Air quality during and after wildfires

The wildfires raging throughout California—the Getty fire in Los Angeles and the Kincade fire in Northern California among the most recent ones—have caused great concern about air quality and the safety of being outdoors.

Dog owners urged to vaccinate pets against new flu

A virologist at the College of Veterinary Medicine urges dog owners to take advantage of a new vaccine to protect against H3N2, the strain of canine influenza that sickened hundreds of dogs in the Chicago area last March ...

Worried sick over canine flu? Tips to help protect your pup

An outbreak of canine flu has sickened more than 1,000 dogs in the Midwest, killing a handful and stirring concern among animal lovers nationwide that the highly contagious virus will sideline their pets.

Tests show Midwestern canine flu outbreak stems from new strain

Canine influenza virus (CIV) has affected at least 1,000 dogs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana in the last month, including one confirmed case in the Madison area. Previously thought to be caused by the H3N8 strain, ...

Protecting competition horses from the flu

A deep hacking cough, a runny nose and fever—just like humans, horses can suffer badly when struck down by the flu. Although equine influenza is rarely fatal, it is highly contagious and can seriously disrupt training and ...

Tablet as teacher: Poor Ethiopian kids learn ABCs

(AP)—The kids in this volcano-rim village wear filthy, ragged clothes. They sleep beside cows and sheep in huts made of sticks and mud. They don't go to school. Yet they all can chant the English alphabet, and some can ...

Hold that tissue: Allergy help may be on the way

It isn’t beach weather in most of the United States right now, but it’s never too early to be thinking about spring and summer. Unfortunately, for people with allergies, today’s daydreams can turn into nightmares about ...