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

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...

In Memoriam: Michael E. DeBakey, MD

On the ninth anniversary of his passing, the Foundation for Biomedical Research (FBR) remembers the extraordinary life and career of Michael E. DeBakey, MD (September 7, 1908—July 11, 2008). A cardiac surgeon, inventor, educator and medical statesman whose...

The Vaccine that Could Halt the Opioid Epidemic

Photo credit: Chuck Jines | chuckjines.com A pre-K teacher explains that forty percent of the kids in her class are raised by family members or guardians who are not their biological parents. She doesn’t even need to explain why; the woman she’s talking to, Melissa,...

New Threats of Zika Infection and Complications with Pregnancy

Recently, officials reported a dramatic increase in the number of babies in New York City who either tested positive for the mosquito-borne Zika virus or were diagnosed with the characteristic developmental symptoms in the brain that are closely associated with the...

Animals: Serving our Veterans on and off the Battlefield

Per the Congressional Budget Office, military operations from 2003 to 2014 in the Iraq and Afghanistan theaters have claimed the lives of 5,282 Americans in uniform. Their sacrifice, and the brave service of all personnel who have been killed in action, will be...

HIV Vaccines: The Journey from Fear to Hope

The prospect of a vaccine that could prevent new HIV infections is now possible, thanks to developments in antiretroviral medications that were first created in the mid-1980s and improved over the years by researchers working with animal models. Today, May 18, marks...

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