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June 20, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
 
  • Children who live with dogs may have fewer colds, study finds
    Living with dogs decreases the susceptibility to respiratory syncytial virus, which causes the common cold and bronchiolitis, as being around dogs "trains" children's immune systems to resist asthma, according to research from the University of California, San Francisco. Doctors have long recognized the decreased incidence of asthma in kids with dogs, but this study is the first to identify a contributing factor. ABC News (6/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Frog researchers stumble upon key to rare human disease
    During a study of how environmental factors affect frogs in the Kalamazoo River, Western Michigan University researchers noticed the frogs developed Parkinson's-like symptoms after exposure to PCBs, stumbling upon a way to study multiple system atrophy (MSA). A rare and devastating disease, MSA affects roughly 100,000 people, slowly robbing them of bodily functions. The Western Michigan team's research has now expanded to study MSA with physicians and scientists from around the country. MLive.com (Michigan)/Kalamazoo Gazette (Mich.) (free registration) (6/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Zoo's senior orangutan diagnosed with lymphosarcoma
    Duchess, the Phoenix Zoo's 52-year-old orangutan and North America's oldest living Bornean orangutan, was diagnosed with lymphosarcoma after keepers noticed she was lethargic and less interested in eating. During a medical exam, an ultrasound showed Duchess has a large abdominal mass and peripheral lymphadenopathy. Her prognosis is poor, although zoo staff are discussing treatment options with oncologists. The Arizona Republic (Phoenix) (6/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Summer heat threatens cattle
    As temperatures rise all over the country, veterinarian Douglas Schwenka reminds farmers that cattle can succumb to heat stress, too, with some farms losing "significant" numbers of animals. Cattle's high-energy diet produces internal body heat that is compounded when the ambient temperature is elevated, says Dr. Schwenka, and that can lead to death. Shade and cooling sprinklers can help reduce the animals' risk of heat stress. KHAS-TV (Hastings, Neb.) (6/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Threatened red fox species spotted in Ore.
    The Sierra Nevada red fox, a mountain-dwelling species thought to exist solely in California and listed as a threatened species in 1980, was spotted several times and caught on camera in Oregon, prompting hope for its survival. Work will commence to count the number of individuals in the two groups of foxes that were found. San Francisco Chronicle (6/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Companies and canines benefit on Friday: Take Your Dog to Work Day
    Pet Sitters International's 14th Take Your Dog to Work Day is Friday, and the practice of bringing pets to work is reportedly gaining momentum, with some 10,000 hits on the group's website. "I think it is awesome and a wonderful idea for others to learn how much a dog can contribute to the energy level, stress reduction and goodwill fostered in an office by the presence of a dog," said certified public accountant Mike DeMeola, who takes his dogs to work every day in Florida. Ocala Star-Banner (Fla.) (6/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 5 ways cloud technology can help cut energy costs
    Research suggests companies can reduce their energy costs by using cloud-based solutions. "In its simplest form, outsourcing IT workloads to a cloud provider inherently means reduced energy consumption and investment in IT equipment," said Antonio Piraino of ScienceLogic. There are a number of reasons for this; for example, cloud providers will strive to lower energy costs to make more money. SmallBizBee.com (6/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • The July 1 issue of JAVMA News is available online
    News and feature articles about the veterinary profession and animal health are available online for free from the twice-monthly Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Read the July 1 JAVMA News. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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