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  • PATH and a team led by Scott Meschke have developed an all-in-one sampling kit and a processing tool to streamline testing. They are working with polio laboratories in Kenya and Pakistan to validate the performance of a new sewage-sampling kit. In the News
    PATH | August 25, 2015
  • Hydrofluoric acid can cause serious burns to exposed skin, according to new research published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Carolyn Whitaker (MS, Environmental Health-Industrial Hygiene '01) is quoted. Carly Eckert (MPH, Epidemiology '14) and David Bonauto took part in the research. In the News
    Seattle Times/AP | August 22, 2015
  • Study indicates that opioid overdoses appear to frequently occur in patients who are not chronic users with high prescribed doses of opioids, in contrast to the patient groups targeted by current opioid prescribing guidelines. Deborah Fulton-Kehoe, the study's lead author, is quoted. In the News
    MD | August 21, 2015