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November 14, 2014

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7:10 PM | What do you know, the NIH has not solved the revision-queing, traffic holding pattern problem with grant review.
Way back in 2008 I expressed my dissatisfaction with the revision-cycle holding pattern that delayed the funding of NIH grants. Poking through my pile of assignments I find that I have three R01 applications at the A2 stage (the second and "final" amendment of a brand new proposal). Looking over the list of application numbers […]
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4:30 PM | Nourishing Mothers-to-Be and Babies-to-Come
Babies are beautiful. How amazing that a fertilized egg can transform over 9 months into a wiggling, sometimes screaming, little being! After birth, it seems like the parental challenges of feeding, comforting, and nurturing begin but maternal nutrition has already had a major developmental impact. Increased folate levels in women during the first trimester of pregnancy is associated with reduced risk of birth defects. Maternal folate status may affect the risk of a preterm birth. 
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10:07 AM | Whole genome sequencing reveals potential spread of Clostridium difficile between humans and farm animals in the Netherlands, 2002 to 2011
Farm animals are a potential reservoir for human Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), particularly PCR ribotype 078 which is frequently found in animals and humans. Here, whole genome single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) analysis was used to study the evolutionary relatedness of C. … Continue reading →
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10:02 AM | Poultry retailers in Europe may be penalized if they sell Salmonella contaminated fresh meat
Ute Reindl is the manager of an Austrian branch of a supermarket (MPREIS Warenvertriebs GmbH). In 2012 a food safety body took a sample at that branch of vacuum packed fresh turkey breast processed and packaged by another company (MPREIS … Continue reading →
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6:54 AM | Son recalls how eating raw cookie dough led to one mom’s death
His mother died an agonizing death, possibly because she ate a few bites of raw cookie dough years earlier. Richard Simpson, of Las Vegas, recounted his mom’s painful battle with E. coli today at an FDA hearing about stricter regulations … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Mouthrinses: trial finds alcohol-free rinses have similar effects on plaque levels to those containing alcohol
This equivalence trial compared two alcohol free mouthrinses with an alcohol containing rinse and toothbrushing alone. At 8 weeks all 4 interventions reduced interproximal bleeding with plaque reductions being significantly greater in the mouthrinse groups. There was more staining in the 3 mouthrinse groups. The post Mouthrinses: trial finds alcohol-free rinses have similar effects on plaque levels to those containing alcohol appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:37 AM | 18 sick in Salmonella outbreak at Slovenia school
A salmonella outbreak has affected a primary school in Slovenj Gradec (N), with a total of 14 children and four employees falling ill. This is the second salmonella outbreak in the town in the last three months.
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4:12 AM | Food Safety Talk 70: A Quick Overnight Servicing
Food Safety Talk, a bi-weekly podcast for food safety nerds, by food safety nerds. The podcast is hosted by Ben Chapman and barfblog contributor Don Schaffner, Extension Specialist in Food Science and Professor at Rutgers University. Every two weeks or … Continue reading →
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1:44 AM | Gastro outbreak among G20 cops
Dr Jeannette Young’s worst nightmare may be coming true. In the days leading up to the G20 summit in Brisbane, Dr. Young, Queensland’s medical officer of health, warned that foodborne illness was a much bigger threat than terrorism. Today at … Continue reading →
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1:24 AM | More Stompin’ Tom: Sewing needles now found in 10 P.E.I. potatoes
The first bar I got into underage with false ID was the Horseshoe Tavern to see Toronto-based Goddo, who I would later book at my high school when I was student council president (damn glad to meet you). Due to … Continue reading →
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1:08 AM | Maybe cook from frozen, using a thermometer to verify safety? Campylobacter exploits chicken juice to flourish
A study from the Institute of Food Research has shown that Campylobacter’s persistence in food processing sites and the kitchen is boosted by ‘chicken juice.’ Organic matter exuding from chicken carcasses, “chicken juice”, provides these bacteria with the perfect environment … Continue reading →
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12:22 AM | Homelessness in Chicago: This Winter, Give the Gift of Warmth
Homelessness is a multifactorial plague of our lives and there are no easy solutions. There is no monolithic definition of “homeless” in Chicago, as homelessness ranges from very transient states of homelessness to long term homelessness, or may just refer … Continue reading →

November 13, 2014

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10:46 PM | 15 hospitalized in North Carolina after suspected food poisoning
I avoid potlucks like I avoid the plague: I don’t know how the person prepared the food or their general health status. Fifteen people were taken to hospitals Thursday morning after becoming sick at a U.S. Postal facility in west … Continue reading →
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8:32 PM | The Expectation of Safety
The Expectation of Safety A thought provoking article by Phil LaDuke who says: “On one hand the only one who can keep us safe is ourselves and on the other hand where ever you are and whatever you’re doing you are (often without realizing it) assuming things are safe with nothing more than faith to go on. In this week’s post I explore how we often assume that the things with which we interact are safe, but ridicule others for doing the same. I hope you will read the article […]
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8:03 PM | Campy is tops: Disease burden of foodborne infections in Denmark
Campylobacter is the foodborne bacteria that contributes most to the burden of disease in Denmark. This is the finding of a study from the National Food Institute, Technical University of Denmark, which for the first time in Denmark ranks three … Continue reading →
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7:50 PM | Failing Forward in Graduate School
In life, failure is inevitable; in graduate school, it is guaranteed. The very nature of a graduate degree puts you into contact with failure on a regular basis, especially if you work in the lab attempting to do or show something that has never been seen before. Somehow, in the face of this failure we […]
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7:35 PM | A simple plea for SfN 2014 attendees, particularly of the older, maler demographic
Do NOT creep on junior female scientists. Do NOT creep on female scientists. Do NOT creep on ANYBODY at the Annual Meeting. (Getting drunk is not an excuse, btw.) Don't so much as say anything creepy on your Facebook or Twitter or out loud where anyone can hear you. Let everyone get as much science […]
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7:05 PM | Protect those who protect our food
Jacob E. Gersen and Benjamin I. Sachs, professors at Harvard Law School, write in the N.Y. Times that every year, 5.5 million people are sickened by norovirus, a highly contagious gastrointestinal bug. According to the Centers for Disease Control and … Continue reading →
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7:00 PM | The economics won’t go away: NHS Cancer Drugs Fund to consider cost-effectiveness
This week, NHS England published its revised process for operation of the cancer drugs fund.  Of particular interest is the requirement to take into account both costs and effects of treatments. NICE was set up in 1999 with the remit of considering the value for money, or cost-effectiveness of new and existing treatments. It is ...read more
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6:51 PM | Inspector photos at Texas meat market expose roaches in sink, rodent droppings on rags
iPhones are wonderful, except when they get dropped in toilets. A camera in your pocket that can take pics, record video, and then immediately send it off. This one time, I was threatened by one of the crims living next … Continue reading →
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6:51 PM | SFN 2014: Minisyposium on Bath Salts and Fake Weed / Spice
There will be a minisymposium on synthetic drugs at the upcoming Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience in Washington DC. You can find it on Tuesday, Nov 18, 2014, 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM in WCC Ballroom B. 571.Bath Salts, Spice, and Related Designer Drugs: The Science Behind the Headlines Michael Baumann and Jenny […]
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6:30 PM | Follow the poop: Stool analysis must to detect food poisoning
Of the 1,122 cases of common food-borne illnesses reported in 2013, 550 (48.9 per cent) were just recorded as food poisoning as the pathogens were not identified through culture tests. Hundreds of suspected food poisoning cases in Dubai go undiagnosed … Continue reading →
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5:32 PM | Teaching Maternal Fetal Medicine: Medical Problems in Pregnancy
I get an hour to teach Albert Einstein College of Medicine third-year students a formal lecture in obstetrics during their six-week rotations, so I cram in a lot of information during that session. Of course, I spend more time with them informally; we see patients together on labor and delivery, or in clinic at Montefiore [...]
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5:30 PM | Does it even matter if gluten sensitivity is bogus?
This one goes out to all the Americans who are wondering if they really need to make gluten-free stuffing for Thanksgiving. Gluten-free eating is popular; according to one industry trend study, a third of American adults are trying to avoid … Continue reading »The post Does it even matter if gluten sensitivity is bogus? appeared first on Public Health.
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2:58 PM | Using Phytase in the First 1,000 Days for a Lifelong Impact
Phytate is a known as an  ‘antinutrient’ because it binds with iron, zinc and calcium to limit absorption from the intestine. In some regions of the world where animal sources of protein are scarce, the most commonly consumed form of phosphorus is linked with phytate present in plant-foods. Micronutrient deficiencies during the first 1,000 days of life can have lifelong effects. Plant-based complementary foods can contain high levels of phytate. 
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1:00 PM | Why do Former Mental Patients Commit Suicide?
A research study published in the journal Psychiatry Research looked at the deaths of 98 victims of suicide in Tel Aviv, Israel between the years 2007 and 2010. This was done by examining background features and clinical characteristics among suicide...            Related StoriesListening to the GodsCan We Control the Aging Process?GIving up that Driver's Licence 
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10:15 AM | Dealing with Incidents
Dealing with Incidents Most approaches to incident investigation focus on technique and process. This is important, gathering facts and compiling important information is critical. However, what most approaches don’t consider the range of biases that come with being human. In particular, it is crucial to understand and be mindful of hindsight bias. As soon as someone informs you that an incident has occurred, you start forming opinions about that incident based on your previous […]
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9:40 AM | So does QOF really reduce emergency hospital admissions?
What should you make of our latest paper suggesting that QOF reduced emergency admissions? There have now been over 20 systematic reviews of pay for performance (P4P) and even a systematic review of systematic reviews. A reasonable summary would be that P4P seems to improve the processes of care somewhat (and with the potential for ...read more
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8:01 AM | It’s nice to talk food safety, but sales rule: Walmart memo orders stores to improve grocery performance
Last month, Walmart, according to the N.Y. Times, issued an “urgent agenda” memo to managers across the country pushing them to improve performance on “Chilled and Fresh” items in its dairy, meat and produce departments, part of an effort by … Continue reading →
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7:50 AM | Duh: Sick days for restaurant workers?
WWBT NBC 12 reports that the U.S.Centers for Disease Control recently reported that one in five restaurant workers admitted to working while they had symptoms for the highly contagious Norovirus. That’s one of the reasons labor groups have been protesting, … Continue reading →
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