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People and companion animals (dogs & cats)

Benefits of adopting animals; a guide for immunocompromised pet owners; pregnant women and cats.

Health benefits of pet ownership Bibliography of published articles (Delta Society)
Pets reduce stress New study finds pets help reduce stress
Preventing zoonotic infection from pets A CDC guide for people with HIV infection -- "You do NOT have to give up your pets"
The REAL risk of Toxoplasmosis to pregnant women 4 out of 10 women are already exposed and immune -- and most cats are also already exposed and do not pose risk to pregnant women; a special test is now available.
Toxoplasmosis and cats (Cornell University) For specific recommendations for pregnant women, see end of this page
Cigarette smoking and feline cancer Study suggests a link between cigarette smoking and feline cancer
Domestic dogs originally from East Asia? New study proposes new origin for domestic dogs

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Last modified: 08/29/2003