Hospital sniffer dog can detect bacterial infections in patients

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Dogs have already proved useful as a means of reducing the stress levels of students at Yale Law School, which has recognized the therapeutic qualities of the animals. Helping humans in a different way, a sniffer dog is now detecting cases of a deadly bacterial infection at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam. Hospital bugs are easily picked up by patients if they begin to spread, but doctors can be late to diagnose them if visible symptoms aren't present. In the case of Clostridium difficile – also known as C. diff – infected patients begin to have a distinctive…

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