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January 27, 2015

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11:46 PM | Marler gets his New Yorker profile
Late one night in September of 2013, Rick Schiller awoke in bed with his right leg throbbing. Schiller, who is in his fifties, lives in San Jose, California. He had been feeling ill all week, and, as he reached under … Continue reading →
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11:34 PM | How about disclosure? Wisconsin restaurants support new food safety standards
Ed Lump, president and CEO of the Wisconsin Restaurant Association, writes in the LaCrosse Tribune that to say food safety in restaurants and other food outlets is important is an understatement. However, the public doesn’t hear much about it unless … Continue reading →
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5:06 PM | Friends and Family Influence Your Health: For Better or Worse
Who doesn’t want to be healthy? In an effort to be healthier, we often purchase gym memberships, buy exercise equipment and join weight loss programs. Many will use dietary supplements to ensure nutrient adequacy. However it is hard to change habits, especially if family and friends don’t share similar goals. Using prospective data from adult (≥ 50y) married and cohabiting couples (n = 3,722), Jackson and colleagues examined the influence of partner’s behavior on making […]
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5:00 PM | Nature publishes overwhelmingly proven "NEW AMAZING FINDING" ....because optogenetics!
The PR headlines are breathless and consistent: Researchers Identify Brain Circuit That Regulates Thirst Brain’s On-Off Thirst Switch Identified The paper is here. Yuki Oka, Mingyu Ye & Charles S. Zuker Thirst driving and suppressing signals encoded by distinct neural populations in the brain Nature (2015) doi:10.1038/nature14108 The takeaway punch message from the Abstract: These […]
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4:39 PM | Not an “accident”: Jason Strycharz, 40, suffers fatal work-related injury in Middletown, CT
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on January 23, 2015 in Middletown, CT.
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3:44 PM | The Nuances of Emotion and Language: A Snapshot through the Lens of Autism
I vividly remember my high school English teacher, standing impossibly erect with her hair tightly wound, exclaiming, “If you can’t articulate it then you do not know it.” This line has haunted me, and continues to do so in my profession as a speech-language pathologist at Albert Einstein College of Medicine’s Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation [...]
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12:30 PM | $1.2 billion Requested for Antibiotic Resistance!
             You don't tug on superman's cape             You don't spit into the wind             You don't pull the mask off the old lone ranger             And you don't mess around with […]
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8:00 AM | New telehealth toolkit for commissioners to support technology enabled care services
Alison Turner blogs about a new telehealth toolkit from the NHS Commissioning Assembly, which provides a range of resources including checklists, case studies and links to the evidence base. The post New telehealth toolkit for commissioners to support technology enabled care services appeared first on The Commissioning Elf.
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6:53 AM | Surveys still suck: Consumer-reported handling of raw poultry products at home
Salmonella and Campylobacter cause an estimated combined total of 1.8 million foodborne infections each year in the United States. Most cases of salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis are associated with eating raw or undercooked poultry or with cross-contamination. Between 1998 and 2008, … Continue reading →
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6:28 AM | Placental breach mechanism for Listeria revealed
The host blood-brain and placental barriers act as critical ramparts to infections from microbial pathogens, yet some have evolved mechanisms to breach the cellular obstacles that lie in their path. Unlocking the underlying mechanisms of host barrier permissiveness to microbes … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Increased overjet: increases risk of dental trauma suggests review
This systematic review of a 54 observations studies involving >10,000 patients suggested that overjet over 3-4mm double the risk of traumatic dental injuries (TDIs). With 22% of TDIs being attributable to increased overjet. The post Increased overjet: increases risk of dental trauma suggests review appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:25 AM | Risk, Safety and Fundamental Attribution Error
Risk, Safety and Fundamental Attribution Error What do they say about damn lies and statistics? Well, maybe safety hasn’t heard about that one, nor it seems has the CFMEU or ACT Regulator. Recently the Secretary of the CFMEU trotted out yet again the statistic that the ACT Building and Construction Industry has a ‘shocking’ record […] The post Risk, Safety and Fundamental Attribution Error appeared first on Safety Risk.
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12:25 AM | Which cut of meat is least likely to make you sick?
I like Schaffner’s response: There is no such thing as risk-free meat, or risk-free food in general. Donald Schaffner, a professor of food microbiology at Rutgers University, told Kiera Butler of Mother Jones that if the food isn’t cooked sufficiently, … Continue reading →
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12:06 AM | Rat spotted in Florida restaurant window
People walking by couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw a rat in the window of Stix Oriental in the Plantation Promenade. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player

January 26, 2015

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11:55 PM | 115 sickened: Multistate outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis infections linked to bean sprouts (Final update)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports this outbreak appears to be over. A total of 115 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Enteritidis were reported from 12 states. Twenty-five percent of ill persons were hospitalized. No deaths … Continue reading →
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11:36 PM | Data faker happily employed by the US Patent Office
via retraction watch we learn: A Bijan Ahvazi has been working at the USPTO since at least 2008, and today a source confirmed that it was the same person who was the subject of last October’s ORI report. Ahvazi was found to have faked five different images in three different papers, two of which have been […]
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11:21 PM | Way to go, Paul
Growing up in Port Hope, Ontario (that’s in Canada), there were a bunch of Pauls.
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10:21 PM | I’m all for food hubs but food safety needs to be on the menu
As Ashley Chaifetz, public policy student at UNC-Chapel Hill wraps up her research on food pantries her data shows really passionate individuals (largely volunteer) who work within a food distribution system that’s not all that systematic or formal when it comes to food safety training. Kind of … Continue reading →
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5:28 PM | Fine dive
Ashley Chaifetz, a PhD student studying public policy at UNC-Chapel Hill writes: As a food policy doctoral student, I pay special attention to articles on food waste and its prevention—which includes dumpster diving. This activity is at the intersection of policies … Continue reading →
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5:21 PM | And so it goes: Marj’s closes following hepatitis A exposure event
When a restaurant’s food safety practices are called into question isn’t usually good business. The restaurant industry isn’t the most stable at the best of times. Anecdotally, vocal and passionate community members support a local diner or meeting place, even after illnesses; but … Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | Bakery owner: It’s easy to follow the rules; good food safety is about staff who care
Employing good food safety at retail is a combination of folks identifying risks and putting in mitigation steps to address them. The rub is that you need to cultivate a good staff who values the stuff that keeps patrons from … Continue reading →
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4:28 PM | Ideal Primary Data:Review Article Ratio
Odyssey is pondering review articles today. That led to a question from Dr. Becca about the ideal ratio of reviews and primary research articles. @drugmonkeyblog @Odysseyblog What should it be? 2:1 primary:review? — Dr Becca, PhD (@doc_becca) January 26, 2015 I am not a fan of authors publishing essentially the same review in multiple journals. […]
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4:24 PM | Life In The Sandwich Generation
Are you part of the sandwich generation (link is external)? One of the burdens assumed by adult children is caring for their aging parents while dealing with their own children at the same time. According to Pew Research Center, about...            Related StoriesMotherhood and Caring in ChildrenCan You Get Addicted to Your Smartphone?Weight Bias and the Belief in a Just World 
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4:06 PM | Vermont Yankee Closes
The closing of the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant didn't make many headlines, but for me it brought back a flood of memories and an important lesson.
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2:53 PM | Blindness, Vitamin A, and Policy Recommendations
“In setting public policy to control vitamin deficiency, no interventions should be necessary if normal vitamin status is sustained from a diversified diet”.  Wise words from West and colleagues in their commentary on vitamin A policies. We are what we eat. Unfortunately, many people in many countries for many reasons do not eat diversified diets.  Failure to consume adequate amounts of vitamins and minerals occur in the stunted and the overweight. 
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1:17 PM | SHEA 2015 Update: Abstract Deadline (January 30th), Pro-Con Session and Certificates
SHEA - Orlando, May 14-17, 2015The SHEA spring meeting in Orlando is really coming together. With the abstract deadline approaching (January 30th) and the full agenda finalized, I wanted to highlight a few things that you should know as you rush to register before the February 13th early registration deadline.1) Register before February 13th and save $100. If you aren't already a SHEA member - become a member at least 48 hours before registering for the meeting to save even more! Hope to see […]
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5:59 AM | Root canal retreatment: review suggests microsurgery better than retreatment
This new review of root canal retreatment indirectly compares the outcomes of two approaches, non-surgical retreatment and microsurgery. Only 4 of the studies were RCTs but these did not involve direct comparison of the two approaches. Pooled success rates suggest better outcomes for the microsurgical approach. The post Root canal retreatment: review suggests microsurgery better than retreatment appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:04 AM | Going public: The California Salmonella outbreak no one knew about
Laurel Maloy of Food Online writes that state and local public health officials have a responsibility to inform the public. In this particular incident… it didn’t happen During the summer of 2014, 21 people fell ill after eating at Brent’s … Continue reading →
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1:46 AM | Market microbial food safety? How a web of oversight still couldn’t prevent an outbreak
Molly Rosbach of theYakima Herald-Republic writes: Three people sickened, one dead, and many questions still unanswered. On the evening of Jan. 16 at the end of the work day, the state Department of Health issued a food-recall alert, warning that … Continue reading →
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12:27 AM | But what about listeria risks? FDA says fish consumption in large amount is the best food during pregnancy
Daughter 2-of-5 is pregnant with my second grandson (I’m old). What I’ve found through all these pregnancies is the enormous amount of conflicting advice provided to the moms-to-be. It’s stressful enough being pregnant (not that I would know) without having … Continue reading →
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