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- SWINE VIRUS OUTBREAK
- Brownfield Ag News (Feb. 20) - Illinois swine veterinarian Jim Lowe responded to criticism of a swine industry approach to preventing the spread of the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus or PEDv. He also said there is no science behind an accusation that large farming operations are to blame for the emergence and breakout of the virus. “PEDv, like in all diseases – the bug doesn’t know the size of the farm,” he says. “It’s an equal opportunity infector of pigs. So age or size – it is non-discriminate.”
- STUDENTS ASSIST WITH ZOO VET NEEDS
- WJBC (Bloomington, Ill.; Feb. 10) - Miller Park Zoo uses students from the University of Illinois Veterinary School to care for sick animals. "They bring four or five students every time they come. It's a way for them to give back to the community as well," Tetzloff said. "They get to do an ultrasound on an otter or draw different blood, all kinds of things that vets need to experience."
- SPOTLIGHT ON THE VETERINARY TEACHING HOSPITAL
- News-Gazette (Feb. 2) - When they first arrived at the University of Illinois' veterinary teaching hospital with their dog, owner Anderson recalls, "It was just like you were walking into a human medical emergency room." Actually, the whole hospital at the southeast corner of the UI's main campus functions pretty much like a human health system.
- ASK THE EQUINE OPHTHALMOLOGIST
- TheHorse.com (Jan. 30) - Owner's equine eye and vision questions were answered by board-certified veterinary ophthalmologist Dr. Amber Labelle in a live audio event.
- HORSEMAN'S CLINIC
- The Horse.com (Jan. 26) - The University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne College of Veterinary Medicine will host a horseman's clinic on Feb. 1.
- APP FOR PET ER
- Medill Reports Chicago (Jan. 21) - Dr. Drew Sullivan of Furnetic Veterinary Clinic in Chicago commented on an app produced by the American Red Cross for pet owners addressing common pet medical emergencies.
- EQUINE EYE SURGERY
- The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Ill.; Jan. 11) - After suffering repeated episodes of eye inflammation, Chic, a horse, lost sight in one eye. Although partial blindness did not stop Chic from being ridden by the young girl who was her owner, the eye did cause the horse pain. Dr. Ralph Hamor, a veterinary ophthalmologist at the U. of I., and his colleagues recently performed surgery that provided relief for Chic.
* News-Gazette (Jan. 26)
- ANIMAL CRUELTY
- Belleville News-Democrat (Jan. 9) - Dr. Adam Stern, a board certified veterinarian in pathology who works for the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, described a death by freezing. "Once the body temperature starts to drop, cardiac arrhythmia occurs, then the heart fails," Stern said.
- VET TO WATCH IN 2014
- Veterinary Practice News (Dec. 30) - Some guys just never grow up. Dr. Mark Mitchell has turned his fascination with lizards, spiders, rats and fish into a distinguished career as a zoological veterinarian.
- PANEL ON NEONATAL FOALS
- The Horse (Dec. 27) - As part of a panel discussion on neonatal medicine at the 2013 American Association of Equine Practitioners convention, held Dec. 7-11 in Nashville, Tenn., Dr. Pamela Wilkins commented on the failure of lactate levels to correlate with survival in dummy foals, unlike in septic foals.
- VACCINE ADVANCES
- Chicago Tribune (Dec. 15) - A large number of livestock in the developing world aren't being reliably vaccinated or vaccinated at all, dying from ailments that don't even exist among U.S. livestock. “Vaccinating these animals, in many cases, must be done on a yearly basis because you'd need to vaccinate the new additions to the herds and flocks,” says Daniel Rock, a professor of pathobiology at the U. of I.
- FRED KUMMEROW AND TRANS FATS
- Scientific American (Dec. 13) - Fred Kummerow, an adjunct professor of comparative biosciences at Illinois, is cited for his research that reported that trans fats had adverse effects on arteries in his studies of pigs.
* The New York Times (Dec. 16) - A full-length profile of the life and work of U. of I. adjunct professor of comparative biosciences Fred Kummerow, 99, who has spoken out for decades about the negative health effects of trans fats. The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed that trans fats should be eliminated from the food supply.
* The Record (from The New York Times; Kitchener, Ontario, Dec. 18)
* Punch (from the New York Times News Service; London, Dec. 31)
- ANNUAL BISON HEALTH CHECK
- Journal Star (Peoria, Ill., Dec. 12) -- Students from the U. of I. College of Veterinary Medicine, led by Dr. Cliff Shipley, have been helping to vaccinate bison at Wildlife State Prairie Park in Hanna City, Ill. The article includes video and a photo gallery from yesterday.
- ANTIBIOTIC USE IN FOOD ANIMALS
- Marketplace (American Public Media; Dec. 12) - The FDA, concerned about bacteria in humans becoming resistant to antibiotics, says no more using antibiotics to fatten animals. Gay Miller, a professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a decade ago estimated that removing antibiotics to encourage growth might cost farmers a little more than a dollar a pig. Today, she says, it’s less clear what it might cost.
- SHELTER MEDICINE GRANT
- Daily Illini (Dec. 5) - On Oct. 23, the College of Veterinary Medicine received a $323,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the largest grant the shelter medicine program has ever received. Dr. Robert Weedon, clinical assistant professor of shelter medicine, and Brenda Betts, associate dean for advancement, were the primary people who worked on applying for the grant, a process that took almost a year.
- 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)
* Great Lakes Echo (Lansing, Mich., Feb. 7)
- 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.”