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November 13, 2014

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7:44 AM | Pay attention: Hospital workers wash hands less frequently toward end of the shift
At the International Association for Food Protection meeting last year, I called out to Chapman and said, what is the best part of my day? Walking with Sorenne, to and from school, and elsewhere. Later I asked Chapman, in front … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Dental implants: only low quality evidence for implants placed in maxillary tuberosity
This review looks at dental implants placed in the maxillary tuberosity only 5 low quality studies involving 113 patients were found in total. While good survival rates were found these should be interpreted with caution. The post Dental implants: only low quality evidence for implants placed in maxillary tuberosity appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:33 AM | Over 200 South African students examined for food poisoning
Some pupils were vomiting and others complained of abdominal pains, said spokesman Macks Lesufi in an e-mail. He said at least 100 pupils were examined, treated, and released at Jane Furse hospital on Monday, while three of them were admitted. … Continue reading →
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4:00 AM | Garbage in, garbage out, surveys still suck: An exploratory case of XL Foods and the biggest food recall in Canadian history
With the occurrence of the E. coli scare in fall 2012, the Canadian beef industry experienced yet another difficult time, attracting significant media attention from Canadian media outlets to bring to the public’s attention throughout September and October of that … Continue reading →
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3:14 AM | Jersey tavern fined after cook fired for spitting in food
The Budd Lake tavern where a cook was arrested for spitting in a customer’s food last month, was fined $400 and $132 in court costs following an inspection after the incident. The owner of Kennedy’s Pub, Bipin Patel of Rutherford, … Continue reading →
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3:04 AM | Taiwan FDA conducting meat probe
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday said that local health agencies are investigating the 117 restaurants and traditional market vendors that have allegedly purchased and used lamb mixed with pork. FDA interim Director-General Chiang Yu-mei (姜郁美) said the Greater … Continue reading →
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12:37 AM | Suboxone Abuse Pt I
First Posted 8/11/2013 We’ve all read articles about the epidemic of opioid dependence during the past ten years.  We’ve heard the concern over pain medications being overly-prescribed by some physicians.  Some of us older docs even remember the claims, by the Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation and other medical watchdogs, that physicians were undertreating pain and […]

November 12, 2014

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10:25 PM | No Stompin’ Tom? A historical timeline of ketchup and French fries, and how the pair grew to fall in love
Once upon on a time, in the 1700s, potatoes were thought to be a food “unfit for human consumption,” and instead were fed to livestock and prisoners. Lucky pigs, lucky criminals. As we know them today, potatoes — particularly the … Continue reading →
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9:21 PM | New report: More action needed to protect salon workers’ health
Decreased lung function, breast cancer, miscarriage, depression and neurological disease. These are just a few of the health and disease risks that salon workers disproportionately face while on the job, according to a new report on the impact of toxic chemicals within the beauty and personal care industry.
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7:29 PM | Eat Fiber for the Health of Your Gut, Liver and Kidneys
People don’t eat enough dietary fiber. We just don’t and we aren’t changing our habits. The average intake of US adults still hovers around 15g daily. We should be eating twice that amount. Why? There are good reasons. Let’s start from the back and work forward! Bacteria living in the large intestine have the enzymes that we lack to digest fiber. As gut bacteria break down dietary fibers anaerobically (called fermentation), they also use nitrogen sources 
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10:59 AM | Culture and Subculture, Which is Safety?
Culture and Subculture, Which is Safety? The SIA BoK chapter on Organisational Culture came out this week. I read with interest that there was no intentional discussion of subcultures in the paper. Of course with so much sunk cost the club will surround the wagons and defend, that’s what it does. Inclusivity is not what it does. The idea of subcultures is not new, in the tradition of Critical and Cultural Studies a subculture is a group of people that differentiates itself from the larger […]
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10:38 AM | Safety Potato in The US
Safety Potato in The US Our own Safety Potato (see Potato Head Risk and Safety) was the inspiration for a Potato Head safety initiative at printing company in Connecticut. They write: Hi, I was ‘volunteered’ and somehow became Lead of Safety here at Liturgical Publications. I have attached a picture of our Safety Potato with a sharps container that has been implemented for used razor blades, knife blades, and other sharp objects. The containers are emptied on a regular basis and the […]
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8:49 AM | One in 10 UK sausages ‘carries risk of Hepatitis E virus’
One in 10 sausages and processed pork meat products in England and Wales could cause hepatitis E virus (HEV) infection if undercooked, experts warn. There has been an “abrupt rise” in the number of cases in England and Wales as … Continue reading →
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8:31 AM | When does a ‘poor’ practice mean a ‘poor’ doctor?
This was the title of our paper published today in the BMJ when we first submitted it to the journal. However, the BMJ doesn’t allow questions as titles so it became the less sensationalist “Understanding high and low patient experience scores in primary care: analysis of patients’ survey data for general practices and individual doctors”. ...read more
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6:00 AM | Direct pulp capping: trial finds good short-term outcome success rate for new material in permanent teeth
This small study found good short term success rates for a new MTA derived pulp capping material in permanent teeth. Larger well-conducted longer-term studies are necessary to establish its clinical utility. The post Direct pulp capping: trial finds good short-term outcome success rate for new material in permanent teeth appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:58 AM | The Ibogaine Cure
First Posted 7/28/2013 Ibogaine, a drug long-rumored to treat opioid withdrawal, has become a hot topic for those taking buprenorphine.  Ibogaine is a complex molecule that comes from a group of plants that are known, in West Central Africa, as Iboga.  In native African culture the drug is used to induce psychedelic states that are part […]
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12:28 AM | Infant botulism risks exist with all honey, pasteurized or not
Tragic stories around infant botulism have popped up over the past couple of years and, as a dad, reading them is like a gut-punch. In 2011, infant Amanda Zakrzewski was diagnosed with infant botulism and had to undergo 9 days of … Continue reading →
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12:15 AM | Are you presenting data at SFN 2014?
I'll extend my usual no-promises offer. If you either drop your presentation details in the comments here or email me (drugmnky at the google mail) I'll try to work it into my schedule. If it is really cool (and I can understand it) I might even blog it. Hope to catch up with old blog […]
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12:02 AM | ‘If veterans can’t count on government promises, it is a very sad day indeed,’ Winegard tells Guelph Remembrance Day ceremony
I was the first journalist to interview Bill Winegard when he was named Canada’s first Minister of Science in 1990. Guelph (that’s in Canada) was still viewed as a cow-town by the uppities in Ottawa, and what was with all … Continue reading →

November 11, 2014

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11:24 PM | Careful with your manuscript edits, folks
via Twitter and retractionwatch, some hilarity that ended up in the published version of a paper*. Although association preferences documented in our study theoretically could be a consequence of either mating or shoaling preferences in the different female groups investigated (should we cite the crappy Gabor paper here?), shoaling preferences are unlikely drivers of the […]
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11:08 PM | Publicizing outbreak info matters; even stuff about falsified poop samples
There’s a troubling trend popping up in our food safety-related Google Alerts: public health folks looking less-than-transparent by blocking the releases of outbreak and illness information. Releasing the details on an investigation or exposure can reduce immediate public health impacts and … Continue reading →
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9:14 PM | Health minister: Lebanon’s food ‘dipped in diseases and microbes’
The list read like a who’s who of Lebanese eateries – Hawa Chicken, Spinneys, Roadster Diner and dozens of others – but this was no recognition of Lebanon’s famed cuisine: Tuesday afternoon the health minister named and shamed establishments across … Continue reading →
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8:58 PM | 50,000 US veterans are homeless
The Obama Administration set a goal of ending homelessness among veterans in 2015. This Veterans' Day, they are about 50,000 veterans away from that goal.
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8:51 PM | Ebola Quarantines: Can we stop the charade now?
“I’m a believer in an abundance of caution but I’m not a believer of an abundance of idiocy.” Ashish Jha, MD Quarantine craziness has continued since my last post, with more states joining in the fray. The sudden silence since Election Day has been quite striking, but since the irrational hodgepodge of regulations persists, here [...]
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7:45 PM | Could Omega-3 Benefits be Partly Explained by Vitamin E?
For decades, the advice has been to reduce consumption of saturated and trans fatty acids. As evidence accumulated, people were urged to replace solid fats with oils and increase their seafood consumption. The intent was to encourage dietary patterns rich in long-chain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) and better balance omega-3 to omega-6 fatty acids. What about antioxidants protecting LCPUFA?
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3:55 PM | From the Bronx to Baghdad: Helping Physicians Help Children
Editors’ Note: When she heard about dearth of rehabilitation facilities for children in war-torn Iraq, Dr. Huma Naqvi, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and an attending physician at Montefiore Medical Center, Einstein’s University Hospital, decided that she had to find a way to help, even if she couldn’t physically [...]
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1:00 PM | Listening to the Gods
From Mount Sinai to the Oracle at Delphi, the history of religion is filled with examples of "special places" where ancient peoples could receive messages from their gods. But could acoustic theory provide clues about the way sound and geology...            Related StoriesThe Case of the Brooklyn Enigma (Part 2 of 2)Can We Control the Aging Process?P.T. Barnum and You 
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11:51 AM | Communicating and Consulting About Risk
Communicating and Consulting About Risk In this next video from Gab and Rob’s ‘Conversation on the Couch’ series, the guys talk through a little known book that accompanies the Risk Management Standard. It’s called Communicating and Consulting About Risk, HB327. You can get a copy here  The book provides some good guidance and background on a well rounded risk management process which importantly includes understanding the range of people variables that need to be […]
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6:00 AM | Tooth erosion: review suggests an association with eating disorders
While this new review of observational studies does suggest an increase in tooth erosion in those suffering with eating disorders concerns of the quality of the available evidence means that this is not sufficient to support a causal role for eating disorders in tooth erosion. The post Tooth erosion: review suggests an association with eating disorders appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:55 AM | Getting to zero
By my count, there are now zero persons in the United States who are actively infected with Ebola virus.  This is the perfect time to donate your time or your money to Ebola response in West Africa.Also, Kaci Hickox still doesn't have Ebola. She should be allowed to go bowling.Finally, one observation about our weirdly, uniquely American response to Ebola virus. The CDC Guidance for Monitoring and Movement Restriction treats healthcare workers who have "direct contact while using […]
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