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[Chicago dog outdoors]

Update on Canine Influenza Outbreak

Apr 21, 2015 / General News

Illinois dog owners should minimize their dog’s exposure to other dogs, if at all possible. Update, April 21: The College of Veterinary Medicine has postponed the annual spring Dog Wash, a fundraiser of the Omega Tau Sigma veterinary service fraternity originally scheduled for Saturday, in order to limit events where dogs congregate, which is how...

[graphic of mice and impact of BPA exposure over three generations]

BPA Exposure in Pregnant Mice Affects Fertility in Three Generations

Apr 16, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

When scientists exposed pregnant mice to levels of bisphenol A equivalent to those considered safe in humans, three generations of female mouse offspring experienced significant reproductive problems, including declines in fertility, sexual maturity and pregnancy success, the scientists report in the journal Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology. BPA exposure during pregnancy was associated with reproductive problems...

[Pamela Wilkins and Maureen McMichael with a horse]

Study Points to New Standards for Evaluating Blood Clotting in Horses

Apr 10, 2015 / Practitioner Updates

Standards are needed for tests used to check for clotting ability in the blood of various species Two Illinois faculty members who are boarded in veterinary emergency and critical care recently published their findings showing that the blood of horses differs substantially from that of humans and dogs when a diagnostic tool called thromboelastometry is...

[Dr. Elizabeth Driskell and Clyde, a golden retriever, in an exam room]

Seeking a Faster Way to Catch the Kennel Cough Culprit

Apr 8, 2015 / Pathobiology

A cough, runny nose, fever, and lethargy. In dogs, these are classic signs of highly infectious upper respiratory problems that are lumped under the broad term “kennel cough.” The specific pathogen causing kennel cough may be viral, bacterial, or a combination of these. Because many different pathogens cause kennel cough, laboratory testing is required to...

[two events for Wildlife Medical Clinic on April 4]

‘Baby Shower,’ Visual Workshop Support Local Wildlife on Saturday

Mar 31, 2015 / General News

On Saturday, April 4, local wildlife fans will have two opportunities to learn more about and support the University of Illinois Wildlife Medical Clinic, a non-profit organization that provides care for 1,500 ill or injured animals every year. The annual Wildlife Baby Shower, a free event to be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at...

[Dr. Jodi Flaws at a microscope]

The Phthalate DEHP Undermines Female Fertility in Mice

Mar 30, 2015 / Comparative Biosciences News

Two studies in mice add to the evidence that the phthalate DEHP, a plasticizing agent used in auto upholstery, baby toys, building materials and many other consumer products, can undermine female reproductive health, in part by disrupting the growth and function of the ovaries. In the first study, reported in the journal Reproductive Toxicology, researchers...

[Proud to announce new college, new medicine]

University Board Votes to Establish Engineering-Based College of Medicine

Mar 12, 2015 / General News

Partners in a first-of-its-kind medical college on the University of Illinois’s Urbana-Champaign campus are advancing to the next phase of development, having completed a key administrative step. The University of Illinois Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Thursday, March 12, to establish the nation’s first college of medicine focused, from the beginning, on the intersection...

[slide showing infected cell producing interferons]

Taking Aim at Arteriviruses: Targets for a Better Vaccine

Mar 12, 2015 / Pathobiology

Arteriviruses in pigs, horses, mice, and apes appear to use the same non-specific protein to evade the body’s immune system From the common cold to HIV, many illnesses—in fact, more than 90 percent of human illnesses—are caused by viruses. In the war against viruses, medical researchers called virologists are constantly seeking new avenues of attack. Vaccinations...