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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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One Health Headlines: Friday, March 9, 2012

This week’s One Health roundup includes several stories on the health benefits of pets, as well as some of the potential risks (and how to avoid them). We’ve also included stories on the latest research that could offer clues on and provide treatments for asthma, heart attacks, vision loss and obesity.

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Study on marmosets provides greater understanding of factors leading to obesity

Obesity has been in the news frequently over the past few years, especially with First Lady Michelle Obama’s campaign to end childhood obesity and get kids eating healthier and moving more. It also seems like new research about obesity is coming out all the time, drumming up scarier and scarier facts about nutrition and health. But what if factors for obesity are something that you’re born with? Researchers from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute and Southwest National Primate Research Center had some interesting findings from a study on marmosets, a close primate relative of humans.

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Need a workout partner? Look no further than your pooch!

We all know it can be really tough to get motivated to lose weight, even though we know the risks associated with an unhealthy weight. One common recommendation is to find an exercise buddy for mutual encouragement, support…and some ‘tough love’ when you need it. But it can be tough for two people to keep the motivation, and when one slips up, it can start a domino effect.

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