26 July 2007

Weird News from Rhode Island

Really, though, is there any kind of news from Rhode Island other than the weird kind? This cat Oscar lives at a nursing home and has an uncanny ability to pick out which patients are near death. And by "near death" the doctors mean within a couple hours. There's a full article in the Providence Journal today and he's noted in the New England Journal of Medicine. The doctors believe Oscar can sense some sort of enzyme or toxin that becomes apparent in these elderly patients just before they die. When Oscar curls up on someone's bed, the doctors notify the patient's family that it's time. How sad, yet strangely comforting.

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