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One health, one medicine

The convergence of human and animal health

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  • From MIZZOU magazine
  • Published: March 3, 2011
Vitruvian Man with dog

Q dot When people walk their dogs, is it the pet or the person who benefits from the exercise?

A dot It’s a trick question — both gain.
 

Questions surrounding the health of humans and animals often are the same, and MU has historic and emerging strengths where they converge.

For instance, veterinary researcher Jimi Cook’s biological knee replacement, which does away with metal-plastic joints, has healed racehorses and could work just as well in humans. And alumnus Frederick Hausheer’s drug Tavocept for people with lung cancer or ovarian cancer is now in clinical trials at MU for dogs with bladder cancer.

Next time you look down on a dog, remember that human health is akin to canine (but they can keep the dog years).

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