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- SNAKE FUNGUS
- Red Orbit . com (Dallas, July 16) -- Researchers at Illinois have developed a faster and more accurate way to test for infection with Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungus that is killing snakes in the Midwest and eastern United States. The test also allows scientists to monitor the progression of the infection in living snakes.
Science World Report (July 15)
- TUBERCULOSIS IN ELEPHANTS
- Science Codex (San Jose, Calif., July 15) -- Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the organism that causes tuberculosis in humans, also afflicts Asian (and occasionally other) elephants. Diagnosing and treating elephants with TB is a challenge, however, as little is known about how their immune systems respond to the infection. A new study begins to address this knowledge gap, and offers new tools for detecting and monitoring TB in captive elephants. The study, reported in the journal Tuberculosis, is the work of researchers at the Illinois Zoological Pathology Program (ZPP).
* Phys.org (July 15)
- SHELTER MEDICINE PROGRAM
- WCIA Channel 3 10 O'clock News (July 2) - A Coles County animal shelter recently rescued more than 40 cats from a home in Charleston, but the cats are wild and can’t be adopted into homes. "Instead of bringing feral cats in and killing them, they're being sterilized, vaccinated, and out the door they go," said Dr. Robert Weedon, DVM, with the U of I shelter medicine program.
- APE VACCINE TESTING
- Smithsonian (May 27) -- Efforts to develop ape vaccines are embroiled in a larger debate over the use and treatment of chimpanzees in research laboratories. “I don’t think that’s a justification for keeping chimpanzees in that setting, that in and of itself,” says Karen Terio, a veterinary pathologist at the U. of I. “There are other animals that can be utilized as proxies.”
- ILLINOIS LEADS ZOO READY INITIATIVE
- Connect (Association of Zoos and Aquariums magazine; May 2014) - Dr. Yvette Johnson Walker, as part of the USDA-funded "Zoo Ready" program, organized a national meeting to facilitate communications about emergency response preparedness at the nation's zoos.
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- TRANS FAT RESEARCH PIONEER
- WBUR-FM (90.9) (NPR; Boston, May 12) - Back in 1957, Illinois professor Fred Kummerow, a nutrition scientist, was analyzing the arteries of people who had died of heart attacks. At 99 years old, Kummerow is still conducting trans fat research -- and eating an egg every day. He joins Jeremy Hobson, of "Here & Now," to discuss his research and what he sees as the unfair vilification of cholesterol.
* WWNO-FM (89.9) (NPR; New Orleans, May 25)
- DOGS POISONED BY FRESHWATER ALGAE
- The Scientist (Midland, Ontario, May 1) -- A hidden danger for dogs abounds in freshwater bodies throughout the U.S. One out of three U.S. lakes harbors hazardous levels of toxin-releasing cyanobacteria, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. The blooms are sparked by a deluge of organic nutrients, such as those found in fertilizers, pouring into aquatic habitats. Dogs often fall prey to such bacterial outbreaks, according to a recent study led by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their penchant for drinking stagnant water or diving headlong into contaminated ponds makes them susceptible to accidental poisoning. “It’s really important that the CDC is showing an interest,” says toxicology expert Val Beasley, a professor emeritus of comparative biosciences at the U. of I.
- WILDLIFE CLINIC FUNDRAISER
- CI Living (WCIX-TV; April 30) - Nokomis and others from the Wildlife Medical Clinic spoke about the "Walk on the Wild Side" event and current season of wildlife "orphans."
- SPRINGTIME HAZARDS FOR WILDLIFE YOUNG
- News-Gazette (April 29) - Wildlife infants can easily be injured when people start cutting down tree branches, clearing out brush and raking up piles of dead vegetation. Dr. Julia Whittington, director of the University of Illinois's Wildlife Medical Clinic, urges homeowners to do yard work in the next week or so, or consider leaving it until about mid-June to avoid disrupting nests.
- SPREAD OF PIG VIRUS
- A Minute With... (illinois.edu; April 29) - The porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) has killed at least 4 million young pigs since being identified in the U.S. one year ago. A research team led by University of Illinois veterinarian James Lowe recently concluded and published a study investigating how the devastating virus is being spread.
* RFD-TV (Omaha, Neb., June 2)
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- DIABETES IN PETS
- Journal Gazette/Times-Courier (Mattoon, Ill.; April 28) - Diabetes is a common health problem for pets. Dr. Margarethe Hoenig, a veterinarian at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine in Urbana, is one of the foremost researchers in diabetes and obesity in dogs and cats.
- FERRETS AS PETS
- News-Gazette (April 27) - A distant cousin to weasels and skunks, ferrets were domesticated more than 2,000 years ago, according to Dr. Mark Mitchell, an exotic animal veterinarian at the UI Teaching Hospital in Urbana.
- BABY WILDLIFE
- Channel 3 News (Champaign; April 24) - Around this time of year, the Wildlife Medical Clinic at UI starts to get pretty crowded. People see tiny animals, figure they've been abandoned and bring them in. To see one up close, attend the upcoming Orphan Animal Baby Shower.
- WILDLIFE BABY SHOWER
- News-Gazette (April 24) - The University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic would like the public to attend a "baby shower" Saturday at Prairieland Feeds in Savoy to benefit the animals cared for at the clinic. "I want people to come learn about how to help baby wildlife without hurting them," Said Dr. Julia Whittington, director of the clinic.
- 3D PRINTING IN VETERINARY RADIOLOGY
- The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Ill., April 18) - Dr. Stephen Joslyn, a veterinarian radiologist at the U. of I. Teaching Hospital, talks about the application of 3-D printing in veterinary medicine.
- NUISANCE GEESE
- WCIA News (April 17) - Dr. Ken Welle, assistant professor at UI's College of Veterinary Medicine, says he's not surprised that measures taken by Urbana's park system to keep geese away from ponds have not been successful. "They're not dumb animals. They will figure out that they're not harming them eventually."
- EQUINE OPHTHALMOLOGY
- The Horse (Lexington, Ky., April 15) -- "Horse eyes are awesome," said Amber Labelle, assistant professor and veterinary ophthalmologist at Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. "But excessive tearing is not awesome."
- PET POISONING
- Journal Gazette & Times-Courier (Mattoon, Ill., April 14) -- One common reason for a call to the Animal Poison Control Center, a program of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, is a pet has eaten human medications. Dianna Black, a pharmacist at the U. of I. Veterinary Teaching Hospital, explains how to properly and safely dispose of expired and unneeded medications.
- VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY IN RABBITS
- Science Daily (April 9) - Rabbits that remain indoors may suffer from a lack of vitamin D, researchers reported in the American Journal of Veterinary Research. "We know that vitamin D is important to vertebrates in that it helps with calcium absorption, but it also has been shown to benefit cardiovascular health and immune function," said Mark Mitchell, a University of Illinois veterinary clinical medicine professor, who led the research.
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- ANESTHESIA FOR EXOTIC FELINE DENTISTRY
- WVTM-Channel 13 (video; NBC; Birmingham, Ala., April 8) -- An anesthesia team from the veterinary school at the U. of I. handled the anesthesia on six tigers, three lions and a leopard at the Exotic Feline Rescue Group in Indianapolis. The big cats had broken teeth that needed either root canal therapy or extraction.
- EQUINE DENTAL CARE
- News-Gazette (March 30) - According to Dr. Scott Austin, an equine veterinarian at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Urbana, horses between 2 and 5 years of age should have two dental exams each year.
- CONTROLLING ANTIBIOTIC-RESISTANT BACTERIA
- medwire News (London, March 23) - The spread of virulent, antibiotic-resistant strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae may be controllable through the use of competence-stimulating peptide (CSP) analogues, U.S. researchers believe. Using a mouse model of S. pneumoniae infection, U. of I. pathobiology professor Gee Lau and student Luchang Zau showed that synthetic CSP analogues inhibited the bacteria's ability to acquire and transfer genes conferring resistance and virulence.
* News-Medical . net (Sydney, March 24)