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An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
Researchers have sequenced and analyzed the first two snake genomes, which represent two evolutionary extremes. The...
Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
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ScienceShot: Household Pets—Unsafe at Any Speed
20 April 2010 3:55 pm
Your cat is trying to kill you. Or at least injure you. An analysis of hospital emergency department data found that falls associated with cats and dogs caused over 86,000 injuries in the United States in 2006—and that's only the falls that sent people to the hospital. Most patients fell by tripping over a cat or dog, although dogs also like to push or pull people over, and an estimated 18 people a year go to the ER after falling while breaking up a cat fight. So, how to avoid falling over a pet, breaking a major bone, and dying? One suggestion: Train your dog so that he doesn't push or pull on walks, the authors write in the current issue of the Journal of Safety Research. Good luck getting a cat to stay away from your feet on the stairs, though.