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Dogs Sniff Out Low Blood Sugar

Helper dogs have been trained to assist people with a variety of disabilities. Some dogs help people with epilepsy. Others can be useful for those with visual impairment or physical limitations. Now, British researchers are training dogs to detect hypoglycemia in people with diabetes. When someone’s blood sugar falls too low they can go into shock. The dogs are trained to detect subtle changes in scent when someone with diabetes begins to experience very low blood sugar levels. The dogs alert the person so that action can be taken to avoid this potentially life-threatening episode.

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.”.
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