Increased communication could lead to better management of lameness on dairy farms
Lameness in dairy cows represents a significant animal welfare concern and can lead to economic losses for farms. It is the physical manifestation of any number of leg or foot conditions, including sole ulcers, digital dermatitis, and foot rot, among others. Read more
Breath of life
ince she first brought him into her home as a weeks-old puppy 12 years ago, a Yorkshire terrier named Russell has been the center of Lisa Brecount’s world. Russell has served as her constant companion over the years, but a recent health scare had Brecount worrying her time with him would be cut short. Read more
Highly sensitive test capable of detecting CWD prions in venison
University of Minnesota researchers have harnessed a highly sensitive test to detect the presence of chronic wasting disease (CWD)-causing prions in commonly consumed muscle tissue like backstrap and tenderloin—signaling the test could have future utility as a venison screening tool. Read more
The analyses make use of radiomics, an emerging method that uses data-characterization algorithms to extract features from medical imaging like CT. This is believed to be the first such liver-mass study in dogs.
Editor's note: It appears no field—least of all medicine—is spared from the increasing need to digitize and analyze greater and greater amounts of data, and radiomics is one of the new, sophisticated tools that allows medical professionals to do so. Though radiomics has shown good promise in diagnosing human masses, little has been published on radiomics-related studies of canine lung and liver tumors. Here is a glimpse into a study indicating the method holds promise for animal health, much as it appears to for humans.
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