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December 19, 2012
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  • White matter "explosion" helps explain human intelligence
    Researchers compared serial MRIs of the brains of young humans, chimpanzees and macaques and found that human brains undergo an "explosion" in the growth of white matter during the first two years of life that is significantly greater than developmental changes seen in the other species. "That probably helps to explain why those first few years of human life are so critical to set us on the course to language acquisition, cultural knowledge and all those things that make us human," said George Washington University evolutionary neuroscientist Chet Sherwood, who did not contribute to the study. (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Nasal endoscopy lets howler monkey breathe easier
    Eli, a 15-year-old howler monkey who lives at Utah's Hogle Zoo, underwent endoscopy and flushing of the nasal cavity and sinuses this week. Eli developed nasal discharge a few months ago, and a CT scan confirmed sinusitis. Veterinarians Nancy Carpenter and Erika Crook assisted Richard Orlandi, a surgeon at the University of Utah School of Medicine, who said Eli was his first monkey patient. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cats' discerning approach to food helps regulate nutrient intake
    House cats offered a variety of dry and wet foods ate just enough of each type of food to maintain a daily diet of 52% protein, 36% fat and 12% carbohydrates, which is close to what feral cats eat, according to a new study. "This research has important implications for owners as it shows that cats are able to select and combine wet and dry foods to achieve their target intake of protein, fat and carbohydrate," said researcher Adrian Hewson-Hughes. Discovery (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Therapy dog eases fears at pediatric dental practice
    Pediatric dentist Paul Weiss' newest staff member makes a visit to the dentist a little more fun for his young patients. Brooke, Dr. Weiss' 4-year-old golden retriever, became a certified therapy dog and makes the rounds at the dental office two mornings a week, calming the nerves of the littlest patients. Dr. Weiss notes that a few other dental practices in the country also have therapy dogs. The Buffalo News (N.Y.) (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microchip reunites owner with cat who helped her cope with cancer
    Loni Fitzgerald was reunited with her cat, Clair, after the cat went missing a year ago, thanks to a microchip implanted in the pet. "I wish she could tell me what she's been through," Fitzgerald said. "I'm definitely not going to be letting her outside for a very long time." Fitzgerald was being treated for cancer when she adopted Clair. Experts say it's essential that microchip contact information be kept up to date. HeraldNet (Everett, Wash.) (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Want a small tablet? Here's what you need to consider
    There are a number of options to choose from if you are interested in buying a 7-inch tablet, each with its own benefits and drawbacks, Tony Bradley writes. For example, the most common gripe about the Nook HD is that the touch screen isn't responsive enough, according to a website called FixYa. Meanwhile, some iPad Mini owners have complained about the device's limited storage capacity. PCWorld (12/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to keep your pet healthy and happy
    The AVMA has shared strategies to help pet owners achieve and maintain the best possible health for their animal friends, including wellness exams, dental care, proper diet and exercise, vaccinations and parasite prevention. This article also discusses health insurance for pets. South Source (12/2012) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • New IRS regulations
    Earlier this month, the IRS released final regulations that provide guidance on the 2.3 percent excise tax imposed on the sale of certain medical devices, including those for veterinary medicine. The AVMA has developed an FAQ on these regulations, including how medical devices are defined and what the impact of this tax may be. View AVMA's "IRS Regulations on Taxing Medical Devices" FAQ. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
To be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness."
--Bertrand Russell,
British philosopher, mathematician and historian

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