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Environmental Impact on Cancer

Senator John McCain of Arizona. Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden. All three men were diagnosed with glioblastoma, a rare and barely understood aggressive cancer of the brain. When the news first broke about John McCain’s diagnosis and the naming of other prominent Washington D.C. area figures who were afflicted with the disease, we thought…

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How do you know when your dog needs to go potty?

We recently posted the question on social media, “How do you know when your dog needs to go outside?” Several responses from expert pooch parents were hilarious and they gave excellent tips, which we provide below. Of course, it raises the question, “How can new puppy or rescued dog parents get to the ‘clues’ level?” Well, we found some…

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Is Blastomycosis the Same as Valley Fever?

Recently, we posted an article about Valley Fever, which triggered the question, “Is Valley Fever the same disease as Blastomycosis?” We can see how the confusion arose, so we decided to explore the similarities and differences. Blastomycosis and Valley Fever are both fungal infections. However, they are different because the fungus causing each disease is…

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Valley Fever on the Rise

  The Basics Valley Fever (also known as coccidioidomycosis) is caused by the fungi Coccidioides immitis and posadasii. Coccidioides spp. lives in the soil in predominately semi-arid climates such as Southwestern United States, Southeastern Washington State, Central and SouthAmerica. When the soil is disturbed, the fungus can break apart and its spores become airborne. When…

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Residue and Resistance: Antibiotics in Meat

    The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) issued an alarming report the first week of April 2018 about a superbug nicknamed “nightmare bacteria”, scientifically named Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), that is resistant to antibiotics. To give you a point of reference, you are probably more familiar with other superbugs such as Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus…

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The March to Cage-Free and Free-Range Eggs: Are They Safe and Nutritious?

Approximately 200 companies have pledged to only sell, or use in their products, cage-free eggs. These companies are not just your local food cooperative or all-natural specialty grocery stores like Whole Foods. We are talking about huge, conventional and mainstream companies ranging from McDonald’s to Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines. This sea change is attributed primarily…

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Nutrient Comparison of Popular Dog Food Ingredients

In February 2018, a study was published in the Canadian Veterinary Journal by Mikkyla Reid, Adronie Verbrugghe and Anna Shoveller that reviewed popular dog food ingredients and their nutritional value among four different international databases. The premise of this study was to assess foods from a different angle and bring the homemadepet food discussion back…

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