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Chemotherapy and radiation therapy are confusing topics. When complicated terminology is combined with the anxiety associated with a diagnosis of cancer, it's easy to understand how things become blurry. Further complicating things are those veterinarians who cross specialties. How can an owner be expected to keep it all straight Credit: Shutterstock Chemotherapy is defined as the use of chemical substances to treat disease. Conventionally, we think of chemotherapy in relation to treating cancer. Chemotherapy can be administered orally, intravenously (through a vein), topically (on the skin), subcutaneously (under the skin), intramuscularly (into a muscle), intratumorally (injected directl...

A recent segment of the Today show focused on the growing trend of walk-in health care clinics for people. These are the ubiquitous "Minute Clinics" found amidst local pharmacies or the 24-hour "No appointment necessary" offices where people can, at the initial fleeting sign of a sniffle, ache, or strange skin rash, show up and request immediate care for their ailment. Credit: Shutterstock The report indicated that more and more people are pursuing the option of convenient care because of a perception that their primary care doctors are inaccessible during evenings, weekends, or holidays. However, with a bit more probing, evidence revealed the issue wasn't that people couldn't get in to se...

African elephants in captivity are packing on the pounds, and experts warn that the rise in obesity is contributing to infertility, which could be detrimental to the survival of the species in zoos. Credit: Getty Creative To get a handle on the problem, one group of researchers in Alabama is looking for a better way to measure body fat on the already huge animals. RELATED: Future Zoos: What Will They Look Like? Just like humans, elephants with excess fat are more likely to develop heart disease, arthritis and infertility, Daniella Chusyd, a graduate student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a statement. Previous studies have shown an alarming number of African elephants...