What feline hyperthyroidism means for human health

May 22, 2017

What feline hyperthyroidism means for human health

Hyperthyroidism, now common in domestic cats, was unheard of in felines until the late 1970s, when veterinarian Mark Peterson noticed similarities between a patient’s symptoms and the signs of hyperthyroidism in humans. Veterinarians around the world began to diagnose the condition in cats while research was beginning to link the condition to fire retardants known as polybrominated diphenyl ethers. Because humans and cats live side by side, scientists are increasingly concerned that the feline disorder is a harbinger of a threat to human health, too.

The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (5/16)

Feline genetic mapping could yield new treatment insights

May 12, 2017

Feline genetic mapping could yield new treatment insights

the genomes of 50 cats, and they plan to continue until they’ve reached 99 felines, all in an effort to identify and prevent genetic diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy and Niemann-Pick disorder. “Continued collaboration with geneticists and veterinarians could lead to the rapid discovery of undiagnosed genetic conditions in cats,” said study lead Leslie Lyons, noting that testing can uncover conditions early, when they may be more readily treated.

The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (5/10)

Feline genetic mapping could yield new treatment insights

May 12, 2017

Feline genetic mapping could yield new treatment insights

the genomes of 50 cats, and they plan to continue until they’ve reached 99 felines, all in an effort to identify and prevent genetic diseases such as progressive retinal atrophy and Niemann-Pick disorder. “Continued collaboration with geneticists and veterinarians could lead to the rapid discovery of undiagnosed genetic conditions in cats,” said study lead Leslie Lyons, noting that testing can uncover conditions early, when they may be more readily treated.

The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (5/10)

FDA warns about false cancer treatment claims

April 27, 2017

FDA warns about false cancer treatment claims

The FDA warned 14 companies to retract false claims that their vegetable extracts, teas, creams and other products diagnose or treat cancer in people and pets. Officials said the agency is increasingly seeing bogus products pitched to dog and cat owners as cures for cancer, but untested products could be unsafe and prevent pets or people from receiving lifesaving medical care.

The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (4/25),  PhillyVoice (Philadelphia) (4/25)

NEW MEXICO Stray cat with plague prompts public health reminders

April 12, 2017

NEW MEXICO Stray cat with plague prompts public health reminders

A stray cat found in Albuquerque, N.M., died of plague, and public health officials are warning residents to avoid stray or sick animals. Mark DiMenna, deputy director of the city’s Environmental Health Department, asked to be notified about sick or dying animals, especially wildlife, and department officials are setting up traps to catch rodents and other animals that might be infected.

KOB-TV (Albuquerque, N.M.) (4/11),  KOAT-TV (Albuquerque, N.M.)/The Associated Press (4/10)

 

Cat study suggests children are at risk from residual flame retardants

April 6, 2017

Cat study suggests children are at risk from residual flame retardants

Researchers reported in Environmental Science & Technology that they found high levels of brominated flame retardants in the blood of house cats, and the finding suggests that young children are also at risk. The known endocrine disruptors, found in textiles, electronics and furniture, have been linked to thyroid disease and persist in house dust.

HealthDay News (4/4)

Cat with mass presents tough choices

April 4, 2017

Cat with mass presents tough choices

Veterinarian John de Jong helps an owner navigate difficult choices regarding a cat’s intestinal mass, which biopsy results suggest could be cancerous with a poor prognosis. The location of the mass makes surgical access difficult, but Dr. de Jong suggests palliative treatment such as chemotherapy or prednisolone could help if surgery can’t.

Boston Herald (4/2)

Stress, food, scents can trigger skin problems in cats

March 15, 2017

Stress, food, scents can trigger skin problems in cats

Pet owners can ask themselves a series of questions to better understand why their animals are itching, as veterinarian Donna Solomon used process of elimination to figure out why her cat, Oreo, began grooming himself so much that he lost large tufts of hair. Possible culprits in Oreo’s case included a new, scented litter material; a new food; and Dr. Solomon’s youngest son’s return to college.

The Huffington Post (3/8)

Veterinary dermatology clinic introduces hyperbaric oxygen therapy

March 8, 2017

Veterinary dermatology clinic introduces hyperbaric oxygen therapy

The Animal Dermatology Clinic in Pasadena, Calif., added hyperbaric oxygen therapy to its treatment options, using a chamber developed for veterinary use and suitable for creatures as small as cats and as large as Great Danes. The technology, which promotes tissue healing by providing 100% oxygen at high pressure, is used for treatment of deep-tissue infections, burns, nonhealing wounds and postsurgical recovery.

PharmaBiz.com (India) (3/7)

Study: House cats harbor flame retardants in bloodstream

March 6, 2017

Study: House cats harbor flame retardants in bloodstream

Swedish researcher Jana Weiss published data in the journal Environmental Science & Technology documenting high brominated flame retardant levels in feline blood samples. BFRs, used in clothing, electronics and furniture, have been linked to endocrine disruptions, and Weiss found cats are exposed to BFRs in dust, something that could also be happening to small children.

ConsumerAffairs.com (2/27)