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May 3, 2012
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  • Controversial influenza research is published
    The journal Nature has published University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka's H5N1 influenza research, which details the mutations that made the virus easily transmitted between ferrets. "By identifying mutations that facilitate transmission among mammals, those whose job it is to monitor viruses circulating in nature can look for these mutations so measures can be taken to effectively protect human health," said Kawaoka. ScienceDaily (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • USDA: Offspring from cow with BSE not infected
    The BSE-positive California dairy cow had two offspring, one stillborn and one healthy calf that USDA officials tracked down and tested for the disease. The test was negative. As is standard procedure, the farm where the BSE-positive case originated, as well as a second farm, have been placed under quarantine, but officials point out there is no danger to the food supply. The Sun (Baltimore)/Reuters (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • New, advanced procedures can carry hefty price tags
    Out-of-pocket expenses for new and advanced veterinary care, such as the bone marrow transplants performed at North Carolina State's College of Veterinary Medicine that can cost $15,000, are often too high for most owners to pay. Insurance covers procedures not considered experimental, but only 3% of owners carry pet insurance, according to the AAHA. (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rabies vaccination: Just do it
    It's easy to obtain a rabies vaccination for pets -- and very inexpensive, with vaccines often offered at low cost or for free, so veterinarian Jennifer Coates can't think of any good reason for owners to forgo rabies vaccinations. Considering the consequences of rabies exposure when a pet is not vaccinated, as was demonstrated in recent months in New Mexico, owners should just get their pets vaccinated, Dr. Coates writes. Vetted blog (5/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Musically inclined elephant wows Smithsonian zookeepers
    When staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo noticed that a 36-year-old female Asian elephant named Shanthi regularly blew on objects through her trunk and made rhythmic sounds with her body and nearby objects, they gave her musical instruments. It wasn't long before Shanthi took a shine to the harmonica, and now she composes and plays harmonious tunes on a regular basis. Discovery (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How to interact with your customers via social media
    You shouldn't use automated responses on social media sites because your customers will quickly catch on, writes Sam Keninger of Medallia. It's important to include frontline employees in social media efforts and to maintain a professional tone, he advises. Mashable (5/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Backgrounder: The Role of Breed in Dog Bite Risk and Prevention
    There are usually several factors that lead to a dog bite. Quite often, the dog's breed is singled out as the most important factor, or the factor that is addressed through legislation. With National Dog Bite Prevention Week approaching in a few weeks, and with Maryland's recent breed-specific ruling, the AVMA has developed a backgrounder on the role of breed in dog bite risk and prevention. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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