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February 2009
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Can Pets Help Keep You Healthy?
Exploring the Human-Animal Bond
People have lots of reasons for owning pets. Now a small but growing body of research suggests that owning or interacting with animals may have the added benefit of improving your health.
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Thyroid Diseases
What You Need to Know
You can’t see it, you can’t feel it and most people have no idea what it does. In fact, most people don’t know about their thyroid unless they’ve been affected by the often-elusive symptoms of thyroid disease.
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