A veterinary team at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital acted quickly to save the life of a 1-year-old French bulldog that had been bitten by a coral snake, putting the dog on a ventilator before the venom caused respiratory failure. Veterinarians at the hospital's Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation unit helped the dog regain her strength to stand and walk before sending her back home.
Veterinarian Bob Kroll is leading the formation of a disaster response team for animals to help pet-owning residents of Cannon Beach, Ore., prepare for emergencies. Dr. Kroll is recruiting volunteers to train in proper animal handling and basic pet medical care, and he will help set up a network of shelters for lost or stranded animals.
Domestic cats spend a good part of the day grooming and occasionally develop hairballs, but the formation of hairballs is rarely seen in wild or captive lions. Hairballs in small cats can signal a gastrointestinal problem, and hairballs that do occur in big cats can be quite large and life-threatening.
A bill introduced in the New York State Assembly would allow veterinarians to prescribe marijuana, but the bill has not attracted a sponsor in the Senate, and Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been cautious about expanding the state's marijuana laws for humans. Similar proposals to legalize veterinary medical marijuana are under consideration in California and Nevada.
Merck Animal Health and the American Veterinary Medical Foundation awarded scholarships to 56 second- or third-year veterinary medicine students pursuing careers in companion animal or large animal care. "The AVMF helps ensure the future of veterinary medicine by recognizing and supporting outstanding students," said Dr. Jan Strother, chair of the AVMF Board of Directors.
The 2018 National Resident Matching Program marked the ninth consecutive year of increasing numbers of matches to family medicine residency programs. Data showed there were 3,654 family medicine positions offered, an increase of 276 from 2017, and 3,535 medical students and graduates matched to family medicine, an increase of 298 from last year.
Four barriers to improving colorectal cancer screening and treatment include limited resources, whether patients understand CRC symptoms and physicians correctly diagnose them, beliefs about health and illness such as self-care, and patients' reaction to illness, according to a study in the journal Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. "A comprehensive approach that incorporates all four gaps in screening for colorectal cancer identified by this study will decrease barriers to screening and save lives," physician Timothy Geiger wrote in an accompanying editorial.
North Carolina family physician Maureen Murphy, M.D., said choosing family medicine came down to understanding she would not be happy restricting her practice to one area. Family physicians are the "stem cells of medicine," because of their ability to become so many things, said Murphy, who was the AAFP Family Physician of the Year in 2016.
Research published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine assessed the scope and impact of binge drinking among US adults, who in 2015 consumed 470 binge drinks per drinker. The AAFP offers a manual to help physicians identify and treat patients who have alcohol abuse disorders, and the US Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening and a brief intervention.
St. Vincent Healthcare and St. Vincent Frontier Cancer Center in Montana are using blue ribbons at its facilities to recognize National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March and raise awareness about the need for screenings. Patient Dan Holm is cancer-free now after being treated for colorectal cancer over a year, and he has become an advocate for early screening.