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December 13, 2014

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3:43 AM | New Brunswick community dinner linked to death and over 100 illnesses
When I was a kid my parents regularly took me to church dinners. Part of my family’s social schedule was the faith-based community events where folks got together over pancakes, spaghetti, shortcake and egg salad sandwiches. It never occurred to me that … Continue reading →

December 12, 2014

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11:28 PM | San Francisco passes nation’s first Retail Workers Bill of Rights, addressing erratic scheduling and part-time work
The week of midterm exams is stressful for any college student. For San Francisco State student Michelle Flores, it was another stress-filled example of the unfair conditions she and millions of other retail workers face on a regular basis.
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10:42 PM | Safety Surveys, Bias and Predictability
Safety Surveys, Bias and Predictability Rob’s new Book: “Following-Leading in Risk” is a MUST READ if you think you already know about Leadership. CHECK IT OUT This week Safe Work Australia released a report on Attitudes Towards Risk Taking and Rule Breaking in Australian Workplaces . The report summarizes findings from the Perceptions of Work […] The post Safety Surveys, Bias and Predictability appeared first on Safety Risk.
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7:35 PM | Authorship decisions
Deciding who should and should not be on the author line of a science publication is not as simple as it seems. As we know, citations matter, publications matter and there are all sorts of implications for authorship of a science publication. A question about this arose on the Twitts: Question for the Twitterati regarding […]
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6:33 PM | What is Healthcare Quality Improvement?
Dr. Mike Evans, a staff physician at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, and his team at the Evans Health Lab have released another excellent whiteboard video. This time they cover QI in healthcare.  Brilliant and clear as always.
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10:30 AM | Microbiologists discover how gut bacterial resources are hijacked to promote intestinal and foodborne illnesses
UT Southwestern Medical Center microbiologists have identified key bacteria in the gut whose resources are hijacked to spread harmful foodborne E. coli infections and other intestinal illnesses. Though many E. coli bacteria are harmless and critical to gut health, some E. … Continue reading →
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10:20 AM | Probably staph: 55 people treated for possible food poisoning at Florida office
The Maitland Fire Rescue treated about 40 people Wednesday in a possible case of food poisoning at an office building, officials said. Deputy Fire Chief Will Watts said the office was having a “large catered event” when the employees started … Continue reading →
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9:44 AM | The Future is Coming: Understanding Nutrient Requirements by Gender and Genetics
Dietary Reference Intakes (DRIs) are based upon an Estimated Average Requirement (EAR) – the average daily nutrient intake to meet the requirements of half the individuals. Adjustments are made for life stage (age, pregnancy, lactation)because they influence requirements. Because gender affects nutrient requirements, DRIs are established separately for males and females. As genetic insights grow, expect current male and female DRIs to be delineated into appropriate subgroups.
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9:14 AM | USDA says no to raw meat; Japan to ban raw pork, ‘liver sashimi’ at restaurants
As the U.S. Department of Agriculture reminds consumers to avoid raw meat, Japan’s health ministry will ban all raw pork, including raw pork liver, from restaurants because of the “major health risks” it can pose, sources said. The ministry’s move … Continue reading →
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8:33 AM | Dozens sickened by raw milk, yet Wisconsin keeps farm names secret
Wisconsin state officials are refusing to identify a dairy farm that supplied unpasteurized milk at a potluck dinner where 38 participants, including members of the Durand High School football team, were sickened with Campylocater. Despite requests from The Milwaukee Journal … Continue reading →
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6:59 AM | Always the kids: ‘He turned grey’ says mother of child who fell ill after drinking raw milk
A Melbourne mother has described how her son turned grey when he became seriously ill after drinking raw milk. The one-year-old boy suffered kidney failure after contracting hemolytic-uremic syndrome – a serious complication of an E. coli infection. The Melbourne … Continue reading →
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6:42 AM | The flu shot isn’t a good match this year. Is it ever?
The CDC announced recently that this year’s flu vaccine is missing a key strain, one that accounts for 48% of what’s circulating. That strain, a “drifted” version of H3N2, was discovered in March 2014, but the vaccine strains for the … Continue reading »The post The flu shot isn’t a good match this year. Is it ever? appeared first on Public Health.
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6:38 AM | Australian raw milk company defends product after 3yo’s death; urgent recall after ACCC steps in
A day after proclaiming it would continue to sell its unpasteurized bath milk following the death of a three-year old boy, Mountain View Farm is now urgently recalling the product. Of the four other children – all under five-years old … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Dental implants placed in fresh sockets have higher failure rates suggests review
This review of survival rates of dental implants placed in fresh extraction sockets included 73 studies. However the majority were retrospective with only 5 small RCTs and 26 controlled trials. While the findings suggest that failure rates are higher in extraction sockets the evidence should be interpreted with caution. The post Dental implants placed in fresh sockets have higher failure rates suggests review appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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5:55 AM | Thinking Differently: Building a Risk Culture
Thinking Differently: Building a Risk Culture Interesting article from Insurance Thought Leadership (uggghh – I know!)  by John Wettstein from safetystrategies.ca Extract: “Young and old are dropping themselves from Wall Street at a pace we have not seen before” (sudden spade of suicides in 2014). “High -flying executives end up crash-landing in jail.” or “Your […] The post Thinking Differently: Building a Risk Culture appeared first on Safety […]
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4:50 AM | 20 sickened at Subway: Colorado norovirus outbreak in BV serves as warning
Local health officials said they hope a norovirus outbreak in Buena Vista that left approximately 20 people ill in mid-November will serve as a reminder to area restaurants and food providers to be extra cautious. The Mountain Mail reports Chaffee … Continue reading →
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4:25 AM | UK Health Secretary admits call from Tesco boss over chicken Campylobacter tests
The health secretary, Jeremy Hunt (right), has admitted that a Tesco director who is also a former head of the Food Standards Agency contacted the government this summer to argue against FSA plans to publish food poisoning contamination rates for … Continue reading →
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3:55 AM | Outbreak of foodborne illness strikes Atlanta high school football banquet
Over 15 years ago Rob Tauxe described the traditional foodborne illness outbreak as a scenario that ‘often follows a church supper, family picnic, wedding reception, or other social event.’   This scenario involves an acute and highly local outbreak, with a … Continue reading →
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1:28 AM | 53 sickened with campy in chicken liver pate in 2013, lawsuit likely in Australia
Victims of a mass food poisoning at Australian National University celebration last year intend to launch legal action against the caterer. The Canberra Times reports that 53 students fell ill with gastroenteritis after the end of year celebration at Burgmann … Continue reading →

December 11, 2014

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11:11 PM | Does Suboxone Stop Working Over Time?
First Posted 12/31/2013 Buprenorphine is relatively unique among opioids in having a ‘ceiling’ to mu opioid effects.  There are other known molecules that act as partial agonists at mu opioid receptors, but buprenorphine is the most useful, at this point, because of other traits of the molecule– such as having few side effects from actions […]
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10:34 PM | Study: Americans trading more work for less sleep, putting their health and safety at risk
Feeling tired? You’re not alone. A new study finds that many U.S. workers aren’t getting enough sleep, which is essential to optimal health, and that people who work multiple jobs are at heightened risk of getting less than the recommended hours of nightly rest.
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9:01 PM | The world will end in 2050 because...resistance
UK Prime Minister David Cameron requested a review of the health and economic burden of antimicrobial resistance in July. Quicker than you can say supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, economist Jim O'Neill has delivered his report and the results are surprising (at least for those who don't follow this blog). Utilizing commissioned studies from KPMG and Rand Europe, the Review estimates that the economic losses attributable to antimicrobial resistance will total $100 trillion and 10 million […]
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5:46 PM | Supplementary Materials practices rob authors of citation credit
This is all the fault of qaz. And long time reader Nat had a blog post on this ages ago. First, I shouldn't have to remind you all that much about a simple fact of nature in the academic crediting system. Citations matter. Our quality and status as academic scientists will be judged, in small […]
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3:52 PM | Informed Consent in Comparative Effectiveness Research
“Standard of care” research (also known as “comparative effectiveness” research) is a design that compares two therapies in routine use to determine which has greater benefits or fewer risks. All institutions that perform this research, including Albert Einstein College of Medicine and its University Hospital, Montefiore Medical Center, face questions about how to handle patient [...]
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2:00 PM | Elegy for Rural Community Hospitals
In a pattern being repeated across the country, the Boothbay, Maine peninsula’s hospital has been shuttered, and the communities just lost their bid to even have a 24 hour urgent care on the peninsula. Citing financial need—which has been disputed—Lincoln County Healthcare (LCH), part of MaineHealth, closed St. Andrews Hospital, a critical access hospital (CAH), [...]
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1:00 PM | Legalizing Marijuana and the Worst-Case Scenario
An opinion piece 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. Researchers...            Related StoriesCynicism, Paranoia and Stress Can Dramatically Impact Your HealthRussian Government Charges LGBT Support Group For Suggesting Gay Youths […]
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12:59 PM | Counting steps is Good. What about Sunshine Goals for Health?
Even though vitamin D can be made in skin exposed to sunshine, vitamin D insufficiency is a global health concern. Normal serum 25(OH)D3 concentrations can usually be achieved by exposing arms and face to sunshine for 15-20 minutes daily. Clothing, use of sunscreens, skin color, geographical location (near the equator or the poles of the earth) and time of day also affect vitamin D synthesis. Mazahery and colleagues examined serum 25(OH)D3 status of Middle Eastern women living in New […]
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8:37 AM | Scientist: seeking publicity; accuracy optional
I’m the first to admit I’m a media whore; but I always lede with credibility and references to support what I’m spewing. Chapman got a little heat from my blog post yesterday but it goes back to basics: surveys can … Continue reading →
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5:59 AM | Shortened dental arch: trial suggests it improves quality of life more than conventional treatment using removable partial dentures
This study suggests that treatment based on SDA concept led to better quality of life compared with treatment based on RPDs up to 12 months after treatment. The post Shortened dental arch: trial suggests it improves quality of life more than conventional treatment using removable partial dentures appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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3:32 AM | Fancy food ain’t safe food; Salmonella investigation at Delaney House in Massachusetts
The state and local health departments are investigating alleged Salmonella poisoning at a well-known restaurant in Holyoke. Peter Rosskothen, the co-owner of the Delaney House, confirmed for the 22News I-Team that there were approximately ten and possibly more, people sickened … Continue reading →
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