AVMA Health News Bytes: Early Detection of Arthritis

A test developed by analyzing the joints of dogs suffering from arthritis may help detect and predict arthritis in human patients before the joint pain and stiffness set in. A research team that includes Dr. James Cook from the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine has created a test using specific biomarkers that can accurately determine if a patient is developing arthritis and can predict the potential severity of the disease. Already being adapted to human patients, the test could lead to more effective treatments and allow physicians to better tailor therapies to individual patients. For more information, contact Tracey Berry at 573-884-2215 or berryt@missouri.edu.

AVMA Health News Bytes highlights developments in the world of comparative medicine and its enormous impact on human and animal health. Veterinarians are among the many medical professionals leading the way in finding new treatments and cures for people affected by such things as cancer, heart disease, arthritis and diabetes.

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