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Research finds audiobooks have a calming effect
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Chatter box The RSPB is calling on the public to help provide new homes for swifts, as figures show the birds' numbers have fallen to less than half what they were 20 years ago.

Swifts arrive in the UK late April-May and can spend up to three months in the country. The RSPB attributes the birds’ decline to modern buildings, which lack the nooks and crannies they need to build nests.

While some house builders have agreed to integrate swift homes into new buildings, the RSPB believes more can be done to help this incredible bird. 'Just, 1,000 additional new nest boxes could make a difference’, the charity said.  Chatter box

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Equine News
EI outbreak: Horse racing resumes
EI outbreak: Horse racing resumes

No further positive test results, BHA confirms
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Four new cases of equine influenza confirmed
Four new cases of equine influenza confirmed

Vets confirm strain is Florida Clade 1
Racing remains cancelled amid equine flu outbreak
Racing remains cancelled amid equine flu outbreak

BEVA urges vets to be vigilant for signs of the disease
Horse racing cancelled after equine flu outbreak
Horse racing cancelled after equine flu outbreak

Concern after three cases confirmed in vaccinated horses
New insights into link between high insulin levels and laminitis
New insights into link between high insulin levels and laminitis

Antibody could aid development of new preventative drugs
Vets and medics join forces to remove horse’s sinus tumour
Vets and medics join forces to remove horse’s sinus tumour

Image-guided techniques allowed safe tumour removal
Temperature ranges to monitor horse health ‘may be inaccurate’
Temperature ranges to monitor horse health ‘may be inaccurate’

Study suggests traditional ranges may need reviewing
PET scan carried out on standing horse
PET scan carried out on standing horse

Pioneering method will allow for more routine use
Vigilance urged after equine influenza outbreaks
Vigilance urged after equine influenza outbreaks

Four separate cases in the UK since December 2018
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Detection time for omeprazole reduced to 48 hours in racehorses

The British Horseracing Authority (BHA) has announced that the detection time for omeprazole has been reduced from 72 hours to 48 hours. This is effective from 1 February 2019.

Omeprazole can be prescribed for the management of gastric ulcers in racehorses; however, studies have recently become available that show no direct effect of omeprazole on performance.

Tim Morris, the Authority’s Director of Equine Science and Welfare, commented: “Medication control in horse racing is essential to allow treatment for good welfare but also to ensure fair racing by medication withdrawal before racing. Trainers have asked for more information, especially on anti-ulcer medications, and we have used existing information to make a harmonised detection time for omeprazole available as soon as we could.”

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