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April 11, 2015

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11:25 PM | Risk Homeostasis Presentation
Risk Homeostasis Presentation VIDEO With much trepidation I have decided to put it out there…….. my presentation on Risk Homeostasis for Unit 1 of Graduate Certificate in Social Psychology. The video was recorded and edited brilliantly by Rick Long (more of his work here) See it here: Dave Collins – Risk Homeostasis Intro by Dr […] The post Risk Homeostasis Presentation appeared first on Safety Risk.
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7:45 PM | A new Stock Criticism for NIH Grants
I have decided to deploy a brand new Stock Criticism.  "No effort for a staff scientist is described, which may limit progress." Feel free to borrow it.
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3:48 AM | Can humans get Norovirus from their dogs?
Human norovirus may infect our canine companions, according to research published online April 1 in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, a publication of the American Society for Microbiology. That raises the possibility of dog-to-human transmission, said first author Sarah Caddy, … Continue reading →
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3:39 AM | D.C. Target’s grocery area shut down after health violations, including rodent droppings
D.C. residents who like to do their grocery shopping at Target need to find another place to purchase their food for now. The D.C. Department of Health suspended the retailer’s license at its Columbia Heights store after it failed a … Continue reading →
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1:02 AM | ‘Pause and Ponder’ – what we can learn from social psychology academics
‘Pause and Ponder’ – what we can learn from social psychology academics I’ve had the privilege over the past few days to attend the Society of Australasian Social Psychologist (SASP) Annual Conference held in my hometown of Newcastle, NSW. The SASP Conference brought together more than 170 delegates who were keen to learn, share and […] The post ‘Pause and Ponder’ – what we can learn from social psychology academics appeared first on Safety […]
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12:31 AM | The Safety Suggestion Box
The Safety Suggestion Box Overnight I had someone email me asking for a suitable sign to put on their safety suggestion box to encourage employees to contribute to their new initiative. My immediate response, sent without much thought and whilst still half asleep was “with respect, having a suggestion box is not a sign of […] The post The Safety Suggestion Box appeared first on Safety Risk.

April 10, 2015

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11:05 PM | 107 sick: Contaminated fried fish causes food poisoning in Vietnam
The Food Administration of Vietnam yesterday announced fried egg fish goldfish to poison 107 workers of Star Company in Phu Nghia Industrial Park in Chuong My District in Hanoi. 107 workers of Star Company were hospitalized on April 8 after … Continue reading →
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10:59 PM | The Eyes have it? Iowa researchers study retinal scans as early detection method for mad cow disease
New research from Iowa State University shows that a fatal neurological disease in cows can be detected earlier by examining the animal’s retinas. Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), known more commonly as mad cow disease, is an untreatable neurodegenerative disorder caused … Continue reading →
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10:54 PM | 5 sick from Salmonella: Idaho restaurant closed
The Central District Health Department on Thursday suspended the food establishment license of a Boise restaurant linked to five cases of Salmonella poisoning. Pho Tam, located at 1098 N. Orchard St., was shut down after health inspectors found two critical … Continue reading →
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9:21 PM | Researchers: Texting and driving bans reduce crash-related hospitalizations
Today, nearly every state in the country has a law that bans texting while driving. But do these laws make a difference?
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6:55 PM | Are You Learning Nutrition as a Consumer, Scientist or Policy Maker?
Food is part of daily life. TalkingNutrition regularly summarizes newly published nutrition studies. Because people are interested in nutrition and health, peer-reviewed nutrition-related articles are often reported by the media. Is media coverage of nutrition research relevant to everyone – consumers, researchers and policy makers? Let’s discuss an example. Marchetta and colleagues examine the relationship between natural food folate intake and blood folate concentrations.
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5:44 PM | SHEA 2015: *New* Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Track
 This is a special guest post by Dr. Silvia Munoz-Price, Enterprise Epidemiologist at Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Institute for Health and Society and the Department of Medicine. She is co-directing the new SHEA Certificate Track in Post-Acute and Long-Term Care at the 2015 SHEA Meeting in Orlando.In healthcare, we are in the process of transforming our approach from caring of an isolated individual to caring for the population as a whole. Similarly, we are slowly […]
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12:00 PM | Surviving the Essex Disaster (Part 3 of 3)
Continued from Part 2 By February 6, Captain Pollard and the three seamen with him were in a desperate situation. The last of their food was gone and starvation seemed certain. The youngest crewmember, Charles Ramsdell, then suggested that they...            Related StoriesThe Two Messiahs (Part Two of Two)Surviving the Essex Disaster (Part 3 of 3)Surviving The Essex Disaster (Part 2 of 3) 
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9:12 AM | Inspections and audits are never enough: Blue Bell Listeria-in-ice-cream version
Days after a foodborne illness was linked to Blue Bell ice cream products, a state inspection of an Oklahoma plant later tied to the infection praised the facility for having no violations and doing a “great job,” according to a … Continue reading →
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8:41 AM | Seek and ye shall find: Multistate outbreak of listeriosis linked to Blue Bell Creameries products
As Blue Bell ice cream thingies recalled more products, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced that eight people are now sick – including three dead — and that this is a complex and ongoing multistate outbreak of listeriosis occurring … Continue reading →
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5:33 AM | Over 100 sick: Probable Norovirus shuts Toby Carvery in UK
I never knew what a carvery was until I went to the UK in 2010 with Amy and a young Sorenne. We visited my great-uncle Keith in Newport, Wales, and I drove us to the carvery for lunch, and almost … Continue reading →
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5:01 AM | Gingivitis: anti-plaque agents may help
This new review covers the board topic of the efficacy of anti-plaque chemical formulations for managing gingivitis. 87 heterogeneous studies found a statistically significant benefit with most test products. The post Gingivitis: anti-plaque agents may help appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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1:22 AM | Safety Week 2015
Safety Week 2015 Having just gotten over National Safety Week in India, I received this email below, thank goodness we only have to do this safety stuff once/year. Visit the webpage for more info and have a read of some of the CEO quotes. Inspiring stuff hey? – “its the right thing to do” and […] The post Safety Week 2015 appeared first on Safety Risk.
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1:03 AM | New research or PR: Why paper towels are the most hygienic way to dry your hands?
I have no problem with who funds research, as long as there is full disclosure and the methodology is available for critique in a peer-reviewed journal. That would be the public part. The Daily Mail in the UK thinks readers … Continue reading →
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12:46 AM | Predictive models to estimate Listeria spp. growth on baby spinach leaves
Leafy vegetables such as spinach may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes during pre-harvest and postharvest management. Recent Listeriosis outbreaks associated to contaminated leafy vegetables have marked the need for technologies to minimize safety issues in fresh and fresh-cut produce. US … Continue reading →

April 09, 2015

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11:49 PM | Safety Aphorisms and Platitudes
Safety Aphorisms and Platitudes Someone recently posted a photo of an old safety sign from NC Transport Museum on LinkedIn. Its a great find of an interesting artefact. I am not sure how old it is and it was probably considered to be amazingly insightful in its day. We often laugh at these very early […] The post Safety Aphorisms and Platitudes appeared first on Safety Risk.
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10:03 PM | Don’t eat (dog) poop in restaurant: UK pub fined £14K
The owner of an East Yorkshire pub has appeared in court after a diner found dog excrement on the restaurant floor. Out-of-date food was also sold to customers and prepared in a mouldy kitchen at The Steer Inn in Wilberfoss. … Continue reading →
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9:59 PM | ‘No AA cause I don’t quit’ Cockroaches lead to closure of Jose’s Real Cuban Food in Florida
We’ve driven by this place during our various times in Bradenton on Florida’s Gulf side, and decided to pass. In the eight years of operating his business, the owner of Jose’s Real Cuban Food Jose Baserva says he has had mostly … Continue reading →
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9:30 PM | South Korean firm recalls Salmonella-infected milk
Binggrae, a major food firm, has recalled thousands of milk cartons found to be infected with Salmonella, the company said Thursday. The company recalled some 128,000 340-milliliter cartons of “melon milk” after the company received a lab report indicating the … Continue reading →
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9:21 PM | Money where your mouth is: A shortage of funds for US food safety
The N.Y. Times writes in an editorial that a farsighted food safety law enacted in 2011 has faced obstacles to meaningful enforcement ever since, including delays in issuing necessary rules and a shortage of money. Now, in what may become … Continue reading →
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2:50 PM | Putting Patients on the Right Track
I boarded the 8:30 Metro-North Railroad train home from Manhattan recently after leaving a medical meeting. It had been a long and productive day, but now I was searching for a mint in my pocketbook because I had a weird taste in my mouth. All I found was a lollipop. Just before the train left [...]
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12:00 PM | Aging, PTSD, and Disasters
Natural disasters are associated with catastrophic losses. Disaster survivors return to devastated communities and rebuild homes or relocate permanently, although the long-term psychological consequences are not well understood. In an article published in Aging and Mental Health, the authors examined...            Related StoriesCan Healthy Living Reduce Cancer Risk? (Part Two of Two)Preventing Cancer With Healthy Living (Part One of […]
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7:26 AM | Market microbial food safety at retail and stop hucksterism: Brisbane campaign to buy local produce
It’s not a new superbug, it’s an outbreak of super stupidity. A Brisbane TV station finally woke up to Australia’s egg problem, and titled their investigation (bottom), Scientists fear super strain of bacteria behind food poisoning outbreak. This refers to … Continue reading →
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5:52 AM | New rules for Dubai shawarma shops coming up
New food safety rules for Dubai shawarma shops are expected soon and will cover the way eggs are used in mayonnaise for shawarmas as well as the space, layout, cooking, and storage standards for the outlet, among other points. Their … Continue reading →
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5:02 AM | Orthodontic appliances: may help break thumb-sucking habits
This Cochrane review included 6 small studies at high risk of bias and found that orthodontic appliances or psychological intervention seems to be effective to help children stop sucking that does not have a feeding purpose. The post Orthodontic appliances: may help break thumb-sucking habits appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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