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Better implementation of guidelines could reduce health risks for dogs and humans — ScienceDaily

A new analysis suggests that most U.S. dog owners are unaware of — and do not follow — guidelines on safe pet food and dish handling from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), but that better education and implementation of the guidelines could reduce contamination. Dr. Emily Luisana of North Carolina State University in Raleigh […]

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Surveillance testing shown to reduce community COVID-19 spread — ScienceDaily

Covid-19 is often asymptomatic and can lead infected individuals to spread the disease without knowing it. Yet, regular surveillance testing of a community can catch these cases and prevent outbreaks. In early 2020, Georgia Tech researchers designed a saliva-based polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test and encouraged community members to test weekly to track the health […]

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‘Think twice’ campaign could reduce risk of UK opioid epidemic — ScienceDaily

A campaign that urged GPs to ‘think-twice’ before putting a patient on opioid medicines is effective in reducing opioid prescribing in primary care, according to the findings of a major study. Although the reduction in the number of opioid prescriptions issued by individual GPs was small, when aggregated together they had a large effect. The […]

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Scientists develop ‘optimal strategies’ computer model that could significantly reduce future COVID-19 infections and deaths — ScienceDaily

A team of scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has developed a predictive computer model that, when tested on real pandemic data, proposed strategies that would have reduced the rate of both COVID-19 infections and deaths by an average of 72 per cent, based on a sample from four countries. The model, called […]

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A new study calculates the waste generated by N95 usage and suggests possible ways to reduce it — ScienceDaily

Since the Covid-19 pandemic began last year, face masks and other personal protective equipment have become essential for health care workers. Disposable N95 masks have been in especially high demand to help prevent the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19. All of those masks carry both financial and environmental costs. The Covid-19 pandemic […]