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- ADVICE ABOUT EAR INFECTIONS
- News-Gazette (Dec. 2) - Amelia White, a veterinary dermatology resident at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, said ear infections are usually caused by an underlying problem, so it is important to treat both the ear infection and the primary cause to completely resolve the problem.
- ANTICANCER PROPERTIES IN BROCCOLI
- The Philadelphia Inquirer (from HealthDay News, Norwalk, Ct.; Nov. 8) -- Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are a good source of sulforaphane, which has shown strong anti-cancer properties in lab studies. However, the enzyme myrosinase in broccoli is needed for sulforaphane to form. Researchers compared boiled, microwaved and steamed broccoli, and found that steaming broccoli for up to five minutes was the best way to retain its myrosinase. Boiling and microwaving broccoli for one minute or less destroyed the majority of the enzyme, says Elizabeth Jeffery, a U. of I. professor of comparative biosciences.
Daily Mail (London, Nov. 11)
- FRED KUMMEROW AND TRANS FAT
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Nov. 8) - It took more than 50 years, but the government has finally vindicated the life’s work of U. of I. comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow, 99. Kummerow first wrote about the dangers of artery-clogging trans fats in 1957 and helped convince the food industry to lower the trans fat content in oils and margarines a decade later. By 2009, he was fed up with the lack of action by the Food and Drug Administration and filed a petition calling for a ban on trans fats. He sued the FDA in August for failing to enact such a ban.
Bloomberg (Nov. 7)
Food Navigator (Montpellier, France, Nov. 7)
KPCC-FM (89.3) (NPR; Pasadena, Calif., Nov. 7)
The Age (Melbourne, Australia, Nov. 8)
Whole Food Magazine (Plainfield, N.J., Nov. 7)
St. Louis Post-Dispatch (Nov. 11) (Editorial)
Daily Illini (Dec. 4)
- ANXIETY IN DOGS
- News-Gazette (Nov. 4) - Kelly Ballantyne, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois Chicago Center for Veterinary Medicine and resident of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists, says the causes of anxiety in dogs are as varied as the approaches for reducing that anxiety, and the cause must be explored in order to determine the best response.
- RIVER OTTERS AND TOXINS
- EarthSky (Austin, Texas, Oct. 15) -- U. of I. researchers, including pathobiology professor Kuldeep Singh, report that river otters in Central Illinois are being exposed to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and pesticides that were banned in the U.S. in the 1970s and ‘80s.
* Red Orbit . com (Dallas, Oct. 15)
* Nature World News (New York City, Oct. 15)
* State Wildlife Research News (Oct. 16)
* Belleville News-Democrat (from The Associated Press; Illinois, Oct. 18)
* Alton Daily News (from WBGZ-AM (1570), Alton, and the Illinois Radio Network; Illinois, Oct. 21)
* Daily Journal (from The Associated Press; Franklin, Ind., Oct. 18)
* WLS-Channel 7 (from The Associated Press; ABC; Chicago, Oct. 18)
* WIBQ-FM (98.5) (Terre Haute, Ind., Oct. 21)
- DOG WALKS AGAIN AFTER SURGERY FOR DISC DISEASE
- News-Gazette (Oct. 14) - "The prognosis for dogs that present clinical signs similar to Danny's (inability to walk but still able to move his legs) is good without complications," according to University of Illinois small animal veterinarian Evelyn Caporali, Danny's surgeon.
- VET MED OPEN HOUSE
- I-STEM Education Initiative (Oct. 9) - The fall 2013 Veterinary Medicine Open House offered a variety of events that appealed to kids, from getting a tattoo or their face painted; to petting a variety of animals, from dogs, to horses, to 3-week-old pigs; to donning a helmet and becoming an honorary member a large-animal-rescue crew. And the veterinary medicine students who staffed the outreach event seemed to be having as much fun as the kids.
* New Lennox Patch (Sept. 7)
* Chambanamoms.org (Oct. 2)
* Channel 3 News (WCIA; Oct. 6)
* News-Gazette photo gallery (Oct. 6)
- PETS AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
- The Huffington Post UK (London, Sept. 26) -- At present, only a few women's shelters welcome pets. In response, the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is pioneering a program that provides a safe haven for pets until women in shelters can find housing and reclaim their animals. "It would be ideal if the pet was able to stay with the woman at the shelter, but you'd need a reasonably well socialized and non-aggressive animal for that, and it would require a major shift in facilities and training for shelter personnel," said Marcella Ridgway, a clinical associate professor.
- TURTLES IN ZOO ARE SENTINELS AND EDUCATORS
- Pantagraph (Bloomington, Ill.; Sept. 12) - Six eastern box turtles call Miller Park Zoo home as the result of a donation from Matt Allender, the zoo’s primary veterinarian for the last year and a half. “These really are spokes-turtles for the environment in North America,” Allender said. “They’re an ideal species to look at the ecosystem.”