Tag: veterinary medicine

Do People and Pigs Share Salmonella Strains?

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 | Tags: , ,

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, to try to determine whether these strains are being passed from pork to people. Sid

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Countering the Caregiver Placebo Effect

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014 | Tags: ,

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 clinical trials, particularly for pain medications, researchers must rely on owner observation to determine whether

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Injured Sea Turtle? Just Print a Splint!

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014 | Tags: ,

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 turtle’s recovery from injury may not be sufficient to allow them to survive in the

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When Whales Can’t Be Rescued

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 | Tags:

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 is not an option. But death for a beached whale is a horrible process that

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Finding Cellular Causes of Lung-Hardening Disease

Monday, September 16th, 2013 | Tags: , ,

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 professor of cell biology, studies IPF on the cellular level. In his most recent research,

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