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Fighting Canine ALS

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

Human patients could benefit from a study that's underway in dogs with a fatal paralytic disease A gene-silencing therapy under development for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is being tested at Tufts in dogs… Read More

Controlling Congestive Heart Failure

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Stem cell studies of the heart-valve disease in dogs could benefit humans, too Patricia Galipeau was stunned to learn her dog, Mickey, was in congestive heart failure after his vet referred him to the Foster… Read More

Spotting Cancer

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

Sharper imaging would promote earlier diagnosis of malignancies

Contrast agent liver image

Cardiac Repair Kits

Friday, September 23rd, 2016

People could benefit from stem cell studies of heart-valve disease in dogs

Mickey

Dogs: To Hug or Not to Hug

Monday, May 9th, 2016

The answer is that it depends on the circumstances—there is no blanket rule There’s been a lot of discussion recently about whether it is a good or bad thing to hug a dog. Does the… Read More

Girl hugs beagle

Cancer Side Effect

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Humans could benefit from studies on chemo-related hair loss in pets

Poodles

Newly identified genomic causes of severe compulsive behavior in dogs could further understanding of human OCD

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Research led by investigators in veterinary and human medicine has identified genetic pathways that exacerbate severity of canine compulsive disorder in Doberman pinschers, a discovery that could lead to better therapies for obsessive compulsive disorder in people. The discovery appears online in advance of print on February 29 in the International Journal of Applied Research in Veterinary Medicine.

Dog chasing its tail

Far-reaching Benefits from Canine Cancer Research

Monday, January 4th, 2016

The finding that two malignancies common in golden retrievers share similar DNA markers may lead to better treatments for the dogs—and for humans, too A study mapping genes associated with two cancers common in golden… Read More

Tracing the Roots of OCD in Pets and People

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Animal behavior research at Tufts holds promise for better detection and treatment of the disorder In 2011, science threw a curveball at Nicholas Dodman and Alice Moon-Fanelli. The two researchers were looking at bull terriers… Read More