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A Minute with … Jodi Flaws on bisphenol A

Jun 12, 2014 / Comparative Biosciences News

Researchers have conducted hundreds of studies of the potential health effects of exposure to bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical compound found in some plastic food containers, cash-register receipts and resin coatings in food-storage cans. Because it is a hormone mimic, a key concern is that exposure to BPA disrupts normal reproductive function. University of Illinois...

Faculty Spotlight: Karanvir S. Aulakh, BVSc and AH, MS, DACVS-SA

May 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

A member of the Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital faculty since fall 2013, Dr. Karanvir S. Aulakh is a board-certified small animal surgeon specializing in orthopedics. He also holds a master’s degree in microbiology and immunology. Dr. Aulakh’s research focuses on canine knee kinematics. What is your favorite thing about being a veterinary surgeon? My favorite...

Campbell Coauthors Definitive Small Animal Dermatology Text

May 1, 2014 / General News

“For many years Muller and Kirk’s Small Animal Dermatology (aka ‘the bible’) has been our standard text,” wrote Dr. Tim Nuttall, a senior lecturer in dermatology at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Veterinary Studies, who reviewed the new seventh edition of the book in the September 2013 issue of The Veterinary Journal. The reviewer...

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Illinois Experts Investigate Markers for Drug Allergy

May 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Sidonie Lavergne , DVM, IPSAV, PhD, and Karen L. Campbell, DVM, MS, DACVIM, DACVD Very little is known about immune-mediated idiosyncratic adverse drug reactions in veterinary patients, though its incidence is thought to be 1 percent or less, similar to that observed in human patients. Most delayed drug hypersensitivity reactions (i.e., reactions that occur >5...

A Minute with … Jim Lowe on porcine epidemic diarrhea virus

Apr 29, 2014 / General News

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. Lowe is a clinical instructor in the...

[Rabbits under UVB lamps]

Rabbits Kept Indoors Could Be Vitamin D Deficient

Apr 9, 2014 / Research News

Rabbits that remain indoors may suffer from a lack of vitamin D, researchers report in a new study. In rabbits kept as pets or used in laboratory studies, the deficiency could lead to dental problems, undermine their cardiovascular health, weaken their immune systems and skew scientific findings. The study found that regular exposure to artificial...

Faculty Spotlight: Heidi Phillips, VMD, DACVS-SA

Apr 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

A member of the Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital faculty since fall 2012, Dr. Heidi Phillips is a board-certified small animal surgeon with a passion for treating canine and feline surgical diseases. She is trained in transplantation, microvascular surgery and microsurgery. Her training in special cases of urinary tract surgery allows her to offer a wide...

[Surgeons fix congenital abnormality in a puppy]

Surgical Correction of Congenital Vessel Abnormalities

Apr 1, 2014 / Practitioner Updates

By Laura Selmic, BVetMed (Hons), MRCVS, DACVS-SA, ACVS Founding Fellow of Surgical Oncology A 13-week-old, mixed-breed puppy named Kim recently presented to the Soft Tissue Surgery Service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital with the main complaint of persistent regurgitation after eating. Radiographs showed Kim had dilation of her esophagus to the level of the heart...

[Fred Kummerow in lab]

‘Bad Cholesterol’ Indicates an Amino Acid Deficiency, Researcher Says

Feb 25, 2014 / General News

 Low-density lipoprotein (LDL), the “bad cholesterol” that doctors consider a sign of potential heart disease, is merely a marker of a diet lacking all of the essential amino acids, says University of Illinois comparative biosciences professor Fred Kummerow, 99, a longtime opponent of the medical establishment’s war on cholesterol.While writing about the causes of heart disease for...