An article in this week’s New York Times Magazine, The Mystery of the Wasting House-Cats highlights the question of whether cats are developing hyperthyroidism because of exposure to flame retardants or other chemicals in house dust. An example of the research on this topic can be seen in the Canary Database listing here.
In 2015, the Rockefeller Foundation released a major report about the state of the planet, called Safeguarding Human Health in the Anthropocene Epoch. This document outlines the case that anthropogenic changes in the environment are now threatening the basic life support services of the earth’s systems. Some of the concerning trends include biodiversity loss, climate change, particulate air pollution, ocean acidification, and deforestation.
Last week I gave a talk about One Health in primary care to a group of Family Medicine faculty, and we had a chance to discuss their personal experiences and perspectives on the concept of human health, animal health, and the environment intersecting in the primary care setting. Before the talk, I had sent them a link to our recent publication about One Health in medical education.
Come join us in person or online on November 3, 2016 to celebrate One Health Day!
Julianne Meisner is a veternarian and student in the Occupational Health at the Human-Animal Interface (OHHAI) training program at The Center for One Health Research. Julianne spent several weeks in Uganda asissting Veterinarians Without Borders in data collection and sampling for the Neglected Zoonotic Disease in Uganda Study, and to implement the Uganda Animal Worker Health Survey.
By Peter Rabinowitz, MD MPH, COHR Director