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Africa’s Least-known Carnivore In Tanzania: Mongoose Is One More Rare Find:

The Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) announced that a camera-trap study in the mountains of Southern Tanzania has now recorded Africa’s least-known and probably rarest carnivore: Jackson’s mongoose, known only from a few observations and museum specimens.

Pet Owners Are Sick More Often And Exercise Less Than Other Working-aged People, Study Finds:

A common perception is that pet owner is a young person who is full of action, exercises a lot, and actively plays with a pet, particularly with a dog. The reality is different, however.

Tweaking The Treatment For Restless Legs:

Last Super Bowl, a TV commercial lauded the power of Requip (ropinirole), the first drug approved to treat restless leg syndrome, a condition whose signature feature is creepy-crawly leg sensations that interfere with sleep and rest in nearly 1 of every 10 adults.


  1. #1 Amanda Marcotte
    December 28, 2006

    The pet thing was interesting, because it seems like while pet owners tend to exercise less than non-owners, they exercise more than they would if they didn’t have pets, if that makes any sense.

  2. #2 donna
    December 28, 2006

    Looks like confusion of cause and effect – if one is sick, they might be more likely to have a pet to provide companionship….

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