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New grants for canine health research.

The AKC Canine Health Foundation announced the approval of 17 new grants of more than $1.2 million to support research into canine health concerns. This brings the total amount funded by the Foundation to more than $25 million since its inception in 1995.

Projects include pyoderma, cleft palate and lip, epilepsy, necrotizing meningoencephalitis, leptospirosis, allergies and cancers such as oral melanoma, mast cell tumors, hemangiosarcoma, histiocytosis/histiocytic sarcoma and lymphoma.

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Breed specific projects include granulomatous colitis in the Boxer, laryngeal paralysis polyneuropathy in the Labrador Retriever, protein-losing enteropathy and protein-losing nephropathy in the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier, and Scottie Cramp in the Scottish Terrier.

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According to Dr. Christine Haakenson, Director of Research for the Foundation, "This year we've funded a wide range of projects--not just a variety of diseases, but also a great variety in how the diseases are studied. The projects explore the causes of disease, better characterization of disease, improved treatment options and more accurate diagnosis techonologies."

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Date:Jan 1, 2011
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