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September 12, 2014

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10:59 AM | Donning and Doffing
Many have spent the last month or so preparing for possible patients with Ebola. Last week I had the opportunity to review the tremendous amount of work that the UIHC infection preventionists have completed towards our preparation. During this process, I watched these videos prepared by the Biocontainment Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center that demonstrate the proper use of Biological Level C PPE. My thoughts when viewing these are that without significant practice, it would be very difficult […]
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7:25 AM | Kitteh Rabies in North Dakota
A kitten purchased from Amy's Pet Parade pet store in Minot, North Dakota tested positive for rabies last Friday (05 September 2014).Gus Presser - Kitteh ModelThis has the potential to get really ugly. There were six kittens in the litter that were anonymously dropped off at the pet store 29 August 2014. Amy's Pet parade put the kittens on display the same day and the last kitten was sold this week.The number of people potentially exposed is very high. All six kittens were exposed […]
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4:59 AM | Patient-centred dental care: review finds poor understanding of the term in the limited available literature
Within the NHS the patient experience has become an important quality measure. These have been modeled on the Picker Principles of patients -centered care (PCC). This review assesses the evidence-base for PCC in dentistry and finds little research and poor understanding. The post Patient-centred dental care: review finds poor understanding of the term in the limited available literature appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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2:19 AM | Some Basics on Social Psychology & Risk
Some Basics on Social Psychology & Risk I’ve been on a cracker of a journey for about two years now since I discovered social psychology and all that it brings to the area of risk and safety. I’ve discovered how much I don’t know, how much I thought I knew but didn’t, and most wonderfully, how much more I have to learn. I find this liberating! When we better understand people and how our social environment can impact the decisions we make, we can then better support […]
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12:16 AM | Foster Farms won’t come clean
I’m not a fan of antibiotic resistance stories, I’m not a fan of NRDC, but I am a fan of food that doesn’t make people barf, and companies who are accountable, rather than the just-cook-it approach. If Foster Farms wants … Continue reading →

September 11, 2014

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10:46 PM | Perdue announces reductions in antibiotics for poultry
Perdue Farms announces that it has slashed its use of antibiotics in poultry.
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10:06 PM | Sesame Street Safety
Sesame Street Safety Sesame Street was first broadcast in 1969, a TV show aimed to help preschool children prepare for schooling, particularly in literacy and numeracy. As I presented to safety advisors this week at a conference I was stunned that no one in the room (all highly experienced safety people) knew of or had read, HB327 The Handbook on Communicating and Consulting About Risk. This neat little publication is a wonderful handbook to the Risk Management Standard AS/NZS ISO 31000:2009. […]
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10:04 PM | Prosecutor says Georgia peanut plant owner OK’d sales of salmonella-tainted food ‘whatever the risk’
Prosecutors are wrapping up their case against the owner of a Georgia peanut plant linked to a deadly salmonella outbreak, saying he knowingly approved shipments of tainted food “whatever the risk.” Jurors began hearing closing arguments Thursday in the five-week … Continue reading →
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9:41 PM | Cincinnati woman sues after botulism diagnosis
A local woman who was diagnosed with botulism is suing the manufacturer of a pesto sauce, claiming their product led to her 38-day hospitalization and caused her to lose a scholarship. Kathryn Napierski consumed VR Green Farms Pine Nut Basil … Continue reading →
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9:35 PM | Reason to use different colored bottles: 28 children accidentally drink bleach at N.J. day care
Twenty-eight children and two adults accidentally drank bleach at a day care center in Jersey City on Thursday, according to officials. The children, aged 3 and 4, were evaluated and taken from the day care center, Growing Tree II, to … Continue reading →
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9:18 PM | Shigellosis or sunstroke?
This one time, when I was working at a greenhouse as a summer student, I called in sick and told the boss I had sunstroke (from working outside the previous day). And then I went to a free lunch-time Red … Continue reading →
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8:30 PM | Zero Accident PPE
Zero Accident PPE I apologise if this offends anybody but I was doing some serious research on the positive benefits of using ZERO for Heath, Safety and accident prevention when…....um, this is what came up! So if you are spruiking about the value of zero and accident prevention and PPE this may very well be the reason why nobody is taking it seriously! No, I’m not sure if they come in Hi-Viz. Not sure what sort of a warranty that Ansell offer with this product but they seem to be […]
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7:51 PM | ‘Cruise from hell’ Noro hits Australian hits cruise ship passengers
Passengers aboard a cruise ship bound for Fremantle say more than 100 people were struck down by a particularly violent bout of gastroenteritis. The Sea Princess, a 15-deck ship operated by Princess Cruises, left Fremantle for Singapore on August 18 … Continue reading →
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7:02 PM | Site Issues
My apologies; the site has suffered a setback, and it will take some time to repost my comments from the past 12 months or so. Thanks for being patient!
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4:15 PM | Who is Modeling Preventive Health Behaviors for Children?
Millions of children are missing important preventive health care opportunities in the US. Boyle and colleagues report wide divides in use of clinical preventive services by race/ethnicity, geography and health care coverage. For example, 50% of infants who failed their hearing screening did not receive a follow-up evaluation. Twenty-two percent of children had not had their vision checked professionally by 5y of age. The US has one of the highest per capita incomes but nearly half of American […]
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2:50 PM | Highlighting Next-Generation Scientists in the Bronx
What’s the best way to convey scientific information to nonscientists? That’s a question young investigator Sabriya Stukes pondered this week at the second annual student research symposium sponsored by the Bronx Science Consortium. The event comes on the heels of Stukes successfully defending her Ph.D. in microbiology & immunology at Einstein. “Whenever I think about [...]
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12:00 PM | Will Legalized Marijuana Lead to Substance Abuse Among Minors?
An opinion article recently published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management discusses the legalization of recreational marijuana in United States. One of the key unknowns in the debate over legalization concerns the relationship between alcohol and marijuana use....            Related StoriesSeptember 10 is World Suicide Prevention DayCan Childhood Bullying Lead to Suicide?"Evil Spirit" Blamed for U.K. Murder 
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8:56 AM | California sushi restaurants allegedly bought rice filled with bugs, rat poop, and mold
I don’t eat sushi. It’s a bit dodgy. A new lawsuit alleges that rice sold to multiple sushi restaurants in California may have been “tainted” with ingredients like insects, rodent droppings, and black mold, CBS News reports. Attorney Brian Kabateck … Continue reading →
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8:43 AM | 5 sickened: Frog found in midday meal in India
Food safety authorities on Wednesday took specimens of food from a school in Badgaon in Saharanpur district, in which a dead frog was found. Food safety officer Paramjeet Singh said a dead frog was found in the rice-dal served to … Continue reading →
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8:35 AM | FDA alleges food safety violations at New Bedford scallop plant
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found “serious” food safety violations at a seafood processing facility operated by Massachusetts-based M&B Sea Products, the FDA said in a warning letter to the company. Refrigerated, reduced-oxygen packaged raw scallops at the … Continue reading →
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8:28 AM | Seek and ye shall find; Listeria in smoked trout in Denmark
With 15 dead and 38 sick from a Listeria outbreak in Denmark, there’s probably more testing going on. And they’re finding Listeria. The northern Jutland company Geia Food has recalled a batch of røget ørred (smoked trout) after Listeria was … Continue reading →
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7:44 AM | Department of Health Fulton County Georgia
I wanted to quickly post two photos from the Department of Health and Wellness in Fulton County, Georgia. Two gorgeous pieces of art on the building. Nothing to say with this post besides how cool I think they look.Lance D. Presser has a PhD in microbiology and immunology and is a clinical/public health laboratorian.Hire Lance for any of your microbiology, virology, teaching, editing, grant writing, or public health consulting needs.Follow Lance @ldpsciScience Macrocosm […]
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7:22 AM | Post #6 Control Your Image (Social vs. Reality) - My PhD Process: How I Survived a PhD in the Biological Sciences and Succeeded Afterward
You had one job!I am not a big "image" guy. I wasn't someone who cared too much about my appearance (I can rock a flannel shirt with the best of them). I certainly didn't care much what people thought. Okay, not entirely true. I cared what people thought, I worked very hard to please people and to make them think I was a hard worker, trustworthy, etc. Basically I tried my best to be a great person and I wanted people to see that. What I should clarify, is that I was horrible at self-promotion. […]
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5:01 AM | Sealing non-cavitated proximal lesions- review suggests it can reduce caries progression
Interest in the use of sealants to protect smooth tooth surfaces is growing. This review of 10 small short-term studies found some evidence to suggest if could be effective in preventing caries progression but larger better quality long-term studies are needed. The post Sealing non-cavitated proximal lesions- review suggests it can reduce caries progression appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:53 AM | Schaffner: handwashing is an incomplete science, but we’re working on it
Friend of the blog Don Schaffner of Rutgers University tells the Academic Minute (in a quite professorial tone) that washing keeps bacteria and other pathogens at bay and all research suggests that keeping clean is a good thing, but handwashing is … Continue reading →
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3:11 AM | Stick it in: Australian warning about Hepatitis E cases linked with pork liver
NSW Health is urging members of the public to thoroughly cook pork products, particularly pork livers, after three recent notifications of Hepatitis E in NSW in people who have not travelled outside Australia. NSW Health – in collaboration with the … Continue reading →
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3:05 AM | Video shows apparent maggot in Tennessee school lunch
Maggots reportedly found in school lunches at Overton High School have students concerned about their safety when it comes to their daily meals. Students say if there was one, there could be many. In the Instagram video, you can see … Continue reading →
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2:35 AM | Boy, 4, makes miraculous recovery at New York hospital after complications from E. coli O157
Jacob LaRose almost didn’t make it to pre-K. Jake’s mother, Kimberly LaRose, is still unsure just how her 4-year-old son, as well as 2-year-old daughter Hayden, came into contact with E. coli O157. Both Hayden and Jake fell ill with … Continue reading →
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12:42 AM | Don’t touch that knob: Norovirus can spread around an entire building within just hours of contaminating one surface
A virus can spread around a whole building within two hours of coming into contact with just one surface, a new study has found, presented at the 54th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) in Washington. A team … Continue reading →
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12:35 AM | Health risks found in eight Irish food outlets
Supervalu was issued with a prohibition order banning the sale of certain cooked meats and cheeses at one of its Dublin stores last month. It was one of eight food businesses issued with an enforcement action in August, the Food … Continue reading →
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