Mar
13
2019
Living longer is one of the health benefits of having a dog. Broken bones shouldn’t be a tradeoff. But that’s a risk American seniors increasingly face according to a new study published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Cases of broken bones in seniors associated with walking a dog on a leash are on the rise—in part, ironically, because more seniors are walking dogs in pursuit of those documented health benefits. ...more
Mar
11
2019
If we want to save seabirds, banning plastic straws alone won’t cut it. We need to ban plastic balloons. A recent study of more than 1,700 dead seabirds showed that the deaths of more than 25% were linked to eating plastic....more
Mar
6
2019
At least, that’s the conclusion reached in a new study that tested the efficacy of using computer touchscreens to stimulate dogs’ mental abilities, especially older dogs. Researchers in Austria and Hungary tested the cognitive abilities of 265 dogs of various breeds and ages by training them to push their snouts against a special touchscreen and select one of two pictures. ...more
Mar
4
2019
If you know a couple that’s having trouble trying to conceive, their couch could be part of the problem. Or their shower curtain. Or any number of other household items, depending on what they’re made of.
New research by scientists at the University of Nottingham (UNOT) in Nottingham, England suggests that common chemicals and environmental contaminants found in the home could be causing infertility in men—and in male dogs, too. ...more
Feb
27
2019
Usually, scientists discover cures for human health conditions by testing them on animals. This time, it’s the other way around. In a refreshing change of pace, a veterinary cardiologist and her colleagues have discovered a way to cure a rare but life-threatening heart arrhythmia in dogs by adapting a treatment pioneered in humans. ...more
Feb
25
2019
Dogs’ personalities can change to reflect similar changes in their owners. Which means your midlife crisis could have life-changing consequences for your dog. “When humans go through big changes in life, their personality traits can change," said William Chopik, PhD, MS, an assistant professor of psychology at Michigan State University. "We found that this also happens with dogs—and to a surprisingly large degree.”...more
Feb
20
2019
Originally from East Asia, the longhorned tick, or Haemaphysalis longicornis, successfully established itself in other areas of the world, including Australia, New Zealand, and, as of last November, eight states in the US, mostly in the East. These little guys get around. But where are they going next? ...more
Feb
14
2019
The surge in exotic diseases such as Ebola and SARS in people is proving to be a boon for cats. Both diseases have prompted intensive research into drugs that will cure or inhibit them. One of the most promising is Remdesiver (GS-5734), which, in studies, has proven effective in preventing Ebola in rhesus monkeys and inhibiting coronaviruses in infection models of mice. ...more
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