It looks like some wet weather is headed our way tonight with the possibility of some severe storms overnight. A warm front is pushing north from the Gulf of Mexico into Northwest Florida as a storm system to the west of us moves in as well. Both look like theyll make for some showers with heavy rainfall possible at times. We also have the chance to see isolated storms close to the coast. Our chance for severe weather increases Sunday as the warm front tracks northeast. We could see strong thunderstorms, damaging winds, and we cant rule out the possibility of an isolated tornado. Some flooding could be possible due to the potential for heavy rainfall. Stay tuned to Channel 3 News for the latest updates.

Breaking Weather Map #7
Breaking Weather Map #10

Dog vaccines help fight cancer

Updated: Monday, March 3 2014, 11:45 PM CST
Dog vaccines help fight cancer story image

Imagine using pets to find a cure for cancer, or any other disease. 
That's what researchers and doctors are doing at Penn Vet in Philadelphia. 

By treating pets with new drugs and vaccines, they can use the information to design more effective treatments for humans. 
Here's Carl Azuz with today's Health Minute.

Aspen has osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, that up till now, had a very poor outcome for patients.  Despite limb amputation and chemotherapy, 60% of dogs with osteosarcoma died within 10 months of diagnosis.
But Apsen is lucky. His owners have volunteered him to be a part of a bone-cancer vaccine study at Penn Vet.

It has shown great promise in attacking the aggressive tumor.
"We've been able to demonstrate that it is effective in preventing osteosarcoma from coming back."

Results have been impressive. In the first five furry patients who were vaccinated over a year ago,  four are still alive and tumor free.
And there have been no complications.

"So far, we've found that the vaccine appears to be very safe."

And what's even more interesting, the vaccine was not originally designed for animals.
"It was designed for humans, in fact the gene we were targeting was expressed in human breast cancer."

But the genes were similar to canine osteosarcoma. So Dr. Mason asked to test the vaccine on dogs first. By looking at the canine data researchers hope to design a safe vaccine not only for dogs but one that can help children with osteosarcoma and adults with other deadly tumors, including advanced breast cancer. 
Dog vaccines help fight cancer
comments powered by Disqus

Enrollment for healthcare exchanges as part of healthcare reform begins October 1 in states where exchanges will be set up. Expect special reports each week from us about what you need to know about 'Obamacare' and the ongoing political fight about its future.

To Learn More About Health Care Reform, Click Here


Sacred Heart Cardiology - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
The Endoscopy Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Health System - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Stand Up Open MRI - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
NeuroMicrospine  - Neurosurgery  - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Cancer Center - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Sacred Heart Orthopedics - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vascular & Interventional - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3
Coastal Vein Institute - Health Watch - WEAR ABC Channel 3