Climate change and women – Los Angeles Times

by | Oct 20, 2022 | Climate Change

This is the Oct. 20, 2022, edition of Boiling Point, a weekly newsletter about climate change and the environment in California and the American West. Sign up here to get it in your inbox.I’m Corinne Purtill, a science and medicine reporter here at The Times, filling in this week for my colleague Sammy Roth.Not long ago, I interviewed Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, a UCLA cardiologist with one of her profession’s more interesting caseloads.AdvertisementSome years back, Natterson-Horowitz was called to the Los Angeles Zoo to perform a transesophageal echocardiogram, a type of internal ultrasound she specializes in. She’d performed the procedure countless times but never in a case quite like this one. That day, she would treat a chimpanzee, her first non-human patient.Working across species was a new experience for Natterson-Horowitz but not for the veterinarians who called her. Veterinarians read and study widely across the animal kingdom searching for solutions for their patients, who can’t verbalize the source of their pain or describe their symptoms. (Some have joked that human physicians are just vets who only know how to treat a single species, as Natterson-Horowitz and collaborator Kathryn Bowers wrote in “Zoobiquity,” their 2012 bestseller.)When one of their primates got sick, it was a natural decision for the zoo’s veterinarians to call an expert in primate cardiology. So what if she happened to specialize in one of the order’s slightly less hairy species?For Natterson-Horowitz, who studied evolutionary biology at Harvard under famed biologists E.O. Wilson and Stephen Jay Gould, the experience was life-changing. Seeing firsthan …

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