Hyenas are striking creatures, and just as fascinating. They are intelligent and live in complex societies. Hyena clans are ruled by an alpha female, and adult males rank lowest in social status, behind females and juveniles. Now, it seems that recent research shows that being low in the ranks can

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Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) can have a devastating impact on a herd of cattle. In a recent post, I shared a new way of determining if a vaccine preparation will be effective. Cattle ranchers and feed lot managers need to know if cattle on their land have BRD so they

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Did you know that a duck's bill is highly sensitive to light touch but far less sensitive to other factors, such as temperature? This makes them an ideal research model over rodents in studies for chronic pain and light touch sensitivity disorders like  mechanical allodynia, where a light touch feels

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Ebola: There is no cure. No effective treatment. No vaccine. Although it's largely dropped out of the headlines in this country, the Ebola outbreak continues to ravage West Africa. According to the latest World Health Organization, at least 9,675 people have died and more than 23,825 have fallen ill since the

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A new approach to treating cancer could be on the horizon. As research progresses, scientists are learning more and more about different types of cancer. They know that mutations in genes can often drive cancer, and a new effort is focusing on treating cancer based on the mutations that are

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The term schizophrenia is derived from the Greek words ‘schizo’ (split) and ‘phren’ (mind). Throughout recorded history, the syndrome known as schizophrenia has been poorly understood. Schizophrenia is a debilitating disease involving hallucinations, delusions, paranoia and agitation that makes it difficult to separate reality from fantasy. Given the high number

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Polar bear siblings living at the Oregon Zoo are helping researchers understand their wild counterparts in a unique way! By altering their diets and drawing blood from Tasul and Conrad, researchers are learning valuable information that could help with polar bear conservation. Tasul and Conrad were put on two different

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For years Oxytocin, a hormone, has been linked to social and sexual behavior. Now there may be another interesting finding. Researchers at the University of Sydney and University of Regensburg have found that it may lessen the effects of alcohol. That right! Normally when we imbibe a little too much,

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In my last post, I talked about intestinal inflammation caused by TNF. Now, another research study has proposed that inflammation is also caused by food additives, such as emulsifiers that alter the intestinal environment (microbiome). Emulsifiers, according to Encyclopedia Britannica are “any of numerous chemical additives that encourage the suspension

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Researchers at Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts are treating family pets with stem cells for several diseases and hopefully fast-tracking stem cell therapies in humans, which are currently not approved by the DEA with the exception of bone marrow transplants.  Anal furunculosis, a suspected autoimmune disease, causes painful, foul smelling

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