Pets and health | Mental illness statistics | Meat allergy | Bullying | Cancer blood test

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Pets Bring Health Benefits

A young girl reading to her dog.

Did you know that most U.S. homes have a pet? Having a pet can lower stress, improve heart health, and help children with social skills. (From NIH News in Health)

How Common Is Mental Illness?

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One of every six adults in the United States has a mental illness. Check out statistics for dozens of types. (NIH’s NIMH)

Unexplained Cases of Allergic Reactions Linked to Red Meat

Steak and tomatoes.

Researchers found that some people’s repeated, severe allergic reactions stemmed from a red meat allergy linked to a specific type of tick bite. (From NIH News in Health)

Bullying Prevention

A teenage girl holding out her hand signalling to stop.

Teach kids how to identify bullying—and how to stand up to it safely. (From

Blood Test Detects Several Cancer Types

Tubes of blood in a laboratory.

Scientists are developing a blood test that can find signs of several types of cancer. They’re planning to test it in the clinic. (From NIH Research Matters)