Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM)

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Horse Sleep Disorders and Seizures Reviewed for Equine Vets

November 02, 2009

If you have ever witnessed a horse having a so-called "episodic event," you aren't likely to soon forget it, particularly if the event occurred while the horse was under saddle. Episodic events are defined here as unusual or... Read More

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Equine Researcher Receives $500,000 Grant to conduct Genome Project

October 19, 2009

Gluck Equine Research Center's Dan Howe, PhD, has received a $500,000 grant from the USDA-CSREES (U.S. Department of Agriculture-Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service) Competitive Grants Program to conduct a Sarcocystis... Read More

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EPM: Is DMSO the Cure for Treatment Issues?

August 03, 2009

New research on treating horses with equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) has found dissolving toltrazuril sulfone, commercially known as ponazuril, in dimethylsulfoxide (DMSO) instead of water prior to oral administration in horses increase... Read More

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Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM): Debunking the Myths

June 01, 2009

Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is a bit like a rock star: highly Googled, morbidly fascinating, yet oftentimes completely misunderstood.

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Vets Discuss Infectious Neurologic Diseases, AAEP 2008

May 10, 2009

What are the most important neurologic problems veterinarians face throughout the year? That's the question Debra Sellon, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVIM, associate dean of the Graduate School at Washington State University and professor of equine... Read More

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Consider Temporal Nerve Problem in Neurologic Horse Diagnosis

April 28, 2009

When presented with a horse demonstrating facial nerve paralysis and/or a head tilt, neurologists say veterinarians should consider temporohyoid osteoarthropathy, a disorder of the hyoid apparatus (voice box) and associated structures. Although... Read More

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Lame or Neurologic? Brain Stimulation Might Tell

March 25, 2009

According to Belgian researcher Heidi Nollet, DVM, PhD, and colleagues from the Department of Large Animal Internal Medicine, University of Gent, transcranial magnetic stimulation of a specific region of the brain called the motor cortex can be ... Read More

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Kester News Hour

March 17, 2009

Top 2008 equine studies include lawsonia, EPM, heart murmurs, etc., at the AAEP Convention.... Read More

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Milne: Neurologic Disease

March 17, 2009

Dr. Stephen Reed described selected equine neurologic diseases during the 2008 AAEP Convention Milne Lecture.... Read More

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Lame or Ataxic? Kinetic Gait Analysis Can Tell

March 12, 2009

Being able to tell the difference between a mild lameness and subtle spinal ataxia is an important, yet challenging, endeavor in equine practice. Ohio State researchers recently reported that kinetic gait analysis--the computer... Read More

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Neurology is Not a Euphemism for Necropsy

February 17, 2009

Reed believes that future goals for managing neurologic disease in horses should be to decrease mortality and improve outcomes. This would be best achieved by developing improved diagnostic tools to facilitate early diagnosis and treatment... Read More

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Research Efforts Focus on EPM Prevention

January 18, 2009

Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) is an infection of the brain and spinal cord of horses by single-celled parasites known as protozoa. EPM, which is the most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in horses, can be a permanently... Read More

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Opossum Patrol: Readers Share Control Strategies

November 17, 2008

Nearly 900 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Do you take any steps to limit opossums around your farm to reduce the chance your horses will get EPM?"

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Neurology to be Focus of AAEP State-of-the-Art Lecture

June 30, 2008

Stephen M. Reed, DVM, Dipl. ACVIM, will deliver the Frank J. Milne State-of-the-Art Lecture on Dec. 8 during the American Association of Equine Practitioners' 54th Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif. Equine neurology is the focus of this year's... Read More

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Ponazuril and EPM: An Ounce of Prevention

April 25, 2008

Researchers at the University of Florida studying equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) recently found that administering ponazuril once every seven days might prevent EPM caused by Sarcocystis neurona.

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Vaccination Schedule Guidelines

April 21, 2008

Developing a vaccination schedule is not as straightforward as it sounds. So much of what you should vaccinate for depends upon such factors as where you live, how often your horse travels, how old he is, his vaccination history, and what infectious ... Read More

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EPM Diagnosis

April 01, 2008

Could EPM be causing your horse's performance to be just a little off? Equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) continues to be an elusive disease to prevent, diagnose, and treat in horses. In this special collection of three articles... Read More

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EPM Treatment

April 01, 2008

To understand the best approach to treating equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), it is helpful to have a brief look at how the protozoa (single-celled parasites) that cause EPM--Sarcocystis neurona--enter the central nervous system.... Read More

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EPM Prevention

April 01, 2008

How can you keep your horses safe from EPM?

The best way to keep your horses healthy is prevent them from getting sick. Sounds absurdly simple, right? In theory, this works. But in the real world of trying to protect horse... Read More

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Ever-Elusive EPM

April 01, 2008

Charlie (not his real name) had been a patient at our clinic on several occasions. He was always gentle and cooperative as we tried to determine what was causing his curious collection of clinical signs. He had tolerated everything from the obvious... Read More

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Today's EPM

April 01, 2008

What have we learned about equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM) since it first was reported in 1995? A lot, and not enough. EPM has been called the "most overdiagnosed neurologic disease in the United States" by some researchers and... Read More

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Readers Respond: Encountering EPM

January 31, 2008

More than 1,300 readers of TheHorse.com responded to a poll asking, "Have horses close to you experienced EPM?"

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New EPM Research Sheds Light on Spread of Causative Parasite

January 16, 2008

After years of studying equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM), a serious neurological disease in horses, scientists have mapped the first steps in the migratory path of Sarcocystis neurona--the chief parasitic cause of EPM.

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Study Links New Risk Factors to EPM Infection

January 04, 2008

Results from a recent study on equine protozoal myeloencephalitis (EPM)--a progressive neurological disease--identified three factors that increase a horse's risk of infection: living with cats, use for Western performance or racing, and age... Read More