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News for February 2013

The Human Animal Medicine Project is moving to the University of Washington

In summer 2013 Dr. Rabinowitz will assume a new position at the University of Washington School of Public Health with appointments in Environmental/Occupational Health and Global Health. At UW he plans to continue his work in emerging zoonotic diseases at the human/animal/ecosystem interface and start a “UW Center for Global One Health: Integrating Human, Animal, and Environmental Health”. This Center will build on the work of the Yale Human Animal Medicine Project. Look for updates soon!

One Welfare?

Recently a colleague sent me an article that appeared to build on the concept of “One Health Ethics” mentioned in this blog last year (see OneHealth ethics) . Two veterinarians, enrolled in the Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows Program of the American Association for the Advancement of Science have examined the concepts of human welfare, animal welfare, and the welfare of the environment, and proposed that there is a need for a “One Welfare” approach to a large number of issues that cuts across traditional divisions.

The Dog That Was a Canary

elemental characteristics of mercuryA 60 year old factory worker was seen at the Yale Occupational and Environmental Medicine Program for an elevated urine mercury level. He worked in a factory making mercury vapor light bulbs. The company doctor had removed him from work because of a high mercury level, but even staying home the level of mercury in his urine continued to rise. The workman’s compensation carrier had questioned whether there could be a problem with his urine mercury testing results.

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