What would you pay to find out how much pain your pet was in?

Having personally spent a good deal of time worrying about my dog and wondering what yelps of pain really mean – is she in pain all the time?  just when she yelps?  how much pain?  does it just startle her or is is excruciating? – I know I would pay a significant amount of money to answer the question "how much pain is my dog in?"  Well, now, thanks to an Ohio nurse, I can find out.   She’s developed a $600, palm sized device that measures stress, a good indicator of pain level.  She’s selling them to vets, but I bet wealthy individuals would be willing to buy them, and I bet a whole bunch of us would be willing to rent them when trying to diagnose chronic health problems in our pets.

Ohio researcher designs, builds device to measure pets’ pain

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Japan: Schoolkids to be tagged with RFID chips – News & Technology – CNETAsia

Yikes! Japan and Disney World are starting to tag kids. Anybody who has lost a kid in a crowd, will understand the sentiment behind this. Anyone who imagines wearing one of these things and making their location information permanently available to anyone (parents, spouse, employer, retail stores, government, etc), can imagine how scary this could be.

Are there any rules or laws about tagging kids with electronic tracking devices? Can they get rid of them when they are 18? How would your life as a 16 year old have been different if you knew your parents could tell exactly where you were at all times?

On the other hand, are you more technology saavy than your 16 year old? How would parents get them to buy into this? Lock it to their ankle? Or only provide a cell phone that comes with tracking?

(Note, I know RFID isn’t up to universal tracking but the technology to do so is out there.)

Japan: Schoolkids to be tagged with RFID chips – News & Technology – CNETAsia

Bloggers attract attorneys

Some more blogging statistics:
– 36% of bloggers irritate friends or family,
– 55% identify themselves by their real, full name,
– 83% write personal entries,
– 20% post primarily interesting links,

The article that pointed me to these studies is here: 8,000 bloggers born every day | The Register. (Note that the 12% attracted an attorney’s attention is not acurate. The original MIT study says that 12% of bloggers know a blogger that has attracted attorney’s attention. They might all know the same person!)

Scientists horrified by Bush’s Bad Science | The Register

Sociology is not the only area where the Bush administration stretches the facts. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has issued a new report expressing its concern about the way the Bush administration uses scientific data. The UCS report is signed by 4,000 scientists, including “48 Nobel laureates, 62 National Medal of Science recipients and 127 members of the National Academy of Sciences.”

Scientists horrified by Bush’s Bad Science | The Register

Teaching Bush Cause & Effect

A while back, Bush announced plans to encourage and help poor people to marry. His reason? Married people are less likely to be poor. I think Bush should have taken Sociology 101 in college, which is where I learned the difference between cause, effect, correlating statistics and other interesting tidbits that might help set public policy. Barbara Ehrenreich wrote a column in the New York Times about this.

Wired News: Bloggers Suffer Burnout

The authors of extremely popular blogs are under constant pressure to produce witty entries. In this article several of them talk about feeling pressure or stress to constantly come up with new posts. If they don’t post, they get asked if they are ok. If they do post, lots of comments are posted immediately.

Chiropractic Care for Dogs

As I posted a while back, my dog Teddy has a slipped disk. I was told by the vet that it is a permanent condition and the best we could do was to give her pain medication.  In addition, I should not take her running and I should go easy on all activities like long walks and backpacking.

It’s been tough and I can definitely tell she’s worse after a long walk, so when I heard about a chiropractor who routinely treats horses and dogs, I decided to give it a try.  I have to admit that I’ve always been a little bit skeptical about chiropractors in general, but after seeing how it was done, I decided it probably wouldn’t hurt Teddy.  So we went yesterday.

I can’t say Teddy enjoyed the treatment, but the minute it was done she was jumping around and twirling in circles.  (And before you say, that’s because it was done, I can tell you when the vet is done with anything she runs to the door or hides under my chair.  She most definitely does not even wag her tail.)  She also jumped on the bed last night without any coaxing!   So, it’s too soon to tell for sure, but it definitely looks like it might help!

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September 23, 2004

Update.  I took Teddy to the chiropracter three times.  I did not treat her back or her pain in any other way.  She is no longer yelps with pain!  I haven’t heard a yelp in over a month!  To be conclusive that it worked, I think I would need to get another xray in a few months but if she’s happy and not hurting, I’m happy!

See other blog posts at my dog blog, Humans for dogs.