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  • Laminitis research to help save horses and ponies
    on February 15, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    Laminitis -- a complex, common and often devastating disease -- is the second biggest killer of domestic horses. Now a body of important research on it has been compiled. […]

  • Endocrine-disrupting chemicals linked to equine metabolic syndrome, study shows
    on February 13, 2019 at 5:44 pm

    Endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs) in a horse's environment may play a role in the development of equine metabolic syndrome (EMS), according to new research. […]

  • Cancer comparison across species highlights new drug targets
    on February 12, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Cancer genes in mucosal melanoma, a rare and poorly understood subtype of melanoma, have been compared in humans, dogs and horses for the first time. Researchers sequenced the genomes of the same cancer across different species to pinpoint key cancer genes. The results give insights into how cancer evolves across the tree of life and could guide the development of new therapies. […]

  • Why Asian horses don't get sick with the flu
    on February 7, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    Avian influenza viruses infect horses in Mongolia but do not cause large outbreaks of disease because they failed to acquire key genetic changes to enable greater cross-species transmissibility, according to a new study. […]

  • Visual guide to identify invasive self-cloning tick
    on January 30, 2019 at 12:57 pm

    Researchers have created a visual guide to help identify and control the Asian longhorned tick, which transmits a fatal human disease in its native countries and threatens livestock in the United States. […]

  • Overlapping genomic regions underlie canine fearfulness and human mental disorders
    on January 23, 2019 at 2:11 pm

    Researchers have identified two novel anxiety-related genomic regions in German Shepherd dogs. The region associated with fearfulness corresponds with the locus of human chromosome 18, which is associated with various psychiatric disorders, while the region associated with noise sensitivity includes several genes related to human and canine behavior and mental disorders. […]

  • New skin test detects prion infection before symptoms appear
    on January 22, 2019 at 5:55 pm

    Prions can infect both humans and animals, causing Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) in humans, mad cow disease in cattle, and chronic wasting disease in elk and deer. The infectious, misfolded protein particles often go undetected as they destroy brain tissue, causing memory loss, mobility issues, and ultimately death. Preclinical detection of prions has proven difficult, but new research suggests skin samples hold early signs of prion disease that precede neurologic symptoms. […]

  • Emerging significance of gammaherpesvirus and morbillivirus infections in cats
    on January 22, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    Emerging infectious diseases comprise a substantial fraction of important human infections, with potentially devastating global health and economic impacts. A 2008 paper in Nature described the emergence of no fewer than 335 infectious diseases in the global human population between 1940 and 2004. In the veterinary field, just as in the medical field, advanced molecular techniques and sophisticated computer-based algorithms for genetic sequence assembly and analysis have revolutionized infectious disease research. […]

  • Medical detection dogs help diabetes patients regulate insulin levels
    on January 15, 2019 at 7:40 pm

    New research has found that the best trained alert dogs have the potential to vastly improve the quality of life of people living with Type 1 diabetes. […]

  • UK must stay vigilant for bluetongue after 2007 'lucky escape'
    on January 14, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Scientists have used mathematical modelling to identify why the 2007 UK outbreak of bluetongue -- a viral disease spread by midge bites that affects sheep and cattle -- was smaller than it could have been and to predict the future impact of the disease in northern Europe as the climate warms. […]

  • Bulldogs' screw tails linked to human genetic disease
    on January 3, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    With their small size, stubby faces and wide-set eyes, bulldogs, French bulldogs and Boston terriers are among the most popular of domestic dog breeds. Now researchers have found the genetic basis for these dogs' appearance, and linked it to a rare inherited syndrome in humans. […]

  • Overweight dogs may live shorter lives
    on January 3, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    New research reveals overweight dogs are more likely to have shorter lives than those at ideal body weights. […]

  • Lung lavage as new test method improves tuberculosis diagnosis in rhinoceros
    on December 12, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Scientists performed repeated lung lavage as a new approach for tuberculosis diagnosis in rhinoceros. Subsequent genetic tests reliably identified mycobacteria in the animals' respiratory fluids -- with minimal stress and risk for the rhinos. […]

  • Buzz! Slap! Ow! Taking the virus out of a mosquito's bite
    on December 12, 2018 at 2:33 pm

    They approach with the telltale sign -- a high-pitched whine. It's a warning that you are a mosquito's next meal. But that mosquito might carry a virus, and now the virus is in you. Now, with the help of state-of-the-art technology, researchers can see how a virus moves within a mosquito's body, which could lead to the prevention of mosquitoes transmitting diseases. […]

  • New method to treat life-threatening heart arrhythmias in dogs
    on December 10, 2018 at 3:19 pm

    Researchers have developed a new treatment for dogs with a rare, but life-threatening, arrhythmia caused by atrioventricular accessory pathways (APs). The minimally invasive technique, which uses radiofrequencies, is modified from a human cardiology procedure and has a more than 95 percent success rate in treating dogs with this type of arrhythmia. […]

  • The taming of the dog, cow, horse, pig and rabbit
    on November 20, 2018 at 5:58 pm

    Research into one of the 'genetic orchestra conductors', microRNAs, sheds light on our selectively guided evolution of domestic pets and farmyard animals such as dogs and cows. […]

  • Eyes of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease patients show evidence of prions
    on November 20, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    By the time symptoms of sporadic Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (sCJD) are typically discovered, death is looming and inevitable. In a new study, researchers report finding tell-tale evidence of the condition's infectious agent in the eyes of deceased sCJD patients, making the eye a potential source for both early CJD detection and prevention of disease transmission. […]

  • Population of rare Stone's sheep 20% smaller than previously thought
    on November 15, 2018 at 4:53 pm

    The already-rare Stone's sheep of the Yukon is 20 per cent less common than previously thought, according to new research by biologists. The study examined 123 different DNA markers in approximately 2,800 thinhorn sheep in British Columbia and the Yukon, with the goal of mapping population boundaries. Results show significant overestimation of certain subspecies of thinhorn sheep, like Stone's sheep, due to misclassification. […]

  • Transmission of antibiotic resistant E. coli mapped in wild giraffe social networks
    on November 9, 2018 at 6:04 pm

    A team has shown that antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli bacteria in wild giraffes most likely come from anthropogenic sources, such as local cattle herds and humans. […]

  • How to feed a cat: Consensus statement to the veterinary community
    on October 30, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    The American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) today released the AAFP Consensus Statement, 'Feline Feeding Programs: Addressing Behavioral Needs to Improve Feline Health and Wellbeing' and accompanying client brochure to the veterinary community. The Consensus Statement, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery, explores the medical, social, and emotional problems that can result from the manner in which most cats are currently fed. […]

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