“Full of fascinating stories…” —Atul Gawande, M.D.
“Fascinating reading…” —Temple Grandin, Ph.D.
“Provocative…” —Carl Zimmer, author and science writer
“After finishing, you’re guaranteed to never look at your dog, cat, or any other animal the same way again.” —Publisher’s Weekly
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Los Angeles Times BESTSELLER
A Discover Magazine BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR
AAAS/Science Book Award Finalist
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We may think our problems are uniquely human. But animals and humans get the same diseases. How might we better understand human health and illness if we harnessed knowledge from veterinarians, the doctors that take care of other animals? Zoobiquity explores how jaguar breast cancer, dolphin diabetes, flamingo heart attacks, canine PTSD—and more—are transforming human medicine.
In an experiment by Dror Hawlena, an ecologist at Yale, grasshoppers were stressed out when they...CONTINUE READING
In an experiment by Dror Hawlena, an ecologist at Yale, grasshoppers were stressed out when they were trapped in cages with their mortal enemies: predatory spiders. When the grasshoppers realized danger was near, they stopped munching on high protein grasses. They switched to sugar-laden goldenrod, a flowering plant. Hawlena said this showed that when stressed by predator danger, grasshoppers in essence binged on sugar…something many humans do under stress too. Of course humans and grasshoppers are very different in many ways, but physicians studying eating behaviors and metabolism can use this information to gain a much wider perspective on what influences people’s food choices in different circumstances.
Eat like a pig for five days. Then eat like a bird for two. London’s latest diet craze is the “The Fast Diet” and it counsels a rotating regimen of eating whatever you want and eating nothing (or next to nothing). As outlined in this New … READ FULL POST
The noses of New York Times readers were collectively wrinkling this week over a piece in the paper's health section. According to research by a Dutch scientist published in the New England Journal of Medicine, something called fecal therapy cures … READ FULL POST
Today I learned something disturbing: the United States is the second-largest destination market for smuggled wildlife products. That means that I live in a country with a high demand for poached rhino horns and elephant tusks. Bear organs and big … READ FULL POST