Archive | September, 2005

Women;s use of folic acid in the US

September 29, 2005

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From today’s MMWR comes the latest review of use of folic acid by women,. The health professions have known about the need for pre-pregnant and pregnant women to use folic acid to prevent Neural Tube Defect in tbeir children, yet we still have not even been able to ensure that the majority of women use […]

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Reducing the Risk of Lung Cancer

September 27, 2005

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From today’s JAMA an editorial by Dacey and Johnston states that “The costs of tobacco in both health and economic terms are enormous. Cigarette smoking causes approximately 5 million premature deaths each year around the world secondary to cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and lung cancer. In the United States, lung cancer is the […]

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Disasters & Infections. One more lesson to remember

September 27, 2005

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From the Current MMWR is an editorial on infectious disease experience associated with hurricane Katrina. Worth reading by all. “The experience of the public health community with diarrheal disease after natural disasters suggests that evacuation centers should be prepared for considerable demands on clinic staff, janitorial services, and maintenance of personal hygiene. Access to functioning […]

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2005 Food Code Updates Food Safety Guidelines

September 27, 2005

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is issuing the 2005 edition of the Food Code, which contains the latest science-based information on food safety for retail and food service industries. The Food Code is used as a reference by nearly 3,000 regulatory agencies that oversee food safety in restaurants, grocery stores, nursing homes, and other […]

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Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus.

September 27, 2005

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Despite the attempts to deny “Le Difference” here is an other fascinating study on the difference between men and women – Shopping! A study from Brunel University in London Shows that men go for the kill while women,as gatherers, eventually make a choice.

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PT Barnum Remains Correct

September 24, 2005

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You can fool some of the people all the time. I can never help but laugh when people turn out to buy the latest worthless fad. For several years copper rings and magnets have bene bought as cure alls. In a new study from the Mayo Clinic. Using carefully prepared placebos Dr Winemiller and associates […]

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The problem of dying – A Relevant Public Health Issue?

September 23, 2005

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This week’s editorial in the BMJ deals with the horrors of medically supervised dying. As the first paragraph of the editorial states: “Ask friends about the deaths of their loved ones, and the “bad death” stories crowd out the “good death” ones. Reflections along the lines of “They wouldn’t let a dog die like my […]

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Is poverty or wealth at the root of HIV?

September 23, 2005

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A fascinating article from the Lancet this week, by James Shelton et al. from AID discusses a report from Tanzania showing the the wealthier the household the more likely HIV! Volume 366, Issue 9491 , 24 September 2005, Pages 1057-1058

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Origin of Green Onion Food Poisoning in 2003

September 21, 2005

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This article authored by CDC staff used gene sequences to link infections of Hepatitis A at multiple sites from distribution of a single product – Green Onions – to outbreaks in GA, TN and PA from three farms in Northern Mexico.

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Protecting Health—The New Research Imperative

September 20, 2005

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From Julie Geberding, Director, the CDC in this week’s JAMA (use TMl E-Journal links): Health is more than the absence of threats or disease and disability; it is a precious resource that helps to create productive satisfying lives for ourselves and our families and economic security for our nation. A very high value is placed […]

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