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- 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.
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