Author Archives: Aliza Glasner

05.28.15

Not your grandmother’s Salmonella. Avoid the risk. Safety tips for summer eating.

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On a recent PBS Frontline investigating the “Trouble with Chicken,” food safety expert Caroline Smith Dewaal of the Center for Science in the Public Interest explained that “the strains of salmonella that are showing up on … chicken aren’t the ones our grandmothers knew about, they are tougher, stronger and many of them are antibiotic […]

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05.14.15

An end to salmonella on produce? A look at FDA's Food Safety Challenge

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I recently read an article in Forbes that asked, “Are [foodborne] outbreaks actually increasing, or are we just more aware of them?” I work in food safety. I often feel panicked before I feed my children. But I thought that might just be a hazard of working in this field. So, are foodborne outbreaks actually […]

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04.09.15

Get your popcorn.* The O’Neill Institute goes to the movies [Part I]

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*you may want to wait until after you see these films to decide whether your popcorn of choice is safe to eat. Each summer, staff at the O’Neill Institute gather to informally enjoy and discuss films covering events in public health. In Part I of this season’s film series, we will focus on the role […]

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02.03.15

Danger in the Dietary Supplement Aisle. Again.

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Good news? Walmart may be next in line to help police the dietary supplement industry. Let me explain. Yesterday, the NY state attorney general’s office accused four national retail chains – GNC, Target, Walgreens and Walmart – of selling fraudulent and mislabeled dietary supplements based on findings that four out of five of the products […]

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01.08.15

Composing Perception in Painting and Prose: A Virtual Gallery

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Yesterday the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation launched an exhibit called The Art of Saving a Life. In collaboration with more than 30 artists, including photographer Annie Leibovitz, and writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the exhibition addresses perceptions about vaccinations through various art forms. Visual artist Vik Muniz in Behind the Scenes explained, “scientists are trying […]

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09.24.14

3 Issues to Consider before Voting in November

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On November 4, many Americans will go to the polls to vote in the midterm elections. And like all election seasons, issues threatening public health are chief among this nation’s top concerns.         In researching for this post, I came up with a fairly long “short-list” of pressing public health issues – […]

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08.26.14

#icebucketchallenge: A Public Health Practitioner's Perspective

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  I work in the field of public health. If you are reading this post, you probably do too. And if you think like me, you see the ALS ice bucket challenge with a mixture of awe, bewilderment and general frustration that you didn’t think of it first. The ice bucket challenge has proven to […]

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07.10.14

6 THINGS THE US GOVERNMENT CAN AND SHOULD DO TO STOP THE SPREAD OF ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANT SUPERBUGS

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In my last post, I discussed seven things individual consumers can do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs. I left out one important element: the need to lobby our government’s leaders to make this issue a priority. This summer, combating antibiotic resistance is making headlines on both the national and international level. On […]

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06.12.14

7 things YOU can and SHOULD do to stop the spread of antibiotic resistant superbugs

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 The time may come when penicillin can be bought by anyone in the shops. Then there is the danger that the ignorant man may easily underdose himself and by exposing his microbes to non-lethal quantities of the drug make them resistant. Here is a hypothetical illustration. Mr. X. has a sore throat. He buys some […]

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05.21.14

Can cigarettes teach us about french fries?

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Obesity is a burgeoning global epidemic. Attributable worldwide deaths rose from 2.6 million in 2005 to 3.4 million in 2014. Drawing on decades of experience in the fight for global tobacco control, public health advocates are attempting an aggressive response to control a problem already tinkering on calamity. Today, at a meeting of the World […]

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