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Promising Drug Treatment for Brain Tumors September 10, 2021

A novel drug that activates programmed cell death in many cancer cells was well tolerated in dogs and may be effective against meningioma – cancer of the membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord.

Gut Microbiome Recovery in IBD August 27, 2021

Recovery of the gut microbiome – both its composition and function – takes much longer than improvement of clinical signs in dogs with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Chagas Disease Risk for Dogs in a Kennel Environment August 10, 2021

CHF-funded research documented a surprisingly high incidence or risk of infection for Chagas disease in dogs housed in 10 different kennels in Texas

New Genetic Test Helps Breeders Manage Dwarfism in Great Pyrenees July 30, 2021

The Great Pyrenees Club of America collaborated with CHF to explore the genetics underlying dwarfism in their breed.

A Fighting Chance Against Hemangiosarcoma May 26, 2021

A profile of Chesapeake Bay Retriever "Ruger" and his participation in a CHF-funded clinical trial.

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39 & Me October 23, 2020

A practical look at the Review of the Current State of Genetic Testing from a breeder's perspective. Courtesy of The Canine Chronicle - October 2020 issue.

Dog Update - Fall 2020 - Parent Club Health Surveys September 25, 2020

Purina ProPlan Dog Update (Fall 2020) - Learn how parent clubs are using breed health surveys to guide health research funding, choose appropriate health screening tests, and develop health education tools.

Review of the Current State of Genetic Testing in Dogs September 15, 2020

The types of genetic tests currently in use, their application in breeding programs, and their limitations will be discussed, as well as potential negative effects of the misuse of test results in both pet and breeding dogs.

Diagnostic Criteria for Golden Retriever Pigmentary Uveitis (print) August 31, 2020

Recently, current and former members of the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists’ Genetics Committee came together to create and publish clear diagnostic guidelines for Golden Retriever Pigmentary Uveitis. These updated diagnostic criteria for GRPU were recently published in the open source journal Veterinary Ophthalmology and are summarized here.

The "Vaccinate?" Debate June 10, 2020

A discussion of the importance of canine vaccination to prevent disease.

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Success Stories

New System Developed for Studying B-cell Cancers February 15, 2013

With the help of the AKC Canine Health Foundation, Dr. Daisuke Ito and colleagues set out to find an alternative to traditional cell culture techniques for studying DLBCLs. Instead of creating a DLBCL-like cell artificially, using viral infection, they wanted to find a way to grow and maintain the diverse collection of B-cells found in an actual canine cancer.

Selecting First-Choice Anti-Seizure Medications for Dogs February 15, 2013

Epilepsy is a medical condition found in both dogs and humans. The seizures it causes can be quite dangerous, and although it is often treatable, there has been some debate over which anti-epileptic drug (AED) is most effective.

The Role of Oxidative Stress in IMHA January 15, 2013

Immune-mediated hemolytic anemia (IMHA) is a major cause of severe anemia in American dogs. IMHA occurs when the immune system attacks and destroys oxygen-carrying red blood cells (RBC), leading to symptoms including exhaustion, weakness, and panting. However, although scientists have known for years that the immune system destroys the RBCs in dogs with IMHA, they still have no idea what prompts it to attack.

There for Each Other – Relationships Between Humans and Dogs on Search and Rescue Teams November 20, 2012

Search and Rescue teams perform incredibly important, and incredibly stressful, work. However, until recently, there has been little research on how the stresses of the job affect the mental health of the humans and dogs performing it. Researchers recently determined that a factor that significantly increased depression and PTSD symptoms in handlers was having a dog who became sick or died. Interestingly, shifting of the bond between dog and handler did not only affect the humans. Changes in the health of human handlers also affected the well-being of their dogs.

Canine Idiopathic Epilepsy – No Easy Answers June 1, 2012

Researchers have been investiging whether any of the genes that had tentatively been linked to epilepsy in either humans or mice might be associated with idiopathic epilepsy in dogs.

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Discoveries

The award-winning print newsletter of the  AKC Canine Health Foundation. Providing in-depth information on canine health research and education.

Discoveries Issue 54 2016 May 18, 2016

Topics from this issue include: Pet Cancer Awareness Month; Canine Reproductive Health Collaboration; In Memoriam: Monique Arrington

Discoveries Issue 53 November 1, 2015

Includes topics on the National Parent Club Canine Health Conference; The Labrador Retriever Club, Inc. to receive CHF President's Award; cold weather tips; Dr. Diane Brown hired as CSO.

Discoveries Issue 52 - Spring 2015 May 1, 2015

Includes topics on Pet Cancer Awareness; What to expect when visiting a veterinary oncologist; CHF Parent Club Conference; extending the lives of dogs with melanoma; advances in lymphoma and reevaluating the nature of hemangiosarcoma

Discoveries Issue 51 January 1, 2015

Include topics on our 2015 Distinguished Research Partners; 2015 President's Award Recipient, Thomas A. Grabe; and Clinician Scientist Fellows; information on Brucellosis; and newly awarded research grants

Discoveries Issue 50 November 1, 2014

Includes topics on announcements for CHF's new CEO Susan Lilly; celebrating senior dogs; impact of your giving to canine health; and funded research projects/

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