Keeping an avocado green

Ever cut into an avocado and discover it isn’t quite as ripe as you’d like it to be, and then worry about it going brown while you wait for it to ripen? We discovered a low tech way to do this, even if you don’t have a lemon in the larder. Get yourself a nice [...]

U.S. government blog: GovGab

Today, I discovered and bookmarked the U.S. government blog, GovGab.  This blog is authored by five federal employees (along with two substitutes as needed), each taking one day of the work-week as their own. Posts cover a mix of issues on health, finance, travel, family and other topics. Today’s post is on ways to save [...]

Screening test for canine cardiomyopathy now available

You can now get your dog tested for the gene mutation that causes boxer cardiomyopathy, Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC). I blogged about this earlier this morning, saying that the test would be available later this year – well, it’s now available through the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. You can send [...]

Genetic screening for heart disease in boxers available soon

Some great news for boxer owners and lovers. A veterinary cardiologist at Washington State University has identified a defective gene responsible for one of the heart diseases that plague the boxer breed according to an April 27, 2009 press release from the university. Boxer cardiomyopathy, or arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC), has long been [...]