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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143646/validation-of-immune-complex-dissociation-methods-for-use-with-heartworm-antigen-tests
#1
Melissa J Beall, Andrea Arguello-Marin, Jan Drexel, Jiayou Liu, Ramaswamy Chandrashekar, A Rick Alleman
BACKGROUND: Antigen testing is routinely used to diagnose canine Dirofilaria immitis infections. Immune complex dissociation (ICD) methods, which were employed in the original heartworm antigen tests to release antigen that was bound by endogenous canine antibodies, were discontinued with improvements in assay reagents. The purpose of this study was to evaluate different ICD methods for detection of heartworm antigen by microtiter plate ELISA and assess the performance in samples from pet dogs...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117933/a-web-based-study-of-dog-ownership-and-depression-among-people-living-with-hiv
#2
Abigail L Muldoon, Lisa M Kuhns, Julie Supple, Kristen C Jacobson, Robert Garofalo
BACKGROUND: People living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) are approximately twice as likely to be depressed compared with HIV-negative individuals. Depression is consistently associated with low antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence, an important step within the HIV care continuum related to HIV disease progression and overall health. One factor that may have positive psychosocial benefits and promote ART adherence is dog ownership. Research indicates that dog ownership is associated with lower depression, and initial evidence suggests its positive impact on psychosocial outcomes for PLHIV...
November 8, 2017: JMIR Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113289/synergistic-and-targeted-therapy-with-a-procaspase-3-activator-and-temozolomide-extends-survival-in-glioma-rodent-models-and-is-feasible-for-the-treatment-of-canine-malignant-glioma-patients
#3
Avadhut D Joshi, Rachel C Botham, Lisa J Schlein, Howard S Roth, Antonella Mangraviti, Alexandra Borodovsky, Betty Tyler, Steve Joslyn, Jayme S Looper, Michael Podell, Timothy M Fan, Paul J Hergenrother, Gregory J Riggins
Purpose: Glioblastoma is a deadly brain cancer with a median survival time of ∼15 months. Ionizing radiation plus the DNA alkylator temozolomide (TMZ) is the current standard therapy. PAC-1, a procaspase-3 activating small molecule, is blood-brain barrier penetrant and has previously demonstrated ability to synergize with diverse pro-apoptotic chemotherapeutics. We studied if PAC-1 could enhance the activity of TMZ, and whether addition of PAC-1 to standard treatment would be feasible in spontaneous canine malignant gliomas...
October 6, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077073/the-biology-and-ecology-of-cat-fleas-and-advancements-in-their-pest-management-a-review
#4
REVIEW
Michael K Rust
The cat flea Ctenocephalides felis felis (Bouché) is the most important ectoparasite of domestic cats and dogs worldwide. It has been two decades since the last comprehensive review concerning the biology and ecology of C. f. felis and its management. Since then there have been major advances in our understanding of the diseases associated with C. f. felis and their implications for humans and their pets. Two rickettsial diseases, flea-borne spotted fever and murine typhus, have been identified in domestic animal populations and cat fleas...
October 27, 2017: Insects
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056665/review-on-usage-of-vancomycin-in-livestock-and-humans-maintaining-its-efficacy-prevention-of-resistance-and-alternative-therapy
#5
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Panditharathnalage Nishantha Kumara Wijesekara, Wikum Widuranga Kumbukgolla, Jayaweera Arachchige Asela Sampath Jayaweera, Diwan Rawat
Vancomycin is one of the "last-line" classes of antibiotics used in the treatment of life-threatening infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria. Even though vancomycin was discovered in the 1950s, it was widely used after the 1980s for the treatment of infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococci, as the prevalence of these strains were increased. However, it is currently evident that vancomycin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and vancomycin-resistant Enterococci have developed for various reasons, including the use of avaparcin-an analog of vancomycin-as a feed additive in livestock...
January 26, 2017: Veterinary Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28987957/the-first-report-of-cases-of-pet-dogs-with-naturally-occurring-cancer-treated-with-the-antitumor-peptide-cigb-552
#6
Maribel G Vallespi, Juan C Rodriguez, Lilibet Calaña Seoane, Patricia Alvarez, Hector Santana, Hilda Garay, Ibrahim Acosta Cabrera, Joan Torres Espinosa, Osvaldo Reyes
The absence of an effective therapy against human solid tumors has fostered the development of promising antineoplastic therapeutic candidates, as the CIGB-552 peptide. This synthetic peptide has shown to be effective in reducing tumor size and increasing the lifespan in tumor-bearing mice. Therefore, this work was aimed to explore the safety profile and preliminary assessment of antitumor activity of the CIGB-552 peptide therapeutic candidate in a small population of dogs (n=9) having malignant spontaneously-arising solid tumors...
September 29, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984144/the-feasibility-of-brief-dog-assisted-therapy-on-university-students-stress-levels-the-paws-study
#7
Emily Wood, Sally Ohlsen, Jennifer Thompson, Joe Hulin, Louise Knowles
BACKGROUND: Pet therapy is becoming increasingly popular and is used in a variety of ways from encouraging communication in older adults to improving wellbeing in those with serious mental illness. Increasingly Universities have been offering pet therapy to students in an effort to reduce stress. However, little evidence currently exists to support the effectiveness of reducing measurable stress levels after a standalone drop-in unstructured session. The University of Sheffield's Counselling Service works in partnership with Guide Dogs for the Blind to give students access to calm, well-trained animals for informal group stress relief...
October 6, 2017: Journal of Mental Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28955189/the-diabetic-dog-as-a-translational-model-for-human-islet-transplantation%C3%A2
#8
REVIEW
Christopher A Adin, Chen Gilor
The dog model has served as the primary method for early development of many diabetes therapies, including pancreatic islet transplantation techniques and immunosuppressive protocols. Recent trends towards the use of monoclonal antibody therapies for immunosuppression in human islet transplantation have led to the increasing use of primate models with induced diabetes. In addition to induced-disease models in large animals, scientists in many fields are considering the use of naturally-occurring disease models in client-owned pets...
September 2017: Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925085/-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-as-adjunctive-diagnostic-modalities-in-canine-fever-of-unknown-origin
#9
Megan Grobman, Leah Cohn, Stephanie Knapp, Jeffrey N Bryan, Carol Reinero
Fever of unknown origin (FUO) is a persistent or recurrent fever for which the underlying source has not been identified despite diagnostic investigation. In people, (18) F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18) F-FDG-PET) alone or in combination with computed tomography (CT) is often beneficial in detecting the source of fever when other diagnostics have failed. Veterinary reports describing use of these modalities in animals with fever of unknown origin are currently lacking. Aims of this retrospective case series were to describe (18) F-FDG-PET or (18) F-FDG-PET/CT findings in a group of dogs with fever of unknown origin...
September 18, 2017: Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28903168/-sharing-bacterial-microbiota-between-owners-and-their-pets-dogs-cats
#10
Jan Wipler, Zuzana Čermáková, Tomáš Hanzálek, Hana Horáková, Helena Žemličková
INTRODUCTION: The microbiological aspect of a relationship between pets (dogs/cats) and their owners is mainly concerned with the incidence of shared bacterial species, in particular potential pathogens. Given the great popularity of sharing homes with pets (dogs/cats) in the Czech Republic, there is an increased possibility of communication between microbiota of the two macroorganisms (pet and owner). The aim of the study was to determine the biodiversity of shared bacteria and possibility of exchange of genes of resistance to antimicrobial agents between potential pathogens based on the close relationship between pets and humans...
June 2017: Klinická Mikrobiologie a Infekc̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883003/discovery-of-human-similar-gene-fusions-in-canine-cancers
#11
Ronan Ulvé, Mélanie Rault, Mathieu Bahin, Laetitia Lagoutte, Jérôme Abadie, Clotilde De Brito, Jean-Michel Coindre, Nadine Botherel, Audrey Rousseau, Valentin Wucher, Edouard Cadieu, Catherine Thieblemont, Christophe Hitte, Laurence Cornevin, Florian Cabillic, Laura Bachelot, David Gilot, Benoit Hennuy, Thierry Guillaudeux, Arnaud Le Goff, Thomas Derrien, Benoît Hédan, Catherine André
Canine cancers represent a tremendous natural resource due to their incidence and striking similarities to human cancers, sharing similar clinical and pathologic features as well as oncogenic events, including identical somatic mutations. Considering the importance of gene fusions as driver alterations, we explored their relevance in canine cancers. We focused on three distinct human-comparable canine cancers representing different tissues and embryonic origins. Through RNA-Seq, we discovered similar gene fusions as those found in their human counterparts: IGK-CCND3 in B-cell lymphoma, MPB-BRAF in glioma, and COL3A1-PDGFB in dermatofibrosarcoma protuberans-like...
September 7, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28851894/activated-mesenchymal-stem-cells-interact-with-antibiotics-and-host-innate-immune-responses-to-control-chronic-bacterial-infections
#12
Valerie Johnson, Tracy Webb, Annalis Norman, Jonathan Coy, Jade Kurihara, Daniel Regan, Steven Dow
Chronic bacterial infections associated with biofilm formation are often difficult to resolve without extended courses of antibiotic therapy. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) exert antibacterial activity in vitro and in acute bacterial infection models, but their activity in chronic infection with biofilm models has not been previously investigated. Therefore, we studied the effects of MSC administration in mouse and dog models of chronic infections associated with biofilms. Mice with chronic Staphylococcus aureus implant infections were treated by i...
August 29, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708601/synergistic-and-targeted-therapy-with-a-procaspase-3-activator-and-temozolomide-extends-survival-in-glioma-rodent-models-and-is-feasible-for-the-treatment-of-canine-malignant-glioma-patients
#13
Avadhut D Joshi, Rachel C Botham, Lisa J Schlein, Howard S Roth, Antonella Mangraviti, Alexandra Borodovsky, Betty Tyler, Steve Joslyn, Jayme S Looper, Michael Podell, Timothy M Fan, Paul J Hergenrother, Gregory J Riggins
PURPOSE: Glioblastoma is a deadly brain cancer with a median survival time of ~15 months. Ionizing radiation plus the DNA alkylator temozolomide (TMZ) is the current standard therapy. PAC-1, a procaspase-3 activating small molecule, is blood-brain barrier penetrant and has previously demonstrated ability to synergize with diverse pro-apoptotic chemotherapeutics. We studied if PAC-1 could enhance the activity of TMZ, and whether addition of PAC-1 to standard treatment would be feasible in spontaneous canine malignant gliomas...
July 7, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691624/hospitals-test-if-therapy-dogs-can-aid-children-s-recovery
#14
Matthew Mckew
Children undergoing hospital treatment are being supported by therapy dogs in a new study to establish if the pets are beneficial to their recovery.
July 10, 2017: Nursing Children and Young People
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28665340/the-buffer-effect-of-therapy-dog-exposure-on-stress-reactivity-in-undergraduate-students
#15
Alexandra J Fiocco, Anastasia M Hunse
Stress is an insidious health risk that is commonly reported among university students. While research suggests that dog exposure may facilitate recovery from a stress response, little is known about the buffer effect of dog exposure on the stress response to a future stressor. This study examined whether interaction with a therapy dog could reduce the strength of the physiological stress response when exposed to a subsequent stressor. Sixty-one university students were randomly assigned to either a therapy dog (TD, n = 31) or a no-dog control (C, n = 30) group...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487862/naturally-occurring-canine-invasive-urinary-bladder-cancer-a-complementary-animal-model-to-improve-the-success-rate-in-human-clinical-trials-of-new-cancer-drugs
#16
REVIEW
Christopher M Fulkerson, Deepika Dhawan, Timothy L Ratliff, Noah M Hahn, Deborah W Knapp
Genomic analyses are defining numerous new targets for cancer therapy. Therapies aimed at specific genetic and epigenetic targets in cancer cells as well as expanded development of immunotherapies are placing increased demands on animal models. Traditional experimental models do not possess the collective features (cancer heterogeneity, molecular complexity, invasion, metastasis, and immune cell response) critical to predict success or failure of emerging therapies in humans. There is growing evidence, however, that dogs with specific forms of naturally occurring cancer can serve as highly relevant animal models to complement traditional models...
2017: International Journal of Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481317/dogs-in-the-workplace-a-review-of-the-benefits-and-potential-challenges
#17
REVIEW
Anne M Foreman, Margaret K Glenn, B Jean Meade, Oliver Wirth
Pet dogs, therapy dogs, and service dogs can be seen in workplaces with increasing frequency. Although dogs may provide many benefits to employees and employers, their presence may introduce additional hazards and concerns to the work environment. Therefore, decisions to accept dogs in the workplace may include many considerations including the health, safety, and well-being of employees, legal and cultural sensitivities, and animal welfare. The present paper serves to introduce the issue of dogs in the workplace and outline the potential benefits and challenges to their presence...
May 8, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291397/evaluation-of-the-impacts-of-epilepsy-in-dogs-on-their-caregivers
#18
Julie A Nettifee, Karen R Munana, Emily H Griffith
Epilepsy is a common problem in dogs, and management of this chronic disorder requires a substantial commitment on the part of the pet owner. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of epilepsy in dogs on their owners, utilizing an online survey tool. A questionnaire was developed to explore a variety of factors, including seizure history, treatment, outcome, quality of life, costs associated with therapy, and sources of support. A total of 225 responses were obtained. The majority of respondents reported positive scores for overall quality of life, although scores were significantly lower for dogs with poorly controlled epilepsy and medication-related adverse effects...
May 2017: Journal of the American Animal Hospital Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283317/pilot-study-to-determine-the-feasibility-of-radiation-therapy-for-dogs-with-right-atrial-masses-and-hemorrhagic-pericardial-effusion
#19
M W Nolan, M M Arkans, D LaVine, T DeFrancesco, J A Myers, E H Griffith, L P Posner, B W Keene, S P Tou, T L Gieger
OBJECTIVES: To determine the short-term safety and biologic activity of radiation therapy (RT) for presumptive cardiac hemangiosarcoma in pet dogs. ANIMALS: Six dogs with echocardiographic evidence of a right atrial/auricular mass, and hemorrhagic pericardial effusion, were enrolled in a prospective, single-arm clinical trial. METHODS: A single fraction of 12 Gy was delivered using conformal external beam irradiation. Serum cardiac troponin I and plasma concentrations of vascular endothelial growth factor were quantified before, 4 and 24 h after RT...
April 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222142/evaluation-of-18-f-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose-fdg-positron-emission-tomography-computed-tomography-pet-ct-as-a-staging-and-monitoring-tool-for-dogs-with-stage-2-splenic-hemangiosarcoma-a-pilot-study
#20
Antonella Borgatti, Amber L Winter, Kathleen Stuebner, Ruth Scott, Christopher P Ober, Kari L Anderson, Daniel A Feeney, Daniel A Vallera, Joseph S Koopmeiners, Jaime F Modiano, Jerry Froelich
Positron Emission Tomography-Computed Tomography (PET-CT) is routinely used for staging and monitoring of human cancer patients and is becoming increasingly available in veterinary medicine. In this study, 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (18FDG)-PET-CT was used in dogs with naturally occurring splenic hemangiosarcoma (HSA) to assess its utility as a staging and monitoring modality as compared to standard radiography and ultrasonography. Nine dogs with stage-2 HSA underwent 18FDG-PET-CT following splenectomy and prior to commencement of chemotherapy...
2017: PloS One
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