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A veterinarian is conducting clinical trials to treat cancers in dogs, cats and other companion animals. But this research benefits humans, too. Many cancers in animals -- especially dogs -- are similar to those in humans, which means that the diagnosis, monitoring, treatment and response to treatment are also similar.

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Scientists have determined that a plant protein involved in the timing of flowering could in fact be a prion. This is the first time that a possible prion has been identified in plants, and it may play a role in a plant's 'memory' of cold exposure during winter.

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Dog owners tell their vets that Labrador retrievers are always interested in food, and new work shows there might be a biological truth to the claim. A study links a gene alteration specifically found in Labs to greater food-motivated behavior, describing the first gene associated with canine obesity. The variation also occurs more frequently in Labradors chosen as assistance dogs, and might explain why these canines seem more trainable with food rewards.

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Over the last 30 or so years, veterinary professionals' understanding of clinical feline hyperthyroidism has evolved tremendously.

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A doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a new species of fossil dog. The specimen, found in Maryland, would have roamed the coast of eastern North America approximately 12 million years ago, at a time when massive sharks like megalodon swam in the oceans.

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A rare, severe form of pulmonary hypertension, which up until now, has only been classified as a human lung disease, has also been discovered in dogs according to an American study.

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Researchers and engineers in hope that a robotic lift system will help to improve the odds for horses recovering from limb fractures and other traumatic injuries.

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Among adults 60 years of age or more, walking is the most common form of leisure-time physical activity because it is self-paced, low impact and does not require equipment. Researchers have determined that older adults who also are pet owners benefit from the bonds they form with their canine companions.

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Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs), or prion diseases, are a family of rare progressive, neurodegenerative illnesses that affect both humans and animals. TSE surveillance is important for public health and food safety because TSEs have the potential of crossing from animals to humans, as seen with the spread of mad cow disease, or bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE). A new study describes an advanced assay that offers better sensitivity than currently available tests for detecting a prion disease affecting elk....
How atopic dermatitis (AD) arises isn't yet fully understood, but a new study has uncovered important insights about the association of AD in dogs compared to humans.

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