Central Illinois Bull Tests Positive for Rabies (via Pantagraph)

“SPRINGFIELD — For the first time in six years, state officials are reporting that a domesticated animal has tested positive for rabies, prompting health officials to remind people to vaccinate their pets and livestock. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health and Illinois Department of Agriculture, a bull pastured in eastern Macon County developed signs […]

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Some Foodborne Bacteria Target the Heart, Study Finds (via MSNBC)

“Bacteria called Listeria monocytogenes can cause mild food-poisoning symptoms in healthy individuals, but some strains have an enhanced ability to invade the heart, a new study finds. The ability to infect the heart, possibly causing serious heart disease, may be due to particular proteins on the surface of these bacteria. If so, these proteins could serve as a […]

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Wake Forest Institute Forms Regenerative Medicine Center with Veterinary School (via the Winston-Salem Journal)

“Regenerative medicine is not just for two-legged creatures any more. The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine said today that it has formed a veterinary regenerative center with the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. The center, called the Virginia Tech/Wake Forest Center for Veterinary Regenerative Medicine, will have researchers from both organizations developing new treatments for animals and humans.” Read […]

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Putting Down the Vet Clinic I Loved (via Salon)

“We sealed the envelopes yesterday. I commented to our technician and our office manager that it felt like euthanasia, a really prolonged euthanasia. As I slid the moistened sponge across the gummed edges, I felt my mind detach in the same way it does when I draw Pentobarbital into a syringe. Except, this time the […]

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Disease May Help Shape Animals’ Migration Habits (via Live Science)

“Migrations can resemble an extreme endurance sport, in some cases taking animals thousands of miles across continents or oceans to feeding, breeding and overwintering grounds. New research shows these feats may offer a surprising benefit: protection from disease.” Read more at LiveScience.com.

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Pets Emotionally Scarred by Floods (via the Sydney Morning Herald)

“Pet owners are being urged to be on the look-out for signs of post traumatic stress in the wake of the floods, with vets warning dogs and cats can be just as emotionally scarred as humans. Veterinarians are preparing to cope with large numbers of distressed animals over the coming weeks and months, the Australian Veterinary […]

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Breakthrough: Transgenic Chicken Blocks H5NI Flu Spread (via Planetsave)

“A transgenic chicken has been developed that blocks transmission of the avian flu to other chickens. The new technique — some aspects of which are not clear even to the geneticists developing it — holds out great promise for preventing human illness as well as unnecessary animal deaths. But nothing is quite that simple when […]

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Toward a 21st-Century Regulatory System (via the Wall Street Journal)

“For two centuries, America’s free market has not only been the source of dazzling ideas and path-breaking products, it has also been the greatest force for prosperity the world has ever known. That vibrant entrepreneurialism is the key to our continued global leadership and the success of our people.” Read more at WSJ.com.

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K-State Researchers Look to Prevent Chronic Cow Ailment (via Medill Reports)

“When farmers discuss lameness in livestock, they are not referring to cows that go to bed early or never attend parties. What they are talking about is a debilitating condition that affects roughly 10 percent to 20 percent of cattle in the United States. Lameness renders many unable to walk, and in more dramatic cases, may result […]

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USDA Scientists Studying Causes of Foot-And-Mouth Disease (via Wisconsin Ag Connection)

“U.S. Department of Agriculture scientists have learned that foot-and-mouth infection in cattle begins when the virus selectively infects epithelial cells in the back of the cow’s throat. This discovery could lead to development of new vaccines to control and potentially eradicate FMD, a highly contagious and sometimes fatal viral disease of cloven-hoofed animals that is […]

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