Do People and Pigs Share Salmonella Strains?
If antimicrobial-resistant Salmonella is showing up in pigs, then are bacon-loving people also at risk? In his latest research, NC State population health and pathobiology professor Sid Thakur looks at serotypes, or groups, of antibiotic-resistant Salmonella in people and pigs, […]
Countering the Caregiver Placebo Effect
How do you know that your pet is benefiting from its pain medication? A new clinical trial design could help overcome pet owners’ unconscious observation bias and determine whether the drugs they test are effective. When animals are recruited for […]
Injured Sea Turtle? Just Print a Splint!
Injured sea turtles are a fairly common sight along the North Carolina coast. Fortunately, these animals are pretty sturdy and have the capacity to heal themselves even without a lot of intervention. But veterinarians and rehabilitation specialists know that a […]
When Whales Can’t Be Rescued
Each year between one and five large whales beach themselves along the North Carolina coast. Most of these whales are already dead, and the others beach because they are usually too sick or injured to survive. Rescue in these cases […]
Finding Cellular Causes of Lung-Hardening Disease
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis, or IPF, is an incurable lung disease that, over time, turns healthy lung tissue into inflexible scar tissue – hardening the lungs and eventually causing respiratory distress and death. Currently, there is no cure. Phil Sannes, a […]
Mosquito-Borne Illness Doesn’t Horse Around
The tiny mosquito can have a huge impact on your horse’s health. Mosquitoes can transmit Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a virus that is usually fatal. The disease is most prevalent in the southeastern U.S. during late summer and early fall. […]
Stopping Cancer in its Tracks?
We’ve come a long way in cancer treatments – we have powerful, effective drugs for many types of cancer and we’re moving toward ever more specific, less invasive therapies. But the problem with cancer is that it’s always in motion, […]
Hare-Raising Therapy Helps Bunny Stay Mobile
At NC State, underwater treadmills aren’t just for humans undergoing physical therapy. They’re also proving useful for treating hares – as in rabbits – suffering from degenerative illnesses. Meet Edie, a five-year-old Belgian hare (which is a breed of domestic […]
Preventing Dog Bites
This week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week (May 19-25). Barbara Sherman, a veterinary behaviorist at NC State University, has some tips to help parents and children avoid getting bitten. More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each […]
Bartonellosis: Diagnosing a Stealth Pathogen
NC State professor of veterinary internal medicine Ed Breitschwerdt has spent the last couple of decades working with Bartonella, bacteria historically associated with “cat scratch disease.” Bartonella is increasingly recognized as a cause of persistent intravascular infection that can result […]