How much do you love your dog? Will you love him more once you know that he can sniff out cancer and detect the deadly disease early on?
Apparently, Japan started training their dogs to detect a potentially fatal type of cancer – stomach cancer.
The dogs are taking part in a new research program. The residents of a small town in Kaneyama, with a population of just 6,000 in the Yamagata Prefecture, will send frozen urine samples to Nippon Medical School. There, trained dogs will smell and detect if any of the urines contain signals of a possible stomach cancer.
The dogs will smell urine samples to detect cancer.
Kaneyama’s Mayor, Hiroshi Suzuki, asked for professional help when his town had among the highest deaths rates due to stomach cancer in Japan. He talked to Masao Miyashita, a medical school professor.
The urine samples will be tested for free. The trained dogs will detect a particular substance emitted by cancer cells in the stomach. If successful, this test will pave the way for early detection of cancer.
“In our research so far, cancer detection dogs have been able to find (signs of) cancer with an accuracy of nearly 100 percent,” explained Miyashita.
No matter the type of cancer, early diagnosis and initiation of treatment are necessary to increase a patient’s chances of survival.
The cancers that are detected in the initial stages of the disease are easier to kill and contain, rather than those that have already spread to the other parts of the body.
Dogs have 300 million sensors in their noses.
A canine has about 300 million sensors in its nose, compared to just six million in humans. The dogs’ noses aren’t the only ones who do the job.
In fact, the part of their brain responsible for analyzing smells is 40 times greater than what humans have. It’s no wonder why dogs are now considered valuable tools in detecting not only bombs and suspicious luggage but also human illness.
Introducing Martha, The World’s Ugliest Dog
Martha and her expansive, flapping cheeks won the hearts of the crowd in the 2017 World’s Ugliest Dog Contest.
The cutest and most beautiful are not always the trend, especially in this search for the world’s ugliest dog. A Neapolitan Mastiff named Martha dominated the stage in the 29th annual World's Ugliest Dog Contest at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, Calif.
The 3-year-old, 125-pound dog was the audience favorite early on. But Martha couldn’t care less, a report from the Associated Press revealed she was often seen plopping down on stage when she was supposed to be showing off some tricks.
Martha’s winning feature was her expansive cheeks, which flaps like wings when she shakes her head.
Man Shoots Python Multiple Times To Keep It From Swallowing His Goat
Whose side are you on?
One can’t deny how brutal nature can get. When it comes to predator coming after a prey, the action scenes can be pretty intense. People would easily pick sides because it’s hard not to. So when this video of a man shooting a python who killed his goat was uploaded online, it definitely got a lot of people talking.
Scott Dame of Florida found that a huge python was coiled around his goat and is about to swallow it whole. But with his quick thinking, he shot the serpent multiple times, eight times to be exact, using his .45 caliber pistol before it could devour the already-dead goat.
As expected, people took sides; some thought it was just right for the Florida man to shoot the animal while others blasted him for disturbing the course of nature.
‘Faceless Fish’ Seen For The First Time After Over 100 Years
The mysterious deep-sea fish had not been seen since 1873.
Despite much hard work and research by scholars and scientists, humans have only been able to explore a small percentage of the world's oceans. There are deeper water territories that we have yet to study, and even more water creatures we have yet to discover. Indeed, the underwater world remains a big mystery.
Just recently, a team of Australian government scientists probing an unexplored area in Australia’s waters found a 'faceless fish' that was seen only once before over a century ago. The mysterious species was first discovered off the coast of Papua New Guinea in 1873.
Scientists found a 'faceless fish' that was only seen once before, over a century ago.
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