Category Archives: Medical News

Science Needs To Do More To Earn A Seat At The Public Policy Table

I was reading an article the other day about the emergence in Spain of the previously unknown Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus. In 2016 in Spain this virus killed two people – one was bitten by an infected mosquito, the other

Science Needs To Do More To Earn A Seat At The Public Policy Table

I was reading an article the other day about the emergence in Spain of the previously unknown Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever virus. In 2016 in Spain this virus killed two people – one was bitten by an infected mosquito, the other

Who Takes The Lead On Your Walks?

Researchers are discovering that many personality traits of your dog can be revealed by simply observing who takes the lead on a walk: “Dogs that consistently took the lead during group walks were more responsive to training, more controllable, older

Who Takes The Lead On Your Walks?

Researchers are discovering that many personality traits of your dog can be revealed by simply observing who takes the lead on a walk: “Dogs that consistently took the lead during group walks were more responsive to training, more controllable, older

Raw Is Not Always Healthy – Why Dog Food Opponents Are Barking Up The Wrong Tree

A recent ‘Daily Mail’ article reawakens the old raw food controversy arguing that dog food companies are getting away with murder feeding our pets unhealthy processed foods: “The big businesses selling us processed dog food use ingredients unsuitable for human

Raw Is Not Always Healthy – Why Dog Food Opponents Are Barking Up The Wrong Tree

A recent ‘Daily Mail’ article reawakens the old raw food controversy arguing that dog food companies are getting away with murder feeding our pets unhealthy processed foods: “The big businesses selling us processed dog food use ingredients unsuitable for human

Another Reason Why Cats Are Not Miniature Dogs

New research is arguing that cats see humans as… very large cats: “It turns out cats treat humans as though they were the mama cat. When a cat rubs against you with its tail straight in the air, it is

Another Reason Why Cats Are Not Miniature Dogs

New research is arguing that cats see humans as… very large cats: “It turns out cats treat humans as though they were the mama cat. When a cat rubs against you with its tail straight in the air, it is

More Proof We View Dogs Like We View Ourselves

If you needed more proof that we ascribe human emotions to our dogs, here it is: “Researchers from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences played people recordings of dogs barking and whining, and asked them to assess the canines’ emotional states.

More Proof We View Dogs Like We View Ourselves

If you needed more proof that we ascribe human emotions to our dogs, here it is: “Researchers from the Hungarian Academy of Sciences played people recordings of dogs barking and whining, and asked them to assess the canines’ emotional states.

Dogs Defecate According To Magnetic Field Alignment… And Other Very Important Research

 First of all, I owe you all an apology. As you probably know from reading my articles, I am committed cynic. So when this news article arrived I smelled something fishy: “Dogs can typically smell and hear far better than

Dogs Defecate According To Magnetic Field Alignment… And Other Very Important Research

 First of all, I owe you all an apology. As you probably know from reading my articles, I am committed cynic. So when this news article arrived I smelled something fishy: “Dogs can typically smell and hear far better than

The Dog Delusion, Part 2. The Alfa Dog Myth

Continuing in this series of debunking common myths about dogs, we arrive at a misconception so common, it is ubiquitous: The Alpha Dog The dog pack is all about hierarchy. There is the number one dog, number two dog and

The Dog Delusion, Part 2. The Alfa Dog Myth

Continuing in this series of debunking common myths about dogs, we arrive at a misconception so common, it is ubiquitous: The Alpha Dog The dog pack is all about hierarchy. There is the number one dog, number two dog and

Is Your Vet Googling You? Probably Not

A (not very intelligent) GP in the US admitted in an article to Googling his patients’ details: “Doctors do “Google” their patients”, writes Dr Warraich. “In fact, the vast majority of physicians I know have done so. To my generation,

Is Your Vet Googling You? Probably Not

A (not very intelligent) GP in the US admitted in an article to Googling his patients’ details: “Doctors do “Google” their patients”, writes Dr Warraich. “In fact, the vast majority of physicians I know have done so. To my generation,

The Dog Delusion, Part 1. The Intelligence Myth

There are facts about dogs we assume to be true. Now with the help of the folks at the Duke Canine Cognition Centre we are discovering how many of our basic assumption about dogs are wrong. In this series of articles

The Dog Delusion, Part 1. The Intelligence Myth

There are facts about dogs we assume to be true. Now with the help of the folks at the Duke Canine Cognition Centre we are discovering how many of our basic assumption about dogs are wrong. In this series of articles

Dogs Evolved To Suit Humans? Or Is It The Other Way Around?

New research to Britain suggests that dogs evolved ‘child-like’ appearance to look more appealing to Humans: “In conjunction with the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, researchers used a newly developed tool called DogFACS to analyse dogs’ facial expressions. They studied

Dogs Evolved To Suit Humans? Or Is It The Other Way Around?

New research to Britain suggests that dogs evolved ‘child-like’ appearance to look more appealing to Humans: “In conjunction with the Waltham Centre for Pet Nutrition, researchers used a newly developed tool called DogFACS to analyse dogs’ facial expressions. They studied

Surprise! Dogs Like Toys They Can Break

I am sure it will come as a great surprise to all of you dog owners (NOT) that dogs prefer the toys they can break to pieces. You see, it’s evolutionary development. Dogs want toys which resemble real prey animals,

Surprise! Dogs Like Toys They Can Break

I am sure it will come as a great surprise to all of you dog owners (NOT) that dogs prefer the toys they can break to pieces. You see, it’s evolutionary development. Dogs want toys which resemble real prey animals,

This Survey Had A Lot To Tell… About Deceptive Statistics

This survey has frightening findings, until you read the fine print and realize that all the questions are meaningless. “More than half of dog owners said they knew someone who had been bitten or attacked by a dog while a

This Survey Had A Lot To Tell… About Deceptive Statistics

This survey has frightening findings, until you read the fine print and realize that all the questions are meaningless. “More than half of dog owners said they knew someone who had been bitten or attacked by a dog while a

Could Cats Hold The Key To Alzheimers Cure?

Scientists have discovered Alsheimers-like disease in big cats, which could hold the secret to finding the cure in humans: “In the study, published in the science journal Plos One, researchers examined the carcasses of 14 Tsushima Leopard cats, endangered species

Could Cats Hold The Key To Alzheimers Cure?

Scientists have discovered Alsheimers-like disease in big cats, which could hold the secret to finding the cure in humans: “In the study, published in the science journal Plos One, researchers examined the carcasses of 14 Tsushima Leopard cats, endangered species

US Meningitis Outbreak – How It Affects You!

Meningitis is a rare, life threatening disease. Mortality is high but normally the infection rates are low. So to see a spike of infections in one geographic area is very frightening: “Eighteen of the cases are in Tennessee, where a

US Meningitis Outbreak – How It Affects You!

Meningitis is a rare, life threatening disease. Mortality is high but normally the infection rates are low. So to see a spike of infections in one geographic area is very frightening: “Eighteen of the cases are in Tennessee, where a

Think Dogs On Marihuana Are Funny? It’s Doing The Same To You!

Since medical marihuana became legalized, the the incidence of marihuana poisoning in dogs has increased four times. The ‘stoned dogs’ YouTube videos are a comedy hit. The sad fact is, many of the poisoned dogs die. But here is the

Think Dogs On Marihuana Are Funny? It’s Doing The Same To You!

Since medical marihuana became legalized, the the incidence of marihuana poisoning in dogs has increased four times. The ‘stoned dogs’ YouTube videos are a comedy hit. The sad fact is, many of the poisoned dogs die. But here is the

Arthritis In Dogs – The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

New “breakthroughs” in the treatment of arthritis in dogs are… (stay well back) – cold packs and checking if the dog is lame! Wow. That’s not a lot of breakthroughs, you might say. And you would be right. Arthritis in

Arthritis In Dogs – The More Things Change, The More They Stay The Same

New “breakthroughs” in the treatment of arthritis in dogs are… (stay well back) – cold packs and checking if the dog is lame! Wow. That’s not a lot of breakthroughs, you might say. And you would be right. Arthritis in

Spots Or Stripes? It’s All In The Genes

A new scientific discovery sheds light on the subject scientists have been pondering you years – how do cats get their stripes? “A newly-discovered animal gene may explain how the common housecat comes to have a blotchy or stripey tabby fur pattern.

Spots Or Stripes? It’s All In The Genes

A new scientific discovery sheds light on the subject scientists have been pondering you years – how do cats get their stripes? “A newly-discovered animal gene may explain how the common housecat comes to have a blotchy or stripey tabby fur pattern.

Could GM Food Give You Cancer? Or Is It Drinking Pesticide?

A French scientific study breaks new ground… in public deception: “King’s College molecular biologist and GM expert Michael Antoniou said he was shocked by the ‘extreme negative health impacts’. “It shows an extraordinary number of tumours developing earlier and more

Could GM Food Give You Cancer? Or Is It Drinking Pesticide?

A French scientific study breaks new ground… in public deception: “King’s College molecular biologist and GM expert Michael Antoniou said he was shocked by the ‘extreme negative health impacts’. “It shows an extraordinary number of tumours developing earlier and more

Don’t Be Fooled. Rabies In Australia Is Real

Australia is listed as Rabies free. This is true to an extent – Rabies virus has never been detected in a dog or any other terrestrial mammal. However, this claim is not completely true. The fact is – there is

Don’t Be Fooled. Rabies In Australia Is Real

Australia is listed as Rabies free. This is true to an extent – Rabies virus has never been detected in a dog or any other terrestrial mammal. However, this claim is not completely true. The fact is – there is

Could You Get Bubonic Plague From A Squirrel?

An girl in Colorado became infected with bubonic plague and barely survived. It is believed that she became infected while trying to bury a dead squirrel. Most people don’t even know that bubonic plague is still around but I know

Could You Get Bubonic Plague From A Squirrel?

An girl in Colorado became infected with bubonic plague and barely survived. It is believed that she became infected while trying to bury a dead squirrel. Most people don’t even know that bubonic plague is still around but I know