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April 10, 2014

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2:51 PM | Why Hepatitis C Is Vastly Underreported
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) continues to be the number one cause of cirrhosis and liver cancer and the primary indicator for liver transplantation in the United States, yet it remains vastly underdiagnosed. More than three million people in the U.S. are infected. Guidelines support widespread screening for HCV, and excellent treatments are now available. So [...]
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1:33 PM | If Focusing Only on the Pleasant Bits Worked
Vonnegut, in Slaughterhouse-Five, has Billy Pilgrim talk about the Tralfamadorians' philosophy of ignoring the unpleasant times and focusing only on the positives. Pilgrim, however, is constantly being pulled back into the war and his times in Dresden. He is helpless to avoid it, although he compensates by creating a future with centerfold Montana Wildhack on a Tralfamadorian zoo where they live happily and procreate.  Wish fulfillment, lovely daydreams or schizophrenic visions?I've […]
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1:21 PM | It just makes sense....
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12:00 PM | Hanging Out With The Wrong Crowd
Adolescence and early adulthood is a time when peer groups become increasingly influential in the lives of young people. Youths exposed to deviant peers risk susceptibility to externalizing behaviors and related psychopathology. In addition to environmental correlates of deviant peer...            Related StoriesIn Praise of ChildrenThe Great BillickOnline Support Groups and Suicide 
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9:27 AM | Nutrition Choices for Pregnant Women Fail to Meet Recommendations
One of the keys to a healthy pregnancy is good nutrition. What pregnant women eat during pregnancy can affect not only their own health, but also the risk of undesirable birth outcomes and the health of the fetus. In general, nutrition guidelines include specific recommendations for pregnant women to ensure that they receive adequate energy, protein, fat and micronutrients during pregnancy to support both themselves and their offspring, and also to avoid foods that carry specific health risks. […]
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5:16 AM | WTF? 524 now confirmed sick with Salmonella linked to Foster Farms chicken
This is why microbial food safety should be marketed so consumers have a choice. As of April 7, 2014, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control reports a total of 524 people have been infected with seven outbreak strains of Salmonella … Continue reading →
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2:32 AM | Potential outbreak at Muskegon sports bar
Muskegon, MI birthplace of the Detroit Red Wings’ Justin Abdelkader and punk rocker Iggy Pop is also home to what looks like a foodborne illness outbreak. According to Mlive, patrons of Bonicki’s Bistro reported illnesses to owner Norm Spyke as well as … Continue reading →
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2:30 AM | WTF? New Zealand dairy cleared to sell raw milk after Campylobacter outbreak, two kids get E. coli from different NZ raw milk
As Village Milk Timaru in New Zealand begins selling raw milk after being linked to seven Campylobacter illnesses, at least two Timaru pupils have contracted E. coli following school trips, with raw milk being a possible cause. Who serves raw … Continue reading →
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2:05 AM | WTF? Keep food safety out of AIB, Kansas State proposal
A former colleague at Kansas State University asked me yesterday if I would deliver my annual talk with summer public health students despite being unceremoniously dumped last year. I said sure, I’ll always talk with students: they shouldn’t have to … Continue reading →
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1:25 AM | Why did UK pool stay open 11 days after diarrhea alert?
The Aqua Vale Swimming Pool remained open for 11 days even though environmental health chiefs raised concerns about a dangerous contamination. Its two pools were later shut down, on April 3, after tests revealed that cryptosporidium was present in the … Continue reading →
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1:11 AM | 7 outbreaks of Norovirus in Vegas
The Southern Nevada Health District Office of Epidemiology has, since March 29, 2014, identified 7 clusters and outbreaks of acute gastroenteritis illness in the Las Vegas area. Venues associated with these clusters and outbreaks include a hotel conference, several private … Continue reading →

April 09, 2014

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8:00 PM | Wildlife Medicine & Conservation Program in Belize!
First-year veterinary student Price Dickson describes her recent experience with the Belize Wildlife & Referral Clinic's vet student program.The post Wildlife Medicine & Conservation Program in Belize! appeared first on Elliott Garber.
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6:06 PM | One in eight global deaths due to air pollution, WHO reports
The World Health Organization has released a new estimate of the number of premature deaths linked to air pollution: In 2012, approximately seven million deaths -- one in eight of those occurring worldwide -- resulted from exposure to air pollution. The vast majority of these deaths occurred in low- and middle-income countries, with much of the burden falling in South East Asia and the Western Pacific.
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1:24 PM | Why is Water Such a Wicked Problem?
Every two minutes, three children die of diarrheal disease. Most of those deaths could be prevented with clean water and sanitation. We know the solution, and it sounds simple – so why haven’t we achieved it yet? Water, it turns out, is a wicked problem. On April 10 at Drexel, representatives from the fields of … Continue reading →
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12:02 PM | Mobile Telecommunication Technologies for Nutrition and Health
In the not so distant past, the thought of having a portable device capable of sending/receiving messages and phone calls at any time and place was science fiction.  Today the number of active cell phones is estimated at 7.3 billion. More cell phones than people on this planet. We are on the precipice of adopting mobile telecommunication technologies (mHealth) to manage our health and wellness. According to Steinhubl and colleagues, three factors are driving mHealth acceptance
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9:51 AM | No one wants their kid to get sick from animals: best practices paper published
From North Carolina, U.S. to Brisbane, Australia, outbreaks of E. coli, Salmonella and other pathogens related to petting zoos or animal exhibits have been devastating to the families involved. We wanted to provide a checklist for parents, and the teachers … Continue reading →
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9:05 AM | Does food safety risk analysis have a public hope? How politics make us stupid
I have no time for scientists who bitch behind closed doors about how they’re misunderstood by the public. As Thomas Jefferson famously stated, which I always use to introduce my risk analysis course, “I know no safe depository of the … Continue reading →
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1:57 AM | Crown Princess cruise ship hit with fourth norovirus outbreak in four years
Earlier this year Time Magazine included Princess Cruise Line’s ship, the Crown Princess on a list of the 13 worst cruise-related norovirus outbreaks. Twice. 4. Princess Cruises, Crown Princess (January 2010) Total number sick: 396 In 2010, there were 14 outbreaks of illnesses … Continue reading →
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1:30 AM | Las Vegas’ Firefly has food safety problems again
In June 2013 Las Vegas’ Firefly Tapas Kitchen and Bar was linked to over 250 cases of salmonellosis. Investigators fingered cross-contaminated chorizo as the likely source. At the time of the outbreak owner Tabitha Simmons was quoted as saying, “It’s just … Continue reading →

April 08, 2014

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10:20 PM | On resubmitting unfunded A1 NIH grant applications
Well, well, well. The NIH limited applicants to a single revision ("amendment", hence -01A1 version) of an unfunded "new" grant submission (the -01 version, sometimes called "A0") in 2009. This followed the action in 1997 to limit revisions to two (see RockTalk chart), which hurt PIs like Croce and Perrin. (Six revision? Wow, that is […]
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6:40 PM | To live longer, eat 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day
A paper investigating whether the consumption of fruit and vegetables actually affects health in the general population of England was published online in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health last week (1). The paper measured health as death due …The post To live longer, eat 7 servings of fruits and vegetables per day appeared first on Public Health.
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6:01 PM | 20 cops suffered from diarrhea during Sehat Ka Insaaf drive in Pakistan
At least 20 constables suffered from diarrhea and were admitted to hospitals when they eat food during the “Sehat Ka Insaf programme”, hospital sources told The Nation on Monday. They said that district administration has made food arrangements for police … Continue reading →
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5:52 PM | Fancy food ain’t safe food – Welsh curry edition
A curry house voted the best in Wales only last year has been fined £10,000 after food hygiene inspectors found rat droppings on the premises. The owners of Llanymynech’s Bengal Spices, Rabiul Alam, 34, and Mizanur Chowdhury, 43, pleaded guilty … Continue reading →
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5:40 PM | Wilbur Feagan and food safety
A fitting obituary for Wilbur S. Feagan, who died March 29 at his Springfield, Missouri home at the age of 100. Feagan, who founded the Black Pearl Award via the International Association for Food Protection with an endowment of $35,000, … Continue reading →
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5:24 PM | Man arrested at NY airport for smuggling cocaine in frozen meat
Many years ago when I was a teenager, a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away (Canada), some friends went to Jamacia, and came back with a wooden owl – filled with ganga. Things haven’t changed much. From … Continue reading →
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4:19 PM | Just the Fats: What’s New? What’s Old?
With the Mediterranean diet all the rage, not only because consumers like its tasty composition but because of research touting its health benefits, experts have had to become more specific about recommendations for fats. There’s a steady drumbeat these days—from everyone from chefs to food writers to health gurus—criticizing nutritionists and the “diet police,” who, [...]
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4:01 PM | Pictures say a thousand words: OSHA Silica Hearings week #3
OSHA's public hearing on its proposed regulation on respirable crystalline silica concluded last week. Some of the final witnesses included the American Petroleum Institute and the Laborers' Health and Safety Fund.
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12:00 PM | Did You Know I Have a Book Coming Out?
That's right. An honest-to-goodness book. That I wrote. All by myself. When I was asked last year by the Everything Series to write a book on PTSD, I was both flattered and frightened. After some hemming-and-hawing, I agreed to submit...            Related StoriesBritish Doctor Goes Undercover to Expose Gay "Cures"In Praise of ChildrenThe Problem With Pain 
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11:23 AM | Liver Disease, Obesity, and Essentiality of Vitamins
Obesity is associated with two metabolic aberrations. The most prevalent is metabolic syndrome, a cluster of disorders produced by a fatty liver, including elevated blood glucose and triglycerides. Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is defined by the accumulation of excess fat in the liver. There are  no outward signs of NAFLD. Both metabolic syndrome and NAFLD contribute to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) and other chronic diseases, e.g. type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular […]
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2:55 AM | ‘I wasn’t really informed’ spring chicks can bring Salmonella
Springtime and the approaching Easter holiday are causing concern among health officials. This is the time of year people tend to buy chicks and ducklings for their backyard flocks. As a result, the number of people who become infected with … Continue reading →
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