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August 27, 2014

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2:52 PM | Thought of the Day
Cling fiercely to what you want to do with your life and what kind of person you want to be. View it through your expectations of yourself and your view of what constitutes a good person. Defend that against all comers.
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2:36 PM | Fish-to-Krill isn’t exactly Apples-to-Apples
Krill oil has hit the Omega-3 supplement market as an alternative to fish oil, touting claims of better absorption. But is it really true? A recent re-examination of the evidence challenges these assumptions.
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8:55 AM | Sheep as an important source of E. coli O157:H7 in Turkey
Escherichia coli O157:H7 is a globally important foodborne pathogen and has been mainly associated with cattle as the reservoir. However, accumulating data shows the importance of sheep as an E. coli O157:H7 vehicle. The presence of E. coli O157/O157:H7 in … Continue reading →
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5:33 AM | A New Safety And Risk Forum
A New Safety And Risk Forum Inspired by all the new people and there positive comments on our articles and uninspired by LinkedIn and other industry forums of late, I’ve decided to create and trial a new Safety and Risk Forum. I see this as a great way to share info, ask questions and have your say without going to the trouble of writing an article or finding one to comment on. For now, there will be no strict rules or taboos or risk averse moderation as I believe that we are all […]
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12:53 AM | Where does food come from? Indiana restaurant with animal birthing room edition
A new restaurant is taking the term ‘farm-to-table’ to a whole new level by letting diners watch baby farm animals being born in a purpose-built birthing room. At Farmhouse Restaurant in Fair Oaks, Indiana, customers are invited to visit a … Continue reading →

August 26, 2014

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7:54 PM | 45 sick from Campylobacter linked to raw milk in Utah
Utah public health officials are investigating a few cases of sickness associated with raw or unpasteurized milk. A few? Is there that many people in Utah? So far, 45 cases of Campylobacter infection have been confirmed in people who had raw … Continue reading →
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5:12 PM | UK supermarkets fail inspections
Tesco supermarkets prove to be the worst for hygiene after it was revealed that 29 of its stores failed inspections aimed to protect customers from food poisoning. It was one of five big supermarket chains that saw stores fall foul … Continue reading →
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4:59 PM | Careful with that fondue: determinants of the campylobacteriosis winter peak in Switzerland
Campylobacteriosis is the most frequently reported food borne infection in Switzerland. We investigated determinants of infections and illness experience in wintertime. A case–control study was conducted in Switzerland between December 2012 and February 2013. Cases were recruited among laboratory-confirmed campylobacteriosis … Continue reading →
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4:51 PM | “Better But Not Well”
The mentally ill remain the most widely marginalized group in society by almost every criterion.
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3:01 PM | Autism Advocacy in the Making
“September 1, 1939,” I said, narrowly eyeing the person beside me, scrunching my forehead in genuine scrutiny of the situation. Although I was not entirely certain of what was to come, the eternal optimist within geared up for an opportunity to go into raptures. “Friday,” emerged his effortless reply. And so it was. Meet my [...]
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12:00 PM | Fighting Poverty with Cash
The steady proliferation of charity groups and humanitarian organization has (more or less) reduced poverty in many parts of the world. Still, it is no secret that a large percentage of the money collected to battle poverty actually goes towards...            Related StoriesVideo Games ReduxThe Rumour Watchers (Part 1 of 2)The Price of Sexy 
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11:33 AM | Do Parents’ Shifts in Identifying Childhood Obesity Reflect the Normalization of Excess Bodyweight?
Hansen and colleagues report on how parents’ perceptions of childhood overweight have changed over 15 years. Comparing sampling periods from 1988-1994 with 2005-2010, the researchers found that the probability that parents correctly identify their child as overweight decreased by 16% between the two study periods, with more parents thinking that their overweight or obese child had a weight that was about right. What is going on here?
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10:35 AM | The Zero Hero is Here to Save The Day!
Dr Rob Long’s recent article Forecasting Safety resulted in some great debate both here and on other forums. In this article Gabrielle discusses the language of zero and how it may have the exact opposite affect to what was maybe well intended. The people who take the time to read and have the courage to comment and ask questions on these articles are making a valuable contribution to learning and should be applauded. The Zero Hero is Here to Save The Day! Language is extremely powerful. […]
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7:45 AM | Nursery school students in Japan confirmed with E. coli O111
Four Okinawa nursery school students are confirmed to have contracted Enerohemorrhagic Escherichia coli O111. Three of the children have diarrheal symptoms, but none have been hospitalized.  One student showing continued symptoms is moving toward recovery, says the Health and Longevity … Continue reading →
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2:46 AM | Former California slaughterhouse owner pleads guilty to selling diseased meat
The co-owner of a Petaluma slaughterhouse tied to a massive meat recall pleaded guilty to charges of selling cows with eye cancer and agreed to cooperate with prosecutors in their case against three other defendants. Robert Singleton, 77, faces up … Continue reading →
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2:38 AM | 130 cases of E. coli now confirmed in Alberta
Alberta Health Services has now confirmed 130 cases of E.coli infection in Alberta. There are 63 confirmed cases in Calgary and 50 in the Edmonton region. AHS has not confirmed the source of the bacterial infection. However, health officials are urging … Continue reading →

August 25, 2014

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11:24 PM | Quantitative risk assessment of hemolytic and uremic syndrome linked to O157:H7 and non-O157:H7 shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli strains in raw milk soft cheeses
Shiga-toxin producing Escherichia coli (STEC) strains may cause human infections ranging from simple diarrhea to Haemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS). The five main pathogenic serotypes of STEC (MPS-STEC) identified thus far in Europe are O157:H7, O26:H11, O103:H2, O111:H8, and O145:H28. Because … Continue reading →
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11:13 PM | Jamie Oliver’s crusade to prove U.S. food safety unfit for UK
Celebrity chef-type Jamie Oliver – who was a stand-out in our 2004 paper, Spot the Mistake about celebrity chefs and food safety mistakes — has been appearing with increasing irritation on a television advert for Woolworths in Australia, hawking dinnerware. … Continue reading →
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10:22 PM | Why Do We Pay It Forward?
In 2007, the alternative rock band Radiohead released their seventh studio album, In Rainbows. Although the band announced that their new album would soon be available in CD form, they also implemented what must have seemed like an extremely risky...            Related StoriesNaming That TuneThe Rumour Watchers (Part 1 of 2)The Price of Sexy 
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7:32 PM | Not an “accident”: Elbert C. Woods, 45, suffers fatal work-related injury at Cleveland, Ohio company
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on August 21 at Cleveland Track Material in Cleveland, Ohio.
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6:14 PM | Prostate Health: Are you Typical or a SELECT Male with High Vitamin E Status?
Antioxidants protect us. Our bodies have many interrelated systems to protect our cells and tissues. Vitamin E (α-tocopherol) is the most abundant lipid-soluble antioxidant in our bodies. It is co-located within cell membranes to protect polyunsaturated fatty acids from peroxidization. Vitamin E, as well as other antioxidants such as vitamin C and selenium, help protect DNA and proteins from oxidation. Vitamin C is required to regenerate vitamin E.
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1:00 PM | Gluten-free does not equal healthy. But the food industry doesn’t want you to know that.
  In the late 1990’s, my grandmother who lived with my family was diagnosed with celiac disease. The experience of planning meals became mildly traumatic for all of us. My most vivid recollection that of is breakfast time: my grandmother …The post Gluten-free does not equal healthy. But the food industry doesn’t want you to know that. appeared first on Public Health.
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3:24 AM | Public Health in the News – August 24, 2014
Global As though West Africa didn’t have it hard enough, Ghana is now reporting nearly 70 deaths from a cholera outbreak that began in June. In Liberia, unrest continues as citizens resist the quarantine in the Monrovia neighborhood of West Point, as well as a nationwide curfew – an effort to control the spread of Ebola.  A […]

August 24, 2014

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11:43 PM | Fancy food ain’t safe food; Gold Coast, Australia edition
Council food safety inspectors have allegedly uncovered dead and live cockroaches in the kitchen of one of the Gold Coast’s ritziest restaurants. Court documents reveal cockroaches were found in the dry goods storage area and near the pizza ovens at … Continue reading →
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2:48 PM | Ownership and use of long-lasting insecticidal nets for malaria prevention in Ethiopia
Woyessa A, Deressa W, Ali A, Lindtjorn B. Ownership and use of long-lasting insecticidal nets for malaria prevention in Butajira area, south-central Ethiopia: complex samples data analysis. BMC public health 2014; 14: 99. BACKGROUND: Despite the encroaching of endemic malaria to highland-fringe areas above 2000 meters above sea level in Ethiopia, there is limited information on […]
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12:26 PM | Updata on the 1st International Blastocystsis Symposium
The website for the 1st International Blastocystis Symposium taking place in Ankara 28-29th of May, 2015, has moved to www.blastomeeting2015.com Please visit and bookmark. Also please note that there will be a workshop on diagnostic and molecular epidmiological tools on the 27th of May (day before the actual conference). Thanks.Filed under: Uncategorized
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12:00 PM | The Rumour Watchers (Part 1 of 2)
The Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 was far more than "a date that will live on in infamy." While the American people were well aware of the massive war that was raging across much of the...            Related StoriesThe Price of SexyCan Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?The Judge in the Asylum (Part 2 of 2) 
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9:55 AM | ‘Our worst nightmare coming to life’: UK family contracted E. coli O157 on holiday to Spain with toddler daughter left in critical condition
A family of four fell ‘horrifically’ ill during a Spanish summer holiday which left two young daughters in hospital, one in critical condition. The Smith family, from Bishop Auckland in County Durham, travelled to the 3* Azuline, Coral Beach resort … Continue reading →
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9:43 AM | Chef in China killed by decapitated cobra
A chef preparing a dish made from cobra flesh died after the snake bit his hand – 20 minutes after he had severed it from its body. Peng Fan from Foshan, Guangdong province, southern China, had been preparing a special … Continue reading →
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9:37 AM | Lost in translation? Pizza Hut in Japan is now totally being run by cats and they’re understandably terrible at it
The latest treat from Japan is a website announcing the grand opening of Pizza Cat!, a Pizza Hut restaurant apparently run entirely by cats. The campaign is rolling out as tiny “episodes” of each “employee” cat doing jobs like delivering … Continue reading →
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