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What colors can dogs see?

Tuesday, January 7th, 2020

Veterinary ophthalmologist Stephanie Pumphrey, V08, an assistant professor at Cummings School, responds Dogs do see color, although not as vividly as people do. The retina is the thin layer of tissue at the back of… Read More

close up of a dogs eye

Backyard Chickens and the Risk of Lead Exposure

Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

Urban dwellers need to take precautions to prevent their egg layers from bringing the heavy metal into the food chain
When Teresa McGowan and her husband first bought their Somerville, Massachusetts, home in 2004, one of the first things they did was test the soil in their yard for lead. It was a recommendation from local gardeners, who knew that produce grown in contaminated soil can be dangerous.

Research has shown that lead is a potent neurotoxin, associated with reduced IQ, attention-related behavior problems, and poor academic achievement in children exposed to it through food or environmental factors.