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October 17, 2014

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1:06 PM | What We Can Do to Slow Down the Growing Suicide Rate in Alaska
While I was growing up in a small village of about 250 people, I was abused by my father, my friends, and my older brother....My friends didn't want to hear what I went through. I didn't have anyone to talk...            Related StoriesStigma and Seeking HellpWHO Releases New Suicide ReportSleeping Your Way to a Longer Life 
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12:49 PM | A tale of immigration
You may be surprised that this month’s blog post is not about public health, nor is it about epidemiology. It’s closely aligned though, in that I’d like to pay a bit of attention to lying with (objective) data. Here in the UK we are gearing up for another election, with the most important theme seeming […]
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7:22 AM | Review Articles Emphasize Nutrition for Health over Deficiency Prevention
Two new reviews were published this week. Barnes and colleagues review nutrients with a role in maintaining cognitive function. Whitehead and colleagues conducted a meta-analysis of randomized,  placebo-controlled studies (RCTs) using ≥ 3 g oat beta glucan daily. Both reviews focus on nutrient intakes required to optimize health. 
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4:59 AM | Chronic periodontitis: review suggests that Er:YAG laser may provide short term improvement
This review compares the clinical outcomes of scaling and root planing with Er:YAG laser either as an alternative or as an adjuvant in patients with chronic periodontitis. 12 small trials were included and similar outcomes were seen with both treatments at 3 months . However hetrogeneity in teh studies and the small sample size mean that these finding should be interpreted with caution. The post Chronic periodontitis: review suggests that Er:YAG laser may provide short term improvement […]

October 16, 2014

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6:44 PM | The Origami Condom and NIH Ebola funding
One of the NIH funded research projects that has been bandied about with much glee from the right wing, in the wake of Francis Collins' unfortunate assertion about Ebola research and the flatlined NIH budget, is the "Origami Condom". It shows why NIH Director Collins should have known better. The Origami Condom sounds trivial and […]
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5:23 PM | Commonwealth Games athletes’ village outbreak report released
In July over 80 staff and volunteers were hit with a touch of the norovirus prior to the Commonwealth Games (the Olympics, sort of, except the only nations invited are part of the British, uh, commonwealth). According to Herald Scotland, HS … Continue reading →
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5:14 PM | One hundred years of food safety extension
Ellen Thomas, PhD candidate in the department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences at NC State writes, When I was growing up, I made occasional trips with my dad to the local extension office to drop off soil samples (we … Continue reading →
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5:05 PM | Not an “accident”: John Dunnivant, 57, suffers fatal work-related injury at Kia Motors plant in West Point, Georgia
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the U.S. This one occurred on October 7 at a Kia Motors manufacturing plant.
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3:30 PM | Infection Prevention Thoughts of the Day
Thoughts of the day. Start reading at the bottom (or not). Be careful out there.
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2:15 PM | The ethics of mobile health technology
                Today, we welcome back Priya Kumar, a digital researcher from the University of London for part two of an interview on mobile health. If you missed part one, you can catch up … Continue reading »The post The ethics of mobile health technology appeared first on Public Health.
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12:00 PM | Stigma and Seeking Hellp
Perceived public stigma regarding seeking mental health treatment can be a barrier to accessing services for young adults. While factors associating with personal stigma regarding how one would view and treat others have been identified, the discrepancies between perceived and...            Related StoriesSleeping Your Way to a Longer LifeWHO Releases New Suicide ReportSeptember 10 is World Suicide Prevention Day 
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9:52 AM | Respectable Leafy greens food safety hucksterdum
To finish my tri-part Rolling-Stones inspired critique of leafy greens bullshit –outbreaks are only confirmed with direct testing and Bill Keene would be in his grave — the Leafy Green Marketing Agency has done what all bureaucracies do: Made a … Continue reading →
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9:25 AM | Complexity and safety
Complexity and Safety Popular discussion topic at the moment – republished guest post by the late George Robotham Introduction Early in my safety career it became obvious to me that safety is about the people and not about the things and artefacts. It is not about the safety management systems, safety management plans, risk assessments, […] The post Complexity and safety appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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7:41 AM | EFSA Approves Health Claim for DHA and Normal Brain Development
Experts from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published a scientific opinion that a cause and effect relationship has been established between the consumption of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and contribution to normal brain development. The Panel noted the well-established role of DHA in normal brain function across all ages, including brain development in infants and children. Based on the scientific evidence, the Panel approved the following statement:
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5:01 AM | Anterior mandibular fractures: review suggests lag screws and 1 plate plus an arch bar were superior to 2 miniplates for fixation
This is one of a series of reviews that has looked at postoperative complications following different treatments for mandibular fractures. This review focuses on anterior mandibular fractures with the findings suggesting that lag screws and single miniplate plus an arch bar were superior to 2 miniplates The post Anterior mandibular fractures: review suggests lag screws and 1 plate plus an arch bar were superior to 2 miniplates for fixation appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:04 AM | 127 sick with Yersinia in NZ: When should public health types go public with food safety risks?
Early findings into a severe gastroenteritis outbreak were withheld to avoid causing a public scare with limited information, the New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says. I’ve heard the same shit for 20 years – we can’t tell the … Continue reading →
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3:56 AM | What Makes a Safety Management System Fly
What Makes a Safety Management System Fly Had quite a bit of interest recently in this article – one of the most popular articles written by the late, great George Robotham – download his free E-Books HERE Original published by the American Society of Safety Engineers, International Safety Best-Practice Specialty Newsletter, Spring 2002,Vol.1, No.3, incorporated […] The post What Makes a Safety Management System Fly appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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2:49 AM | Epidemiology, just trying to do this jigsaw puzzle: Outbreak of E. coli O157:H7 associated with lettuce served at fast food chains in the Maritimes and Ontario, Canada, Dec 2012
Background: Identification and control of multi-jurisdictional foodborne illness outbreaks can be complex because of their multidisciplinary nature and the number of investigative partners involved. Objective: To describe the multi-jurisdictional outbreak response to an E. coli O157:H7 outbreak in Canada that … Continue reading →
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2:28 AM | Plant-adapted Escherichia coli show increased lettuce colonizing ability, resistance to oxidative stress and chemotactic response
Escherichia coli is a widespread gut commensal and often a versatile pathogen of public health concern. E. coli are also frequently found in different environments and/or alternative secondary hosts, such as plant tissues. The lifestyle of E. coli in plants … Continue reading →

October 15, 2014

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10:18 PM | Szalavitz on marijuana addiction
If I'm going to bash a journalist when she writes something horrible about drug abuse, I must take pains to congratulate her when she writes something pretty good. Maia Szalavitz' latest "Of course Marijuana addiction exists and it's (almost) all in your head" is actually not bad. So long as you ignore the more excessive […]
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9:30 PM | Murray cares about the chickens, the workers? Not so much
Too bad Murray's Chicken doesn't care as much about working conditions for its employees, as it does about the living conditions for its birds.
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3:51 PM | Ebola: N=2, Now What?
A lot of us woke up again to the horrible news that yet another health care worker in Dallas has acquired Ebola from the index patient during patient care. There are a lot of accusations flying around most of which will prove misleading or unfounded and some others might be true. We do not know. My sense of the situation is that what we learned from the first transmission still applies. We have further evidence that the standard way of wearing droplet/contact precautions during routine […]
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3:12 PM | Most Dangerous 4 1/2 Acres in the World
Most Dangerous 4 1/2 Acres in the World Source: Karl E. Weick and Karlene H. Roberts, “Collective Mind in Organizations: Heedful Interrelating on Flight Decks,” Administrative Science Quarterly 3 (1993): 357. DOWNLOAD IT HERE Ya gotta watch the video below – turn it up LOUD – then go back to work and think whether people […] The post Most Dangerous 4 1/2 Acres in the World appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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11:36 AM | Iodine Deficiency: 90 Years of Progress, But Much To Be Done
Iodine deficiency is one of the top three micronutrient deficiencies that are targeted by the World Health Organization. Shocking statistics estimate that 18 million infants are mentally impaired each year due to frank iodine deficiency. Another report shows that iodine deficiency is relatively common even in well-nourished populations. Why aren't we doing more to solve this problem?
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9:45 AM | Don’t you eat that yellow snow — or wild mushrooms
The Food Safety Authority of Ireland is advising people not to eat mushrooms they find growing in the wild as the foraging season begins. Last year, 19 cases of poisoning relating to wild mushrooms were notified to the National Poisons … Continue reading →
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9:16 AM | Safety is an Art
Safety is an Art Safety has much more to do with Art, History and Philosophy than it has to do with Science, Engineering and Law. I recently wrote The Target Drives the Method about the subjectivity of determining ‘significance’ that is a precursor to this discussion. Despite the perception that so many in safety believe […] The post Safety is an Art appeared first on Safety Risk Blog.
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7:19 AM | Reader’s Digest nosestretcher alert: 13+ things you shouldn’t eat at a restaurant
In it’s futile quest to compete in a 140—character universe, Reader’s Digest (Canada) included meat with the bone in as a restaurant no-no. And I quote: “small cuts of meat, like bone-in pork or chicken breasts, are harder to cook … Continue reading →
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6:43 AM | 33 S. Korean students sickened with E. coli O157:H45 linked to tuna bibimbap
Background: In May 2013, an outbreak of gastroenteritis occurred in a high school in Iuncheon, South Korea. We investigated the outbreak in order to identify the pathogen and mode of transmission. Materials and Methods: A case–control study was performed using … Continue reading →
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5:00 AM | Endodontic microsurgery or single tooth implants after failed root canal treatment
This systematic review was looking to compare endodontic microsurgery with single implant placement. No studies directly comparing the two treatments were available. 44 studies of single implants and 6 studies of endodontic microsurgery found 2 -4 years survival rates for endodontic microsurgery were 94% and single implants 96%. The quality of the available evidence was moderate. The post Endodontic microsurgery or single tooth implants after failed root canal treatment appeared first on The […]
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2:56 AM | Market food safety at retail so consumers can choose: Not training or technology
Maple Leaf Foods hosted its Sixth Annual Food Safety Symposium last week in Mississauga (that’s in Canada). According to The Poultry Site, this year’s event was themed ‘People or Technology’, asking participants to debate which was the best investment to … Continue reading →
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