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A quick update on Mr. Duke

August 4th, 2015 · No Comments

Here’s a brief update for those who have asked for more info on Duke’s condition. I paid the bill and sprung Mr. Duke from the slammer on Monday morning. My instructions seemed relatively simple. I’m supposed to feed him, then test his glucose 1-2 hours later. If he has no appetite, isn’t hungry, and his […]

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Tags: Cats · Health

Starting the weekend with an emergency visit to the vet

August 1st, 2015 · 4 Comments

I hadn’t been up for more than 10 minutes or so when I noticed Duke, our 13-year old tabby point Siamese, was acting strangely. I thought he was sniffing the floor near his litter box, but then I smelled urine. He was peeing on the floor, when he sort of crawled around the box and […]

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Even lychee have a down side

May 26th, 2015 · 12 Comments

There seems to be a bumper crop of lychee this year, and bags of the fruit are being sold in supermarkets, along highways, and given away by friends lucky enough to have trees loaded with the tasty treats. So did anyone else note the news reports earlier this year that fingered a lychee toxin for […]

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Tags: Health

Replacing the “cone of shame”

April 18th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Those dreaded veterinary collars that dogs and cats hate to wear have gotten a makeover, it seems. The one we’re familiar with is a flat semi-circle of plastic that wraps around and creates an open cone with your pet’s head inside it. It seems pretty disorienting to wear one, and in the brief attempts we’ve […]

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Are we moving beyond “evidence” in public policy debates?

February 6th, 2015 · 44 Comments

Last week’s “Science Friday” on NPR had a segment on the gulf between some public opinion and scientific consensus, such as with anti-vaccine parents (“Scientists and the Public Disagree on Key Issues“). You can listen to the program by following that link. Somewhere in the segment, there was an exchange between an interviewer and someone […]

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