October CVM Research Roundup

A look at some of the newest published studies coming out of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine.

  • A study co-authored by Gregory Lewbart takes a comprehensive look at the treatment of wild turtles over 10 years at the CVM Turtle Rescue Team wildlife clinic. The research, published in the Journal of Zoo and Wildline Medicine, reviews nearly 2,000 turtle patients seen between 2005 to 2014 by the student-run Turtle Rescue Team. Read the study here.
  • Gabriela Seiler and Emily Griffith have determined that a special type of ultrasound, elastographic stiffness, was able to provide some insight on the presence of malignancy in lymph nodes. The findings were published by the journal Veterinary Radiology and Ultrasound and looked at both dogs and cats. Generally, doctors must aspirate lymph nodes and wait for cytology to determine if cancer is present. Read the study here.
  • Researchers have identified the cause of recurring progressive neurological disease in a commercial emu flock in North Carolina. The team, including CVM co-authors Seiche Genger, Michael Martin, Jeffrey Applegate and John Barnes, found that the flock had a mutation for the disease mucopolysaccharidoses. Genetic testing protocol was developed to remove the prevalence of the disease in the flock. The study, which also included a proposal for a control strategy to avoid future affected emus and economic losses, was published in the journal Avian Pathology. Read the study here.

A comprehensive study about chronic maladaptive pain in cats reviews current and future drug treatment options for pain in felines. Illustration by Alice MacGregor Harvey/NC State Veterinary Medicine

  • A study from key investigator Duncan Lascelles, published in Neuroscience Letters, shows that a part of the brain responsible for processing of fear and pain involve different neural circuits. The findings will prove important in developing therapies for pain and emotive disorders and humans. Read the study here.
  • A comprehensive look at chronic maladaptive pain in cats from Lascelles, Ronald Baynes, Mark Papich, Derek Adrian, has been published in the Veterinary Journal. The study reviews current and future drug treatment options for pain in felines, which is often difficult to recognize and diagnose. Read the study here.
  • A study has uncovered the first molecular microbiologic evidence that two subforms of the bacteria Bartonella can be transmitted to children in utero during a cesarean section. Ed Breitschwerdt, Ricardo Maggi and Patricia Mascarelli co-authored the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, that found that Bartonella vinsonii subspecies berkhoffi and Bartonella henselae can be passed on in this manner. Read the study here.