Body-on-a-chip mimics how organs and cancer cells react to drugs

Source: ScienceNews

(June 19, 2019) A new body-on-a-chip system could provide a more holistic view of drug effects than other devices of its kind. Unlike traditional organ-on-a-chip devices that simulate a single organ, the new setup contains five chambers to house different types of cells, connected by channels that circulate a nutrient solution to mimic blood flow. This is the first organ-on-a-chip scheme to examine how a drug and its chemical by-products affect target cells and other tissue at the same time, researchers report online June 19 in Science Translational Medicine...Read more»


Warning of 'Pig Zero': One Drugmaker's Push to Sell More Antibiotics

Source: The New York Times

(June 7, 2019) Facing a surge in drug-resistant infections, the World Health Organization issued a plea to farmers two years ago: “Stop using antibiotics in healthy animals.” But at last year’s big swine industry trade show, the World Pork Expo in Des Moines, one of the largest manufacturers of drugs for livestock was pushing the opposite message. “Don’t wait for Pig Zero,” warned a poster featuring a giant picture of a pig peeking through an enormous blue zero, at a booth run by the drugmaker Elanco...Read more»


Bulldogs and Pugs Are Cute, But New Campaign Warns of Health Risks


(June 5, 2019) Every time I open Instagram or walk down the street, I seem to see a pug, bulldog or similar brachycephalic (flat-faced) dog breed. And the internet has its fair share of brachycephalic feline stars, too. A lot of people think these animals are cute. And sometimes they cite the very things that make brachycephaly so dangerous as evidence of cuteness, rather than disease and stress created by overbreeding. But the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association is trying to bite back with its “Cost of Cuteness” campaign. It stresses that these animals may look winsome, but they come with serious, sometimes life-threatening health problems...Read more»


Short faces; long medical bills

Source: All Animals

(June 1, 2019) In her last year of college, Michelle Riley had professional goals and one big personal one: Get a dog.  An online test told her that, breed-wise, a pug would be a good match for her lifestyle. What the best-breed-for-you test didn’t tell her was that her new pooches would be prone to a host of health conditions, many of them directly related to the exact quality that makes them so appealing to so many people: their comical, smushed-looking faces...Read more»


College Announces Creation of Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care Clinic


(May 31, 2019) The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine announced the creation of the Frank Stanton Veterinary Spectrum of Care (SOC) Clinic on its Columbus campus, funded by a gift from the Stanton Foundation. In this new facility, students will gain experience providing a spectrum of care to pets presented by clients from a wide array of socioeconomic backgrounds...Read more»


Reflections From a House Call Veterinarian

Source: Petinsider

(May 2019) Early on in my veterinary career, a house call practice was the furthest thing from my mind. I was planning to be a specialist and I was going to work in a referral hospital with the latest high tech equipment and support staff. Little did I know, my extensive post-graduate training was preparing me for a wild ride as a specialist, but not a mainstream specialist that would be certified by a battery of tests and other requirements. Instead, within only a few years of working in veterinary hospitals, on-call beeper on my belt, I found myself driving around from house to house in a white VW Jetta filled with veterinary supplies...Read more»


Pet Insurance Can Be Your Wallet's Best Friend


(May 7, 2019) Most dog owners don’t have thousands of dollars sitting around to cover surgery or cancer treatment. That’s where pet insurance comes in. Policies typically reimburse 70% to 90% of covered costs related to illness and injury. Here’s what you need to know and what you should look for when shopping for a pet policy...Read more»


Horse Deaths Are Threatening the Racing Industry. Is the Sport Obsolete?

Source: The New York Times

(April 29, 2019) Horses have been dying in high numbers at a premier track and while nobody knows exactly why, the treatment of the animals — before, during and after racing — is under the harshest scrutiny in years. A Kentucky family in the horse business for decades says action to address the health of the animals is overdue. The consequences of inaction could be catastrophic...Read more»

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