Heat Illness Risk for #Pets

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“We understand many families want to take pets with them while they run errands, but this sets you and your loved companion up for a bad situation,” said Erica Little, Environmental Health Administrator. “In as little as 10 minutes, the temperature in your car can rise 20 degrees. Your car can quickly become a heat trap that puts your loved pet at danger of serious illness or even death.”

The Health Department provided these tips to keep animals safe during the summer heat:
• Do not leave a pet unattended in a hot car.
• Always make sure pets have access to cool, clean, fresh water as well as adequate food and shelter.
• Walk your dog in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler. If you must walk mid-day, shorten the distance. And keep your dog in the grass as much as possible, as hot sidewalks can burn the pads of their feet.
• Do not leave a dog outdoors unattended on a chain or tether. Long-term chaining during the summer can result in countless insect bites, dehydration and heat stroke.

Kids, seniors and those with mental or physical illnesses have the highest risk of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Some symptoms of heat exhaustion are: heavy sweating, paleness, fatigue, muscle cramps, fainting or nausea.

If someone has heat stroke, their body temperature rises to above 104°F and they may show signs of red, hot or dry skin, a rapid pulse, throbbing headache or unconsciousness.

To protect against illnesses like these:
• Drink plenty of water, avoiding extremely cold drinks.
• Avoid strenuous work/exercise and stay in an air-conditioned area.
• Wear loose, light clothing and protect yourself from the sun.
• Try to not be outside during the hottest times.

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Who doesn’t love giraffes?

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Who doesn’t love giraffes? Their grace, their markings that are as unique as human fingerprints, their long, tough tongues that can extend a foot or longer to navigate sharp acacia thorns, and even their hair-covered “horns” (called ossicones) —all these traits are endearing.

So endearing, in fact, that zoos around the world set aside the longest day of the year every year to celebrate the world’s longest-necked animal.

Giraffes in Danger of Disappearing

Giraffes, with their long legs and necks swaying in a kind of slow-motion ballet, are regal and majestic. They are the tallest living land animal, with females reaching a height of 14 to 16 feet and males towering over us at 16 to 18 feet.

This enigmatic African animal has long had a secret: Recent genetic analysis suggests that the giraffe is not one, but four separate species: the southern giraffe, found mainly in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana; the Masai giraffe, of Tanzania, Kenya and Zambia; the reticulated giraffe, found mainly in Kenya, Somalia and southern Ethiopia; and the northern giraffe in scattered groups in the north central and northeastern parts of Africa.

All of these giraffe species have one important thing in common. They are all threatened with extinction and must be protected, with special attention paid to the northern and reticulated giraffe species, each with fewer than 10,000 individuals.

Giraffes are already extinct in seven African countries, and the total number of giraffes in the wild has dropped from more than 140,000 in the late 1990s to fewer than 100,000 today.

Why this decline? Habitat loss due to war, road-building, oil drilling, mining and agriculture have caused the loss of this species. In addition, in some areas giraffes are threatened by hunting and intense bush meat poaching.

They are killed for their tails, which are used for marriage dowries, and their leg bones, which are carved to look like ivory. Some Tanzanians are convinced that eating giraffe brains and bone marrow can cure HIV/Aids.

Your Zoo Cares About Giraffes in Africa

The Saint Louis Zoo has been working to save threatened species in the wild through its Wild Care Institute Center for Conservation in the Horn of Africa, which supports field conservation of reticulated giraffes and other species in northern Kenya through the Northern Rangelands Trust (NRT). NRT is a community-led, nongovernmental organization established 13 years ago by a coalition of local leaders, politicians and conservation interests. Its mission is to develop resilient community conservancies, which transform lives, secure peace and conserve natural resources. read more…

Never heard of a 35 lb #cat?

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Meet Symba, a really really – really – fat cat.

Weighing in at 35 pounds, this feline is at the Humane Rescue Alliance in D.C. and is need of a home.

Staffers of the humane rescue group posed with the 6-year-old fat cat and posted the pictures on social media.

In their post, they wrote, staff “has seen a lot – but we’ve never seen a 35 pound cat!” The cat is available for adoption at its New York Avenue location in Washington, D.C.

The Humane Rescue Alliance told Symba’s story:

The fat feline came last week to the facility. Officials said his owner moved to an assisted living center and couldn’t bring Symba with him.

The cat’s owner told the staff over the phone that Symba weighed nearly 40 pounds. The staff was surprised to hear that weight and “thought surely he must be overestimating,” they said in a blog that now tracks Symba’s life and new weight loss program.

But when Symba came to the humane rescue site, he hit the scales and weighed in at 35 pounds. (The humane rescue staff put an ! after announcing his weight.)

Staff described Symba as a “handsome fellow, with his sweet face and mellow disposition.”

Because of his obesity, Symba was given a detailed checkup, including a blood glucose test. It came back normal. But he’s about 15 pounds overweight so the alliance’s medical team said he is at an “increased risk of health complications.”

The average domestic house cat should ideally weigh between eight and 10 pounds, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention.

Once he got settled at the shelter, the staff at the alliance got Symba on basically the cat version of “The Biggest Loser,” a TV show that tracks people’s weight loss in a contest.

“It’s difficult for him to walk at the moment, so staff are focusing on improving his diet and starting his physical activity slowly,” the staff said in its blog. read more…

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Important news about fish-oil pills, #CoQ10, and red yeast rice

cr-health-hero-fish-oil-0617Walk into any pharmacy or health-food store and you’ll see shelves of dietary supplements that promise to help your heart, such as omega-3, coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), and red yeast rice.

Proponents claim that these products can lower blood pressure or cholesterol, stave off heart disease, and prevent heart attacks. If you’re concerned about your heart health, should you be taking them?
What the Science Says

Omega-3 (fish oil). It’s well-established that regularly consuming foods that contain omega-3 fatty acids (see “Ticker-Friendly Foods,” below) is a bonus for heart health. But the evidence on supplements has been scant.

However, a recent scientific advisory report from the American Heart Association, published in the journal Circulation, concluded that people who have already had a heart attack or been diagnosed with heart failure may benefit from a daily 1,000-mg fish-oil supplement. For that group only, according to the AHA, this practice could reduce the risk of dying from heart disease by 10 percent.

“The benefits shown in recent studies have been modest, but I think taking them is still reasonable,” says JoAnn Manson, M.D., chief of the division of preventive medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

CoQ10. Supplements of this compound, which is produced by the body and found in some foods, have been promoted for the management of heart failure and alleviating muscle aches associated with cholesterol-lowering statin medications.

But conclusive evidence of its effectiveness is lacking. A 2014 review of seven small clinical trials found “no convincing evidence to support or refute” CoQ10’s use for heart failure. Another analysis found no strong evidence it reduces statin-induced muscle pain.

Red yeast rice. Red yeast rice—which is made by culturing rice with yeast—is claimed to lower LDL “bad” cholesterol. However, there is little evidence to support its use—or its safety. In fact, red yeast rice is one of 15 supplement ingredients that Consumer Reports recommends consumers always avoid.
Cause for Caution

With over-the-counter dietary supplements, you don’t always know what you’re getting.

“There’s a lack of regulation, which means the content, identity, and purity of the product is not guaranteed,” says Consumer Reports’ chief medical adviser, Marvin M. Lipman, M.D.

Manson agrees. “There are some high-quality supplements, but it’s very much buyer beware,” she says.

There’s also a risk that some supplements may include unwanted ingredients, interact with medications you take, or cause side effects.

For example, red yeast rice supplements can contain a chemical that’s been linked to kidney damage. It can also magnify the effects of statin drugs. CoQ10 may reduce the effectiveness of blood thinners, which are often used to help prevent heart attacks and strokes. Fish-oil supplements can lead to bleeding problems when combined with prescription blood thinners.

Be sure to discuss any supplements you’re taking or considering with your physician. “You can run into serious problems with drug interactions if your doctor doesn’t know,” Manson warns. read more…

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Parasite Risk in #Sheep, #Cattle with Warm Weather

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Dairy and beef cattle are at risk of husk, caused by infection with the cattle lungworm from June onwards. Unvaccinated calves, naïve adult cattle and those without an effective anthelmintic programme face the greatest threat.

Early signs of lungworm include coughing after periods of exertion and progress to more severe compromise, with coughing at rest, increased respiratory rate, and difficulty breathing. Prompt recognition and treatment is critical.

“Early intervention significantly reduces costs and the impact on productivity. A diagnosis should be sought from the farm’s vet at the first sign of symptoms, “ advises Sioned. “Treatment with a fast acting zero milk withhold wormer with up to 28 days of persistent activity, such as Eprinex® (eprinomectin) provides effective control without the loss of milk sales.”

Incidents of parasitic disease caused by gutworms, including Ostertagia ostertagi, peak in August and September, though even low levels of worm challenge can reduce growth rates by up to 30% in beef calves and dairy replacement heifers.

Strategic control with a broad-spectrum wormer such as IVOMEC® Classic (ivermectin) can reduce the impact of parasites in autumn/winter born calves in their first grazing season, and spring-born suckler claves in their second grazing season. Those animals receiving strategic treatments must remain set stocked for the entire grazing period or moved to aftermaths when they become available. read more…

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Is Bad #Nutrition Research Making Us Fat and Sick?

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It seems that nearly every week, a new study on nutrition comes out that contradicts the latest health trend. Eggs are nutritional miracles; eggs are cholesterol-laden artery constrictors. Fat is the number one weight-loss enemy; fat is the key to weight loss.

Why is nutrition advice so contradictory and ever-changing? In a word, research. In theory, good science and research is driven by hypotheses, ideas, and concepts that need to be proven or disproven. It should be simple. But in nutritional science, that is rarely the case.

Here are some reasons why research on nutrition can go so far awry, and how to know what information to trust.

Not All Studies Are Created Equal

The quality of a study is influenced by many factors. Here are some of the big ones:

Good-quality research can be hard to apply to nutrition questions. Unfortunately, the most reliable research methods are difficult to apply to many questions about what constitutes healthy eating.

Randomized controlled trials are considered the most accurate way to gather evidence in medicine. These involve groups of participants who are selected randomly and then divided into two groups: the test group and the placebo (control) group. The idea is that since the participants were randomly selected, any difference in the results will be because of the treatment.

Problems applying information from animal research to human health are inevitable.

However, many such studies are done over a period of only weeks or months, meaning they don’t reflect real life or how a particular dietary choice might impact the body over decades. There will always be a gap when research relies on short-term studies for answers on chronic, long-term issues.

It’s also not practical, and possibly unethical, to do the types of nutrition studies that would lead to the most accurate results—for example, locking people up and observing every meal they eat for 25 years, sequestering newborns for testing, or repeatedly feeding subjects unhealthy food to see how their bodies react. read more…

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Weight loss is one tough issue we face. Well, maybe some of us don’t, but they still work hard to maintain their slim. If popping a pill would make us loose weight, we’d all be thin as reeds. However, besides cutting down on carbs and working out, their are supplements that could help us reach our goal.

Vitamin B-12

Even though there isn’t a solid proof that Vitamin B-12 could be used as a dietary supplement for weight lose, It is believed that it could play a big role in how the body uses calories. Vitamin B12 may support energy production by helping the body convert food into energy. More energy will hopefully result in more exercise and greater motivation which will lead to safe and healthy weight control.Your body does need vitamin B-12 anyway to support the function of your nerves and blood cells.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Some studies suggest that omega-3 fatty acids could help loosing weight. They are a great addition to your diet. they also may protect your heart and blood vessels from damage and disease. Consider eating fish a couple times a week, as part of your healthy eating plan.

Calcium

It is believed that Calcium could play a role in weight loss management. There are different theories that support that. The first is that calcium may bind with fat in the intestines and prevent your body from absorbing it. The second theory is that calcium may inhibit the production of hormones that cause fat to accumulate in your body.

Magnesium

Magnesium is essential in digestive processes and activates enzymes that let your body absorb and use the food you eat. It helps to regulate your metabolism, which in turn may help you to burn more calories. Magnesium is also a good source of energy. It’s possible that a diet that includes sufficient magnesium allows you to increase your metabolism and produce enough energy so you move more, thus helping to burn calories.

Green Tea

 Curl up watching a nice movie with a cup of green tea sounds tempting. Green tea can help you lose fat, especially the abdominal fat. However, some studies don’t think that green tea is not so significant when it comes to weight lose. But still,Green tea contains antioxidants that might help protect your heart.

Fruits and Veggies

Don’t skip looking at the salad menu when you eat out! Eating a balanced diet, including five servings of fruits and veggies each day, is the best way to make sure you get all the vitamins you need to maintain a healthy weight, especially if you can’t eat any kind of food we mentioned.

 

At the end, Vitamins alone will not serve as the magic solution for weight loss. You still need to exercise and, eat healthy food that are low in calories and rich in nutrients to lose weight and look great! read more…