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December 17, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • Interleukin-10 tested for neuropathic pain in dogs, possibly humans
    Veterinarian Robert Landry, a diplomate with the American Academy of Pain Management, is teaming up with University of Colorado professor Linda Watkins in a therapeutic trial involving interleukin-10 to treat animals with chronic, debilitating neuropathic pain. Two dogs treated so far have shown positive results, and the treatment may one day prove useful in treating pain in humans. "Our ultimate goal is to find a means by which clinical pain control can be improved so as to relieve human suffering," Watkins said. Daily Camera (Boulder, Colo.) (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tufts veterinarian corrects reindeer's luxating patella
    Tufts University veterinarian Robert McCarthy surgically corrected a luxating patella in a one-and-a-half-year-old female reindeer who normally resides at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Mass. Dr. McCarthy expects the deer, named Willow, to fully recover. "We are very grateful for the generosity of the entire team at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, especially to Dr. Robert McCarthy and anesthesiologist Dr. Emily McCobb, for the wonderful care they provided to Willow," said veterinarian Eric Baitchman, Zoo New England director of veterinary services. Boston Herald/The Associated Press (12/15),, Mass. (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Alaskan researchers study ducks to learn about avian influenza
    North American waterfowl are an important reservoir for avian influenza, and scientists in Fairbanks, Alaska, are studying ducks that overwinter at a local river to find out more about the disease and other viruses the birds harbor. The researchers trap and measure the birds, then collect blood, respiratory and fecal samples in an effort to document metrics including the number of birds with avian influenza exposure and to study immunity to the virus. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (Alaska) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Massive squid strandings may be linked to red tide toxin
    Researchers struggling to explain why Humboldt squid strand themselves on central California beaches by the thousands noted that the strandings correspond with outbreaks of red tide and suspect that low levels of the toxin domoic acid disorient the animals. The toxin binds to glutamate receptors in the brain, and humans who ingest contaminated shellfish can suffer memory loss. (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Young shooting victim dreamed of being a veterinarian
    Charlotte Bacon, one of the first-graders killed in the Newtown, Conn., school shooting last week, dreamed of being a veterinarian and "never met an animal she didn’t love, and since the age of 2 wanted to be a veterinarian," according to her parents. Charlotte is being remembered along with the other victims. WCBS-TV (New York) (12/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Naughty and nice pets, plus a veterinarian's holiday wishes
    Veterinarian Lawrence Gerson has seen naughty and nice behaviors among animals around the holidays. Naughty behavior such as eating ribbon and holiday treats or chewing electrical cords can put pets' health at risk, Dr. Gerson writes, while other pets seem unaffected by the seasonal changes in their environment. Dr. Gerson's wish list for the holidays features a solution to the problem of overburdened animal shelters, more widespread spaying and neutering, owners who pick up dog waste and a microchip for every pet. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (12/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • Secrets of successful content marketing campaigns
    Content marketing can be a solid strategy for any kind of company, according to Ann Handley of MarketingProfs. After setting up a blog for your company, you can move your marketing initiative forward by encouraging your employees to contribute and by getting involved with content curation. "Think about being a resource to your readers," she advises. "Maybe that means producing some original content, but it also means curating content and serving as an industry resource." OpenView Blog (12/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Association News 
  • Selecting a pet: Hamsters
    Dogs and cats may be the most popular pets in the United States, but exotic pets are gaining in popularity and can make great additions to our homes. One such pet is the hamster. But is a hamster right for you and your family? In AVMA's latest Animal Tracks podcast, Dr. Adolf Maas, owner of the Center for Bird and Exotic Animal Medicine in Bothell, Wash., talks about hamsters as pets. Listen to the podcast. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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