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October 24, 2014

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8:05 AM | And so it goes: at least 6 sick from Salmonella in frozen chicken thingies in Minn
State health and agriculture officials said today that six recent cases of salmonellosis in Minnesota have been linked to raw, frozen, breaded and pre-browned, stuffed chicken entrees. The implicated product is Antioch Farms brand A La Kiev raw stuffed chicken … Continue reading →
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3:28 AM | Who knew the Sergeant-at-Arms actually had a gun? In Canada?
I spoke with my mother today, and she didn’t know; I spoke with Chapman, and he didn’t know; I didn’t know but I do know that to enter buildings at Kansas State University, I’m told by a sign with the … Continue reading →
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2:29 AM | Morebola
The news tonight about Dr. Craig Spencer, an MSF volunteer who recently returned from caring for Ebola patients in Guinea, is sobering for several reasons. There are many details to come, but I thought I’d post a few quick initial thoughts (or reminders) about how this tragic development should, or shouldn’t, change the way we think about the Ebola virus outbreak:This outbreak is occurring in West Africa. Not in the US. West Africa. The level of hysteria in the US is directly […]

October 23, 2014

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11:19 PM | The New Leadership – Risk and Safety
The New Leadership – Risk and Safety Dr Rob explains the what his new book “Following-Leading in Risk” is all about. Download Section 1 of “Following-Leading in Risk” Free: To win a FREE COPY of the book CLICK HERE To attend the book launch CLICK HERE   A number of people have been asking about […] The post The New Leadership – Risk and Safety appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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9:34 PM | Destructive trends in workers’ compensation
Decades of business-friendly "reforms" to workers' compensation make the bargain between employers and labor no longer a good deal for injured workers.
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8:00 PM | Does Suboxone Cause SIDS?
Originally posted 1/13/2013 In a recent Google search about Suboxone and pregnancy, one of the top links included the frightening statement that Suboxone and buprenorphine have been linked to SIDS or sudden infant death syndrome, commonly called ‘crib death.’ The statement was from a health forum where a woman wrote about taking Suboxone during pregnancy.  She […]
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4:34 PM | Datahound on productivity
This final figure from Datahound's post on K99/R00 recipients who have managed to win R01 funding is fascinating to me. This is a plot of individual investigators, matching their number of published papers against a weighted sum of publication. The weighting is for the number of authors on each paper as follows: "One way to […]
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3:13 PM | Why Ebola Is a Wake Up for Infection Control
Just as the CDC’s and other experts’ thoughts on Ebola and infection control have evolved with experience, mine have taken a slight twist as well. Given the missteps at Dallas’s Texas Presbyterian Hospital, which could have occurred in any community, I now agree with the current recommendations to centralize care in specialty centers. My perspective [...]
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3:13 PM | Research Ethics and Ebola
Every day we learn of new suspected cases of Ebola infection in the United States, causing worries among the population and renewed efforts by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to contain the epidemic. A student in the postgraduate course in research ethics that I teach at Einstein recently asked whether we could discuss [...]
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12:00 PM | US Foreign Aid and Terrorism
While it is commonly assumed that the United States uses foreign aid as an instrument to combat global terrorism, it is unclear whether it views terrorist threats to other countries, particularly its allies, with urgency. A new article in the...            Related StoriesStigma and Seeking HellpThe Personality of Being A TrollCan Anger in Infants Predict Later Problems? 
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9:26 AM | Designing a Nutritionally Balanced Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food from Local Ingredients
The World Health Organisation considers Ready-to-Use Therapeutic Food (RUTF) to have “revolutionized” the treatment of severe malnutrition in children. RUTF saves the lives of hundreds of thousands of children every year. RUTF are shelf-stable pastes that can be used at home, and contain a nutritionally-balanced mix of ingredients that provide children with the energy, protein, fat, vitamins and minerals for them to put on weight and treat deficiency. But how can it be developed […]
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7:35 AM | Safety and Risk Snippets
Safety and Risk Snippets -  a few interesting recent safety and risk articles from the WWW   The Importance of Discipline By Phil LaDuke Safety professionals take great pains to engage workers in safety. While it’s true that engaged workers tend to be more concerned about the safety of the workplace worker engagement can only […] The post Safety and Risk Snippets appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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5:01 AM | Compete dentures: no difference between simplified and traditional approaches to fabrication
Today we look at a review that compares simplified approaches with traditional methods for constructing complete dentures. 3 small trials reported in 6 papers suggest some advantages of the simplified approach over the traditional. However studies are small and of short duration. The post Compete dentures: no difference between simplified and traditional approaches to fabrication appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:25 AM | A touching tribute from U.S. hockey
South of the border wouldn’t quite make sense living in Australia. But this was fairly classy for a bunch of hockey folks. And we’re building the game in Australia.
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12:18 AM | North Carolina firm recalls Serrano peppers
A 2008 Salmonella Saintpaul outbreak initially thought to be solely tomatoes was eventually linked to  a couple of types of peppers. According to a 2011 paper published by the investigation team  raw tomato-containing dishes (like salsa) were linked to three clusters … Continue reading →

October 22, 2014

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11:59 PM | Chef at New Jersey restaurant who spit into patron’s food fired
A chef at Kennedy’s Pub who allegedly spit into a meal that a man sent back for additional cooking was fired immediately after the incident occurred, according to a report. Mount Olive police responded to the Route 46 restaurant on … Continue reading →
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11:46 PM | Wash hands, sick (and non-sick?) workers stay home: 278 sickened in Norovirus outbreak at Shanghai boarding school, 2012
Researchers conclude in BMC Public Health that this Norovirus outbreak could be limited by good hygiene, daily disinfection and “excluding asymptomatic food handlers from food preparation.” I’m not sure how that would work, but based on fecal swabs, nine were … Continue reading →
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11:27 PM | Suboxone Side Effects Pt. 2
Originally posted 1/2/2013 We can now leave naloxone out of the discussion, and focus on the side effects of Suboxone that are caused by buprenorphine. Side effects are symptoms caused by a given medication that are not part of the therapeutic benefit of that medication.  Whether a symptom is a side effect depends on the reason […]
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9:22 PM | More demand for restaurant inspection info
From San Jose to South Australia, locals are adopting restaurant inspection disclosure or grading programs to inform diners of recent ratings. Beginning in Jan. 2016, San Jose restaurants will adopt the Toronto-like green-yellow-red display system. In the state of South … Continue reading →
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8:27 PM | Is a milk by any other name just as nutritious?
Vitamin D is an essential nutrient that supports healthy bones, muscles and more, yet more than 90% of Americans don’t get enough in their diets. This is partly due to the fact that naturally occurring vitamin D is not found in high amounts in many foods, save for fish – a food which Americans certainly do not to eat enough of (see: every article ever posted on Talking Nutrition about Omega-3’s).  As a result, vitamin D intakes in the United States are largely driven by […]
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7:21 PM | Paul Farmer's take on the Ebola Epidemic
Click here for an excellent commentary on the Ebola epidemic by Dr. Paul Farmer in the London Review of Books. I was particulary struck by this paragraph: I’ve been asked more than once what the formula for effective action against Ebola might be. It’s often those reluctant to invest in a comprehensive model of prevention and care for the poor who ask for ready-made solutions. What’s the ‘model’ or the ‘minimum basic package’? What are the […]
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5:45 PM | Brain Surgery or Suboxone?
Originally posted 12/31/2012 Today I read about the stereotactic brain surgery used to treat opioid dependence in China over the past ten years.   The procedure is relatively straightforward; the patient’s skull is clamped in place while small holes are drilled, guided by computerized, 3-dimensional maps of the brain.  Probes are inserted deeply through brain tissue to the […]
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3:45 PM | Pet Peeve: "the literature"
One precious tic of academic writing I implore you to avoid is "...in the literature". "Novel contribution to the literature..." "Unknown in the literature..." "Fill a gap in the literature..." You know what I mean. The impression you create is that this is some silly self-referential game with only internal measures of importance. Whether this […]
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10:49 AM | US pro football player barfs on field before play
I loved playing linebacker in high-school football. After all those years of kids shooting pucks at my head covered only with a lousy plastic face mass as a goalie in hockey, it was somehow, equitable. I never barfed during a … Continue reading →
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6:48 AM | Salmonella in sprouts sparks Organic Traditions brand sprouted flax seed powder recalled due to Salmonella
Sprouts, especially the organic kind, you never fail – fail to initiate recalls. Advantage Health Matters is recalling Organic Traditions brand Sprouted Flax Seed Powder from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. Consumers should not consume the recalled products … Continue reading →
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4:59 AM | Caries Prevention: review suggests that education training and fairer payments would increase prevention delivered by dentists
Seven qualitative studies and 41 surveys were included in this qualitative metasummary of factors that increase or decrease dentists delivery of caries prevention. While the surveys in particular, are of questionable quality some commonality emerges that further education and training coupled with a fairer pay scheme would be a reasonable approach to change the balance in favor of the provision of dental caries preventive measures by dentists The post Caries Prevention: review suggests that […]
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4:09 AM | Post-Operative Pain in Suboxone Patients
Originally posted 12/19/2012 I’ve written about this topic a number of times, but I continue to receive emails from people on buprenorphine who describe inadequate pain control following surgery.  I have prepared a document for my own patients to provide to surgeons, dentists, and ER staff to be used in the case of injury or surgery.  A copy of that […]
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2:49 AM | (This is not satire) 363 sickened in multistate outbreak of human Salmonella infections linked to live poultry in backyard flocks (final update)
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports: This outbreak appears to be over. However, live poultry, including those kept in backyard flocks, remain an important cause of human Salmonella infections in the United States. More information about Salmonella from live poultry and … Continue reading →
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2:39 AM | (This is also satire) Terrorists threaten to attack UK by washing uncooked chicken
The terror threat level to the UK has been raised to the highest level since the Iraq war after suspicions grew that terrorists might have been reading all the recent articles about the deadly peril of washing uncooked chicken. It … Continue reading →
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12:49 AM | Hundreds of U.S. bioterror lab mishaps cloaked in secrecy
Allison Young of USA Today reports that more than 1,100 laboratory incidents involving bacteria, viruses and toxins that pose significant or bioterror risks to people and agriculture were reported to federal regulators during 2008 through 2012, government reports obtained by USA … Continue reading →
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