Research saves the lives of humans and animals by helping us understand disease processes and how they affect the body; identify how diseases are spread; develop new techniques, vaccines, medicines and treatments; and, hopefully, find cures for diseases that affect humans and animals. There are veterinarians who conduct research, as well as those who oversee the care and welfare of the animals used for research.

Veterinarians at the front lines of disease prevention

On its website, The National Journal takes a look at the One Health concept and the role veterinarians are playing in combating epidemics and preventing the spread of zoonotic diseases. It’s worth a read, and it was even posted on Public Health Thank You Day, a day designed to recognize everyone who works in public health — including veterinarians, who make important contributions to the field.

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Findings of sea lion study could help humans and animals

Due to a neurotoxin carried in algae, sea lions can develop a form of epilepsy that’s similar to that found in humans. Thanks to the findings of a new study led by Stanford University researchers, the sea lions’ seizures could be prevented — and better treatment for epilepsy could be on the way for both animals and humans.

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Biomedical instrument can benefit both animal and human health

A modified wide-bore 600-megahertz magnetic resonance imaging spectrometer may be able to benefit both animal and human health.

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Researchers need to prepare vaccines for next flu pandemic

An article in “The Atlantic” called “The Quest to End the Flu” illustrates the importance of being prepared for a pandemic by having effective vaccines that can be made quickly, using the 2009 H1N1 influenza outbreak as an example. The article is a really good read for those of us interested in One Health.

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Brucellosis research may lead to better treatment for other zoonotic diseases

Dr. Jean Celli, a researcher at the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health at Washington State University, studies brucellosis and its effects on people and animals. Brucellosis “is an infectious disease caused by bacteria,” according to the CDC’s website, and “people can get the disease when they are in contact with infected animals or animal products contaminated with the bacteria. Animals that are most commonly infected include sheep, cattle, goats, pigs, and dogs, among others.”

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