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December 11, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
  • White-nose syndrome research in bats may yield AIDS insights
    Research on white-nose syndrome in bats may shed light on the overzealous immune response that wreaks havoc in AIDS patients, known as immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome. Veterinarian Carol Meteyer, a pathologist with the U.S. Geological Survey, studied hundreds of bats that had survived white-nose syndrome only to die as a result of their immune system's frenzied attempt to eliminate the fungal pathogen, killing healthy tissue in the process. Although the process is different in people with AIDS, researchers think understanding the trigger in bats could help manage the condition in humans. The Washington Post (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Porcupine quill research may take the sting out of doctor visits
    Researchers studying porcupine quills have identified the mechanism that allows the quills to penetrate tissue with little force yet makes extraction difficult. The findings may lead to revolutionary devices for use in human medicine including less painful needles and adhesive, leak-resistant patches for tissue such as in the gastrointestinal tract. "We're constantly looking to nature for examples that can inspire new approaches toward solving medical problems," said Brigham and Women's Hospital bioengineer Jeffrey Karp. Discovery (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Animal News 
  • Dog prompts boy to speak for the first time
    A therapy dog named Boo helped a 6-year-old boy with selective mutism start talking. The boy, Marc Oliviere, hadn't spoken a single word to anyone until he met Boo. After their first therapy session, Marc released a flood of words and hasn't stopped, according to his mother. Yahoo/Day in Health blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes service dogs can save lives, restore sense of normalcy
    Dogs trained to detect critical changes in blood glucose levels are helping improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes. As incidence of the condition has increased, so has the need for glucose-detecting dogs, and organizations that train the dogs are swamped with requests, despite the $20,000 price tag. The mother of an 8-year-old with type 1 diabetes calls the service dogs "angels with fur." The Wall Street Journal (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Physical therapy improving quality of life for dogs and cats
    After surgery or debilitating illnesses, some pets are benefiting from physical therapy techniques such as use of underwater treadmills, laser therapy and heated pools. Two rehabilitation centers in California are featured in this article, one run by veterinarian Annette Richmond and another by certified veterinary technician Rebecca Lewis. Some clients also bring their pets to the centers to get exercise and lose weight. The Monterey County Herald (Calif.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Around the Office 
  • How to prepare your 2013 marketing strategy
    As you look ahead to 2013, you can refine your marketing efforts by maintaining an active LinkedIn profile, fine-tuning your company's website and sharing your knowledge on your blog, Deborah Shane writes. It's also a good idea to attend conferences and to use Twitter and Facebook to build your brand. Small Business Trends (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AVMA Website Warrior scavenger hunt
    Congratulations to this week's Website Warrior scavenger hunt winner, Dr. Anne Del Borgo, a graduate of Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine! It's the last week to enter the Website Warrior Scavenger Hunt; 1,100 people have already qualified for the grand-prize drawing. The University of Minnesota is in the lead to win the $500 scholarship, but if your school is in the top 10, there's still time for you to get ahead. Visit the AVMA Website Warrior Web page for hints, rules and more information. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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