Cats housed indoors are exposed to parasites, contrary to common belief, writes veterinarian Lorie Huston. Fleas, which carry internal parasites, can infect indoor cats without their owners realizing there is an issue, Dr. Huston writes. Indoor cats are at risk of infection from tapeworms, heartworms and roundworms through exposure to fleas, mosquitoes and rodents, but having regular veterinary care and using veterinarian-approved products labeled for cats can help prevent infection.
With the U.S. flu shot supply now cut in half, health care providers have been divided into two categories -- those who have it because they ordered the vaccine from drug company Aventis; and those who don't because they ordered from Chiron, which had its manufacturing license suspended by British authorities on Tuesday. While providers in the latter group have canceled clinics and don't expect the situation to change, those who ordered from Aventis will hold clinics, but will reserve the vaccine for people in high risk groups.
Xoma's Raptiva, developed in conjunction with Genentech, has been greenlighted by the FDA to treat moderate-to-severe cases of the disease. The decision opens up a new option in a limited field of medications used to treat the condition.