Celebrating Two Years of the Animal Book Club

Great books about animals, discussed amongst friends… The Companion Animal Psychology Book  Club is two years old.This month the Companion Animal Psychology Book Club is two years old.I started the book club in November 2016, intending it to be a small group. Within a couple of days several hundred people had joined and I stopped accepting new members because I did not want the group to get too big.The first book was The Trainable Cat…

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Check Our Insta-Knowledge-Gram on Organic Food and Cancer

  If you don't follow us on Instagram, what are you waiting for? We're test-driving a new Instagram-friendly mini-lesson format with our cartoon avatars. It's called Insta-Knowledge-Gram and the first one is on organic food and cancer. Just look up "thebodyofevidence" on Instagram, click on our latest post, and start swiping left through the mini-slides! https://www.instagram.com/thebodyofevidence/  

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How to Feed Your Cat: The Modern Guide to Feline Foraging

The best way to feed cats has changed. Instead of leaving kibble in a bowl, here’s what you should do now.Photo: Africa  Studio / ShutterstockIt used to be simple: put kibble in a bowl and leave it out all day.But that’s not how we should be feeding our pet cats. A new consensus statement from the American Association of Feline Practitioners explains the way we feed cats now.The AAFP says are several reasons to think…

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Tackling the talent gap in the cell and gene therapy industry

Mitchel Sivilotti, Chief Operations Officer at CCRM, leading a training session Michael May is President and CEO of CCRM. Peter Zandstra is the Chief Scientific Officer at CCRM and the Founding Director of UBC’s School of Biomedical Engineering. Zandstra and May co-founded CCRM, which launched in June 2011. This article also appears in Biotechnology Focus.  For those of us who have been following and working in the cell and gene therapy (CGT) field for a significant…

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Critical Care Canada Forum 2018

Critical Care Canada Forum 2018 Transplantation Organs and Tissues Tuesday, November 06, 2018 Jenny Ryan The Critical Care Canada Forum (CCCF) takes place this week in Toronto. The annual event is attended by hundreds of health professionals working in critical care, primarily physicians.  A key event within the Forum is an unopposed plenary on brain death determination, to be held on Wednesday, November 7th. I had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Sam Shemie, Canadian…

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Les effets concrets et troublants des discours haineux sur le cerveau

À la veille des élections de mi-mandat aux États-Unis, on peut se poser plusieurs questions, dont les deux suivantes. D’abord comment se fait-il que Donald Trump, diagnostiqué «narcissique malin» par un psychothérapeute de renom, et donc «dangereusement malade mentalement et incapable d’être président avec ce tempérament», le soit encore deux ans après son élection ? Question difficile qui a déjà fait couler beaucoup d’encre et que je n’aborderai pas ici pour me concentrer sur la…

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Formatting – but at what cost?

Journal formatting is something that researchers discuss surprisingly frequently.  Every journal has a different format, which requires that you format your text, tables, figures, and references in a very specific way.  Take for example Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise (MSSE), a well regarded journal in my field.  The MSSE Instructions to Authors is 16 pages and 6,700 words long, which I would say is par for the course.  That level of detail means there are many…

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Companion Animal Psychology Book Club November 2018

"The most scientifically important dog in over a century." —Brian Hare.The Companion Animal Psychology Book Club choice for November 2018 is Chaser: Unlocking the Genius of the Dog Who Knows a Thousand Words by John W. Pilley with Hilary Hinzmann.From the back cover, "Chaser has fascinated dog lovers and scientists alike. Her story reveals the potential for taking out dialogue with dogs well beyond "fetch." When retired psychology professor John Pilley first got his new Border…

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Should you take a daily Aspirin? It depends …

Should you take a baby aspirin every day? The question keeps coming up and three recent studies in the NEJM have cast doubt on its benefits. Read my latest article on the topic here: https://montrealgazette.com/opinion/opinion-should-you-take-a-daily-aspi... ************************************************************************* A series of recent studies has made people ask whether acetylsalicylic acid, better known as Aspirin, really is beneficial for your heart. As most people know, Aspirin is fixture in the field of cardiology and is routinely prescribed to people…

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