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U.S CAT PREDICTS PATIENT DEATHS *PIC* (STA BREAKING NEWS and ARCHIVES)

by Fox, Thursday, July 26, 2007, 07:53

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A US cat with an apparent ability to sense when a nursing home's residents are about to die is baffling doctors.
Oscar has a habit of curling up next to patients at the home in Providence, Rhode Island, in their final hours.

The two-year-old cat has been correct in 25 cases so far and staff now alert the families of residents when he sits down next to their ailing loved one.

The case is the subject of a study in the latest issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

Doctors say that when Oscar settles next to a patient, it can mean he or she may have as little as two hours to live.

"He doesn't make many mistakes. He seems to understand when patients are about to die," David Dosa, a professor at Brown University who carried out the research, told the Associated Press news agency.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/6917113.stm

Fox

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