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May 6

Relax the dress code to reduce spread of disease?

Ms. Gordon’s book on ways to reduce medical errors is available from Amazon.com.

Here’s an interesting thought: Ties and long-sleeve lab coats may be a factor in the spread of infections from one patient to another in health care settings. Author Suzanne…

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Uptown favorite Carrot Top shut by Health DeptA recent transition that brought Carrot Top pastries (5025 Broadway, New York, NY 10034) under the…View Post

Uptown favorite Carrot Top shut by Health Dept

A recent transition that brought Carrot Top pastries (5025 Broadway, New York, NY 10034) under the…

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Great spoof of Guy Fieri’s NYC restaurant website, but spoofer “borrowed” others’ work

Great spoof of Guy Fieri’s NYC restaurant menu - http://guysamericankitchenandbar.com/

There are two important lessons in this story.

1) If you are starting a business, make sure you secure URLs associated with every reasonable permutation of your business name. When programmer Bryan Mytkodiscovered that the URL…

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Five crewmembers dead in European cruise safety drill

Thomson Majesty, at port in the Canary Islands.

The Thomson Majesty accident occurred while the ship was in port in the Canary Islands. (Photo from guardian.co.uk.)

This definitely fits into the category of things that should never happen: Five crew members of the Thomson Cruises ship Majestydied and…

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Feb 9

Molecular gastronomy simplifies chocolate mousse

I’m posting this before trying it out myself because a) I trust the New York Times and b) this might be useful within the next few days.

Times food writer Melissa Clark published this incredibly simple recipefor chocolate mousse that has only two…

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ABCEats: This New York City dining-out app gets a solid “A”Nearly every restaurant in New York City must post a sign like this displaying the latest health…View Post

ABCEats: This New York City dining-out app gets a solid “A”

Nearly every restaurant in New York City must post a sign like this displaying the latest health…

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Panya Bakery serves traditional Japanese breakfast for a bargain priceEast Village bakery Panya serves a traditional Japanese breakfast.

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Panya Bakery serves traditional Japanese breakfast for a bargain price

East Village bakery Panya serves a traditional Japanese breakfast.

A traditional Japanese…

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Nov 5
officialssay:

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, referencing a Jay-Z song in a tweet today.

officialssay:

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, referencing a Jay-Z song in a tweet today.

Expert on suicide prevention says key is to incorporate mental health questions into routine doctor visits

Here’s the key message, from a Columbia University psychiatry researcher, in the linked article about the apparent suicide death of a freshman student in New York yesterday: 

“You can put up barriers on bridges, but if you want to maximize impact, it’s about identification and treatment,” she said. “Almost 50 percent of people who commit suicide see their primary doctor in the month before they die. We should be asking questions about suicidal feelings and behavior the way we monitor for blood pressure.”