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October 2, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
 
  • Study: Camel antibodies penetrate the blood-brain barrier
    New research has uncovered a novel class of antibodies in camelids that has the ability to naturally penetrate the blood-brain barrier and target specific cells, according to the authors. The findings may lead to new therapies for people with brain disorders such as Alzheimer's disease. "Camels may be most famous for helping people travel to the outermost reaches of the desert, but soon they could be also known for helping us reach the innermost parts of our brains," said physician Gerald Weissmann, editor of The FASEB Journal, where the paper was published. ScienceDaily (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • EEE virus overwinters in snakes, study finds
    Recent research indicates the Eastern equine encephalitis virus survives the winter in snakes. The reptiles do not become sick, but researchers believe their slowed immune systems during hibernation can't eradicate the virus. Mosquitoes likely pick up the virus from snakes when the reptiles emerge from hibernation and spread it to other species, including humans. About six cases of EEE occur in humans every year in the U.S., resulting in severe brain inflammation that can cause disability or death, according to the CDC. The new research may lead to targeted eradication of those mosquito species that feed on the snakes early in the year. LiveScience.com (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • N.D. reports 1st case of bovine anthrax this year
    The North Dakota State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory confirmed a case of anthrax in a cow, the first in the state this year. The combination of short grasses and parched pastures makes anthrax spore ingestion more likely, according to state veterinarian Susan Keller. Dr. Keller advised cattle owners to consult with a veterinarian about the anthrax vaccine for their animals. KFYR-TV (Bismarck, N.D.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Addressing diarrhea in pigs
    Scours, or diarrhea, in pigs is often multifactorial, and Iowa State University Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory veterinarians Darin Madson and Kent Schwartz discuss possible causes in this article. There are some 100 trillion bacteria of at least 800 species in the healthy swine intestine. Infectious diseases, dietary changes, environmental stress, colon dysfunction and water quality, among other factors, may all disrupt the healthy intestinal environment and contribute to scours. Good communication with a diagnostic lab can help producers solve the problem. NationalHogFarmer.com (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Coughing cats likely have respiratory disease
    A cat with a cough is more likely to have a respiratory disease, such as asthma, than a heart problem or an infectious disease, writes veterinarian Kathy Gagliardi. The most common symptoms of feline asthma, a dry cough and wheezing, are often misinterpreted by owners as failed attempts to expel a hairball. Because feline asthma is a chronic, progressive disease, Dr. Gagliardi recommends having a coughing cat evaluated by a veterinarian to make the diagnosis, identify the trigger -- usually an environmental allergen -- and begin treatment. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tiny turtles pose big threat to children
    It's illegal to sell pet turtles with shells shorter than 4 inches because they have been linked to zoonotic salmonella infections, according to the FDA. The CDC reports that among recently infected people, 63% are 10 or younger and 29% are younger than 1. Younger children are most at risk because they tend to handle the animals, which carry salmonella from their intestinal tract on their bodies, and then touch their mouths, according to veterinarian Joseph C. Paige, an FDA Center for Veterinary Medicine consumer safety officer. Shine (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • 9 quick questions that can improve your leadership skills
    Managers can become more effective by asking themselves nine quick questions every Monday morning, according to a book called "Nine Minutes on Monday" by James Robbins. For example, they should think about providing feedback, consider how to build unity in the office and find a way to inject fun into the workplace. CBS MoneyWatch (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AVMA in the News 
  • Putting pet health first is a smart money move, AVMA president says
    Most people are try to save money where they can, but it's important to be cautious when cutting pet care costs. The AVMA provides tips for saving money on pet care, but AVMA President Dr. Doug Aspros advises choosing wisely and putting health first. "A penny saved can turn out to be pound foolish when it comes to pet health," he says. "Cutting corners isn't good for your pet's health. It might save you a few dollars in the short run, but it could cost you and your pet much more in the long term." KENS-TV (San Antonio) (10/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
 
  • Registration open for AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference
    Register today for the 2013 AVMA Veterinary Leadership Conference (VLC), held January 3-6 at the Westin Michigan Avenue Chicago. The VLC offers three days of networking and workshop opportunities, with tracks for current and emerging leaders, as well as state and allied representatives. This conference is also open to all veterinary professionals interested in learning more about leadership, team building and how the AVMA works with you and for you. Participants can also receive continuing education credit for attending selected sessions. Visit the AVMA VLC web page to learn more and to register. The deadline for registration is Dec. 21, 2012. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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