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September 18, 2012
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  Veterinary Medicine Update 
 
  • 8-year-old orangutan being treated with chemotherapy
    Veterinarians and physicians are teaming up in an attempt to cure Peanut, an 8-year-old orangutan at Miami's Jungle Island, of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, marking what is likely the first time an orangutan has been treated with chemotherapy, according to North Carolina Zoo senior veterinarian Ryan DeVoe. Her doctors are using a chemotherapy regimen similar to that used in humans, but at a lower dose. "I've never had the same combination of fear and enthusiasm in one patient before," said oncologist Joseph Rosenblatt, one of the physicians helping to treat Peanut. CBS News/HealthPOP/The Associated Press (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Tissue from animals promotes muscle growth in humans
    Extracellular matrix, a sheet of collagen and other proteins purified from animal tissue, provides a framework for humans to grow new muscle cells, according to early results that will be part of a study by the Defense Department's Office of Technology Transition of people with severe muscle damage. The matrix is applied to healthy tissue and promotes an immune response hearty enough to stimulate new tissue growth but not so intense as to cause the matrix to be rejected by the body. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (9/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Euthanizing animals is emotional for veterinarians, too
    Veterinarian Michael Watts shares his perspective on euthanasia, noting that painlessly and compassionately relieving an animal's pain and suffering is an important responsibility but adding that it's sad and difficult for him to say goodbye to those animals. "When the time comes for [owners] to say goodbye to [their] furry friends, I only hope that I am able to bring some peace to both ends of the leash. In the end, that least pleasant part of my job may wind up being among most important," writes Dr. Watts. The Culpeper Star-Exponent (Va.) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Veterinary visits help keep pets, humans healthy
    Pets may transmit bacteria, parasites and even rabies to their owners, writes physician Anthony Komaroff, a Harvard Medical School professor. Dr. Komaroff recommends that all pets undergo regular veterinary visits for preventive care such as deworming and vaccinations. Additionally, commonsense practices including thorough hand-washing will help prevent problems, adds Dr. Komaroff. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Canine parvovirus outbreak could have been prevented
    Veterinarian Gretchen Gerber has treated three dogs from the Red Cliff Indian Reservation in Wisconsin for symptoms of parvovirus, and she notes anecdotal reports of other cases in the area. Canine parvovirus is highly contagious, especially for puppies and dogs with other health problems, and it causes severe vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration and often death if not promptly treated. "That's why it's so important to get the family pet vaccinated against canine parvovirus, so that all of the impacts of the disease can be avoided in the first place," Dr. Gerber said. The Daily Press (Ashland, Wis.) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Are you making the most of LinkedIn's marketing tool kit?
    LinkedIn is a powerful tool for small-business owners, but not everyone puts the site's built-in marketing tools to good use, Tasha Cunningham writes. Display ads and recommendation ads are a powerful tool for SMBs, but using unpaid options such as internal mail and simple status updates can also be an effective way to build your brand. The Miami Herald (free registration) (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pet trusts protect animals if they outlive their owners
    According to the 2012 AVMA pet ownership survey, there are some 164 million cats and dogs in homes across the U.S., and attorneys Elizabeth Carrie and Robert Kass recommend that pet owners plan for the possibility that they may no longer be able to care for their animals. Naming a caregiver, providing detailed pet care instructions and dedicating money specifically to the pet's care are all important parts of the plan, according to Kass and Carrie. Bundling all the essentials into a specific, separate trust is the best way to ensure the plan will be implemented in the manner the owner intends, they said. Fox Business (9/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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