Foundation News

Finalists for the 2018 animal welfare award announced

The Janet Wood Innovation Award finalists were recently announced, recognizing individuals who created novel products that improve the welfare of laboratory animals. The award, a program of Datesand Group, aims to encourage laboratory animal technicians to come up with ideas that support the Three R’s of animal research (replacement, reduction and refinement). The products will… Read more


Elderly patients missing out on minimally invasive procedures

Minimally invasive surgery (MIS) has proven benefits over “open surgery”: fewer complications, shorter hospitalization, lower rates of readmission and mortality, and lower health care costs. Unfortunately, the population that might benefit the most from this approach is under-served. A recently published study used a Medicare database to analyze minimally invasive vs. traditional open surgeries in elderly… Read more


Artificial intelligence better than rats at detecting toxic chemicals

Millions of animals – mainly rats and mice – are used every year as surrogates for humans in toxicology testing. Such testing is often required by regulatory bodies to evaluate the potential toxicity of new products and chemicals. The search for alternatives to lethal animal toxicology testing in the last few decades has started to… Read more


Promoting more humane animal research

As part of Parsemus Foundation’s commitment to animal welfare, we’re proud to be a new sponsor of the Janet Wood Innovation Award, which supports the “Three Rs” of animal testing: the REPLACEMENT of animals in testing, the REDUCTION in animal use in testing, and the REFINEMENT of animal testing methods to minimize or avoid animal… Read more


Vasalgel highlighted in list of reproductive advances

Vasalgel made the Daily Beast’s list of the medical advances in 2017 that “are going to not only dramatically transform how we think about the birds and the bees but also the very way we think about reproduction.” In the December 25, 2017 article by senior science editor Tanya Basu, Vasalgel was heralded as the frontrunner… Read more


Improved health with new treatment regimen for adrenal insufficiency

If you or someone you know has adrenal insufficiency, you probably understand how difficult it is to regulate glucocorticoid replacement therapy. That’s because the body normally has various levels of cortisol throughout the day as well as in response to stressors. Glucocorticoid over-treatment may result in weight gain and metabolic impairment, with dose reduction the… Read more


Simple treatment for chemotherapy pain

Individuals undergoing chemotherapy often suffer from side effects, including pain or numbness in the hands and feet (called chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy). Sometimes it is so severe that they delay or avoid chemotherapy treatment. A recently published prospective study highlighted the significant benefits of a simple solution: keeping the hands and feet cold during chemotherapy treatment…. Read more


New heart stent study: No impact on chest pain

A carefully controlled study has reported that stents given to individuals with a severe blockage of an artery did not improve their pain or their performance in treadmill tests relative to individuals who did not receive stents. The research study, named ORBITA, used a randomization procedure in which half of the participants received a stent… Read more


2017 review of medical overuse

Scientists from the University of Maryland School of Medicine have reviewed the data on various medical procedures and presented an analysis of the most overused medical practices. This study was reported in the “Less is More” series in JAMA Internal Medicine. For more information, see our page on promoting evidence-based medicine. This list is reprinted… Read more