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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Naked mole rats are hairless, blind, underground dwellers that are remarkably impervious to cancer. But why you ask? Well, researchers at the University of Rochester asked that same question and it turns out a cluster of genes, called the INK4 locus, is the answer. This locus, also found in humans

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On December 31, I wrote about a study on humans and the effects of Oxytocin.  When administered through a nasal spray, oxytocin has proven to help individuals with autism to engage with others.  The behavioral effects on humans have been tested and now a study has been conducted on dogs. The study

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Amur leopards are one of the rarest- and most endangered- big cats in the world. In 2007, a census showed 30 individual animals in Land of the Leopard National Park in Russia. A recent census, gathered from carefully placed cameras, shows that the population has almost doubled- they counted 57! With

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The llama is a gentle and lovable South American relative of the camel, though the llama does not have a hump. These sturdy creatures are domestic animals used by the people of the Andes Mountains and now may hold the clues to a vaccine against HIV. New research has shown

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Dogs helping scientists find tortoises, orcas and koalas? Is there anything man's best friend CAN'T do? It's pretty amazing to see the ways that dogs are helping us save endangered species, and now dogs are helping researchers determine population numbers of the Cross River gorilla. Unfortunately, the Cross River gorilla

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Bovine Respiratory Disease (BRD) has the potential to devastate a herd of cattle. The good news is, there is a BRD vaccination that can protect against this disease. The bad news is, BRD continues to be a significant health problem despite vaccination. Traditionally, vaccine effectiveness is determined by testing antibody

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