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COVID-19: Increased substance abuse during lockdowns and furloughs

15 April 2021
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There is no denying the degree of strain from COVID-19 restrictions on the lives of billions of people around the world. Infection rates and the debilitating effects on economies are at the fore, demanding priority measures. But, control measures also caused or escalated other problems, such as alcohol and drug abuse.   The effects of

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Monthly News Round-Up: May/June

23 June 2020
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A new COVID-19 breathalyser delivers results in 15 seconds Being able to diagnose whether an individual is carrying COVID-19 antibodies could help contain the pandemic. With this in mind, researchers from Ohio State University have come up with a COVID-19 breathalyser that delivers the results in 15 seconds in a boolean fashion (either a positive

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Lockdown alcohol ban improves road safety in South Africa

21 April 2020
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The coronavirus pandemic induced lockdown has led to a ban on alcohol sales, making a notable contribution to road safety. Eugene Herbert, managing director at MasterDrive, highlights the importance of keeping down alcohol-related harm; the cost to the country can be between 10 and 12% of GDP. While the numbers attributed to car crashes is

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Combined prenatal drinking and smoking represents greater SIDS risk

17 February 2020
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Combining smoking and drinking past the first trimester of pregnancy increases the risk of triggering sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) 12-fold, compared to first-trimester exposure only, according to a new study by National Institutes of Health. The condition is described as sudden, unexplained death of an infant up to one year old. Studies until now

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