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Findings in Epilepsy Gene in Animals May Guide Treatment Directions for Infants

PHILADELPHIA, June 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Researchers studying a difficult-to-treat form of childhood epilepsy called infantile spasms have developed a line of mice that experiences seizures with features closely resembling those occurring in patients with infantile seizures. These genetical...

Findings in epilepsy gene in animals may guide treatment directions for infants

Researchers studying a difficult-to-treat form of childhood epilepsy called infantile spasms have developed a line of mice that experiences seizures with features closely resembling those occurring in patients with infantile seizures. These genetically engineered mice provide a new opportunity for...

Transplanted liver cells function in older animals but do not proliferate as much as in younger ones

When things go right, transplanted healthy liver cells transplanted by infusion or injection will find their way to the liver, integrate into the damaged tissue, start proliferating, and take over the liver's work of helping with digestion and removing waste products and worn-out cells from the bl...

Consumers Beware: Unlicensed Care of Animals May Cause Health Problems and Increased Costs

SACRAMENTO, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- The California Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA) warns consumers their pets may be put at risk when procedures such as teeth cleaning or therapeutic pet massage are provided by unlicensed individuals. This is because special training is necessary and...

Domestic Animals Owe Varied Coats to Humans

Study shows gene mutations for coloring, patterns exist only in livestock and pets FRIDAY, Jan. 16 (HealthDay News) -- The coat colors and patterns of wild and domestic animals are different primarily because of human intervention over thousands of years, a new study suggests. A par...

Betty White's Video States Support for Funding Humane Research to Help Pets and Wild Animals - Actress is 40-Year Champion of Morris Animal Foundation

CONTRIBUTION TO MAF IS UNIQUE GIFT IDEA FOR THE DOG, CAT, ANIMAL LOVER ON YOUR LIST DENVER, Dec. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Betty White, Emmy-award winner and TV legend, is also one of the world's most respected and dedicated animal lovers. In fact, for more than 40 years, she has been a tremendo...

500-Plus Animals Part of the Team at Healthcare Organization

Firm Spends Half-Million Annually to Provide "Critter Comforts" SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- A kangaroo, fifty-six dogs, forty-five cats, two miniature horses, two pot-bellied pigs, five rabbits, three guinea pigs and more than 400 fish and birds. It's not the sce...

Foods From Cloned Animals Safe to Eat: FDA

Agency says that no dangers are posed to American consumers TUESDAY, Jan. 15 (HealthDay News) -- Food products such as meat and milk that come from cloned animals are as safe to eat as foods from conventionally bred animals, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday. The a...

Emergency Alert - Help for Shelters Housing Animals Evacuated in California Wildfires

COTATI, Calif., Oct. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Animal shelters and other animal protection organizations may gain temporary custody of animals who have been rescued and evacuated from the wildfires sweeping through southern California. Shelters without the resources to house large numbers of animals ...

Why are some groups of animals so diverse?

A new study of finger-sized Australian lizards sheds light on one of the most striking yet largely unexplained patterns in nature: why is it that some groups of animals have evolved into hundreds, even thousands of species, while other groups include only a few? The study takes a look at Austra...

Veterinarians at high risk for viral, bacterial infections from animals

The recent H1N1 influenza epidemic has raised many questions about how animal viruses move to human populations. One potential route is through veterinarians, who, according to a new report by University of Iowa College of Public Health researchers, are at markedly increased risk of infection with...

New Parkinson's Treatment Shows Promise in Animals

Stimulation of spinal cord less invasive than deep brain stimulation, researchers say THURSDAY, March 19 (HealthDay News) -- Rodents with Parkinson's-like symptoms walked and moved normally again after their spinal cords were stimulated with high frequency electrical currents, a new st...

Stem cells used to reverse paralysis in animals

Valencia, Spain January 28, 2009 A new study has found that transplantation of stem cells from the lining of the spinal cord, called ependymal stem cells, reverses paralysis associated with spinal cord injuries in laboratory tests. The findings show that the population of these cells after spina...

FDA Issues Final Regulations for Genetically Engineered Animals

Consumer labeling not required for foods from these animals, agency says THURSDAY, Jan. 15 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday issued its final regulations governing the approval of genetically engineered animals. The rules do not require consumer l...

FDA Proposes Regulations for Genetically Engineered Animals

Producers must provide safety and efficacy data before market approval THURSDAY, Sept. 18 (HealthDay News) -- The prospect of foods and other products from so-called genetically engineered animals moved a step closer to reality Thursday, as U.S. regulators said producers of such animal...

Duska Therapeutics Sponsored University of Pennsylvania Study Demonstrates ATP Improves Sperm Motility and In Vitro Fertilization in Animals

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Duska Therapeutics, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: DSKA.OB) ("Duska" or the "Company") announced today that scientists from the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Research on Reproduction and Women's Health have published the results of the Co...

New AHI Website Focuses on the Importance of Healthy Animals

Highlights Policy Important to Protect Animal, Human Health WASHINGTON, April 8, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Animal Health Institute (AHI) today launched its newly designed "Keeping Animals Healthy" website to help consumers and policymakers better understand the important role of ...

Scientists get first look at nanotubes inside living animals

HOUSTON, Sept. 24, 2007 -- Rice University scientists have captured the first optical images of carbon nanotubes inside a living organism. Using fruit flies, the researchers confirmed that a technique developed at Rice -- near-infrared fluorescent imaging -- was capable of detecting DNA-sized nano...

Penn Veterinary Medicine report new strategy to create genetically modified animals

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine have demonstrated the potential of a new strategy for genetic modification of large animals. The method employs a harmless gene therapy virus that transfers a genetic modification to male reproductive cells, which is then...

Taking Animals Out of Laboratory Research

Pioneering work to reduce the use of animals in scientific research and ultimately remove them from laboratories altogether has received a major boost at The University of Nottingham. A laboratory devoted to finding effective alternatives to animal testing has been expanded and completel...

Extinction Risk of Grazing Animals Depends on Reproductive Speed

A new study by researchers from the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center in Durham, North Carolina, US, has revealed how reproductive speed prevents large grazing animals such as deer and antelope, that are regularly hunted by humans, from becoming extinct. The study revealed that though...

Smoking Alters the Human Brain Like Those in Animals Using Illicit Drugs

New research shows that smoking produces long-lasting changes in the human brain similar to those changes previously seen// in the brains of animals that used illicit drugs. This new research supports the idea that long-term smoking alters the brain in ways that contribute to addiction, and ...

Food from Cloned Animals Will Not Have Indicative Labels

The food obtained from animals that are cloned will not bear any labels to signify the same. As long as the food is safe for consumption, there is no necessary to indicate its source. // According to the Associated Press, the approval from the U.S. Government on consumption of food from cloned a...

Many Drug Tests on Animals are Badly Flawed, a Study Warns

A BMJ Study in six areas by team of senior scientists warns that many tests of drugs on animals// are flawed and hard to predict how well a prototype medicine will work on humans. The British Medical Journal (BMJ) research, which looked at the studies in six areas have found that animal studi...

HIV/AIDS Vaccine Tests on Animals shows Promise

An HIV/AIDS vaccine has proved to be efficient on animals according to researchers at the University of Western Ontario.// "Perhaps we can cure HIV infection. This is our hope," said Dr. Young Kang at the University of Western Ontario. Clinical trials of the vaccine are expected soon with al...

Long Term Exposure to Lab Animals Increases Immunity against Asthma

According to a recent study conducted by the researchers at the Imperial College London it was found that lab workers suffer from fewer allergic responses than the others//. It was believed that early exposure to certain animals prevent asthma and allergies. It was found that lab workers who ...

Antibiotics Used In Food Animals Causes Antibiotic Resistance In People

The latest research study in Australia shows that less antibiotic used in food animals leads to less drug resistance in people. // Australia has adopted a policy of restricting antibiotic use in food-producing animals and this may be linked with lower levels of drug-resistant bacteria found in its ...

Species Linking Fish And Land Animals Found

A new species that provides the missing evolutionary link between fish and the first animals that were able to walk onto the land about 375 million years ago//, has been discovered by paleontologists. This new species called Tiktaalik roseae sports a skull, a neck, ribs and parts of the limbs that ...

Diseases in Marine Animals Could Portend Unhealthy Prognosis for Humans

There appears to be profound links between land-based pollution, and diseases in our marine mammals, according to scientists, physicians, and veterinarians, that implies an unhealthy prognosis for Human health. // According to Paul Sandifer, Chief Scientist for the new Oceans and Human Health I...

Kidneys Can Be Transplanted From Animals Such As Pigs In Future

The idea of transplanting human organs and tissues has captured the imagination of successive generations. The first successful transplantation was a kidney transplantation performed between identical // twins by Joseph Murray and his colleagues. With the significant progress, it might even be p...

Taiwan Bans Circuses from Importing Protected Animals

Taiwan's parliament has amended a law to ban circuses from importing or exporting protected animals in an effort to improve protection of animal rights, a legislator said Friday . Under the revised Wildlife Conservation Law passed late Thursday, all imports and exports of animals such as li...

Scientists Develop Method to Track Immune System Enzyme in Live Animals

Scientists supported by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) at the National Institutes of Health have created two mouse strains that will permit researchers to trace, in a live animal, the activity of an enzyme believed to play a crucial role both in t...

Scientists Use Gene Therapy to Reverse Heart Failure in Animals

Heart researchers at Jefferson Medical College have used gene therapy to reverse heart failure in animals. In addition, they found that this gene therapy strategy had "unique and additive effects" to currently used, standard heart failure drugs called beta-blockers. Reporting in the Americ...

90 Brands of Pet Food Recalled from the Market Following Death of 10 Animals

Pet food is in bad light after the death of 10 animals following the consumption of pet food that caused kidney failure. This event has sparked// a nationwide recall of pet food. Veterinary offices have been at their wits end answering queries from owners of pets. Menu Foods Inc., the manufa...

Grant Encourages Drug Testing Sans Animals

In order to restrict the use animals for the purpose of drug testing which is currently in vogue//, new techniques are being developed by researchers at the University of Manchester, well supported with a whopping 130,000£ as a financial grant. Gauging the carcinogenic effects of new drugs are...

Vaccine Made from Live bird flu virus vaccine Offers Protection to Animals

According to US researchers three experimental vaccines using live but weakened versions of the H5N1 bird flu virus seemed to offer protection against infection//, and could probably be the solution to to stockpile vaccines ahead of a pandemic. They said tests on people were already underway...

Japanese-Indonesian Joint Venture To Produce Bird Flu Vaccine For Farm Animals

Japanese vaccine producer Shigeta Animal Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Indonesia's Bogor Institute of Agriculture have announced a joint venture for the production// of a bird flu vaccine for animals. The company to be called IPB Shigeta Animal Pharmaceuticals Inc will begin the production of the vaccin...

Regulators Object Drug Produced from Genetically Engineered Farm Animals

European regulators have not given the green signal to a drug produced in the milk of genetically engineered farm animals// . This is a step retrograde to a budding industry that sought to enable low cost pharmaceutical options from farm animals GTC Biotherapeutics, proponents of this drug, ...

Genetic failure in cloned animals

Researchers have found proof that cloned animals tend to harbor genetic defects that will disturb their development and lead to abnormalities, strengthening the rational that reproductive cloning of humans should be banned.// However, the researchers noted the technology still could be used safely ...

Rat joins list of cloned animals

Cloning will aid in the development of genetically modified rat models of greater predictability and quality. Scientific results obtained from these models will contribute to the development of innovative therapeutics for major pathologies such as cardiovascular diseases, //cancers, obesity, dia...
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