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April 6, 2012
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  • Scientists study Fukushima disaster's effect on Calif. sea life
    In a recently published study, researchers reveal that sea kelp along the coast of Southern California had as much as 250 times the normal amount of radioactive iodine within weeks of the Fukushima nuclear disaster last year, raising concerns that radioactive compounds could be moving up the food chain toward humans. The researchers plan to study whether fish and kelp are contaminated with other radioactive chemicals that persist longer than iodine, which degrades relatively quickly. KNBC-TV (Los Angeles) (4/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Specialists perform cataract surgery on pinnipeds
    Three pinnipeds -- two sea lions with cataracts and a harbor seal -- underwent eye surgery at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo this week. Three veterinary specialists from Florida combined their expertise in ophthalmology, anesthesia and aquatic mammals with the efforts of zoo veterinarians and keepers to provide relief to the animals, which are prone to eye problems in captivity. The Plain Dealer (Cleveland) (4/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study sheds light on difficulty of panda mating
    Previous research established that female giant pandas have a breeding window of one to three days between February and May, and now a new study reveals that males also face difficulties in reproduction, as they begin producing sperm several months before females are ready to mate. "In order for the males to find females and breed successfully, they must travel large distances across difficult terrain," says lead author Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer, head veterinarian at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. MSNBC/Discovery News (4/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pythons in the Everglades are eating both birds and their eggs
    Officials estimate tens of thousands of invasive Burmese pythons are roaming the Florida Everglades and their diet consists of native wildlife, including 25 bird species. New research shows the snakes also seek out bird nests and ingest the eggs, prompting concerns the snakes may affect the reproductive success of several bird species. ScienceDaily (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Advanced procedures are more common in veterinary medicine
    With recent advancements in technology, veterinarians are able to provide their patients with state-of-the-art CT and MRI imaging studies, bone marrow transplants, targeted radiation therapy, stent placements and more. The advances come at a high price, contributing to an estimated $13.4 billion in consumer spending on veterinary care last year alone, according to the American Pet Products Association. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Saddle thromboembolism usually indicates underlying heart disease
    Cats that have an acute and painful hind leg lameness likely have suffered a thromboembolism, a clot formed in the heart that lodges where the aorta splits into the main leg blood vessels, writes veterinarian Lee Pickett. Some 89% of cats that have a saddle thromboembolism have underlying heart disease, but regular veterinary exams, an echocardiogram and blood tests can help identify heart disease early. Reading Eagle Press (Pa.) (4/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 4 reasons to handle your own social media outreach
    For a number of reasons, it's a good idea to handle your business's social media in-house rather than enlisting an outside company to do it for you, Mikal E. Belicove writes. "The members of your team have their fingers on the pulse of your business and know its goals better than an outsider," he notes. Also, your employees will also generally be more invested in your brand. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (4/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Don't Kiss That Frog!
    Reptiles and amphibians can make great pets, but there are some risks to consider before bringing them into your home. Salmonella infection, in particular, is a concern with these animals. The AVMA has resources featuring simple, common sense measures that can significantly reduce your risk of amphibian- or reptile-associated Salmonella infection. Read AVMA's "Amphibians, Reptiles and Salmonella" Web page. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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