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Monkeys demonstrate more cognitive flexibility than humans
In a recent study, researchers conclude that in certain tasks, capuchin and rhesus monkeys are more cognitively flexible than humans. (Medical News Today)

Why raw dog food could be harmful for pets and owners alike
Researchers have found that some raw dog food products harbor harmful bacteria that could cause infections both in dogs and their human family members. (Medical News Today)

Why baboons may provide clues about human gut microbiome
New findings suggest that although bonobos and chimpanzees are the closest to humans genetically, baboons have the most similar gut bacteria. Why is this? (Medical News Today)

Having a dog may boost survival after a heart attack or stroke
Two new studies show that owning a dog significantly reduces people's risk of death following a heart attack or stroke, as well as death from any cause. (Medical News Today)

Apes may 'read' others' mental states, just like humans
A new investigation into the so-called theory of mind suggests that apes, just like humans, have the ability to 'read' another agent's intentions. (Medical News Today)

How whales and dolphins evolved for life at sea
New research identifies 85 genes, the loss of which may have allowed whales, dolphins, and other cetaceans to adapt to life in an aquatic environment. (Medical News Today)

New three-sexed roundworm species has 'extreme arsenic resistance'
Scientists have found a new ringworm species that has three sexes and is resistant to 500 times the arsenic concentration that would kill a human. (Medical News Today)

Letter from the Editor: It's raining cats and dogs
In this month's letter, Managing Editor Honor Whiteman talks about a fantastic new type of content that landed on Medical News Today this September. (Medical News Today)

Cats bond with caregivers just as much as babies and dogs
A study finds that felines bond with their caregivers just as much as babies and dogs, in spite of their reputation for being aloof. (Medical News Today)

North American birds declined by 29% since 1970
According to a new study, the bird population of North America and Canada has shrunk by almost one-third in the last 50 years. Can we halt the decline? (Medical News Today)

'Antibiotic resistance in farm animals is rising fast'
Antibiotic resistance is reaching a crisis point not just for humans, but also for farm animals bred for food, global evidence suggests. (Medical News Today)

Rare sightings suggest mountain gorillas may delight in water play
Some rare sightings of mountain gorillas splashing in water on their own suggest that our cousin primates play not just to learn skills but to have fun. (Medical News Today)

New electric eel species packs most powerful punch
According to a new study, the infamous electric eel is not one species, but three; and one of the newly named species has a record breaking discharge. (Medical News Today)

How birds let squirrels know when it's safe to relax
Scientists know that squirrels respond to birds' threat calls. A new study finds that the chatter of birds at rest informs them when danger has passed. (Medical News Today)

Why do female bonobos have more sex with each other than with males?
Female bonobos have frequent sexual interactions with other females — more so than they do with males. A new study aims to find out why. (Medical News Today)

How selective breeding has altered dogs' behavior
Different breeds of dogs display distinctive behaviors, but why? It may all come down to differences in brain structure following selective breeding. (Medical News Today)

Wolves more socially cooperative than dogs, study finds
A new study supports the idea that prosocial behavior is ancestral and not the result of domestication, as wolves prove more prosocial than pack dogs. (Medical News Today)

Why fish may become more toxic than ever
New research warns that levels of a toxic compound are on the rise in many species of fish and that this trend is set to continue. The question is: Why? (Medical News Today)

Are crickets and other creepy crawlies the new superfood?
Researchers now show that crickets and other insects pack a very high antioxidant content, which could make them top contenders as super-nutritious foods. (Medical News Today)

3 creepy crawlies that may revolutionize health
Are you scared or fascinated by crawling, flying, scurrying critters? This Spotlight feature explains how creepy crawlies may forward clinical research. (Medical News Today)

Hospital flies carry enough 'bugs' of their own to cause infection
New research reveals that flying insects that make their way into hospitals can carry many harmful bacteria able to cause dangerous infections. (Medical News Today)

Are dogs better at detecting cancer 'than advanced technology?'
In a new study, beagles were able to detect the presence of cancer with extremely high accuracy. Could their 'sniff skills' lead to novel screening tests? (Medical News Today)

Garden snails may have secret weapons against aggressive bacteria
Researchers have discovered four previously unknown proteins in snail mucus, at least three of which have the potential to fight harmful bacteria. (Medical News Today)

Scorpion venom compounds can kill dangerous bacteria
Researchers have found two chemicals that are effective against dangerous bacteria. The source of these healing compounds? The venom of a Mexican scorpion. (Medical News Today)

Human brains have evolved to 'prefer' music and speech
New evidence suggests that human brains, unlike those of monkeys, may have evolved to 'listen' for pitch, which characterizes music and speech. (Medical News Today)

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