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Loyola doctors discuss “five-second rule”

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on June 27, 2014

When grilling, remember the "five-second rule." cdc.gov image

When grilling, remember the “five-second rule.”
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By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

You’ve heard of the “Five-Second Rule.”

You’re grilling a burger.

It falls off the spatula.

It lands on the patio.

You scoop it up and flip it back onto the grill.

You shout: “Five-Second Rule.”

And you tell your guest not to worry about the germs.

Well, the minds at Loyola University Health System spent time mulling over the “five-second rule,” and here’s what they have to say:

MAYWOOD, Ill. – The burger patty that slides off the plate, the ice cream treat that plops on the picnic table, the hot dog that rolls off the grill – conventional wisdom has it that you have five seconds to pick it up before it is contaminated.

Fact or folklore?

“A dropped item is immediately contaminated and can’t really be sanitized,” said Jorge Parada, MD, MPH, FACP, FIDSA, medical director of the Infection Prevention and Control Program at Loyola University Health System. “When it comes to folklore, the ‘five-second rule’ should be replaced with ‘When in doubt, throw it out.’ “

All items that come into contact with a surface pick up bacteria (and dirt!). How much bacteria and what kind of microbes it pick up depends on the type of object that is dropped and the surface it is dropped on, he said.

“If you rinse off a dropped hot dog, you will probably greatly reduce the amount of contamination, but there will still be some amount of unwanted and potentially nonbeneficial bacteria on that hot dog,” said Parada, who admits to employing the five-second rule on occasion. “Maybe the dropped item only picks up 1,000 bacteria but typically the innoculum, or amount of bacteria that is needed for most people to actually get infected, is 10,000 bacteria. Well, then the odds are that no harm will occur. But what if you have a more sensitive system, or you pick up a bacteria with a lower infectious dose? Then you are rolling the dice with your health or that of your loved one.”

And using your own mouth to “clean off” a dropped baby pacifier?

“That is double dipping – you are exposing yourself to bacteria and you are adding your own bacteria to what first contaminated the dropped item. No one is spared anything with this move,” Parada said.

Parada likened this scenario to being burned, with temperature and time being analogous to type and amount of bacteria.

“The hotter the surface, the easier and worse you will be burned – like the more virulent, or harmful, the bacteria, the easier and sicker you may get. One only has to touch a white-hot surface momentarily to get burned and sometimes it doesn’t take a lot of bad bugs for you to get sick. On the other hand, if hold your hand to a less hot surface but do so for a longer period, the more you will be injured, too.”

Parada said there are degrees of risk of contamination.

“So a potato chip dropped for a second on a rather clean table will both have little time to be contaminated and is likely to only pick up a miniscule amount of microbes – definitely a low risk,” he said. On the other hand, food that lands on a potentially more contaminated spot – such as the floor – and stays there for a minute is going to pick up more bacteria and pose a greater risk.

“In the same time period, a rock candy is less likely to pick up contamination than a slice of cheese. As an extreme example, whether it’s a rock candy or a slice of cheese, I don’t think anyone would invoke the five-second rule if it fell in the toilet,” said Parada, a professor at Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine. “At the end of the day, this is a polite social fiction we employee to allow us to eat lightly contaminated foods,” Parada said.

And that old saw about building up a healthy immune system through exposure?

“There actually is certain research that supports the importance of being exposed to bacteria at critical times in a child’s development,” Parada said. “But I believe this development applies to exposures of everyday living. I do not advocate deliberately exposing ourselves to known contaminants. That would probably be a misplaced approach to building up our defenses. If you want to be proactive in building up your defenses, eat right, exercise and get adequate sleep – and remember to get your vaccines.”

 

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Police hunt drunken drivers in Rogers Park

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on June 26, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

It’s never good to drink and drive.

But this weekend in Rogers Park, drunken drivers have a better chance of getting caught because of a Chicago Police Department dragnet.

Chicago police will conduct a Roadside Safety Check from 7 p.m. on Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday in Rogers Park, according to a police department press release.
During roadside safety checks, police officers slow down traffic, stop cars at regular intervals and watch for drivers who show signs of alcohol impairment and other violations.

Here is the full news release:
ROADSIDE SAFETY CHECK IN THE ROGERS PARK (24TH) DISTRICT
The Chicago Police Department will conduct a Roadside Safety Check in the Rogers Park (24th) District at 6601 N. Western Ave. The Roadside Safety Check will commence at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, June 27, 2014 and end at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday, June 28, 2014. During roadside safety checks, police officers slow down traffic, stop cars at regular intervals and watch for drivers who show signs of alcohol impairment and other violations.

“This program is conducted year round to ensure drivers are operating their vehicles safely,”
said Superintendent, Garry F. McCarthy. “This is part of an ongoing strategy to keep the city
streets safe for Chicago’s residents and commuters.”

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Rogers Park welcomes new grocery today

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on June 24, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Rogers Park welcomes a new grocery today with the opening of a Jewel-Osco.
Joe Moore, alderman of the 49th Ward, announced that the new Jewel-Osco will open at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Gateway Center shopping plaza at Clark and Howard Streets.
The Jewel-Osco replaces a Dominick’s Finer foods, which shut its doors late last year as part of a statewide closing of more than 70 stores.

Moore released this alert to residents about the new grocery:

Dear Neighbor,
Don’t forget today is the big day for the Grand Opening of the brand new Jewel-Osco store at Gateway Centre (Howard and Clark streets)! The store officially opens its doors to the public TODAY (Tuesday, June 24th), at 5:00 p.m. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m.
I encourage everyone to attend the ceremony and welcome Jewel-Osco back to the neighborhood!
Last March I announced the good news that Jewel/Osco would fill the space at Gateway Center formerly occupied by Dominick’s Fine Foods, which closed all their Chicago area stores at the end of last year. Securing a new grocer at the shuttered Gateway location was a top priority of the Mayor Emanuel’s Grocery Store Task Force of which I was an active member.
When you shop at the new store, you’ll probably see some familiar faces working in the aisles and behind the counter. Jewel hired over 80 neighborhood residents to work at the new store thanks in part to my office’s aggressive outreach and my Job Fair last month.  
I look forward to seeing you at the ribbon cutting!
Sincerely,
Joe Moore

 

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49th Ward office sells city vehicle stickers

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on June 23, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Rogers Park residents can purchase their City of Chicago vehicle stickers this Saturday at the 49th Ward Service Office, according to an alert from Joe Moore, the 49th Ward alderman.
All city residents must purchase and display the new stickers by Tuesday, July 16.
Here is the alert from Moore’s office:
Dear Neighbor,
I am pleased to report the Chicago City Clerk’s office will be selling City Vehicle Stickers at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview, this Saturday, June 28th, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There is no additional fee for this convenience.
The City begins enforcing the City Vehicle Sticker requirement on Tuesday, July 16th.  Failure to purchase and display the new City Vehicle Sticker by July 16th could result in a $200 ticket and a purchasing late fee.The price of a City Vehicle Sticker depends on the type of vehicle you own. Passenger, large Passenger, small truck, large truck, motorcycle, and antique Chicago City Vehicle Stickers are assigned varying prices. The Chicago City Clerk’s office provides a chart with a list of the 2,500 most popular vehicles on the road today and the corresponding vehicle sticker price.  To access the chart, CLICK HERE.

A vehicle sticker in a residential permit parking zone will cost an additional $25.
This year only, your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker price is prorated by month to set you on your new year-round Chicago City Vehicle Sticker sales renewal month.
Your Chicago City Vehicle Sticker price is based on the length of time your vehicle sticker is valid. When you make your purchase, you will be asked to select between a short-term prorated Chicago City Vehicle Sticker (valid for between one and 12 months), or a long-term extended Chicago City Vehicle Sticker (valid for between 13 and 24 months).
The final 2014 Chicago City Vehicle Sticker cost is determined by multiplying the number of months the vehicle sticker is valid by the monthly price that corresponds with the make, model and vehicle sticker type listed in the chart provided by the City clerk’s office.
Again, these price options are being offered for one time only to set more than one million motorists on a year-round Chicago City Vehicle Sticker sales calendar and end the long lines and headaches associated with the traditional six-week sales season.
Please note, seniors age 65 and older as of Dec. 31, 2014 are exempt from the year-round sales program and will continue to renew on an annual, June-to-June schedule. The cost for a senior Chicago City Vehicle Sticker is $30.34.
Please bring your City Vehicle Sticker renewal form. If you do not have your renewal form, you must bring one of the following VIN approved documents:
• State vehicle registration card, or
• Vehicle title, or
• Insurance card displaying your VIN.
If you are a senior citizen, make sure to bring your driver’s license to receive the senior discount.  If you are purchasing a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker on behalf of a senior citizen, please bring that person’s driver’s license.   
The Clerk’s Office prefers payment by check or money order, but will accept cash or credit card payments.
Keep in mind that even if your vehicle is registered in the suburbs or out-of-state, you may need to purchase a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker. By ordinance, vehicles that are “principally garaged” in the city more than 30 days must display a Chicago City Vehicle Sticker.
As a final inducement to purchasing your city sticker on time, my office staff and I will be handing out free lemonade to everyone who buys a sticker at my office this Saturday!
Sincerely,
Joe Moore

 

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Teen shot on street in Rogers Park

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on June 20, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

A teenage boy was shot Thursday evening while he was standing on a street in Chicago’s Rogers Park, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The teen was listed in serious condition at Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, according to the Sun-Times.

Here is a portion of the Sun-Times story:

A 14-year-old boy was shot Thursday night in the Rogers Park neighborhood on the North Side.

He was standing on the street about 9:05 p.m. in the 6500 block of North Ashland Avenue when several people approached and fired shots in his direction, police said.

He suffered a gunshot wound in his buttocks and was taken to Presence Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston, where he was listed in serious condition, police said.

Police said the boy’s injures were not life-threatening.

Read the entire Sun-Times story here: SHOOTING

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Thief takes laptops, cell phones from Loyola building

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on June 20, 2014

Site of burglary. Google Maps.

Site of burglary.
Google Maps.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Loyola University Chicago Campus Safety is investigating a recent burglary in which laptop computers and cell phones were stolen from a building on the school’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.
A man entered the Granada Center, 6439 N. Sheridan Road, at about 6:20 p.m. Wednesday and took the items, according to Campus Safety. He was last seen entering a late-model, dark-colored Cadillac on Sheridan Road, Campus Safety reports.
Here are the details from a Campus Safety alert:
Loyola Community,
Campus Safety is writing to notify you of a burglary that occurred in the Granada Center at approximately 6:20 p.m. on Wednesday, June 18.
Several electronic devices including laptops and cellphones were removed by the person.
A description of the suspect is: male, dark complexion, approximately 40-50 years of age, 5’6”, 180 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat with the Chicago Bulls logo, a red t-shirt with a white design on the front, black pants, and black shoes. The suspect got in and out of a late-model, dark-colored four-door Cadillac sedan that was parked on Sheridan Road and driven by an unknown person.

Anyone who may have information about this incident should contact Campus Safety at 773.508.6039.

We also remind you that you should:
  • Keep your doors locked at all times. Never prop doors open.
  • Keep electronic devices and other valuable items in secured storage.
  • Do not leave the key(s) to the storage area in an easily accessible place.
  • Keep track of all electronic serial numbers and keep them in a safe place.
Sincerely,
Tom Murray
Chief of Police and Director of Campus Safety

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Senn students visit Loyola Communication School

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on June 19, 2014

A Senn student performs in front of  a green screen at Loyola's School of Communication. Loyola photo.

A Senn student at a green screen at Loyola.
Loyola photo.

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Thirty students from Chicago’s Senn High School received hands-on instruction in digital journalism during a recent visit to Loyola University Chicago’s School of Communication.

The students are part of Senn’s Digital Journalism program, a four-year International Baccalaureate curriculum designed to teach skills in reporting, writing and producing stories through digital technology.

Loyola’s School of Communication, with financial support from the McCormick Foundation, has been partnering with Senn for the past two years. School of Communication faculty and students regularly meet with teachers and students at Senn, helping with curriculum development, classroom instruction and equipment and technological support.

The field trip to Loyola’s School of Communication offered Senn students exposure to college-level instruction in digital journalism, including writing stories for the Internet, and delivering their stories on camera in the school’s convergence studio.

In one exercise, Senn students gathered information on a Chicago Blackhawks playoff game, and wrote a 100-word news story for an online blog titled the Senn Sentinel. The students also used Twitter to tweet about the game at Senn Sentinel @ Twitter.

The students also wrote their own reviews of movies and television shows and read their copy on camera while sitting behind the anchor desk in the School of Communication’s convergence studio. Students also had the opportunity to operate cameras, work a teleprompter and direct the activities in the studio’s control room.

“It was powerful to see the students run a broadcast studio with little assistance from adults. There was a gleam in their eyes in actually ‘doing’ the news rather than just reading about it or watching it,” said Michael Cullinane, the lead journalism instructor at Senn.

“My experience going to the Loyola was not only fun, but also taught me more about what it’s like to be a journalist,” said Senn sophomore Isaac Martinez, 15. “Being in the studio showed me what exactly happens behind the screen when watching news. Teaching us how Twitter and how other websites are used when working in the field was enjoyable. I would definitely consider doing that for a living.”

Jennifer Okoro, 16, a Senn sophomore, agreed.

“I was a little reluctant on going. But when we got there and they told us what we were going to do I was more than excited,” Okoro said. “I really want to go back again. I even want to reconsider my profession in life.”

Don Heider, Dean of Loyola’s School of Communication, said the field trip was a high point of the Loyola-Senn partnership.

“We have loved partnering with Senn on the school’s digital journalism program,” Heider said. “Having students come to our building to use the digital studio and get instruction from our faculty is just one way Loyola and Senn are working together to help these students get excited about the future of journalism.”

Check out some of the work students produced here.

 

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New grocery to open in Rogers Park

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on June 17, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
Rogers Park will soon get a new grocery with the planned opening next week of a Jewel-Osco.
Joe Moore, alderman of the 49th Ward, announced Tuesday that the new Jewel-Osco will open Tuesday, June 24 at the Gateway Center shopping plaza at Clark and Howard Streets.
The Jewel-Osco replaces a Dominick’s Finer foods, which shut its doors late last year as part of a statewide closing of more than 70 stores.
Moore released this alert to residents about the news grocery:
Dear Neighbor,
Join Jewel-Osco President Shane Sampson and me as we cut the ribbon on the brand new Jewel-Osco store at Gateway Centre! The store will officially open its doors to the public on Tuesday, June 24th, at 5:00 p.m. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m.
I encourage everyone to attend the ceremony and welcome Jewel-Osco back to the neighborhood!
Last March I announced the good news that Jewel/Osco would fill the space at Gateway Center formerly occupied by Dominick’s Fine Foods, which closed all their Chicago area stores at the end of last year. Securing a new grocer at the shuttered Gateway location was a top priority of the Mayor Emanuel’s Grocery Store Task Force of which I was an active member.
When you shop at the new store, you’ll probably see some familiar faces working in the aisles and behind the counter. Jewel hired over 80 neighborhood residents to work at the new store thanks in part to my office’s aggressive outreach and my Job Fair last month.  
I look forward to seeing you at the Grand Opening!
Sincerely,
Joe Moore

 

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Police bring heat to summer crime in Uptown

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on June 16, 2014

By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff

Uptown Ald. Harry Osterman sent a message to constituents Monday updating them on crime activity in the neighborhood and tips on how to combat crime has summer heats up.

Here is Osterman’s Message:

Dear Neighbor,

Over the weekend, around 1:30am on Sunday, June 15, several reports of shots fired near Thorndale and Kenmore were called into 911. Police responded swiftly to the 911 calls including the 20th police district commander was at the scene. Police were not able to find evidence of shots being fired. If you have any information about this incident please email Marko@48thward.org and we will forward the information to the police.

On Friday night, 20th District Tactical Officers Ronald Wright, Harold Robinson and George Georgopoulous were working on a gang suppression mission in the area near the Granville CTA station. While on this mission they arrested a gang member and recovered a handgun. The individual arrested was charged with unlawful use of a handgun.

As summer picks up in full swing, we all must remain vigilant and observant of our buildings, blocks, and neighborhoods to prevent an increase in crime. I have been working closely with the Chicago Police Department on ongoing safety initiatives to identify and tackle issues throughout the ward. I have also been in contact with numerous property owners and managers to ensure that the highest of rental and management standards are being enforced. I need your help in letting us know about public safety problems that you see.

Additionally, on Wednesday we will announce our annual Summer Nights programming – over 100 events throughout the ward promoting a safe, positive and fun summer for all. If you are interested in getting involved or helping with any of these events, please email 48th ward volunteer coordinator Georgina Sandifer at Georgina@48thward.org.

There will be a Positive Loitering Walk on Thorndale tonight starting at 7:30pm in front of Little Corner Restaurant located at 5937 N Broadway.  I invite neighbors to come out and get to know one another and learn what to look for in their neighborhood that can impact their safety.

There is also a CAPS Beat Meeting on Thursday 6/19 at 7pm that will be held at the 24th Police District station located at 6464 N Clark.  I encourage residents to attend these meeting to be in the loop of current issues affecting their neighborhoods.

What can you do?
–  If you see graffiti in your area, please report it to my office immediately.  My office will work to expedite the removal of gang related graffiti.

-  If you notice any street lights that are out, or tree limbs that may be covering street lights, please let us know so that we may take corrective action and ensure the area is properly lit.  Unlit areas are ideal locations for people to hide and hide drug paraphernalia.

-  Be vigilant and report suspicious activity or persons to 911.  It’s best in any case to call the police and let them determine if there is anything of interest, rather than not calling and for something to occur.  If your gut tells you it’s not right, call it in.

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Some best practices while calling 911 are:


–  It is important to provide as much information on the situation as possible. Operators ask questions regarding the persons or autos involved in an incident. The more information you provide, the easier and faster it is for dispatchers to get services dispatched.

  If you call 911 and do not get an immediate response, do not hang up and call again. This will only further delay your call. In the majority of cases, calls are answered on the first ring. However, during high volume periods, you may experience a slight delay. When all operators are busy, calls will be answered in the order they are received.

We will continue to work together as a community to keep our streets safe this summer and throughout the year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 773-784-5277 or Harry@48thward.org.

Sincerely,
Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

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Loyola plans new college for associate’s degrees

Posted by loyolastudentdispatch on June 13, 2014

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By Loyola Student Dispatch Staff
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Loyola University Chicago has taken the first step toward establishing a new college designed to grant associate’s degrees to students whose financial resources or academic records might otherwise limit their ability to gain admission to college.
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The university’s Board of Trustees has approved a business plan for Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago, according to the university.
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“The goal is to ensure that students with limited financial resources and academic credentials that may be insufficient to secure admission and funding at a four-year institution have access to a high-quality, structured, and affordable liberal arts education that will prepare them to complete their undergraduate degree at a four-year program at one of the state’s public or private universities,” said Loyola President the Rev. Michael Garanzini in a written message.

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Board approval is just the first step in a lengthy process, but the goal is to open Arrupe College in the fall of 2015, the university states.
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Here’s is a message about Arrupe College and other board highlights from Garanzini:
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Loyola Community,
On Friday, June 6, the University’s Board of Trustees gathered at the Water Tower Campus for their quarterly meeting to discuss a number of initiatives. Below, please find some of the highlights from their meeting.
Approval of Arrupe College—The University’s proposal and business plan for the new Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago was formally approved by the board members. The institution, which takes its name from Pedro Arrupe, S.J., a Basque Jesuit and past Superior General of the Society of Jesus, will deliver a college-level program that will grant an Associate’s degree. The goal is to ensure that students with limited financial resources and academic credentials that may be insufficient to secure admission and funding at a four-year institution have access to a high-quality, structured, and affordable liberal arts education that will prepare them to complete their undergraduate degree at a four-year program at one of the state’s public or private universities. Board approval is just the first of many steps toward the establishment of this new college, but we are excited about this opportunity, and we will provide more information to the University community in the coming months. Tentative plans call for the college to open in the fall of 2015.
Honoring the Champs—A resolution recognizing the men’s volleyball team and their first NCAA National Championship was approved by the board. Head Coach Shane Davis was in attendance for the reading of the resolution and a short video chronicling the team’s championship run was played for the board.     
Welcoming New Trustees—The board announced the addition of six new members: Melanie C. Dreher, PhD, RN, FAAN; Ruthellyn Musil (BA ’75); John G. Schreiber (BBA ’68); Niranjan S. Shah; Stephen P. Squinto, PhD (BA ’78, PhD ’84); and Kevin W. Willer.
Operating and Capital Budget Approval for FY 2015—The University’s budget for fiscal year 2015 was approved by board members. As in past years, the University remains disciplined in our spending policies and continued healthy enrollments should bode well for positive results in the new fiscal year.
I hope that your summer is relaxing and rejuvenating.
Sincerely,
Michael J. Garanzini, S.J.
President and CEO

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