Show: May 12, 2013:
- How'd that work: Do pesticides cause birth defects?
- Lighter baseballs may reduce injuries
- Doc chat: Are residents' long hours to blame for medical mistakes?
- Does pharmaceutical-funded research produce biased reports in medical journals?
- Sleep paralysis
- What happens when doctors get sued?
- Why are golden retrievers at a higher risk for cancer?
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Why are golden retrievers at a higher risk for cancer?
Interview: Elizabeth Murphy, DVM, ‘Sound Medicine’ Healthy pets expert.
More than half of all golden retrievers develop cancer in their lifetime. Veterinarians don’t understand why they’re at a much higher risk than other animals, but there are genetic links and factors that can lead to cancer. Elizabeth Murphy, DVM, discusses a new study funded by the Morris Animal Foundation that is modeled after the Framingham Heart Study. The foundation has started a canine lifetime study and picked golden retrievers to be the first breed studied. To participate, golden retrievers must have a pedigree that can be traced back three generations; the owners must be over 18 and must allow the dogs to be studied over the course of their entire life.