HUMAN FOOD FOR FELINES?

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Q: How bad is human food for cats? My cats always beg when I cook any kind of meat or fish. I’ve also heard of cats eating weird stuff like garlic, yogurt, fruit and even pasta. Is there any kind of food that I should absolutely avoid? —Monica Tang, Brooklyn
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SOOTHING STRESSED PETS

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You can pour yourself a sherry or pop an Ativan when you’re feeling stressed out, but what’s your poor cat or dog to do? The Farnam Comfort Zone with Feliway is one great idea for cats with emotional or behavioral problems. The plug-in diffuser’s heating element releases a pheromone that gives cats a natural sense [&hellip
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HEALTHY HEART, HEALTHY APPLE

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As the leading cause of death among New Yorkers, heart disease presents a serious health concern for residents of the Big Apple. According to a report from New York City’s Department of Health, nearly 22,000 deaths were caused by heart disease in 2006. In observance of American Heart Month this February, the NYC community—including the [&hellip
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BYPASS THE HEART STUFF

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After hearing more and more about the growing interest in Eastern medicine, we figured it had something to do with Taoism, pet crystals and random hippie crap. I’ll take my Lipitor deep-fried. Next stop, the surgeon’s table, for a supple new chimp heart! Nothing can stop me! Then the economy tanked, our insurer went bankrupt [&hellip
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ANOTHER YEAR OF BEAGLE-MANIA?

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“Darwin!” shouted his owner, Alicia Bralove, as for the fifth time in five minutes her beagle made an amorous advance on my leg. For a champion show dog, Darwin seemed to pay little attention to his name. “He’s disciplined by his trainer,” Bralove apologized, “but when I see him I just melt.” Almost one year [&hellip
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TRANSIENT ATTACK DESERVES SERIOUS ATTENTION

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Q. How serious is a TIA? I heard that they’re really nothing to worry about. A. TIA stands for “transient ischemic attack.” A TIA is an interruption in the flow of blood to a part of your brain. Its symptoms are the same as those of a stroke. A TIA lasts anywhere from minutes to [&hellip
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MANAGING LIFE WITH PARKINSON’S

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Q. Is it true that farmers are more likely to get Parkinson’s disease? A: Although genetics is very important in Parkinson’s disease, many researchers believe that environmental exposures also increase a person’s risk of developing the disease. There are studies that show that farmers and other agricultural workers have an increased risk of getting Parkinson’s. [&hellip
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