APRIL 2017
Veterinary Interventional Oncology

Interventional radiology (IR) and interventinal oncology (IO) involve the use of contemporary imaging modalities such as fluoroscopy, endoscopy, ultrasound, CT, and MRI to gain access to different structures in order to deliver materials for therapeutic purposes. IO is a subspecialty of radiology in human medicine and techniques have been widely utilized in the last 30 years to produce minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes. Applications of IO in veterinary medicine are also being performed for the same purpose. This is a rapidly evoloving area of veterinary medicine and combines the expertise of many specialties.


Prognostication of Canine and Feline Mast Cell Tumors and c-Kit PCR Testing

Canine cutaneous mast cell tumors (MCTs) are one of the most common neoplasms in dogs, representing up to 21% of all canine cutaneous neoplasms. Their variable biologic behavior makes them one of the most frustrating neoplasms for veterinary practitioners in terms of advising clients regarding their prognosis and, therefore, recommended therapy. 

For decades, histologic grading has been used as the sole criterion to predict the biological behavior of canine cutaneous MCTs. The inconsistency of the traditional histologic grading of MCTs has made it difficult to determine prognosis and to select a treatment plan. A newly developed 2-tier histologic grading system has provided a highly reproducible approach to predict the behavior of canine cutaneous MCTs, as accurate grading remains the cornerstone of MCT prognostication. However, supplementation of histologic grading with modern molecular tests and interpretation of results with respect to clinical findings is essential to determine an accurate prognosis and the best therapeutic approach.

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How Dogs' Sensitive Noses Could Change Cancer Diagnosis

If you could "see" a smell, it would look something like a drop of food coloring dispersing through a cup of water with intense knots in some places and misty tendrils around the borders. Olfaction scientists call these "odor landscapes"-it's why sometimes you get a whiff of a nasty smell while your cubiclemate sits blissfully unaware. Moving through these odor landscapes with a human nose is relatively unremarkable. Unless you're near a bakery or a dirty diaper, a perfume counter or a freshly varnished bookcase, you're unlikely to notice the many scent fields continuously curling and colliding around you.

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Why owning a pet could protect your baby from obesity and allergies
A study at the University of Alberta in Canada found that being exposed to pets early in life may reduce the risk of developing allergies and obesity. Researchers found that babies from families with pets, especially dogs, had higher levels of two types of microbes that are known to lower risks of allergies and obesity. 

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One Health approach essential to controlling public health threats
Rocky Mountain spotted fever can be deadly to both humans and dogs, but diagnosing a dog with the tickborne illness does not guarantee that the owner will be examined for it, even though he or she may have been exposed to the infection through the same environmental risk factors.

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FDA cracks down on companies pushing vegetable extracts and creams as cancer cures
Asparagus extract. Exotic teas. Topical creams for your pet - and you. These and dozens of other products are being touted falsely as having "anti-cancer" properties, according to federal regulators who are trying to stop the practice.

The Food and Drug Administration, in warning  letters released Tuesday, ordered 14 companies to stop making the bogus claims or face possible seizures of their products and criminal prosecution. The letters covered more than five dozen unapproved products that the companies said could prevent, treat or cure cancer, the FDA said. The items included pills, ointments, oils, drops, teas and diagnostic devices.

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2017 SYMPOSIUM EVENTS

Veterinary Sports Medicine Symposium
           Keynote:  Joseph J. Wakshlag, DVM, PhD, DACVN, DACVSMR- Cornell University
           Date: Sunday August 27, 2017
           Location: TBD Wilmington, DE
           Credits: Pending 4-5 CE credits
           RSVP:   https://hopevssportsmedicine.eventbrite.com

Feline Symposium
Keynote: Susan Little, DVM, DAVBP
Date: Sunday October 15, 2017
Location: TBD-Main Line Area
Credits: Pending 4-5 CE credits

Veterinary Surgical Oncology Symposium
           Keynote: Sarah Boston, DVM, DACVS- University of Florida
           Date: Sunday, November 5, 2017
           Location: Normandy Farms, Blue Bell, PA
           Credits: Pending 4-5 CE credits
           RSVP:   https://hopevssurgicaloncology.eventbrite.com