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Pecan the photographing guide dog

Sunday, December 26th, 2010

The Yahoo! Accessibility Lab created a fun project this year which gives a guide dog the ability to photograph her perspective of the world. Pecan is the guide dog for Lucy Greco, who runs the accessibility center for UC Berkeley.

The project started at the CSUN conference earlier this year. This is the biggest conference for assistive technology and education. Pecan became the star of the show as everyone wanted to see the budding photographer.

Pecan, Lucy, and the Yahoo! Accessibility Lab recently visited the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley. This center, conveniently attached to a BART station, provides a synergistic environment for organizations that improve the lives of the disabled. Enjoy the photographs as Pecan guides Lucy around this impressive center.

Pecan uses a Nokia phone that uploads the geolocated images to a server. This server provides some basic image manipulation and submits the images to Flickr, a photo sharing site from Yahoo.

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More information about the poisonous dog food

Friday, March 23rd, 2007

The ASPCA has released the following information about the pet food recall.

Nationwide Pet Food Recall Crisis Continues

NEW YORK- Based on new reports issued by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets that rodent poison was found in laboratory testing of the tainted pet food recalled last week, the ASPCA. (The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.), through its Animal Poison Control Center (APCC), has the following information to provide to the public:

Aminopterin, a toxin found in some rodenticides available outside the USA, is a folic acid antagonist, i.e. it disrupts the body’s ability to utilize folic acid. In animals, this can result in loss of appetite, diarrhea and weight loss. It may also cause leucopenia, which is a reduction in white blood cells, as well as birth defects.

Aminopterin is closely related in chemical structure and mechanism to a drug called methotrexate, which is used to treat some cancers, both in humans and animals. Renal failure has been reported in human patients receiving methotrexate. We do not know if aminopterin can cause renal failure in pets.

Based on these findings, the ASPCA does not recommend any change in treatment of animals affected; animals currently being treated for kidney failure suspected to be related to the ingestion of the contaminated food should stay on such treatment. Please follow your veterinarian’s advice.

It is unclear at this point in time how this toxin came into contact with the affected food. The ASPCA will continue to analyze the data on calls the APCC receives (which number between 400-700 daily on a wide range of substances), and release any new information it finds immediately.

In addition, pet parents may find the following information useful:

For a complete list of affected brands, please visit http://www.menufoods.com/recall.

The American Veterinary Medical Association has some excellent advice and information on its Web site for both pet parents and veterinarians at http://www.avma.org/aa/menufoodsrecall/default.asp

If your pet shows any signs of illness, including loss of appetite, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea, changes in water consumption or changes in urination, please consult your veterinarian immediately. If you are unable to reach your veterinarian and suspect your pet is gravely ill, you may call the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 for emergency advice (a $55 fee applies).

To report adverse actions or other problems to the FDA, pet parents can go to http://www.fda.gov/opacom/backgrounders/complain.html to contact the FDA complaint coordinator in their state.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals