Posts Tagged ‘research’

What if….

Saturday, December 17th, 2011

EPM has always been described as a disease of protozoa in the CNS.  The protozoa cause lessions in the CNS when they reproduce.  The lessions interfere with nerve signals, and the horse has limited feeling and awareness of the limbs (or face, jaw, tail).  It has been known for years that inflammation of the CNS plays a large part in lessions and nerve damage.  Anti-inflammatories have always played a part in the treatment for EPM.

"I've never met a Sacrcocyst I didn't want to research."

What if, inflammation plays a much larger role than was previously recognized?  Inflammation may be caused by the toxins produced by Sarcocystis neurona, but what if long, drawn-out EPM symptoms are a manifestation of inflammation, not the protozoa?

Researcher Siobhan Ellison, DVM is looking into this question.  See the November 29th blog here: Pathogenes Research Blog.


EPM Webinar Link

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

The webinar will be live from Ocala, FL, with veterinarians in the audience.  I’m sure there will be a lively exchange between some of the top veterinarians studying EPM.  It is aimed at veterinarians, but anyone may sign up.  I highly recommend this for horse owners that want to expand their knowledge of horse health.  The webinar is free, and you will be able to sign up through September 2nd.  Click the link below to sign-up.

“A Novel Strategy for Treatment and Protection Against EPM”


Cooling My Heals

Thursday, March 5th, 2009
I'm So Blue

I'm So Blue

Fudgie is getting some much needed rest, and the footing is messy, so I’m not riding.  It’s left me with some extra time on my hands, and I decided to do some more detailed research on EPM.  I headed to Penn State Library to access the Elsevier Direct Science web site.  This subscription service has many veterinary medicine journals in full text.   

 My brother-in-law, Mike, has suggested that this is good therapy for me.  Personally I like red wine and chocolate better, but they’re not as helpful to Fudge.  The reading has uncovered a few things about cheaper treatments and more up to date tests.

This is one of our other horses, a 5 year-old mustang mare.