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From book stacks to psychosis and food stamps, librarians confront a new workplace | Salon.com

As America’s social safety net decays, librarians are feeling less safe doing their jobs

By Rachel Scheier, Published August 24, 2022 8:15AM (EDT)

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For nearly two decades, Lisa Dunseth loved her job at San Francisco’s main public library, particularly her final seven years in the rare books department.

But like many librarians, she saw plenty of chaos. Patrons racked by untreated mental illness or high on drugs sometimes spit on library staffers or overdosed in the bathrooms. She remembers a co-worker being punched in the face on his way back from a lunch break. One afternoon in 2017, a man jumped to his death from the library’s fifth-floor balcony.

Dunseth retired the following year at age 61, making an early exit from a nearly 40-year career.

“The public library should be a sanctuary for everyone,” she said. The problem was she and many of her colleagues no longer felt safe doing their jobs.

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Source: https://www.salon.com/2022/08/24/from-book-stacks-to-psychosis-and-stamps-librarians-confront-a-new-workplace_partner/

Hardly Anyone Is Feeding Their Dog Safely, a US Study Suggests


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A new study has found that only a small fraction of dog owners are aware of the official guidelines for safely handling their pet’s food – in this case the guidelines set by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the US.

These guidelines cover how pet food should be stored and served, how food bowls should be cleaned and maintained, and how to report problems with food and treats.

The problem is, not enough people are aware of these simple tips to help avoid pets and owners from getting sick.

That’s not just the responsibility of dog owners but also of the FDA, the researchers say: they’re calling for these guidelines to be more widely publicized, and to be followed up with some rigorous scientific research to demonstrate their benefits.

Source: Hardly Anyone Is Feeding Their Dog Safely, a US Study Suggests

How to Make Your Home Safer as You Age – Consumer Reports

Simple changes can help protect you from fires, falls, and more

By Consumer Reports, December 11, 2021


A few smart steps can help you keep it that way by protecting you against potential hazards.

What’s nice about home modifications is that the changes don’t have to be huge to make a huge impact, says Allysin E. Bridges-German, OTD, an occupational therapist with the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center.

Here, tips from Bridges-German and CR experts about small improvements that will keep you safer.

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Source: How to Make Your Home Safer as You Age – Consumer Reports

The results are in: These are the worst states for retirement in 2021

Serah Louis, Sat, April 17, 2021, 7:00 AM·23 min read

The results are in: These are the worst states for retirement in 2021

No matter where you choose to retire, you’ll be able to sleep in late, go for long walks in the afternoon and work on that book you always wanted to write.

But when it comes to your budget, health, safety and overall quality of life, the state you live in really does matter.

Every year, multiple studies claim they can show you which states are best or worst for retirement. They almost never agree, so we’ve averaged three of this year’s state rankings into one master list.

Here are the 25 states to write off your short list, counting down from bad to worst.

Editor’s Note: List of all 50 states ranked at end of article…

Source: The results are in: These are the worst states for retirement in 2021

What You Can and Can’t Do Once You’re Fully Vaccinated

Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do post-vaccination, according to health experts

by Michelle Crouch, AARP, March 19, 2021 | Comments: 304

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En español | If it has been at least two weeks since you received your last dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, congratulations! You are now considered “fully vaccinated.” You are armed with our best weapon against a virus that has killed more than 2.6 million people worldwide and upended our lives in unimaginable ways.

That is truly something worth celebrating.

But before you toss aside your mask and throw a party, it’s important to remember that the coronavirus is still spreading and the majority of Americans have yet to be vaccinated — so precautions continue to be necessary to protect yourself and the people around you.

Source: https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2021/fully-vaccinated.html

Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccines Are Very Effective, Report Says – The New York Times

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The coronavirus vaccines made by Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are proving highly effective at preventing symptomatic and asymptomatic infections under real-world conditions, federal health researchers reported on Monday.

Consistent with clinical trial data, a two-dose regimen prevented 90 percent of infections by two weeks after the second shot. One dose prevented 80 percent of infections by two weeks after vaccination.

There has been debate over whether vaccinated people can still get asymptomatic infections and transmit the virus to others. The study, by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggested that transmission may be extremely unlikely, as infections were so rare.

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/29/world/pfizer-moderna-covid-vaccines-infection.html