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Precision Medicine Research Leads to Screening Test for Early Diagnosis of Hip Dysplasia in Canines

Researchers at University of Missouri School of Medicine, led by James Cook, DVM, PhD, OTSC, have developed a test which screens for certain biomarkers they have identified as present in many older dogs with hip dysplasia. This approach appears to have high-predictive value for future hip dysplasia in canines as early as 5-months-old. With such compelling results, the team has a much larger study ongoing for canine hip dysplasia, and has also been screening human volunteers since June 2019. “Brett Crist, MD, surgeon and hip specialist at MU Health Care’s Missouri Orthopaedic Institute, said, “If the condition is diagnosed before arthritis develops, the patient could potentially avoid a joint replacement later in life.”

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