Are Our Pets Making Us Sick?

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The good news? Biologist Emily Lilly says that all the hype about getting diseases from your cat’s litter is not something to worry about. The bad news? It’s because those parasites aren’t just in cat litter—they’re everywhere! Plus: There are 300,000 likely human cases of Lyme disease in the U.S. each year. Anne Zajac says that number is on the rise. And: There’s a new vaccine to help protect dogs against Lyme disease. One of its developers, Richard Marconi, says his team hopes a human vaccine isn’t far behind. Later in the show: In just ten years, the amount of data collected by governments and companies has increased dramatically. But Peter Aiken says just collecting digital data isn’t enough–we need to figure out how to use it to solve real-world problems. And: Big data expert Ross Gore used phone records of the Senegalese population to plan the best locations for hospital facilities to help minimize heart attack deaths.

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