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December 20, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • China declines to halt production of chicken jerky treats
    Rep. Jerry McNerney, D-Calif., requested that the Chinese government consider stopping production of the chicken jerky treats that have been linked to illness and death in U.S. dogs, but the Chinese government responded with criticism of the FDA's investigation. Chinese officials suggested the FDA probe was inadequate and warnings about the treats unfounded. KGO-TV (San Francisco) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rudolph may pass fly that causes myiasis to those who get too close
    In light of a recent report of five cases of myiasis in Scandinavian children who visited reindeer habitat, children may want to keep their distance from the animals. Myiasis is a condition in which fly larvae infest human tissue. Researchers reported that the children developed cutaneous swellings and ocular damage as a result of infestation with larvae of the fly Hypoderma tarandi, which may be carried by the reindeer. Since 1980, there have been a total of 17 human cases of myiasis reported. MedPage Today (free registration) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Frog secretions contain medically active compounds, study finds
    Russian scientists have isolated 76 compounds from the body secretions of frogs that may have medical applications for humans. Production of synthetic compounds that mimic these frog peptides may lead to new drugs for people, although it is often a long and arduous process to develop a drug from a natural substance, notes Jun O. Liu, a pharmacology professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. National Public Radio/Shots blog (12/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Veterinarian beats the odds and influences many lives
    Veterinarian Marvin Baynes, who grew up in a rough neighborhood in Southwest Philadelphia, credits his parents with his success. Dr. Baynes' interest in becoming a veterinarian was "always there," he says, and he attended Tuskegee University's School of Veterinary Medicine, graduating in 2000. He has run a mobile veterinary practice since 2005 and enjoys motorcycle riding, is active in the community and hopes his life will serve an example to children in his old neighborhood that success is achievable. The Philadelphia Inquirer (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dogs' intuition may surprise you
    Veterinarian Stu Robson says dogs are more perceptive than some people may think. Dr. Robson cites studies that suggest dogs can sense sadness, unfairness, anger, fear, generosity and distractedness in their owners. KTVI-TV (St. Louis) (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Boy with epilepsy opens up about his life with therapy dog
    Obtaining a therapy dog has been life-changing for 9-year-old Evan Moss, who has epilepsy and wrote about his condition and his dog to educate people. Evan's dog Mindy alerts his parents when he has a seizure, allowing them to treat him. Evan and his family raised money to purchase Mindy by selling a book Evan wrote about needing her, and the proceeds allowed them to help other children obtain dogs as well. CNN (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Washington, D.C.'s most powerful dog can be trusted
    Defense Secretary Leon Panetta's golden retriever, Bravo, has been privy to top-secret information, including the details of the raid that led to the death of Osama bin Laden. Bravo "sat in on almost all of the meetings involving the operations against bin Laden," Panetta told the National Press Club. The Atlantic Wire (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Preventive pet healthcare
    The old adage, "an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" certainly holds true when it comes to pet health. The cost of prevention is often a fraction of the cost of treating a disease or problem once it has become more advanced, and early diagnosis and treatment of developing problems or diseases can increase the likelihood of successful outcomes. Want to learn more? Visit AVMA's Preventive Pet Healthcare page for resources for pet owners and veterinarians. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Editor's Note 
No man for any considerable period can wear one face to himself and another to the multitude, without finally getting bewildered as to which may be the true."
--Nathaniel Hawthorne,
American author

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