Dog problem or Dogone opportunity.

As long as Councils cow-tow to the notion that Dogs are ‘a problem’ rather than an asset with a highly significant economic and social dividend naysayers will bitch and moan. 

It is time that Council(s) up and down this country did their job properly and listened to the body of expertise…. easily musterable. 

Consider, 500,000 registered dogs, at about a 100 dollars a year isnt just a pool of money, it is a collective canine income backed by about half a billion dollars or more in purchasing power that warrants some ‘investing’ in knowledge and infrastructure.  Perhaps it is time for the Ministry of  Internal Affairs (the ultimate arbiter of dog policy in New Zealand) to step up and own the problem rather than this fractious, protracted and often ill-advised by ‘animal control officers’ approach. 

How about some advice, based on research and study from a rich body of ‘other jurisdictions’ where success informs policy.

We have to fix this because cities that are great for dogs are utterly excellent for people.

Blair Anderson 
Social Ecologist ‘at large’
Christchurch, New Zealand
ph nz  (643) 389 4065   nz cell 027 265 7219

from Canvassing for Opinion – aka “Blairs Brain on Cannabis”


Study Shows Biomarker Panel Boosts Lung Cancer Risk Assessment for Smokers

Newswise imageA four-protein biomarker blood test improves lung cancer risk assessment over existing guidelines that rely solely upon smoking history, capturing risk for people who have ever smoked, not only for heavy smokers, an international research team reports in JAMA Oncology.

“This simple blood test demonstrates the potential of biomarker-based risk assessment to improve eligibility criteria for lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography,” said study co-senior author Sam Hanash, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Clinical Cancer Prevention at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

from Newswise Feature Channel: Addiction

Reminder Emails after a Computer-based Intervention Help Some College Students Reduce Their Drinking

College students entering adulthood often drink too much. Negative consequences can include missed classes, poor grades, a wide array of injuries, and even assault. Many academic institutions have addressed this problem by offering computer-delivered interventions (CDIs) for rapid and wide dissemination to students. Although effective in the short term, CDIs are not as helpful longer-term as face-to-face interventions. However, face-to-face interventions are typically only used with students who receive alcohol sanctions, whereas CDIs can be used with large groups (such as student athletes, or all incoming students) and are more cost-effective. This study examined the usefulness of “boosters” – personalized emails sent to post-CDI participants- for maintaining decreased drinking.

from Newswise Feature Channel: Addiction

Alcoholics Continue to Have Problems with Emotional Communication Despite Abstinence

An important part of communication is non-verbal. Most people who engage in social interactions recognize a range of emotional states reflected in other people’s facial expressions, body postures, and/or tone of voice. Alcoholism has been linked to difficulties in perceiving and processing emotions expressed in these non-verbal cues. This study examined whether these difficulties persist after long-term abstinence from alcohol.

from Newswise Feature Channel: Addiction

Aspirin Desensitization Improves Alcohol-Induced Allergies in Patients with Underlying Respiratory Disease

Patients who suffer from Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD) often experience an additional allergic reaction when drinking alcohol, including nasal congestion, wheezing, and a runny nose. Now a new study led by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania finds a common treatment for AERD – aspirin desensitization – can also help alleviate the alcohol-induced symptoms of the condition.

from Newswise Feature Channel: Addiction