June 3: UF in the News 6/1/21-6/3/21

Hurricane season resources for Gainesville and Alachua County: What you need to know — The Gainesville Sun, 6/2/21
The 2021 Atlantic hurricane season has arrived. And now is the time to prepare, authorities say, not days before the wind, rain and floods hit. 

Angie Lindsey, an assistant professor with UF/IFAS who conducts research and outreach initiatives around disaster preparedness and recovery, stresses the importance of having a plan. 

How often should I take my dog to the vet? — Southern Living, 6/2/21
Just like you need an annual trip to the doctor for a yearly exam and some preventive screenings—so does your dog. In fact, when you commit to adopting a puppy or older dog, you're basically signing up for regular vet visits with your pooch.

Amy Stone, a clinical assistant professor at the small animal hospital at UF's College of Veterinary Medicine, walks readers through how often dogs should see the vet and what to expect during those visits. 

Fact check-why relative risk reduction, not absolute risk reduction, is most often used in calculating vaccine efficacy — Reuters, 6/2/21
Referring to a “peer-reviewed study” published in the medical journal The Lancet, users on social media have erroneously claimed that the reported efficacy rates for the available COVID-19 vaccines are “deceiving” and that the real rate of protection from immunization is much lower. This stems from a misinterpretation of two different measurements, the relative risk reduction (RRR) and the absolute risk reduction (ARR).

Natalie E. Dean, assistant professor of Biostatistics at UF’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, explains why the numbers can be confusing and what the medical community looks for when talking about vaccine efficacy.

Try veggies for sweet summer treats — The Daytona Beach News-Journal, 6/2/21
Wendy Mussoline, a professor and multi-county agriculture extension agent with IFAS, offers several options for those who are looking to satisfy their sweet tooth but would rather skip chocolate or ice cream. 

Returned ‘pandemic pets’ reports are not true — Florida Weekly — 6/2/21
For the past year, people have been gloomily predicting that pets adopted during the pandemic would be dumped back in shelters when people’s lives started returning to normal. 

Julie K. Levy, the Fran Marino professor of shelter medicine education at UF, talks about why this perception has taken hold.