How ultraprocessed foods affect gut microbiome and health

Several studies have demonstrated a potential link between ultra-processed foods (UPF) and chronic inflammation. One recent review published in The Lancet Gastroenterology & Hepatology describes the mechanistic association between the consumption of UPF and chronic medical conditions, especially those involving the gut microbiome. Study: Ultra-processed Foods and Human Health: From Epidemiological Evidence to Mechanistic Insights. … Read more

Evidence of efficient SARS-CoV-2 transmission between cats

In a recent study posted to the bioRxiv* preprint server, researchers in the Netherlands assessed the indirect and direct severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) B.1.22 lineage transmission across domestic cats in an experimental environment. ​​​​​​​Study: Efficient direct and limited environmental transmission of SARS-CoV-2 lineage B.1.22 in domestic cats. Image Credit: Magui RF / … Read more

Investigating an effective linear deoxyribonucleic acid COVID-19 vaccine option for domestic cats

In a recent article posted to the bioRxiv* preprint server, investigators studied a linear deoxyribonucleic acid (linDNA) severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine option in felines. Study: A linear DNA vaccine candidate encoding the SARS-CoV-2 Receptor Binding Domain elicits protective immunity in domestic cats. Image Credit: Karrrtinki/Shutterstock Background SARS-CoV-2, the Coronavirus disease 2019 … Read more

Dogs can detect SARS-CoV-2 from an individual’s sweat

In a recent study published in the Open Forum Infectious Diseases (OFID) Journalresearchers reported that severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) could be detected by canine olfaction. Overall, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in more than 520 million cases and over 6.26 million deaths to date. As a result, different screening methods … Read more

Study finds low-risk of spillover SARS-CoV-2 infection from domestic cats

Zoonotic origin of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) predisposes to a probability of cross-infection pathways between humans and animals. Reports suggest a high susceptibility of domestic cats to SARS-CoV-2 infection and transmission. Clinical signs of SARS-CoV-2 infection, high viral loads, and potential viral shedding have been detected in domestic cats. Although cats tend … Read more