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Kids getting too little exercise? Get a dog!

As the rate of childhood obesity rises, so do the health problems that accompany being overweight and obese. It’s scary to think that our current teenagers will not outlive their parents unless something is done to stop this trend.

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Measuring your wealth in animals

Here in the U.S., many people judge your status by the size of your home, the make of your car, or the labels on your clothing. But in many areas of the world, people’s worth is based on the number and type of animals they own…and disasters such as floods and severe weather can kill, injur and sicken so many animals that the economic damage to these people can be compared to a stock market crash. It’s an important reminder that livestock and agriculture play critical roles in the stability of a country’s economy.

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Of Newfie’s knees and bad knees

When you mention the Newfoundland breed of dog, most people think of big, beautiful, loving, black-furred dogs.  Many “Newfies” are beloved family pets, and some owners say these dogs are more likely to be found comfortably dozing on the sofa than running around outside.  Not that they’re lazy, mind you…but they do like their lives of leisure.  Don’t we all wish we had it like that?

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One Health and the Gulf oil spill

The Gulf oil spill is obviously a disaster of immense proportions, but it’s also an excellent example of how human health, animal health, and ecosystem health are interrelated.

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Disease detectives

Thanks to modern DNA technology, researchers are collecting samples that will shed some light on how deadly diseases such as HIV and Ebola jumped from animals to humans.  By collecting samples from all kinds of environments – ranging from areas where there are no people to areas where humans and animals are in close contact – the researchers hope to not only shed some light on how and why diseases jumped from species to species, but also detect emerging or potential diseases that might jump species, all in an effort to prevent new diseases.

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