Tuesday, August 23, 2011

#Dogs #detect #lung #cancer. Cannot answer questions about #medical #coverage.

You really don't want to know what I detect when I sniff what I  sniff

     Carolina Live, Joel Allen  study from Germany says dogs can detect lung cancer .71 percent of the time. Which is almost as good as most imaging tests, according to WebMd.com.   (Norm’s note: Which doesn’t say much about the accuracy of either the dog or the imaging tests!)
     Jimmie Blackburn of Loris has congestive heart problems and sometimes his heart will go out of rhythm in the middle of the night. When that happens, Daisy, his 11-year-old Dachshund, is trained to wake him up.  "If she doesn't feel air, they got her trained to lick me in the face. If I still don't wake up, they got her trained to bounce up and down on my chest."  If all that doesn't work, Daisy is even trained to press a lifeline button hanging around Blackburn's neck to summon an ambulance.  (Norm’s note:  The dog cannot as yet answer simple questions about Jimmie’s medical insurance coverage.)
A Myrtle Beach oncologist , Dr. Patrick Francke, of Carolina Regional Cancer Center, said that dogs can also detect colon cancer. (Norm’s note: even if we knew, we’d rather not delve deeply into what the dog needs to sniff to make that diagnosis.)
     “I have a great dog. She's half Lab, half pit bull. A good combination. Sure, she might bite off my leg, but she'll bring it back to me.”  Jimi Celeste

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