is needed. The post Inferior alveolar nerve injury following bilateral sagittal split osteotomy lacks standardised assessment procedures and reporting says review appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:39 AM | New chief executive for Food Safety Authority of Ireland
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today announced that Dr Pamela Byrne has been appointed Chief Executive and will take up office in March 2015, following the retirement of Prof. Alan Reilly.  Dr Byrne is currently Director of Regulatory … Continue reading →

December 16, 2014

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10:00 PM | Hot Flashes from Suboxone and Buprenorphine Treatment
First Posted 1/13/2014 A viewer on YouTube commented on my video about hot flashes  from Suboxone, but I don’t know if that is because the symptoms dissipate, or if people learn to deal with the symptoms.  I suspect that both are true.  But for some people, the sweating and heat are no small matter: Here […]
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9:44 PM | GBV-C Co-Infection Associated with Improved Ebola Survival
GB virus C (GBV-C or Human Pegivirus - or even Hepatitis G) is associated with high viremia but there is little evidence that it causes disease in humans. Back in 2001, Jack Stapleton and colleagues (including Dan) showed that GBV-C co-infection significantly improved survival in HIV+ patients. The thought behind this association is that GBV-C attenuates aberrant immune activation.Given that GBV-C infects between 10-28% of individuals in the three countries that have experienced the […]
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8:53 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Petrochemical companies spend millions to undermine the science on benzene; in-depth series sheds light on the horrific working conditions in Mexico's agricultural sector; National Labor Relations Board rules in favor of worker organizing; and federal officials grilled on response to West fertilizer explosion.
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8:33 PM | On the credibility of a Ferguson witness
In case you need to argue with some dumbass on the internet or family member at holiday dinner about Ferguson, you should really review the saga of Witness 40. The DA in the case let this dumpsterfire lying ass racist psycho go up before the Grand Jury and perjure herself. This is, apparently, where the […]
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8:18 PM | Further Hepatitis A case in UK school
Health officials are planning to vaccinate all children and staff at a Portsmouth school following a further case of Hepatitis A. Children from selected classes at Devonshire Infant School were vaccinated in November after seven cases of the infection in … Continue reading →
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8:11 PM | Why I’m wary about herbs: Study on farmers’ markets shows presence of Salmonella and E. coli
Researchers in Chapman University’s (not that Chapman) Food Science Program and their collaborators at University of Washington have just published a study on the presence of Salmonella and E. coli on certain herbs sold at farmers’ markets. The study focused … Continue reading →
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7:18 PM | Raising awareness about healthy livers and vitamin E
With over one-third of American children being classified as overweight or obese, we are becoming increasingly aware of the consequences of the childhood obesity epidemic. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is one such consequence in which fat accumulates in the liver, resulting in inflammation and disruptions in liver function, with the potential to result in liver failure. Right now, the primary treatment for this condition involve lifestyle modifications such as weight loss, but an […]
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3:49 PM | Discussion as Support: A First-Year Einstein Medical Student Reflects
When the media hysteria around the Ebola outbreak first hit its peak, I found it impossible to ignore. This story was unfolding in a way that rejected the values of empathy and social justice that had motivated me to begin medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine just a few months earlier. In an [...]
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1:00 PM | Accused Witch Burned at the Stake in Paraguay
After 45-year-old Adolfina Ocampos was sentenced to death for sorcery last November in the Paraguayan village of Tahenyi where they lived, she was tortured, submerged under water, and beaten. She was then led to a stake where she was shot...            Related StoriesThe Acid Test (Part Two of Two)The Devil Made Me Do It.Listening to the Gods 
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9:01 AM | Do pop-up thermometers work? I don’t trust them
The Brits, known for there aversion of food thermometers – make mine steaming hot – have decide to promote a new Pop Up® disposable cooking thermometer timer device for use with all the turkeys being sold over the counter this … Continue reading →
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7:59 AM | But girls can’t play (ice) hockey: Saudi Arabia municipality refuses to compromise on food safety
A number of restaurant owners whose businesses have been shut down recently by Jeddah’s municipality, have defied the decision by opening their doors again. Several owners also tried to attack inspectors, requiring the intervention of police to help close down … Continue reading →
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7:49 AM | Tourists in India face threat of zoonotic diseases
Tourists are endangering their health and safety by interacting with elephants that are not screened for any zoonotic diseases, with no vaccination and treatment records with the mahouts, observed PETA. A team of four veterinarians assessed the health of elephants … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Orthodontic forces: insufficient evidence of their effect on the dental pulp
This review of the effect of orthodontic forces on the dental pulp identified only a limited number of small studies none of which were of high quality. Consequently there is insufficient scientific evidence of the effect of orthodontic forces on the dental pulp. The post Orthodontic forces: insufficient evidence of their effect on the dental pulp appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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1:14 AM | Farewell to “Molecules to Medicine” on SciAm
As has been announced earlier today, Scientific American blogs is “being reorganized.” As part of that euphemism, many blogs, mine included, are being eliminated as of today, along with changes in their editorial policies. Writing for SciAm has been a very gratifying experience. I want to especially thank Bora Zivokvic for giving me my start, [...]
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1:03 AM | An Ethics Conference Where an Expert Gets it Wrong
There was an interesting array of topics at last week’s Advancing Ethical Research conference sponsored by Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIMR), ranging from basics of Institutional Review Boards (IRB) to ethics of Ebola trials, which was excellent. Given my ongoing interest in the Markingson case at the University of Minnesota (UMN) (see below), [...]

December 15, 2014

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11:33 PM | Understanding Extremism and Fundamentalisms
Understanding Extremism and Fundamentalisms As a result of the tragic events in Sydney our hearts extend to all those who have suffered from this senseless act. Whilst many will no doubt extend their expertise to the wise on social media it is more helpful to try and understand the mind of extremism and fundamentalism as […] The post Understanding Extremism and Fundamentalisms appeared first on Safety Risk.
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11:17 PM | Blog networks
Blog networks appear to have a life cycle. Today it is Scientific American that is blowing up its blog network. Dave Winer, one of the medium’s pioneers, once defined a blog as, “the unedited voice of a person.” sure. It’s an honorable notion of what a blog should be, which suits independent bloggers just fine. […]
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8:32 PM | Health report from Colorado: Recreational marijuana harms
a Reader put me onto a new Viewpoint in JAMA: Monte AA, Zane RD, Heard KJ. The Implications of Marijuana Legalization in Colorado.JAMA. 2014 Dec 8. doi: 10.1001/jama.2014.17057. [Epub ahead of print][JAMA; PubMed] The authors are from the Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain Poison and Drug Center. They set […]
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8:05 PM | If Eggnog Has Eggs In It, Why Is It Safe To Drink?
Continuing with the egg-in-drink and holiday food safety trend, I had a chat last week with my friend Matt Shipman about eggnog. Matt, a science writer, public information officer at North Carolina State University, curator of The Abstract, and all around swell dude, … Continue reading →
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