How Animal Research Saved Baby Lincoln’s Life

How Animal Research Saved Baby Lincoln’s Life

Seven-month-old Lincoln Seay was in bad shape. Lincoln had been waiting since November for a heart transplant and now he was going into cardiac arrest. A donor heart had been located and was on the way, but the little boy was deteriorating rapidly. Even with the best care, Lincoln’s life was hanging in the balance. […]

Presenting the Award for Best Supporting Role in a Medical Drama

Presenting the Award for Best Supporting Role in a Medical Drama

And the award for Best Supporting Role in a Medical Drama goes to… With the Oscars fast approaching, FBR is recognizing two special supporting actors that have played outstanding roles in the ongoing medical drama of human and animal health advancement: the rat and the mouse. Together, rats and mice make up approximately 95% of […]

A Heart History With Biomedical Research

A Heart History With Biomedical Research

Valentine’s Day! Heart-shaped cards, heart-shaped chocolates, conversation hearts, cards, roses and love are most commonly associated with this special day. But the beating muscular organ that keeps us alive gets lost in the shuffle. With Valentine’s Day nearly upon us, FBR is taking a moment to examine the ‘state of the heart’ – from how […]

Gut Inflammation And Food Additives

Gut Inflammation And Food Additives

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 of one liquid in another… […]

Stem Cell Therapy for Pets and Owners

Stem Cell Therapy for Pets and Owners

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 lesions on a dogs […]