blog posts On the creation of a new obesity drug for dogs Feb 23, 2007 9:00 am36 views A Minute With™... Thomas K. Graves, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine Despite a recent salmonella outbreak, can pet turtles be made safe? Mar 11, 2008 9:00 am50 views A Minute With™... wildlife veterinarian Mark A. Mitchell 'Pix With Pets' fundraiser is Nov. 10 Nov 1, 2007 9:00 am58 views The UI College of Veterinary Medicine has scheduled "Pix With Pets," a seasonal fundraiser, for Nov. 10 at Prairieland Feeds, 303 S. Dunlap Ave., Savoy. Interactive exhibits entice at annual Veterinary Medicine Open House Sep 26, 2011 9:00 am61 views CHAMPAIGN,Ill. - Your dog may say "woof woof" (English), "ouah ouah" (Finnish), "gav gav" (Greek), or "bau bau" (Italian), but at the University of Illinois Veterinary Medicine Open House, there is bound to be a veterinarian who speaks your language. Update on the spread of avian influenza May 1, 2006 9:00 am72 views A Minute With™... Yvette J. Johnson, a professor of veterinary clinical medicine U. of I. designated one of first Veterinary Trauma Centers May 2, 2013 9:00 am104 views The small animal emergency service at the U. of I. Veterinary Teaching Hospital is one of nine U.S. veterinary hospitals and clinics to be provisionally designated as a Veterinary Trauma Center by the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. 'Doodle for Wildlife' clinic benefit to auction artwork, vacations Jan 26, 2011 9:00 am131 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Sketches by more than 40 celebrity artists - including Alan Alda and University of Illinois alumnus William Wegman - will be auctioned along with autographed photos, vacation packages and nature-themed artwork at the 10th Annual Doodle for Wildlife. Despite a recent salmonella outbreak, can pet turtles be made safe? Jun 29, 2007 9:00 am149 views A Minute With™... wildlife veterinarian Mark A. Mitchell Snowy owl off to Alaska, working toward release in the wil Apr 5, 2012 9:00 am159 views Qigiq, the snowy owl that was brought to the UI Wildlife Medical Clinic on Jan. 3 with a broken wing, took an early flight to Alaska on April 1 to begin the next phase of his rehabilitation. New website educates about wildlife, conservation, natural resources Feb 4, 2013 9:00 am166 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - The Web has become a little more wild with the introduction of a website that explores human interactions with the natural world. The Wildlife Medical Clinic at the University of Illinois recently created a classroom-focused website called Wildlife Encounters to educate students of all ages about the world around them. Treating newborn horses: A unique form of pediatrics Apr 6, 2011 9:00 am280 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Like any other newborn, the neonatal horse can be a challenging patient. Its immune system is still under construction, its blood chemistry can vary wildly, and - like most infants - it wants to stay close to mom. In Illinois, muskrats and minks harbor toxoplasmosis, a cat disease Jan 28, 2015 9:00 am297 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new study of muskrats and minks in central Illinois indicates that toxoplasmosis, a disease spread by cats, is moving rapidly through the landscape and contaminating local waterways. Cellphone technology helps horses recover from surgery May 23, 2013 9:00 am312 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Technology that's used in smartphones and other electronic devices also is being used by veterinarians at the University of Illinois to help horses recover safely from anesthesia. Scientists gear up to fight deadly snake fungal disease Jul 15, 2014 9:00 am318 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers have developed a faster and more accurate way to test for infection with Ophidiomyces ophiodiicola, a fungus that is killing snakes in the Midwest and eastern United States. The test also allows scientists to monitor the progression of the infection in living snakes. Researchers link dolphin deaths to Deepwater Horizon oil spill May 20, 2015 2:00 pm340 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Dolphins found stranded on Gulf of Mexico beaches following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill were much more likely to have severe lung and adrenal gland damage “consistent with petroleum product exposure” than dolphins stranded elsewhere and prior to the spill, researchers report. One in five dolphins from the spill zone also had primary bacterial pneumonia. Flu at the zoo and other disasters: Experts help animal exhibitors prepare for the worst Oct 23, 2014 9:00 am395 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Here are three disaster scenarios for zoo or aquarium managers: One, a wildfire lunges towards your facility, threatening your staff and hundreds of zoo animals. Two, hurricane floodwaters pour into your basement, where more than 10,000 exotic fish and marine mammals live in giant tanks. Three, local poultry farmers report avian influenza (bird flu) in their chickens, a primary source of protein for your big cats. Board-certified avian medicine veterinarian joins U. of I. staff Feb 7, 2011 9:00 am411 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Anuk didn't want to sit on her perch, preferring instead to stand on the bottom of her cage. A recurring infection on Anuk's right foot had brought the gregarious and mischievous Moluccan cockatoo and her concerned owners, the Hess family - daughter Iiae and parents Patrick and Violeta - from their home in Lincoln, Ill., to see veterinarian Ken Welle at the Small Animal Clinic at the University of Illinois in Urbana. Rare snowy owl recovering at UI Wildlife Medical Clinic Feb 2, 2012 9:00 am426 views The people who have been taking care of the injured snowy owl that was brought to the UI Wildlife Medical Clinic in January are hoping he lives up to his name, Qigiq - Inuit for "white hawk that flies in the sky." Wild sharks, redfish harbor antibiotic-resistant bacteria Jun 16, 2010 9:00 am530 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Researchers have found antibiotic-resistant bacteria in seven species of sharks and one redfish species captured in waters off Massachusetts, Florida, Louisiana and Belize. Most of these wild, free-swimming fish harbored several drug-resistant bacterial strains. Study in mice finds dietary levels of genistein may adversely affect female fertility Nov 14, 2017 8:30 am681 views Exposure to the phytoestrogen genistein prior to conception may adversely affect female fertility and pregnancy outcomes, depending on the dosage and duration of exposure, a new study in mice by scientists at the University of Illinois suggests. New drug compounds show promise against endometriosis Jan 21, 2015 9:00 am736 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Two new drug compounds - one of which has already proven useful in a mouse model of multiple sclerosis - appear to be effective in treating endometriosis, a disorder that, like MS, is driven by estrogen and inflammation, scientists report in Science Translational Medicine. Drug trials in pet dogs with cancer may speed advances in human oncology Jun 16, 2015 2:00 pm766 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Pet dogs may be humans’ best friends in a new arena of life: cancer treatment, said University of Illinois veterinary clinical medicine professor Timothy Fan. Physiological similarities between dogs and humans, and conserved genetics between some dog and human cancers, can allow pet dogs to serve as useful models for studying new cancer drugs, he said. U. of I. veterinarians build better 'mouse trap' for enhanced diagnoses Mar 30, 2011 9:00 am854 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Veterinary radiologists in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois recently obtained what are believed to be the first 3-D internal renderings of dogs' larynxes by using a restraint device they created that allows clinicians to perform CT scans on awake small animals without chemical restraint. Cancer drug first tested in pet dogs begins human trials Feb 26, 2015 9:00 am886 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - A new drug that prompts cancer cells to self-destruct while sparing healthy cells is now entering phase I clinical trials in humans. The drug, called PAC-1, first showed promise in the treatment of pet dogs with spontaneously occurring cancers, and is still in clinical trials in dogs with osteosarcoma. When veterinarians become crime scene investigators Jun 17, 2016 1:45 pm969 views A Minute With...™ veterinary diagnostic laboratory professor Adam Stern Study links fetal and newborn dolphin deaths to Deepwater Horizon oil spill Apr 12, 2016 8:30 am986 views Scientists have finalized a five-year study of newborn and fetal dolphins found stranded on beaches in the northern Gulf of Mexico between 2010 and 2013. Their study, reported in the journal Diseases of Aquatic Organisms, identified substantial differences between fetal and newborn dolphins found stranded inside and outside the areas affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Repurposed anti-malarial compounds kill diarrheal parasite, study finds Oct 1, 2020 8:45 am1021 views A class of compounds used for malaria treatment also kill the intestinal parasite Cryptosporidium, a leading global cause of diarrheal disease and death in children that has no cure, a multi-institution collaboration of researchers found in a new study. Blood markers predict Humboldt penguin nest type, reproductive success Jun 2, 2020 8:15 am1029 views In a new study, researchers looked at metabolic markers in the blood of 30 Humboldt penguins nesting in the Punta San Juan Marine Protected Area in Peru. The scientists discovered metabolic differences between penguins nesting in sheltered burrows and those in more exposed areas. Nesting success is critical to the Humboldt penguins’ long-term survival as a species. Study explores risk factors linked to chikungunya and dengue outbreaks Jul 24, 2018 8:15 am1032 views In one of the largest studies of its kind, researchers analyzed chikungunya and dengue outbreak data from 76 countries over a period of 50 years, focusing on regions across the Indian Ocean that are hard hit by these and other mosquito-borne infectious diseases. Paper: Clinical signs best predictors of mortality in critically ill calves Aug 18, 2017 9:45 am1121 views Clinical signs may be better predictors of mortality in neonatal calves with diarrhea than blood pH levels and other laboratory findings, suggests a new study co-written by University of Illinois researcher Peter D. Constable. Rabbits kept indoors could be vitamin D deficient Apr 9, 2014 9:00 am1326 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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. New approach uses light to stabilize proteins for study Nov 4, 2019 8:15 am1332 views Researchers have developed a new technique that uses light to control the lifetime of a protein inside the cell. This method will allow scientists to better observe how specific proteins contribute to health, development and disease. Does more rain mean more risk of mosquito-borne diseases in Illinois? Jun 18, 2019 8:45 am1388 views Experts have ranked May 2019 as one of the wettest Mays on record in central Illinois. Is it possible that the incidence of mosquito-borne illnesses increases with the amount of rainfall? To find out, News Bureau science writer Ananya Sen asked Brian F. Allan, an entomology professor at the University of Illinois. Dog down: Effort helps emergency medical staff treat law enforcement K-9s Aug 19, 2019 9:00 am1401 views Recognizing a gap in care for law enforcement K-9s injured on the job, a team of veterinarians, emergency medical services experts and canine handlers has developed protocols for emergency medical service personnel who may be called upon to help treat and transport the injured dogs. Do kids need a COVID-19 vaccine? Nov 4, 2021 9:00 am1455 views The availability of a COVID-19 vaccine for school-aged children offers protection for children as well as eases challenges faced by their families and their schools, says Rebecca Lee Smith, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. New MRI opens door to innovative veterinary research and care Feb 2, 2017 9:15 am1457 views Advances in magnetic resonance imaging have transformed medicine over the last several decades. Unfortunately, this technology is rarely available to veterinarians. The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine is now one of a few veterinary research and clinical care schools in the U.S. with a state-of-the-art 3-Tesla MRI facility. BPA exposure in pregnant mice affects fertility in three generations Apr 15, 2015 9:00 am1470 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - 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. Cilia beat to an unexpected rhythm in male reproductive tract, study in mice reveals Jan 14, 2019 2:00 pm1483 views Waves of undulating cilia drive several processes essential to life. They clear debris and mucus from the respiratory tract, move spinal fluid through the brain and transport embryos from the ovaries to the uterus for implantation. According to a new study in mice, however, cilia perform somewhat differently in the male reproductive tract. Sleep problems in menopause linked to hot flashes, depression - and may not last Feb 19, 2018 9:15 am1520 views A new study of middle-aged women found that sleep problems vary across the stages of menopause, yet are consistently correlated with hot flashes and depression. Snake fungal disease parallels white-nose syndrome in bats Jun 18, 2015 11:00 am1550 views CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A deadly fungal infection afflicting snakes is eerily similar to the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome in bats, researchers report. Can pet dogs be infected with coronavirus? Feb 25, 2022 11:00 am1577 views Researchers at the U. of I. diagnosed a pet dog in Chicago with infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 in humans. This is the first dog in Illinois to test positive for the coronavirus. A team led by pathobiology professor Ying Fang made the diagnosis. She talks about the findings and future research in pets. With online games, high school students learn how to rein in disease outbreaks Jun 27, 2016 11:00 am1725 views High school students investigate Ebola-like outbreaks and administer vaccines through Outbreak!, a new summer course at Illinois that uses online games to encourage critical thinking about fighting infectious diseases. Lipid epoxides target pain, inflammatory pathways in neurons Feb 10, 2021 4:00 am1809 views A process known as epoxidation converts two naturally occurring lipids into potent agents that target multiple cannabinoid receptors in neurons, interrupting pathways that promote pain and inflammation, researchers report in a new study. The findings open a new avenue of research in the effort to find alternatives to potentially addictive opioid pain killers. Environmental contaminants alter gut microbiome, health May 21, 2020 8:00 am1817 views Scientists review the research linking dozens of environmental chemicals to changes in the gut microbiome and associated health challenges. Study finds fungal disease of snakes in 19 states, Puerto Rico Oct 8, 2020 1:00 pm1856 views In a collaborative effort between scientists and personnel on U.S. military bases in 31 states and Puerto Rico, researchers surveyed for an infection caused by an emerging fungal pathogen that afflicts snakes. The effort found infected snakes on military bases in 19 states and Puerto Rico, demonstrating that the fungus is more widely distributed than was previously known. The team reports the findings in the journal PLOS ONE. Team finds bovine kobuvirus in US Dec 12, 2019 8:00 am1989 views A virus that afflicts cattle that was first discovered in Japan in 2003 has made its way to the U.S., researchers report in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases. Fred A. Kummerow, successful crusader against trans fats, dies at 102 Jun 1, 2017 2:45 pm2202 views Fred A. Kummerow, a pioneer in the study of dietary contributors to heart disease who led a decades-long crusade to remove trans fats from the food supply, died Wednesday, May 31, at his home in Urbana, Illinois. He was 102. Frequent COVID-19 testing key to efficient, early detection, study finds Jun 30, 2021 8:30 am2360 views The chance of detecting the virus that causes COVID-19 increases with more frequent testing, no matter the type of test, a new study found. Both polymerase chain reaction and antigen tests, paired with rapid results reporting, can achieve 98% sensitivity if deployed at least every three days. Leatherback sea turtles choose nest sites carefully, study finds Nov 24, 2015 8:15 am2568 views The enormous, solitary leatherback sea turtle spends most of its long life at sea. After hatching and dispersing across the world’s oceans, only the female leatherbacks return to their natal beaches to lay clutches of eggs in the sand. A new study offers fresh insights into their nesting choices and will help efforts to prevent the extinction of this globally endangered giant of the sea, researchers said. Discovery: Mechanical properties of viral DNA determine the course of infection Sep 4, 2018 8:00 am2726 views A new study reveals a previously unknown mechanism that governs whether viruses that infect bacteria will quickly kill their hosts or remain latent inside the cell. The discovery, reported in the journal eLife, also may apply to viruses that infect humans and other animals, the researcher said.