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Dogs part of medical scent detection study on Maui

July 25, 2013
Maui Weekly

The Maui News - Researchers on Maui are engaged in a cutting-edge medical scent detection study that involves training dogs to detect life-threatening infections.

Assistance Dogs of Hawai'i in Makawao has partnered with a number of other organizations in the state and on the Mainland to train five service dogs to sniff out bacteria common in urinary tract infections, a condition that is prevalent among those with disabilities, particularly spinal cord injuries. The scent detection studies that are currently underway at the facility may offer people a way to detect infections early, possibly preventing more serious infections that may lead to cancer.



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