Woof! Woof! Can man's best friend be trained to take on this task...BD
Queen's University researchers are appealing for volunteers to help investigate whether dogs can reliably detect changes in their owner's diabetic state. Dr Deborah Wells from the School of Psychology at Queen's and Dr Shaun Lawson from the University of Lincoln are appealing for 100 Type One diabetics to complete an online survey.
The researchers are also seeking video footage of dogs reacting to their owner's 'hypos' or low blood sugar levels. Dr Wells said: "Anecdotal reports suggest that some dogs can perform early warning of hypoglycaemia by using their sense of smell to 'sniff out' if their owner's blood sugar levels are dropping.
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