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Bacterial vaginosis: more common than flu

June 13th, 2017

If you heard about a condition that affects one million women every year and develops in one out of every three women, you’d assume it was well known and easily treated. Unfortunately, you’d be wrong. Despite its staggering statistics, the infection known as bacterial vaginosis remains a relative mystery. Bacterial vaginosis (BV) is a vaginal infection that’s linked to the …

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Can a breast cancer drug benefit cattle?

Can a drug that’s proved useful for humans be of value to the beef and dairy cow industry? That’s a question Dr. Gregg Adams and a team of researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) are hoping to answer. Adams and his team are investigating the effects of letrozole, a non-steroidal drug commonly used in human medicine to …

May 18th, 2017 Full story »

Tracking dairy heifer parasites in SK

Standing in the middle of a pasture and melting in the July heat, following a group of heifers around the field collecting manure samples – it’s all part of Haley Scott’s glamorous research job. Scott’s interest in cattle stems from growing up on a beef farm near Lacombe, Alta. Now a graduate student pursuing a Master of Science (MSc) degree …

May 11th, 2017 Full story »

prairie swine pigs

Keeping pigs busy could improve welfare

I have travelled halfway around the globe from my home in Ghana to look for ways to improve the management of sows here in Canada. As a University of Saskatchewan master’s student working at the Prairie Swine Centre (PSC), my research focuses on enrichment measures for pigs – specifically sow enrichment, which could include a number of benefits to the pig’s environment such …

May 02nd, 2017 Full story »

Sheep dewormer resistance growing problem

Internal parasites, commonly known as worms, are a growing problem in sheep flocks around the world. Sheep with high worm burdens may experience health problems such as slow growth, diarrhea and even death. One particular parasite, the barber pole worm, even sucks blood, causing the animals to become anemic as they lose red blood cells. These parasites are easily passed …

April 25th, 2017 Full story »