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February 1, 2013
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Hedgehogs tied to outbreak of Salmonella in humans
    The CDC announced that an outbreak of Salmonella typhimurium has affected 20 people in eight states since December 2011. Fourteen of the victims reportedly had contact with hedgehogs, four were hospitalized with the infection and one died. The CDC noted that many of the victims are children and recommended adults monitor children who handle hedgehogs and ensure they wash their hands promptly. (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Unraveling the secret of the "Birdmuda triangle"
    Research shows the ability to detect infrasound, or ultra-low-frequency sound waves, is the third factor allowing pigeons to navigate, in addition to their internal compass and use of the sun. Jersey Hill, near Ithaca, N.Y., is known as the "Birdmuda triangle," an area where local pigeons never return once they migrate, except for one day: Aug. 13, 1969. Researcher Jon Hagstrum used weather data and a computer model to uncover a kind of sonic shadow that deflects infrasound, effectively blocking the birds' ability to find their way. Unusual conditions on that 1969 day allowed pigeons to navigate successfully. The Economist (tiered subscription model) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Driving with a dog in the car? Here's what to know
    If owners take their pet along for a car ride, experts recommend properly restraining pets and purchasing veterinary medical insurance for animals who may be injured in a car accident. Some 56% of dog owners in an AAA survey reported they brought their dog in the car at least monthly within the previous year. Many automobile insurance companies offer coverage for pets injured in vehicles, but prices and coverage vary, so owners should do their homework, experts say. Fox Business/ (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deciphering the language of pet foods
    The Association of American Feed Control Officials determines the standards for pet food labels and prohibits the use of certain misleading terms on labels, writes veterinarian Lee Pickett. However, AAFCO has no power to regulate promotional materials, so terms such as "human grade" that have no meaning may still be used to promote a product, Dr. Pickett notes. The terms "organic" and "natural" do have official definitions, adds Dr. Pickett. (Reading, Pa.) (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • How to keep your computer running smoothly
    It's critical that you download the latest updates for your software to help protect your computer from malware, writes Marco Chiappetta. Also, you should use a tool such as CCleaner to reclaim your computer memory from useless applications. This strategy is especially important for older or underpowered systems, he writes. PCWorld (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
    The latest episode of AVMA NOW, a biweekly program that will provide AVMA members with information on what's happening within the association, is available online. This episode features an interview with Drs. Tom and Jean Meyer, who speak about how New York Life's decision to exit the health insurance business affects them as practicing veterinarians. The Meyers offer a unique perspective on the situation because not only are they GHLIT members, practicing veterinarians, and practice owners, but Dr. Tom Meyer is also the vice chair of AVMA's executive board. View AVMA NOW. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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