May 17, 2012 Subscribe
Hope for Spinal Cord Injuries and a Lesson in Irony

Editor Susan Chaney reports on work being conducted by leading research professors to determine how a single protein that damages healthy tissue could cause immobility after naturally occurring spinal cord injuries. Secondary cell damage – not the initial injury – is suspected of leading to the neurological deficit in both humans and canines. Find out how research at Texas A&M could be useful for treating dogs with canine thoracolumbar intervertebral disk herniation as well as U.S. troops with spinal cord injuries.

In today’s DFR, Kayla Bertagnolli asks herself, “When am I ever going to use this knowledge?” It seems that a lesson on the challenges of presenting a certain breed seemed irrelevant until she found herself handling one in the ring. Discover why Kayla now thinks it’s a good idea to venture off and learn a bit about those “other” breeds.

The World Dog Show begins tomorrow in Salzburg, Austria. Stay tuned to Best In Show Daily for photos, results and more.

Dan Sayers
Editor in Chief

Protein Blocker Might Keep Dogs with Spinal Cord Injuries Walking
By Susan Chaney
In just a few years, dogs with spinal cord injuries may have better mobility than most do today, thanks to a years-long collaboration and a grant from the U.S. Department of Defense.

In the early 2000s, Linda Noble-Haeusslein, Ph.D., a professor in the University of California, San Francisco, Department of Neurological Surgery and Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, teamed up with “one of the world experts,” Zena Werb, Ph.D., to study how one protein might be leading to the secondary responses that actually damage healthy tissue and lead to immobility after naturally occurring spinal cord injuries. more

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Isn’t It Ironic?
By Kayla Bertagnolli
“An open mind leaves a chance for someone to drop a worthwhile thought in it.” Mark Twain

This past weekend at the dog show really showed me something. It reminded me of those words parents always say: “I told you so!”.

I think I can speak for many people when I say there are moments in our lives when we ask ourselves, “When am I ever going to use this knowledge? Why am I learning this?” And sometimes we pass up opportunities that, for all we know, could be useful in our future. more

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