Human-Animal Connections:

Animals make our lives better in many ways. For example, we know that just petting a dog or cat or watching fish in an aquarium can reduce our stress levels. Some therapy animals help ease the pain of PTSD or hospital stays, while others provide assistance for children with allergies or autism. Service animals make everyday living easier for people with physical challenges. Learn more about how the lives…and health…of animals and humans are interconnected.

Videos from the Zoobiquity initiative

Here at Aardvarks2Zebras, we explore the intersection of human and animal health. Recently, AVMA member Dr. Julio Lopez sent us a link to these videos in which he was interviewed about topics as varied as “Do animals get STDS?” and “Do animals get the flu?” They’re really interesting and a great example of the One Health concept. You can check out all of the videos (there are five so far) by clicking the link above.

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Connections between animal and human health

I thought this was a great article in Sunday’s New York Times about the connections between humans and animals, “from body to behavior, from psychology to society.” It’s a long read, but a worthwhile one, on addiction, cancer, obesity, and self-harm, and how doctors who treat humans could benefit from working with veterinarians.

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Wondering what to do with expired or unused medications?

Whether the unwanted medications – prescription or over-the-counter – were originally intended for humans or animals, proper disposal of unwanted medication is crucial to protect people, animals, and the environment. To help out, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is holding its fourth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Find a collection site near you by visiting the DEA’s National Take Back Initiative

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One Health Headlines: Friday, February 10, 2012

This week’s One Health roundup includes a look at canine cancer (and how it may hold clues to curing cancer in humans); the dangers of wood smoke and cigarette smoke to our pets; how pets can improve the lives of people in hospice care, courtrooms, and offices; and the latest in animal research.

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One Health Headlines: Friday, February 3, 2012

We lead off this week’s One Health roundup with an incredible story out of California, where an 8-year-old girl became one of the few people ever to survive a rabies infection (you can read the CDC report here ).

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