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Friday, November 05, 2010

"They Fetch, They Roll Over, They Aid Tumor Research"

I'd say this information certainly gives new meaning to the words, "man's best friend".  Here's an article from the Science Section of The New York Times that talks about an operation that was previously performed only on humans, but is now available to save the lives of dogs stricken with Cushings disease-thanks to the collaboration between a neurosurgeon and veterinarians in Los Angeles. According to the article, "so far, nine dogs and one cat that otherwise would have died have been treated suuccessfully." And it gets even better: because Cushings disease is fairly rare in humans, it's a difficult disease to study, but it occurs much more frequently in dogs. During the operation to remove tumors from the dog's pituitary gland, tissue samples are removed and studied, enabling researchers to "develop drugs to one day treat Cushings Disease in both humans and dogs."

Read the full article here and give your dog a treat for yet again helping their human companions!


My contribution to the world of science is to make sure that my neck of the woods is free of those bushy-tailed vermin! Here I am with Bella, keeping watch over our backyard.


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Thanks furry much fur sharing that!

We are good, eh!?!


TwoSpecialWires said...

Hey! Were you around last year on 14 Nov 10? We can't remember. But, yes or no, here's some info we wanted to share. OK?

OK. We're gonna admit. Straightaway. No bones about it. We're taking the easy peasy way out. We want to get around to EVERYONE on our blog roll to remind you about the Second Annual Worldwide Moment coming up on Sunday 14 Nov 10. Were you there last year? Do you remember? Or are you new to it this year? Wondering what that Countdown Clock is on blogs that you visit? Whatever. We want you and everyone you know to have a chance to participate in the Silent Minute, the Candle Lighting and the Shout Out! Come visit. We've got a new banner for you, HTML for an (accurate, now that the word UNTIL is in red) Countdown Clock and a link to figure out what time 11:00 PM GMT is in your neck of the woods.

So. You're getting this 'cause we've been friends in the blogging world and we want you to know.

Please forgive the "stock" comment, but we told Moma we've never done this before and we'll not do it again (at least until next year.)

Loads of wirey love and lots of encouragment to join in (and to pass the word)
Jake and Fergi (and OurMoma and OurCollegeGirl)

Bocci said...

We'll join up, Jake and Fergie!

Ivy, the Yellow Lab said...

Thanks for sharing. We stopped by via the Life with Dogs Blog Hop.
My humans are SPCA volunteers too!

Kristine said...

Hi there! I just found your site on the blog hop and thought I'd stop by.

Thank you for sharing this great article. Dogs, I think, have more capacity than we'll ever realise.

Anonymous said...

Stopping in to say hello. Always enjoy your postings and hope to see you at Blogpaws 2011.

Unknown said...

That's the saying, dogs are man's best friends!!!

I'm glad those nine dogs and a cat were saved.

KB said...

What a cool article. So many things are figured out in dogs first and eventually help humans. Hip replacements are a prime example. It's great for both species.

I'm glad that you have vermin-guards!

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