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Anderson R, Mueller R, Reese S, Wehner A. Evaluation of an automated enzyme-linked fluorescent assay for thyroxine measurement in cat and dog sera. J Vet Diagn Invest 2017;29:278-286. (Original doi: 10.1177/1040638717696442).
November 2017: Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation
Yuqun Zeng, Xusheng Liu, Yanshan Wang, Feichen Shen, Sijia Liu, Majid Rastegar-Mojarad, Liwei Wang, Hongfang Liu
BACKGROUND: Self-management is crucial to diabetes care and providing expert-vetted content for answering patients' questions is crucial in facilitating patient self-management. OBJECTIVE: The aim is to investigate the use of information retrieval techniques in recommending patient education materials for diabetic questions of patients. METHODS: We compared two retrieval algorithms, one based on Latent Dirichlet Allocation topic modeling (topic modeling-based model) and one based on semantic group (semantic group-based model), with the baseline retrieval models, vector space model (VSM), in recommending diabetic patient education materials to diabetic questions posted on the TuDiabetes forum...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
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Every month, Vet Record Careers checks in with fourth-year vet student Rosie Perrett.
October 14, 2017: Veterinary Record
David Morten, John Yarwood, Bridget Taylor
Michael Wright was a respected vet who had great pride in his profession.
October 14, 2017: Veterinary Record
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October 14, 2017: Veterinary Record
Fuat H Saner, Lasitha Abeysundara, Matthias Hartmann, Susan V Mallett
For over 50 years patients with liver cirrhosis were considered to be at markedly increased risk of bleeding. This dogma was seemingly supported by abnormalities in standard laboratory tests (SLTs), such as the prothrombin time, that were interpreted as indicating a bleeding diathesis. However, publications from the last decade have revealed SLTs to be poor predictors of bleeding and it is now understood that stable patients with cirrhosis have a rebalanced haemostatic system and preserved thrombin generation...
October 12, 2017: Minerva Anestesiologica
Jasmin B Kuemmerle-Deschner, Sandra Hansmann, Nico M Wulffraat, Sebastiaan J Vastert, Kristien Hens, Jordi Anton, Tadej Avcin, Alberto Martini, Isabelle Koné-Paut, Yosef Uziel, Angelo Ravelli, Carine Wouters, David Shaw, Seza Özen, Andreas Eikelberg, Berent J Prakken, Nicolino Ruperto, Gerd Horneff, Tamas Constantin, Michael W Beresford, Marijn Sikken, Helen E Foster, Iris Haug, Sabrina Schuller, Christine Jägle, Susanne M Benseler
Innovative research in childhood rheumatic diseases mandates international collaborations. However, researchers struggle with significant regulatory heterogeneity; an enabling European Union (EU)-wide framework is missing. The aims of the study were to systematically review the evidence for best practice and to establish recommendations for collaborative research. The Paediatric Rheumatology European Single Hub and Access point for paediatric Rheumatology in Europe (SHARE) project enabled a scoping review and expert discussion, which then informed the systematic literature review...
October 11, 2017: Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Phoeve Macario, Mauro Pichorim, Paul F Doherty, Guilherme S Toledo-Lima, Tonny M Oliveira-Júnior, Thanyria P F Câmara, Shirley Macjane Melo, João Lucas S Silveira, Juliana C Araújo, Leonardo F França
Understanding latitudinal variation in avian life-history traits has been a focus of many demographic studies around the world. However, we still know little about annual or intra-annual demographic variation within tropical regions or about how factors such as breeding season and precipitation influence demographic rates. In this study, we estimated intra-annual apparent survival of the White-lined Tanager (Tachyphonus rufus) using capture-mark-recapture data from northeastern Brazil. We tested whether survival varied seasonally (breeding vs...
2017: PloS One
A Poizat, F Bonnet-Beaugrand, A Rault, C Fourichon, N Bareille
Mastitis is a bacterial disease common in dairy farms. Although knowledge about mastitis and its optimal technical management and treatment is now available, some dairy farmers still use antibiotics in inappropriate ways. Antibiotic use by farmers can be influenced by personal restraints and motivations, but it can be assumed that external drivers are also influential. The main purpose of this article is thus to analyse the choices of antibiotic and alternative medicine use for mastitis treatment and investigate the possible influence of two unexplored external drivers in dairy farms: (i) the health advice offered to farmers by farm advisors and veterinarians, (ii) the dairy farming system, as defined by combining the market valuation chosen for the milk, the level of intensification, and the perceived pressure related to investments...
October 1, 2017: Preventive Veterinary Medicine
Amy L Mochel, Nancy D Henry, Debra Saliba, Ciaran S Phibbs, Joseph G Ouslander, Vincent Mor
Studies have shown that hospitalizations of nursing home (NH) residents lead to complications and poorer quality of life. The Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) Quality Improvement (QI) Program assists licensed NH staff in avoiding such hospitalizations. INTERACT aims to improve the management of acute changes in residents' conditions by providing tools to help staff recognize subtle changes in condition, improve communication, and implement QI strategies. INTERACT has been vetted by national clinical leaders and experts in long term care (LTC)...
October 5, 2017: Geriatric Nursing
Hayley Atkin
Hayley Atkin, BVA policy officer, encourages vets in Scotland and Northern Ireland to help BVA understand how they engage with veterinary surveillance.
October 7, 2017: Veterinary Record
Becky Richardson
Becky Richardson, Young Vet Network representative on BVA Council, discusses the anxieties and joys of hosting a rural YVN event.
October 7, 2017: Veterinary Record
John Fishwick
John Fishwick, BVA's new President, introduces the theme he has chosen for his presidential year.
October 7, 2017: Veterinary Record
Masoud Selk Ghaffari, Amin Sabzevari, SeyedMehdi Ghamsari, Hussein Shad
This study was conducted to establish normal reference range for the Schirmer tear test (STT) and intraocular pressure (IOP) in clinically normal donkeys for use in clinical practice. Sixteen adult Ethiopian domestic donkeys were used in this study. Complete ophthalmic examinations were performed without chemical restraint. STT values were evaluated in both eyes of all donkeys using a commercial STT strip. IOP was measured in both eyes with a Tono-Pen Vet (Reichert. USA) without using regional nerve blocks...
October 6, 2017: Veterinary Record
D Révész, E G Engelhardt, J J Tamminga, F M N H Schramel, B D Onwuteaka-Philipsen, E M W van de Garde, E W Steyerberg, E P Jansma, H C W De Vet, V M H Coupé
BACKGROUND: Individually tailored cancer treatment is essential to ensure optimal treatment and resource use. Treatments for incurable metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are evolving rapidly, and decision support systems (DSS) for this patient population have been developed to balance benefits and harms for decision-making. The aim of this systematic review was to inventory DSS for stage IIIB/IV NSCLC patients. METHODS: A systematic literature search was performed in Pubmed, Embase and the Cochrane Library...
October 2, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
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What do you do when you realise practice isn't for you after all? After a few years in practice, that was just the situation that Russell Roan found himself in. He joined the pharmaceutical industry and has worked in a variety of roles. Here, he shares the reality of life working as an industry vet.
September 30, 2017: Veterinary Record
Simon Doherty, Robert Huey, Seamus O'Kane, John O'Neill
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September 30, 2017: Veterinary Record
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September 30, 2017: Veterinary Record
Michael L Parsons, Ashley L Brandt, Amanda Ellsworth, Alex K Leynse, Lacey K Rains, Donald M Anderson
Four distinct coastal locations were sampled on a monthly basis near Long Key (Florida Keys, USA) over a 13-month period to study Gambierdiscus population dynamics on different substrates, including four macrophyte species (Dictyota spp., Halimeda spp., Laurencia spp., and Thalassia testudinum) and three artificial substrates (polyvinyl chloride (PVC) tiles, burlap, and fiberglass window screen). Cell densities of Gambierdiscus were generally lower on Dictyota versus Halimeda and Laurencia. Cell densities of Gambierdiscus were significantly correlated among macrophyte hosts in 54% of the comparisons, and between macrophyte hosts and artificial substrates in 72% of the comparisons...
September 2017: Harmful Algae
Masoud Selk Ghaffari, Ahoora Arman Gherekhloo
Objectives The objective of this study was to investigate the effect of body position on intraocular pressure in clinically normal cats. Methods Sixteen clinically normal cats without any ocular abnormalities were used in this study. Cats were sequentially placed in three different recumbency positions (sternal recumbency, right lateral recumbency and dorsal position). For each of the three body positions, intraocular pressure (IOP) was recorded in the left eye using a Tono-Pen Vet tonometer (Reichert). Results Mean IOP readings in cats in the sternal recumbency, right lateral recumbency and dorsal positions were 15...
September 1, 2017: Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery
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