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The Flu Hunters

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

A new research team at Cummings School is racing to keep the world ahead of the next pandemic.

Collaborating For A Cure

Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

Veterinary and human cardiologists at Tufts make the case for studying a heart condition together to accelerate the pace of new treatments.

Tufts Researchers Find First Genomic Biomarkers in Extracellular Vesicles

Thursday, July 27th, 2017

The article discusses a study by Vicky Yang, Andy Hoffman and others from Cummings School’s Department of Clinical Sciences that found important biomarkers in extracellular vesicles in dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD) and congestive heart failure.

Health and safety policies for therapy animal visits vary widely

Wednesday, July 26th, 2017

This article discusses a study from the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction on the importance of policies for therapy animals at hospitals, elder care facilities, and other organizations. (Cummings School study authors: Deborah Linder, Lisa Freeman, Megan Mueller, Debra Gibbs, Hannah Siebens—2017 DVM/MPH graduate)

Meet the dogs with OCD

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

This story on obsessive compulsive disorder features the translational work of Professor Emeritus Nicholas Dodman, former head of Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic, on canine compulsive disorder (CCD). The piece references two related patient cases Dr. Dodman treated at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center and includes comments from Dr. Stephanie Borns-Weil, current head of Tufts Animal Behavior Clinic.

Intellectual and Emotional Benefits of Dogs

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

This radio interview with Dr. Deborah Linder, associate director of the Tufts Institute for Human-Animal Interaction, focuses on the benefits of animal-assisted intervention on the humans they interact with. The conversation highlights recent research from the Institute on how reading to therapy dogs impacted literacy skills and reading attitudes in second-grade students.

Curiosity Saved the Cats

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

The untold story of how a small team of researchers saved the lives of millions of felines—and helped identify the cause of AIDS.