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July 27, 2012
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  • Scientists manipulate monkey behavior with light impulses
    Scientists altered monkey behavior by using blue-light impulses, which selectively stimulated certain brain neurons while leaving others untouched, causing specific eye movements in the monkeys. It is a landmark study in the field of optogenetics, the study of the casual connection between behavior and brain activity. The findings could lead to new therapies for human neuronal disorders including Parkinson's disease, depression, addiction and others. ScienceDaily (7/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Zoo confirms goat herd contracted Johne's disease
    The Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Mich., confirmed that their pygmy goat herd had become infected with mycobaterium avium paratuberculosis, also known as Johne's disease, and was euthanized to prevent suffering and to stop the infection from spreading to other animals. The disease, which causes intestinal thickening and ultimately death, is present in about 60% to 70% of the state's goat herds, according to the zoo's veterinarian, Tara Harrison. The Lansing State Journal (Mich.) (7/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Equine veterinarian shares Olympic experience
    Veterinarians are not usually thought of as Olympic participants, but they are an integral part of the U.S. equestrian team. A panel of veterinarians, led by Dr. Brendan Furlong, evaluates horses to ensure they are fit, giving the team a better chance at a medal. "The best thing I can tell a rider is, 'You don’t worry about your horse -- your horse is absolutely fine,' " said Furlong, who is marking his fifth Olympic Games with the team. Hunterdon County Democrat (Flemington, N.J.) (7/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinarian: There are advantages to buying local
    Veterinarian Lori Eidson writes that many veterinarians own small businesses that need support from local consumers in much the same way as farmers markets and other individually owned businesses. Instead of buying medications online or from big-box pharmacies, where staff may lack important knowledge of veterinary medicine and pharmacology and efficacy of medicines is not guaranteed, Dr. Eidson recommends purchasing from local veterinarians who know you and your pet best. KyForward (Lexington, Ky.) (7/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Feline hyperthyroidism: Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment
    Hyperthyroidism, the overproduction of thyroid hormone, is relatively common in aging cats and may explain changes in behavior, weight loss, vomiting and diarrhea, among other signs, writes veterinarian Andrew Riebe. Findings from a physical exam including a heart murmur and palpably enlarged thyroid gland along with a blood test measuring hormone levels provide veterinarians with a diagnosis. Dr. Riebe explains the advantages and drawbacks of available treatment protocols for feline hyperthyroidism, including a new food that alleviates the condition if fed exclusively. WANE-TV (Fort Wayne, Ind.) (7/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Cats more likely to trigger allergies than dogs
    According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, about 10% of people have pet-induced allergies, and cats are twice as likely to cause symptoms as dogs. Experts say intact, male cats register the highest itch-inducing protein, called Fel d 1, a protein so small and light that it remains airborne for hours and has been found in the absence of cats, even in the Arctic. (7/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Change might be the secret to small-business survival
    Research reveals many small-business owners have made changes at their companies to remain competitive, Lee Polevoi writes. It's a good idea to consider new ways to satisfy your customers, Polevoi writes. You should also think about introducing a new product or using new marketing techniques. Intuit Small Business Blog (7/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dogs' social lives and disease risks
    Interacting with other dogs is an important component of development for our canine companions. But there are health risks that need to be addressed whenever dogs mingle. The AVMA has issued guidance for dog owners on how to keep their pets healthy when socializing with other dogs. Visit the AVMA's website to view the guidance. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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