FBR Blog

Easy-to-read articles about animal testing and research.

Tackling CTE at Super Bowl LII

In 2009, Ann McKee, MD, director of the brain bank at the Bedford Veterans Affairs Medical Center, pulled out a photograph of a tissue sample from the brain of a deceased eighteen-year-old. “I’m not allowed to talk about how he died,” she explained to the...

Smoking during pregnancy: Do you know all the risks?

This week, in honor of National Birth Defects Prevention Month (January), the National Birth Defects Prevention Network has published several warnings against the dangers of smoking during pregnancy. After years of coordinated efforts by lawmakers, public...

Weight-Loss Surgery Myths Dispelled with Animal Research

Last week’s FBR blog examines the growing rates of obesity in pet cats and dogs, as well as interventions reached through animal research that could help curb the epidemic. This post is devoted to the myths surrounding bariatric weight-loss...

About those New Year’s Resolutions…

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, average house cats should generally weigh between 10 and 12 pounds. However, in the spring of 2012, it was his weight that propelled a two-year-old 39-pound orange tabby named Meow into...

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Animal research changed my life—and saved my dog!

In my career, I have witnessed first-hand the vital importance of animal research in veterinary medicine and human healthcare. Monday through Friday, I work in a children's research hospital, and on weekends, I work as a licensed veterinary...

Your dog may be the first to know if you have cancer.

In Japan, a handler can train a Labrador Retriever to detect cancer in human urine for $44,000 USD over the course of three years. More than 700 men and women in Tateyama, a small town on the East Asian island’s southern peninsula, have...

Love your mom? Your sister? Your dog? Support Animal Research.

Did you know there are more than a dozen different types of breast cancer? We’re talking differences that are noticeable not just to doctors and cancer researchers, but also to patients. Tumors in most cases form in the milk ducts, and their...

Animal Research: The Quest to End Childhood Cancers 

Statistics offer a powerful, if incomplete, picture of the advances in healthcare that have been made in the treatment of cancers that affect children. The survival rate of patients younger than 18 who have been diagnosed with cancer has climbed...

Questioning the Science Behind Vaccines?

NEW OUTBREAKS OF DISEASES LIKE MEASLES SHOW THE URGENT NEED TO NIX BAD SCIENCE, WHEREVER VACCINES ARE CONCERNED As the end-of-summer approaches, in the past few weeks millions of parents have shuttled their children to multiple doctors’...

3 Major Pet Medications Developed with Animal Testing

The author's brother with his dog, Archie, pictured left Fondly called “little old man” by his family, Archie certainly sounds like one, as his hacking cough disrupts playtime with his siblings. Archie, a 7-year-old Keeshond, has a case of...

4 Things I Learned Through My Dog’s Battle with Cancer

When you’re young, cancer often seems like something abstract and distant: something that happens to neighbors and strangers, but never in your own home. However, at 18 the disease hit in my home when my miniature schnauzer, Mabel, got bladder...