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October 16, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Yosemite workers may hold clues to recent hantavirus outbreak
    Up to 2,500 employees at Yosemite National Park will take part in a voluntary study to help determine why the hantavirus outbreak at the park this summer affected park visitors but not workers. A questionnaire will be administered and blood samples collected as part of the study. Eight of the nine park tourists who became infected with hantavirus had stayed in the park's Curry Village tent cabins. Three people died as a result of the infection. Chicago Tribune/Reuters (free registration) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cataract surgery improves vision in elephant's only remaining eye
    Duchess, a 42-year-old elephant at Paignton Zoo in Devon, England, underwent cataract surgery on her left eye and is already showing signs that her vision has improved. Protecting the function of this eye is important because her right eye was surgically removed in 2011 due to glaucoma. BBC (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Prostate cancer treatment shows safety in dogs, may help men
    Veterinarian Sandra Axiak-Bechtel, an assistant professor in oncology at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, and colleagues have found that radioactive gold nanoparticles are a safe treatment for canine prostate cancer. Prostate cancer develops in dogs in much the same way as in humans, Dr. Axiak-Bechtel said. "Proving that gold nanoparticles are safe to use in the treatment of prostate cancer in dogs is a big step toward gaining approval for clinical trials in men," she said. ScienceDaily (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Exercise tools help pets shed unhealthy pounds
    Pet obesity is soaring in America, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, with 53% of U.S. adult dogs considered obese. Various exercise aids, such as treadmills and activity monitors, are helping pets shed excess, unhealthy pounds and are gaining popularity among owners, veterinarians and other pet-centered businesses. Tufts University's Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine recently opened an obesity clinic geared toward helping pets slim down. (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Morphology points to swordfish as source of giant eyeball
    The giant eyeball found on a Florida beach last week most likely belongs to a half-ton swordfish common to the waters off Florida's coast during this time of year, according to the state's Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The size, color and other physical characteristics are consistent with a swordfish eye, said Joan Herrera, the Fish and Wildlife Research Institute's curator of collections, but DNA tests will confirm the origin of the eye. CNN (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • How to keep your employees happy on the job
    One way to help your employees to be more satisfied with their work is to give them a degree of control, Jay Steinfeld of writes. "I think it is one of the greatest gifts a CEO can offer: set the vision and direction, then empower your team to make it happen and to 'own' their work," he writes. Leaders should also create a culture of steady improvement and instill a sense of fun into the workplace. Inc. online (free registration) (10/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Veterinary emergency care
    Do you know how to handle a pet-related emergency? Check out the "Emergency Care" web page on AVMA's website for information about what constitutes an emergency, what to do in case of an emergency, and first aid tips for pet owners. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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