What is surgical smoke and what can be done about it? Researchers call for policies and laws mandating the evacuation of surgical smoke from operating rooms — ScienceDaily

If you’ve ever been in an operating room where tools are used to simultaneously cut and cauterize human flesh, you know what surgical smoke is. The heat generated by these surgical tools produces vapors made up of aerosolized chemicals and substances that can be hazardous to health. Two new papers led by researchers in the […]

Study examines the most effective COVID-19 control policies

IMAGE: Anita M. McGahan is a University Professor and the George E. Connell Chair in Organizations & Society at the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management and Munk School of… view more  Credit: Rotman School of Management Toronto – With the arrival of effective vaccines for the COVID-19 virus, the end of the pandemic is […]

Implementing policies and strategies to eliminate racial disparities could improve outcomes for both diseases — ScienceDaily

Income level, employment, housing location, medical insurance, education, tobacco and alcohol use, diet and obesity, access to medical care. These are some of the factors causing worse cancer outcomes in people who are Black. The same factors are also causing worse outcomes from COVID-19 in this population. “The similarities between COVID-19 issues and cancer disparities […]

Voluntary or compulsory? New evidence on motivation for anti-COVID-19 policies

Policies to contain the Covid-19 pandemic require widespread cooperation in order to be successful. Is the German population more likely to follow these measures when they are voluntary or when they are enforced? Dr Katrin Schmelz, a behavioural economist and psychologist at the University of Konstanz and the Thurgau Institute of Economics, investigated this question. […]

Harm prevention policies must take the long view, say experts — ScienceDaily

The evidence for the harmful effects of alcohol on brain health is compelling, but now experts have pin-pointed three key time periods in life when the effects of alcohol are likely to be at their greatest. Writing in The BMJ today, researchers in Australia and the UK say evidence suggests three periods of dynamic brain […]

For nationalistic regimes, similar COVID-19 policies are the sincerest form of flattery

Evan Mistur. Credit: UT Arlington Analysis from a University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor of public policy suggests that nationalistic governments around the globe are more likely to copy other nationalistic governments in responding to the current pandemic. Evan Mistur, a UT Arlington assistant professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, […]

Sanctuary policies protect immigrants but don’t threaten public safety

Credit: CC0 Public Domain Sanctuary policies are at the center of the debate over immigration enforcement in the interior of the country. President Trump has called those policies “deadly” and claimed that they prevent the deportation of violent criminals and increase crime. Those claims are not true, according to a new study published in the […]

Tighter border policies leave migrants vulnerable to effects of climate change

New Princeton University research suggests that restrictive border policies could increase many people’s vulnerability to extreme climate conditions and weaken economic prosperity by limiting their ability to emigrate from countries that are facing worsening conditions due to climate change, such as drought, heat waves, and rising seas. Credit: Egan Jimenez, Princeton University As the planet […]