Saturday, 21 January 2012

Experimental Drug May Help Save Dogs With Spinal Cord Injuries

Good news for dogs suffering from spinal cord injuries. An experimental drug  being tested by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, may provide a potential treatment for dogs - and people - suffering from spinal cord injuries.

The new drug has been tested on mice, and has shown positive results with spinal cord injuries. Now researchers are going to test the drug on short-legged, long torso dog breeds, such as beagles and dachshunds, who sometimes suffer spinal injuries when disks in their back rupture, which damages the spinal cord.

"It would be phenomenal if it works," said Linda J. Noble-Haeusslein, a professor at  UCSF, who designed the treatment. "We are in a unique position of being able to treat a dog population where there are simply no current therapies that could effectively improve their hind limb function."

If the treatment is effective on dogs, researchers are hoping they will be able to develop similar treatments for humans. Read more here

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