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February 21, 2015

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4:22 AM | Drug resistant bacteria versus advanced medical technology: No contest
The duodenoscope implicated now in several deadly outbreaks of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) is an otherwise terrific device for management of biliary or pancreatic duct disorders. Unfortunately, the same features that allow the scope to guide fine instruments into miniscule spaces also provide sanctuary for bacterial pathogens, protecting them from all standard approaches to disinfection. To quote yesterday’s FDA safety communication: “…reports […]
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3:58 AM | Dawn Marcotte: Resources to Help Autistic Students Choose the Right College
Finding the right college is key to successfully graduating and lists like the Top 10 Colleges for Autistic Students can only go so far. Here are a few other resources to check before making any decisions.ASAN's Navigating College HandbookThe Navigating College Handbook was published in 2011. This book was written by autistic students, for autistic students and its point of view is unique. The book is available for free at their website, Navigating College […]

February 20, 2015

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11:17 PM | NIH clumsily tries to .. [something] ... for grant reviewers
I noticed a funny one in the NIH Guide notices today. NOT-OD-15-035 Reinforcing Service to the Biomedical Research Community Yes, yes. I see. "Reinforcement" of a behavior like "Service to the Biomedical Research Community" means increasing the strength or probability of the behavior. So yes, that's good. What are they trying to do here? Purpose […]
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10:47 PM | CDC: Work to limit occupational silica exposure must continue
While silicosis-related deaths have declined, it remains a serious occupational health risk and one that requires continued public health attention, according to recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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8:50 PM | Poll: graduate student applicant standards
What are your program's standards for GRE percentiles and GPA? That is, what would be the minimum score that would be essentially unremarkable, and require no other compensating attributes, to justify an invitation to interview?
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8:45 PM | 19 sickened: ‘Dodgy salad’ behind Celtic Salmonella outbreak
I always worry about the homemade pesto. The culprit in the Celtic Park salmonella outbreak was probably a dodgy ham and mozzarella salad, a report has revealed. Nineteen guests at the Glasgow ground were struck down with vomiting and diarrhea … Continue reading →
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8:31 PM | 42 sick from Salmonella in Texas: Source remains elusive
In Dalhart, the Coon Memorial Hospital has seen all 42 confirmed cases of salmonella, 30 of which are coming from a common source, the Ten in Texas restaurant. However investigators are still looking into the exact origin of the bacteria.  … Continue reading →
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8:18 PM | 32 sickened with Campy: Wisconsin raw milk farm penalized in Durand High School case
This is why I pay attention when food is served at the kid’s school. And I’ve already pissed off a bunch of parents because of my food-safety based draconian and silly requirements for canning and cooking. The owners of a … Continue reading →
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7:21 PM | Hepatitis A vaccines work: Michigan, 2013
Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infections among persons with developmental disabilities living in institutions were common in the past, but with improvements in care and fewer persons institutionalized, the number of HAV infections has declined in these institutions. However, residents in institutions … Continue reading →
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7:04 PM | Vaccines work: So says Kristen Bell (and Israel)
Data on long-term impact of universal national vaccination programmes against hepatitis A are lacking. We aimed at evaluating the impact on hepatitis A incidence of the Israeli toddlers-only universal routine two-dose vaccination programme against hepatitis A initiated in 1999. All … Continue reading →
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6:26 PM | We’re all hosts on a viral planet: E. coli O157 edition
A novel phage, Φ241, specific for Escherichia coli O157:H7 was isolated from an industrial cucumber fermentation where both acidity (pH ≤ 3.7) and salinity (≥5% NaCl) were high. The phage belongs to the Myoviridae family. Its latent period was 15 … Continue reading →
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4:20 PM | Thought of the Day
I think I have received at least four NIH grants on the topic of "how in the heck is there very little science done on this entirely obvious (to me) idea?". Now before you get all excited I also have an impressive and extensive collection of triaged summary statements saying "Yeeaaaaah, nobody cares about that […]
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4:14 PM | If you care about the Emeritus NIH Grant...
...you need to take action on the official form. Click through and get that done.
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2:54 PM | New report from the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Stresses the Need to Improve Diet Quality
Every 5 years the Dietary Advisory Committee (DGAC) composed of leading nutrition experts release a report that reflects evidence about healthy eating. This report forms the scientific basis for Dietary Recommendations for Americans issued by the federal government.  For 2015, an emphasis was placed on developing recommendations of public health importance and it is clear that guidance is needed. The DGAC report states “The dietary patterns of the American public are suboptimal and […]
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10:28 AM | Shape used to boost wholegrain intake (Food & Beverages International)
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5:59 AM | Air polishing- glycine powder has less potential for harm suggests review
This review included 17 studies the majority (12) of which were in vitro; and all at risk of bias to greater or lesser extent. The results suggest that glycine powder air polishing had less potential for harm of oral hard and soft tissues than sodium bicarbonate powders. The post Air polishing- glycine powder has less potential for harm suggests review appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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4:56 AM | Autopilot, Habit, Perception and Risk
Another thought provoking article by Dr Robert Long. I highly recommend his other Articles HERE and his new book: For The Love of Zero   How many have driven home on automatic, not even remembering much of the trip until they park in the driveway? Autopilot, Habit, Perception and Risk Humans are creatures of habit. […] The post Autopilot, Habit, Perception and Risk appeared first on Safety Risk.
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3:43 AM | Oliver Sacks on learning he has terminal cancer: How We Die and A Gentle Death
Oliver Sacks, a professor of neurology at the New York University School of Medicine, the author of many books, including “Awakenings” and “The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.” has revealed he is dying, via the N.Y. Times. … Continue reading →
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3:35 AM | Norovirus confirmed in PA university outbreak
There’s a lot of norovirus on campuses this time of year. A bunch of Virginia colleges dealt with the pathogen a couple of weeks ago, and it looks like N.C. State did too. According to mcall.com, the virus caused over … Continue reading →
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3:20 AM | Lots of support for restaurant that had food handler with hepatitis A
n a truly Canadian move, more than 70 owners, management and staff from Sudbury bars and restaurants ate and drank at a Sudbury, Ontario (that’s in Canada) Casey’s in a show of solidarity. In early February over a thousand patrons might have been … Continue reading →
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12:55 AM | Not an “accident”: Norberto Galicia Romero, 49, suffers fatal work-related injury in Marrietta, GA
This week’s snapshot of just one work-related fatality in the US. This one occurred on February 16, 2015 in Marrietta, GA.

February 19, 2015

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7:50 PM | Produce cone of silence? 275 sickened with Salmonella from cucumbers in US
Cucumbers don’t often show up on the food safety radar, unless they’re imported from Mexico, which has been linked to outbreaks of E. coli O157 and Salmonella. Now the U.S. has its own homegrown outbreak of Salmonella on cucumbers, and … Continue reading →
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3:59 PM | Opioid Addiction Treatment Options
Over the last decade, opioid use, addiction, and overdose have been dramatically increasing. While much of this increase in opioid use has been driven by increases in the use of prescription opioids such as Vicodin and Percocet, heroin use also has increased.  As a result, deaths attributed to heroin jumped 39 percent from 2012 to [...]
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3:51 PM | Long-term Use of Multivitamin-Multimineral Supplements Linked to Heart Health in Women
Are you one of the nearly 40% of Americans who uses a multivitamin-multimineral supplement?  Multivitamin-multimineral supplements have been available since the early 1940s and are increasingly common.  Numerous studies have shown that multivitamin-multimineral supplements help people meet nutrient gaps in the United States and worldwide.  They also help promote health in people with low nutrient status. A timely study (February is Heart Month) suggests the same may be true for […]
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1:00 PM | Who Gets Addicted to the Internet?
Since the appearance of Internet, several preoccupations have appeared as a result, with Internet addiction being one of the most common. A new study published in Computers in Human Behavior examined which psychological factors are relevant to explain Internet addiction,...            Related StoriesWhen Assaulted Young People Seek Emergency CareBecoming a New ParentLeft-handness and Psychiatric Disorders in Children 
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1:00 PM | The Volcano Suicides
It all began on February 11, 1933 when a 21-year old student named Kiyoko Matsumoto committed suicide by throwing herself into the volcanic crater of Mount Mihara on the Japanese island of Izu Oshima. Matsumoto, a student at Tokyo's Jissan...            Related StoriesThe Lobotomy of Rosemary Kennedy (Part Two of Two)Who Gets Addicted to the Internet?The Case Against Wilhelm Reich, Part 2 
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9:23 AM | The Problem with Zero Harm
The Problem with Zero Harm This short video discusses one of the many arguments against the zero harm concept, zero language and discourse. The language of zero as an absolute and the framing of risk and safety in perfectionism is deeply problematic for establishing a culture of openness, reporting, respect, relationship, trust and learning. The […] The post The Problem with Zero Harm appeared first on Safety Risk.
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6:00 AM | Oral piercings-tooth and gum damage common suggests review
Twelve observational studies were included in this review which suggested that lip and tongue piercings increased the risk of gum and tooth damage . The relative risk for tooth damage with lip piercings was 1.33 (95%CI; 0.74 to 2.41) and 2.44 (95%CI;1.35 to 4.41) for tongue piercings. The post Oral piercings-tooth and gum damage common suggests review appeared first on The Dental Elf.
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1:48 AM | E. coli researcher Colin Gill obit
I didn’t really know Colin Gill, but would run into him at meetings and he was always irascible Scottish. He also devoted his research life to E. coli O157 and other STECs. Sorry for the delay in notification, but I … Continue reading →
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12:17 AM | Hepatitis A crap in Australia (the updated version)
I went to Woolies in Annerley, Queensland (that’s in Australia), after taking my daughter to school on Monday, and was shocked to find Nanna’s berries – those linked to a growing hepatitis A outbreak — on the frozen shelves. I … Continue reading →
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