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July 16, 2014

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1:54 AM | It was a private conversation: 26 sick after wedding in France
A wedding at Sedan has resulted in at least 26 guests sick with symptoms of food poisoning. A spokesperson said, “The government will take samples from tomorrow to determine what caused the poisoning. The party was private. Neither the castle … Continue reading →
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1:43 AM | Florette withdraws salmonella parsley from sale in France
French group Florette (ready to use salads and vegetables) announced on Sunday that they had to withdraw sachets of flat parsley and parsley-chives from sale due to a presence of salmonella.  The sachets were put on sale between the 4th-11th … Continue reading →
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1:38 AM | Sad: E. coli O157 confirmed in death of Mass. child
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has confirmed the presence of E. coli in its investigation of the recent death of a child in Norfolk County. Melissa Kaye of Braintree says her son Joshua Kaye, 8, died July 7 after … Continue reading →
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12:28 AM | Biosecurity Failures Round-up
Like many of you, I’ve been watching and reading all the recent biosecurity lapses at our top labs with some dismay. This really isn’t something I normally would cover here on Contagions, but a comment from a reader reminded me that not everyone gets all the stories I’ve been tweeting (or retweeting) for the last […]

July 15, 2014

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9:09 PM | Occupational Health News Roundup
Workers at an Alabama car seat manufacturer speak out about workplace illnesses; worker death at a Pennsylvania sugar plant could have been prevented; Los Angeles activists join fight for a living wage; and income inequality gets a laugh.
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6:51 PM | Nobel Laureates on the Advancement of Women in Science
  Fifty-one. That was the percentage of young female researchers attending the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for Physiology or Medicine, held in Germany this summer. It was a percentage touted by conference organizers because it was the first time in the history of these meetings that the number of female graduate students, post docs and […]
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5:33 PM | Your Grant in Review: The Ideal Personnel Lineup
Excellent comment from eeke: My last NIH grant application was criticized for not including a post-doc at 100% effort. I had listed two techs, instead. Are reviewers under pressure to ding PI's for not having post-docs or some sort of trainee? WTF? My answer: I think it is mostly because reviewers think that a postdoc […]
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5:01 PM | Advice to young scientists
from University System Professor Emeritus (RIP) John R. Cash: "Well, first you gotta want to get off bad enough to want to get on in the first place".
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2:52 PM | The High Cost of Vaccines
Few medical interventions have been as successful as vaccines in improving public health. Whether they are childhood vaccinations, vaccines to prevent healthy adults from contracting influenza or the more recent HPV vaccine for adolescents, these preventive methods have resulted in dramatic benefits for individuals and the public. We have only to think of the eradication [...]
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12:00 PM | How Dangerous are Opioid Painkillers?
While there is no question that opioid dependence is becoming a major problem, new research is also showing a rise in opioid-related deaths as well. Along with prescription drug abuse, opioids being sold as street drugs, and patients who doctor-shop...            Related StoriesSecondary Trauma in Child Protection WorkersCaring for High-Risk ChildrenThe Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims 
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8:36 AM | Keeping Cochrane reviews up-to-date
The Cochrane Collaboration is an organisation that conducts systematic reviews of healthcare interventions.  The idea is that they are updated periodically (every 2 years) so that they provide the best evidence on what works and what doesn’t. After 21 years of existence, the Cochrane Library now holds over 6000 reviews by some 20,000 volunteer authors.  ...read more
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7:54 AM | Striving for a Nutritionally Sustainable World
Today I searched Wikipedia for the word ‘sustainability’ and found,  “Achieving sustainability will enable the Earth to continue supporting human life”. With respect to food and nutrition, sustainability requires understanding the determinants and costs of producing, processing, and distributing foods globally to sustainably feed a growing population regardless of where they live. People in the US spend less on food than any other country, only 6.4% of their […]
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5:51 AM | These food workers have to work while sick – a risk to all of us
“Stay home if you’re sick.” That’s the message to food industry workers from the nation’s public health watchdog, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The problem is staying home isn’t an option for food industry workers — 70% of … Continue reading →
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5:01 AM | Review suggests the shortened dental arch may be an acceptable approach
The shortened dental arch (SDA) consisting of ten pairs of occluding anterior and premolar teeth is considered sufficient to provide good oral function. The WHO goal for developing countries of 20 functional, aesthetic natural teeth without resorting to a prosthesis is consistent with the SDA.   The aim of this review was compare the functional outcomes [read the full story...]
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1:39 AM | Food safety fairy tales: how industry, government and academia collaborate to fail
That was the title of the chat I had with the Canadian Institute for Public Health Inspectors in Newfoundland last night. I was in Brisbane. The slides are available at http://barfblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/powell.ciphi_.jul_.14.public.health-copy.ppt And the video is below and at http://youtu.be/deejYx8HQDo Comments … Continue reading →
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1:16 AM | The Birds and the Bees, academic version
Some guy has written a blog post asking "Is it morally acceptable to hire postdocs?" This is not an absurd question on the face of it and one of his points appears to be that hiring postdocs is done in preference to hiring longer-term staff-scientist type people. Hire permanent researchers instead of postdocs. This I […]
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12:39 AM | Fancy food ain’t safe food, Brisbane edition: DM Jazz cafe fined $25,000 after diner finds cockroach in her risotto
I’ve walked by the DM Jazz café in Southbank, Brisbane, but never ate there. My lifestyle doesn’t demand that. The four-star rated restaurant was fined more than $25,000 after a customer found a live cockroach in her chicken and mushroom … Continue reading →

July 14, 2014

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8:54 PM | A cluster of E. coli O111 illnesses in MN investigated by health officials
Ricky Bobby’s favorite restaurant chain, Applebee’s, is connected to multiple E. coli O111 illnesses but according to health officials, the restaurant is not the sole source of the outbreak. The Minnesota Department of Health sent out a press release detailing … Continue reading →
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6:37 PM | Food Safety Talk 63: The Great One
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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4:46 PM | Wanting to Get Out of the Kitchen? Some Free Advice
Whether on vacation, traveling for business, or trying to avoid standing in front of a stove during the summer, a common choice is eating at a restaurant. When doing so, most people underestimate the calories in restaurant foods.   A CDC report finds that 57% of Americans use menu labels when making food choices. Women are more likely to read menus than men. 
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2:23 PM | Woodgett on modern science careers
Nailed it: @adamgdunn @BabyAttachMode Akin to hitchhiking for a living. Reliance on semi-random “goodwill” of others & odd jobs to keep goal alive. — Jim Woodgett (@jwoodgett) July 14, 2014
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2:21 PM | Monkeying Around with the Hot Hand
Imagine you're at a roulette table in Las Vegas. You've been having an amazing run of luck (yes, it does happen on occasion). After winning five times in a row using a can't-fail new system, do you become convinced that...            Related StoriesSacrificing EdithCaring for High-Risk ChildrenThe Toll Trauma Takes on the Families of Victims 
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12:59 PM | Why young Americans aren’t using Obamacare
The first open enrolment period for Obamacare ended this March. Despite the cringe-worthy ads, it was a success. 9.5 million Americans now have health insurance through the Affordable Care Act – a huge step forward for President Obama’s vision of …The post Why young Americans aren’t using Obamacare appeared first on Public Health.
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12:00 PM | EPA’s trichloroethylene (TCE) risk assessment: Will it succeed in protecting workers?
What do these places have in common: Camp Lejeune in North Carolina; Mountain View, California, where Google headquarters are located; Endicott, NY – the birthplace of IBM; and 389 Superfund sites in at least 48 states plus Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands? All are contaminated by trichloroethylene (TCE), a carcinogenic solvent. TCE's health hazards are well-documented. So why are Republicans rushing to condemn EPA's just-completed TCE risk assessment?
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8:58 AM | Does E. coli persist in strawberry fields (not forever)
Irrigation water quality is one of those nagging issues for on-farm food safety and fresh produce: it’s difficult to model how persistent E. coli is and just how much of a threat is present. Or as my farmer friends say, … Continue reading →
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8:47 AM | Can chlorine dioxide improve the microbiological safety of frozen blueberries?
Blueberries are prone to microbial contamination, with growth of bacteria, yeasts and molds during bulk freezing negatively impacting quality and marketability. As a follow-up to our previous work, the combined impact of ClO2 gassing and freezing rate on the microbiological … Continue reading →
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8:24 AM | Australian mother finds lizard in baby formula
A mother has called on a leading baby formula brand to recall a batch of one of their popular product lines after she opened a tin and discovered a dead lizard rotting inside. Artilina Castanares, a 30-year-old mother-of-two from the … Continue reading →
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5:00 AM | Review suggests that electronic apex locators may be useful in primary dentition
Electronic apex locators (EALs) have used in permanent teeth since the 1960s and they have been gaining in popularity. The use of EALs in the primary dentitions was proposed in 1996. The aim of this review was to compare the accuracy of EALs in primary teeth when compared to actual root canal lengths (ARCLs). Searches [read the full story...]
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1:25 AM | Norovirus: it’s everywhere and you still don’t want it
Ingeborg et al. report in Food Control that Noroviruses (NoV) are among the most common causes of viral gastroenteritis (GE) worldwide and can be transmitted from person-to-person, via food or contaminated surfaces. The present study aimed to examine the prevalence … Continue reading →
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1:03 AM | French goat cheese recalled for E. coli O26
The LHT Company withdraws from the sale of the following products: Name: Dung de Chavignol Trademark: Dairies H. TRIBALLAT Type of packaging: For 2 fresh tray packed fresh packed radius Lot #: L 161.12 DLC / Shelf life: 08/07/14 Veterinary … Continue reading →
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