Tox Tuesday: The rise in Ohio’s heroin related issues

Over the course of the past 15 years, the state of Ohio has seen fatal heroin overdoses rise approximately 366%, according to a 2014 report published by the Ohio Department of Health. While this number may seem shocking, other states are recording similar, although not as drastic statistics.

Based on this extreme increase, some researchers […]

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Equine Food Allergy Testing Evaluated – The Horse If you suspect your horse might have a food allergy, new research is suggesting that an allergy test might not be the next […]

Cannabis allergies a growing condition, new study finds

Scientists involved in a new medical study have concluded that cannabis, much like pollen or ragweed, is an allergen, and people can have mild to extreme reactions to it, ranging from itchy, watery eyes to deadly anaphylactic shock.

The study, conducted by Dr. Thad Ocampo and Dr. Tonya Rans at the Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgical […]

Avian flu confirmed in multiple states

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has confirmed a case of avian flu in Arkansas – the heart of America’s poultry region – which comes after confirmed cases have already been announced in states ranging from Minnesota and Missouri to California.

A recent article states that the case in Minnesota was the first in the Mississippi […]

FDA study finds illegal antibiotics in milk

Mixed emotions are stemming from a recent report from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that has revealed antibiotics in a small number of milk samples coming from dairy farms across the U.S.

Drug residues immediately appear in cow’s milk, which makes using antibiotics on lactating cows a violation of food safety rules set by […]

When it’s not just the sniffles

You’ve just arrived at the show grounds and you’re looking forward to going for a few blue ribbons. Your horse, however, has other plans and greets you in the morning with a sticky mess on his nose and a cough that he just can’t seem to shake. Equine respiratory disease complex (ERDC) has found you.

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Best Practices for Food Allergen Validation and Verification handbook now available

One of the greatest challenges facing food producers today is ensuring that products produced on equipment used in the production of allergen-containing proteins, does not contribute to the cross contamination of those allergens in subsequent production runs. While there are a number of very good diagnostic tests to determine the presence of allergens on production […]

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Animal Science

Size matters – Drover’s Cattle Network According to a study by Kansas State University, not all corn is created equal when it comes to how particle size affects feedlot cattle’s ability […]

Prevent peanut allergy with peanuts, new study suggests

It’s not nuts. Results from a long-awaited clinical trial are now showing that small children who avoided peanuts for the first five years of their lives were up to seven times more likely to have a peanut allergy than kids who ate peanuts at least three times a week.

These findings have caused the American […]

Plague-carrying fleas found on New York City rats

Oriental rat fleas, the same vermin that were responsible for transmitting the Bubonic Plague throughout Europe in the 14th century, have been found in New York City’s rat population, according to new research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology.

“If these rats carry fleas that could transmit the plague to people, then the pathogen […]