Companion Animal Psychology News March 2017

A goldfish with a wheelchair, trained cats, and a ban on prong and choke collars - the latest news on dogs and cats.Some of my favourites from around the web this month:25 things you probably didn’t know about dogs by Hal Herzog. What the latest canine science teaches us about dogs.Cats getting “eufloric”. Mikel Delgado reviews a new study on how cats respond to catnip, valerian, silvervine and honeysuckle. Do your cats get olfactory enrichment?“She…

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Right Turn: Stem cells, like children, are a labour of love

For many Canadians with kids, we’re nearing the end of March Break – a holiday from school for elementary- and secondary school-aged children. Whether you’re travelling or at home this week, you’ve spent lots of quality time with your children and this new video from a group at Cambridge may really resonate with you. According to their website, Dish Life is one of four films made by University of Cambridge researchers for the 2016 Cambridge…

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The benefits of pets for children

A review of the literature concludes that pets may have psychological benefits for children – such as better self-esteem – but more research is needed.The review, by Rebecca Purewal (University of Liverpool) et al involved searching the scientific literature from 1960 to 2016 for studies that examine the effects of pets on children’s psychological health. 22 studies were identified and analysed further.The results show benefits in some areas, but not enough evidence to draw conclusions in…

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Nous sommes le fruit de processus dynamiques à différentes échelles de temps

Je donnais la semaine dernière un cours à l’Université du troisième âge de Vaudreuil-Dorion sur la plasticité du système nerveux. Pour l’introduire, j’ai voulu situer la capacité de nos réseaux neuronaux à se réorganiser constamment durant toute notre vie dans une perspective plus large. J’ai voulu, en fait, rappeler que de tels processus dynamiques sont aussi présents à des échelles de temps bien différentes dans le monde animal. Cela a donné le petit tableau ci-dessous…

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Improving ultrasound imaging may have applications in regenerative medicine

Andy Bell, a writer working with Toronto3dprinting, loves to write about different topics related to technological gadgets and gears. 3D printing is his current interest. This is a CVT anesthesiologist, standing in front of an ultrasound machine, in the operating room at the University of Miami. The view on the monitor is the four chamber view of the heart. Picture by J.Sciarra, MD 2008. Though ultrasound technology is commonly associated with the imaging of fetuses…

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Detrimental health consequences of daylight savings

Did you know that adjusting the clock up by an hour in accordance with daylight savings time increases you chance of a heart attack? Circadian rhythms are biological cycles that occur in humans, animals, insects, plants, and even bacteria with a period of approximately (circa) one day (diem). These rhythms are determined internally by a part of our hypothalamus and are synchronized perfectly to our 24-hr days by the sun and other cues. This internal…

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Happy Dogs: More Photos

More gorgeous photos of happy dogs who are friends of Companion Animal Psychology.Rajah"He is a very happy boy who loves to go for long walks, exploring the woods and trails of Gabriola Island."Photo: Jean Ballard.Milo"As for his favorite treat, I'd say chicken is a big contender, probably his favorite, but he loves just about all food! His favorite trick is between "spin" or his yoga pose (which is really just a play bow) that I've…

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Right Turn: My question to Paul Knoepfler: Do you ever sleep?

Paul Knoepfler, already well known for his prolific blogging at The Niche and for his role as a stem cell educator and tireless patient advocate – award winning no less – has taken on another project. Ask him a question about stem cells and you may get a live response. On February 26th, Dr. Knoepfler, who is also a respected scientist and professor at the UC Davis School of Medicine (presumably in his spare time?),…

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Holy Crap! There’s a Giant Neuron That Wraps Around the Entire Brain!

Giant neurons branching across the hemispheres of a mouse brain. Image Credit: Allen Institute for Brain Science Last week I caught wind of a new discovery, made by Dr. Christof Koch of the Allen Brain Institute for Brain Science. For those not in the know, Koch has worked extensively on a neurobiological basis for consciousness. Together with the late Dr. Francis Crick of the DNA double helix fame, the dynamic duo zeroed in on a thin…

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