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Smart and social?
New research from two evolutionary biologists questions the recent finding that sociality has played a key role in the evolution of larger brain size among several orders of mammals (Social Brain Hypothesis). (2009-05-25)
Using 'dominance' to explain dog behavior is old hat
A new study shows how the behavior of dogs has been misunderstood for generations: in fact using misplaced ideas about dog behavior and training is likely to cause rather than cure unwanted behavior. (2009-05-21)
NC State and UNC Lineberger collaborate to combat cancer
Researchers from North Carolina State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center are combining their expertise to pinpoint the cause of -- and improve treatments for -- non-Hodgkin lymphoma in human and canine patients. (2009-05-19)
Transmission of MRSA and Clostridium difficile through dogs
S. Lefebvre and J.S. Weese from the University of Guelph in Canada describe a study that investigated whether MRSA and C. difficile could be passed between pet therapy dogs and patients. (2009-05-07)
Young children think gender-related behavior is inborn
A new study surveying more than 450 Americans ages 5-20 confirms that young children think about gender in the same way they think about species. (2009-04-29)
Veterinary oncologists advance cancer drugs for humans and pets
As more pet owners are choosing to treat their pets' cancers through advanced medicine, veterinarians gain valuable knowledge about the progression and treatment of cancers in humans through pet trials of new drugs. (2009-04-15)
Towards a natural pacemaker
Artificial heart pacemakers have saved and extended the lives of thousands of people, but they have their shortcomings -- such as a fixed pulse rate and a limited life. (2009-04-09)
NC State researchers find soy may aid in treating canine cancers
Researchers at North Carolina State University are looking to soy as a way to make traditional canine cancer therapy more effective, less stressful for the dog and less costly for the owners. (2009-04-08)
3-year-olds get the point
Dogs and small children who share similar social environments appear to understand human gestures in comparable ways, according to Gabriella Lakatos from Eoetvoes University in Budapest. (2009-04-06)
Bird can 'read' human gaze
We all know that people sometimes change their behavior when someone is looking their way. (2009-04-02)
Tales of the 'Trojan horse drug' and the 'miracle dogs'
Scientists are reporting promising results with a drug called nitrosylcobalamin (NO-Cbl) in battling cancer in dogs without any negative side effects. (2009-03-23)
Early agriculture left traces in animal bones
Unraveling the origins of agriculture in different regions around the globe has been a challenge for archeologists. (2009-03-23)
A recipe for dog bite injuries: Kids, dogs and warm weather
If you and your child are romping in the park or enjoying a stroll on a warm spring day and a dog approaches, be ultra vigilant. (2009-03-19)
Researchers develop DNA 'patch' for canine form of muscular dystrophy
Using a novel genetic technology that covers up genetic errors, researchers funded in part by the National Institutes of Health have developed a successful treatment for dogs with the canine version of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a paralyzing, and ultimately fatal, muscle disease. (2009-03-16)
2 cases of rabies in Vietnam after butchering and eating a dog or a cat
Eating dog meat, and to a lesser extent cat meat, is common in Asia. (2009-03-16)
Rabies infections highlight dangers of processing dog meat
Eating dog meat is common in many Asian countries, but research conducted as part of the South East Asian Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Network has discovered a potentially lethal risk associated with preparing dog meat: rabies. (2009-03-16)
Prairie dog research promotes caring, conservation
Con Slobodchikoff is giving a voice to prairie dogs. The Northern Arizona University biology professor states the case for protecting the species in Prairie Dogs: Communication and Community in an Animal Society, recently published by Harvard University Press. (2009-03-10)
Novel veterinary procedure detecting life-threatening injuries touted
The incidence of pneumothorax, or collapsed lung, among dogs and cats with blunt and penetrating trauma has been reported to range from 13-50 percent, with mortality rates ranging from 10-18 percent. (2009-03-04)
Dog bites a particular threat to young children, especially as temperatures rise
Young children are especially vulnerable to severe dog bites in the head and neck areas, and there is a correlation between cases of dog bites and rising temperatures, according to new research published in the March 2009 issue of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery. (2009-03-01)
Muscling in on type 2 diabetes
Research by kinesiology investigator Dustin Hittel, Ph.D., has proven that muscle in extremely obese individuals produces large amounts of a protein called myostatin, which normally inhibits muscle growth -- suggesting that for type 2 diabetics, and the very obese, the task of getting healthy may be more difficult than initially thought. (2009-02-26)
If you're aggressive, your dog will be too, says veterinary study at University of Pennsylvania
In a new, year-long University of Pennsylvania survey of dog owners who use confrontational or aversive methods to train aggressive pets, veterinary researchers have found that most of these animals will continue to be aggressive unless training techniques are modified. (2009-02-17)
Smokers would rather give up for their pooch's health rather than their own
Smokers are more likely to quit smoking for the sake of their pets' health than they are for their own, suggests research published ahead of print in Tobacco Control. (2009-02-09)
Black wolves: The first genetically modified predators?
Emergence of black-colored wolves is the direct result of humans raising dogs as pets and beasts of burden, according to new research published in Science. (2009-02-05)
Wolf in dog's clothing? Stanford study reveals twist in fur color
Slipping through trees or across snow, the wolf has glided into legend on paws of white, gray or -- in North America -- even black. (2009-02-05)
Biologists solve mystery of black wolves
Why do so many North American wolves have black coats (nearly half), while so few European wolves do (the overwhelming majority are gray or white)? (2009-02-05)
Dog owners more likely to share germs with pets by not washing hands than by sleeping with dog
Dog owners who sleep with their pet or permit licks on the face are in good company. (2009-01-27)
Researchers genetically link Lou Gehrig's disease in humans to dog disease
Researchers from the University of Missouri and the Broad Institute have found that the genetic mutation responsible for degenerative myelopathy (DM) in dogs is the same mutation that causes amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the human disease also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. (2009-01-21)
Hope for a rabies eradication strategy in Africa
Most rabies virus in dogs in western/central Africa comes from a common ancestor introduced around 200 years ago, probably by European colonialists. (2009-01-21)
Excessive police violence evident in emergency care cases, say US doctors
Excessive police violence is evident in the types of injury and trauma emergency care doctors are treating in the US, indicates research published in Emergency Medicine Journal. (2008-12-23)
Pigs and dogs can bridge gap between mice and humans in developing new therapies
Human and veterinary medicine could receive a big boost through use of larger animals, especially pigs and dogs, in research, with Europe at the forefront. (2008-12-16)
Dogs chase efficiently, but cats skulk counterintuitively
A Duke University study suggests that evolution can behave as differently as dogs and cats. (2008-12-03)
100-meter sprint world record could go as low as 9.48 seconds
During the last century human athletic records have continued tumbling, but are there limits to how fast elite athletes can run? (2008-11-28)
6,000km trip to reveal clues to ancient migration
Two Durham University scientists are to play a key part in a 6000km trip following the migration route of ancient Pacific cultures. (2008-11-06)
Dalmatian bladder stones caused by gene that regulates uric acid in humans
A gene mutation that causes high levels of uric acid in all Dalmatian dogs and bladder stones in some Dalmatians, has been identified by a team of researchers in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. (2008-11-06)
Dalmatian bladder stones caused by gene that regulates uric acid in humans
A gene mutation in Dalmatian dogs causing high levels of uric acid that can lead to bladder stones has been identified by a team of researchers in the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis. (2008-11-06)
Scientist clears hurdles for muscular dystrophy therapy
Boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy will lose the ability to walk by their teens and typically die before the age of 30. (2008-10-28)
Iowa State researcher develops new treatment method for canine eye diseases
An Iowa State University researcher is exploring a new method of getting medicine to the eyes of infected dogs that is more effective and reliable than using eye drops. (2008-10-28)
Running on rocket fuel
Because African wild dogs face bigger competitors like lions, whose larger stomachs handle large irregular meals, the African wild dog evolved a runner's metabolism (lithe, smaller stomachs) and formed large packs. (2008-10-20)
Man's best friend recruited in the hunt for disease genes
For centuries man has had a uniquely close relationship with dogs -- as a working animal, for security and, perhaps most importantly, for companionship. (2008-10-16)
Researchers use nanoparticles to deliver treatment for brain, spinal cord injuries
Purdue University researchers have developed a method of using nanoparticles to deliver treatments to injured brain and spinal cord cells. (2008-10-01)
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