Researchers Evaluate Horses as Model of Human Depression
Some of the ailments horses and humans have in common include uveitis, cancer, and respiratory disease, among others. And according to recent study results from a team of French scientists, depression could be the next disorder studied in horses and translated to humans.
“Ethological approaches focused on animals’ spontaneous behavior in their home environments might prove useful, especially if the environmental conditions offered to animals share features with environmental conditions known to induce depression in humans,” explained lead researcher Carole Fureix, PhD, an equine behavior scientist at the University of Rennes 1 in France.
Stress at work and interpersonal stressors, for example, has been shown to cause a variety of problems for humans, including depression, Fureix
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