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August 23, 2014

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3:29 AM | Forecasting Safety
Forecasting Safety Here’s the challenge for anyone who holds to the mantra ‘all accidents are preventable’. Ask them to predict how long it will be in their organisation or any organisation for that matter, that they will be harm free. Hopefully they will go to their injury data and based on the history of injury at their organisation make a prediction to match. Unfortunately, injury data provides no information about safety culture or predictability, but that’s what […]
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1:05 AM | Nightmare in Liberia
I posted yesterday on the nightmare unfolding in Liberia, as the health care system has collapsed under the weight of the Ebola outbreak, with civil order breaking down as entire sections of Monrovia are placed under quarantine. Last night I spoke with a friend of ours, Chesca Colloredo-Mansfeld, the Executive Director of miraclefeet, an organization dedicated to treatment of clubfoot in developing countries, including Liberia. As you might imagine, the Liberia clubfoot treatment clinics have […]
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12:48 AM | 44 kids sickened: Ottawa Chinese food takeout fined in summer camp food poisoning
A west Ottawa restaurant has been fined by Ottawa Public Health after rice it served made dozens of people sick and sent six children to hospital from a summer camp. Paramedics were called to St. Cecilia School the afternoon of July … Continue reading →
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12:39 AM | 3 dead, 16 sick from Vibrio in Florida
A newly reported Vibrio vulnificus case in Charlotte County, Florida, the county’s third case, brings the states total to 16, according to the latest numbers released from the Florida Department of Health today. The total number of fatalities reported in … Continue reading →
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12:32 AM | 247 sick in UK and it is an egg problem: Salmonella outbreak across Europe may be caused by single batch of eggs
The national salmonella outbreak which has struck down nearly 250 people across Britain could be traced back to a single source of eggs, health investigators have said. Earlier this month, three hospital patients affected by the salmonella outbreak in Birmingham … Continue reading →

August 22, 2014

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10:07 PM | Your Grant in Review: When they aren't talking to you.
Does "appropriately ambitious" on an ESI grant mean "ambitious enough" (go big) or "easy there, tiger" (don't overreach)? — Michael Hendricks (@MHendr1cks) August 22, 2014 It is always good to remember that sometimes comments in the written critique are not directed at the applicant. Technically, of course these comments are directed at Program Staff in […]
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9:27 PM | Massachusetts advocates optimistic about paid sick leave ballot: ‘We need public policies that lift people up and keep families healthy’
After nearly a decade of hoping state legislators would pass an earned paid sick time law, advocates in Massachusetts decided it was time to put the question to voters. Now, in November, voters will have the chance to help improve the lives of nearly 1 million workers who can’t earn one, single hour of sick leave and are often left to choose between caring for themselves or a loved one, paying the bills or losing a job.
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9:20 PM | To CDC or not CDC - That is the Ebola Question
It's been a busy couple weeks out here in infection control land. We had our SHEA 2015 planning committee meeting in DC. There's an exciting program planned - can't wait to share it with you. While I've been planning Ebola symposia for the May meeting in Orlando, Dan and Mike have been very busy discussing and implementing Ebola management plans. If you haven't had a chance to read their excellent posts, you can peruse them all here.The debate over the CDC droplet+contact precautions guidance […]
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6:28 PM | Using Technology Advancements to Improve Nutritional Assessments
Nutrient intakes are routinely used to estimate nutrient status. Because of day-to-day variability in eating patterns, the number of days of food intake data required varies tremendously by nutrient. Food intake must be recorded for 5-16 days to estimate the true average vitamin B intake for a group of individuals and greater than 19 days for vitamins A and C. Most nutrient intake studies are not this comprehensive. Ideally, nutritional status is assessed using objective measures
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4:20 PM | Your Grant in Review Reminder: Research Study Sections First
One key to determining the right study section to request is to look on RePORTER for funded grants reviewed in your study sections of interest. Sometimes this is much more informative than the boilerplate description of the study section listed at CSR.
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9:32 AM | Listeria fears prompt meat recall in Sweden
Tulip Food Company, which sells its meat products in both Denmark and Sweden, announced a recall of its Danish deli meat products on Friday after finding traces of listeria in portions of meat sold in Sweden. The company specified that … Continue reading →
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5:14 AM | Elf Break
The Dental Elf is taking a short break and will be back on the 1st September. The post Elf Break appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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1:09 AM | You’re not a fan of washing? I’m not a fan of Salmonella; 220 sickened and Australia still has an egg problem
In Feb. 2014,  the Victorian Department of Health blamed Green Eggs for a Salmonella outbreak in Melbourne and issued a health alert for the company’s raw eggs. At least 220 people were sickened. Science more that soundbites is what is … Continue reading →
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12:25 AM | Austin, TX Whataburger food handler diagnosed with hepatitis A
If I were a food business owner I’d be worried about hepatitis A. Individuals can shed the virus without showing symptoms and even a Hep A positive handwashing superstar will result in lineups outside the business or at the health … Continue reading →
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12:18 AM | Maybe ServSafe sucks? University of Georgia food services takes precautions after receiving poor health scores during spring semester
After receiving two low scores for dining hall health inspections last spring, University of Georgia Food Services is taking extra health and safety precautions to begin the new school year. “We take food safety very seriously in the department,” said … Continue reading →
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12:05 AM | South Australian restaurant fined for breaching food safety code by having rodent droppings
The owners of Garam Masala Indian Cuisine, Dernancourt, today pleaded guilty in the Holden Hill Magistrates Court to three counts of failing to comply with a requirement of the food standards code. A further 17 counts of the same charge … Continue reading →
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12:00 AM | We’ve never made anyone sick: UK pub defends catering business after £8,000 fine
A pub landlord has defended his catering business after they were fined nearly £8,000 for failing to ensure their food was safe. Catherine Stevens and David Morgan, who run the Golden Heart Inn in Nettleton Bottom, near Cheltenham, have admitted … Continue reading →

August 21, 2014

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10:14 PM | Project Spotlight: “GOALI: Improving Medical Preparedness, Public Safety, and Security at Mass events”
by Michelle Diana Bradley, MPH The Bank of America Chicago Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the country.  The limit of 45,000 registered runners is usually reached months in advance of race day.  Millions of spectators crowd the streets of Chicago with extreme excitement to watch and cheer on runners pacing through 26.2 miles.  […]
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9:46 PM | Nosestretcher alert: Australian food scientist says just wash raw sprouts, they’re safe and great choice
And why just pick on the Brits. Misuse of science by allegedly science-based agencies is rampant, owing to personal and political preferences. According to the New South Wales Food Authority (that’s the state where Sydney is located, that’s in Australia), … Continue reading →
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9:31 PM | Nosestretcher alert: steaming hot taxpayer-funded UK food safety nonsense
“You don’t even need a temperature probe, just keep dad handy. Meat should be steaming in the middle, with no pink on the inside. Any juices should run clear.” Nonsense. And taxpayers pay for this. I also wouldn’t use tongs … Continue reading →
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9:25 PM | 18 sickened in 2012; E. coli O111 in a French nursery
(Thanks to my food safety friend Albert for sending this along.) Three cases of hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) occurred in 15 days and the cases were notified to the Institute for Public Health Surveillance (VS) November 5, 2012 suggesting clustered … Continue reading →
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9:13 PM | Labels the law for all mechanically tenderized beef in Canada
In a move to cut risk from foodborne E. coli, all mechanically tenderized beef (MTB) sold in Canada from today on must be labelled as such and list instructions on safe cooking. Health Minister Rona Ambrose on Thursday announced the … Continue reading →
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5:28 PM | New Projects for Donors Choose Drive for #Ferguson
Wow. Three Donors Choose projects I posted yesterday were completely funded in less than 15 hours. I am delighted so many of you found this opportunity to help the communities around Ferguson Missouri attractive. If you missed out on contributing, never fear, there are new opportunities to help. Please also pass this suggestion along to […]
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3:11 PM | Do multivitamin supplements increase mortality risk?
Earlier this week, I was innocently scrolling through the latest research on the JAMA Internal Medicine website. The top headline on the ‘Most Read’ side panel instantly caught my eye: ‘Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women’. …The post Do multivitamin supplements increase mortality risk? appeared first on Public Health.
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2:57 PM | The Ethics of the Ebola Outbreak: Who Should Receive Experimental Treatment?
The current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, which has led to at least 1,200 deaths, poses a number of ethical questions that are both pressing and unfamiliar. There are currently no approved drugs to treat Ebola. However, new, untested treatments have been given to a few people during this latest outbreak, in the hopes [...]
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12:00 PM | The Price of Sexy
Using an experimental methodology, a study published recently in Psychology of Popular Media Culture assessed adolescent girls’ and young adult women’s perceptions of a peer who presented herself on Facebook in either a sexualized or nonsexualized manner. Fifty-eight adolescent girls...            Related StoriesCan Online Training Help Prevent Sex Assaults?Naming That TuneFamily Left Homeless After Sorcery Claim 
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11:24 AM | Micronutrient Powders Improve At-Risk Infants’ Language Development
Malnutrition can have long term effects on health and development, especially when it occurs during the first thousand days of a child’s life, from before conception to the age of two. From a nutrition stand-point, the best outcomes for children occur when their mothers are well-nourished from the pre-pregnancy period up until birth, and they receive appropriate and adequate nutrition that is tied to their age and development throughout infancy and childhood. Unfortunately, this is not […]
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8:39 AM | 166 sick from Salmonella linked to bearded dragons
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that this investigation is over; however, the illnesses linked to contact with pet bearded dragons are expected to continue at a low level. *Reptiles can be carrying Salmonella bacteria but appear … Continue reading →
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8:33 AM | Nosestretcher alert: eating locally helps prevent foodborne illness?
The Globe and Mail, based in Toronto and self-proclaimed public record of all thing Canadian, used to be decent. There are still good people there, and some are my friends. But this is just crap. Jason Tetro, a similarly self-proclaimed … Continue reading →
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8:24 AM | Person with diarrhea most likely source of Crypto at Georgia splash pad
An infected person with diarrhea who used the East Athens Community Park splash pad earlier this month is the likely source for the recent spread of the parasite Cryptosporidium confirmed to have infected at least 16 children, the Athens-Clarke County … Continue reading →
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