Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc
Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she's worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.
Articles by Stacey Oke
March 02, 2008
Measurement of osteocalcin (a marker of joint metabolism) in 2-week-old foals might be useful for identifying foals at risk for developing osteochondrosis.
Osteochondrosis (OC) is a developmental orthopedic disease that results from a Read More
March 01, 2008
Here's what we know about the efficacy of this popular hoof supplement.
Conditions such as chronic laminitis, cracked Read More
February 23, 2008
Thoroughbred racehorses with obstructed respiratory tracts due to inflammation of the arytenoid cartilage or failed tiebacks treated via unilateral partial arytenoidectomy--a surgical technique that resolves the obstruction--are likely to return Read More
February 22, 2008
Danish researchers have been investigating a novel technique for evaluating joint disease. This involves the serial evaluation of cartilage-derived retinoic acid protein (CD-RAP) levels in individual horses as a measure of cartilage synthesis Read More
February 14, 2008
Researchers modified a surgical technique to correct wry nose (an abnormal nasal deviation) in a horse. Read More
February 10, 2008
In a retrospective study, researchers from the United Kingdom found that injuries to the palmar or plantar annular ligament (PAL)--the anatomic structure that holds that superficial and deep digital flexor tendons in place as they pass the fetlock Read More
January 31, 2008
Insulin resistance, the body's inability to control blood sugar levels with normal amounts of insulin, is known to be associated with equine obesity, altered reproductive function, and pasture-associated laminitis. In addition, insulin resistance Read More
January 26, 2008
A group of Dutch researchers reported evidence that the equine conceptus (i.e., the embryo and associated membranes) might be directly responsive to the reproductive hormones progesterone and estrogen, Read More
January 24, 2008
Researchers from Tennessee recently reported that daily administration of a high dose of levothyroxine sodium--a synthetic thyroid hormone supplement--for 48 weeks resulted in significant weight loss and an improvement in horses' insulin Read More
January 22, 2008
Illinois researchers studying the effect of nutritional supplementation with essential fatty acids (EFAs) reported that EFAs are absorbed systemically after oral administration and alter the normal pool of fatty acids in the bloodstream of horses. Read More
January 20, 2008
Horses with sarcoids could soon benefit from a new vaccine-based treatment that is currently being developed by a group of German researchers. Equine sarcoids, semi-malignant skin tumors caused by bovine papillomaviruses (BPV)-1 and -2, are common in Read More
January 19, 2008
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)--the medical administration of oxygen at high pressure--does not appear to be effective in horses with skin grafts that are uncompromised and healing properly before treatment is initiated.
Skin grafts, whic Read More
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.
"Befor Read More
January 11, 2008
Researchers from France have determined equine herpesvirus (EHV)-2 and -5 might play a small role in equine abortion. They used a sensitive and rapid polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test--one that can identify sections of viral DNA--in their Read More
January 07, 2008
Tendon injuries are an important cause of wastage in athletic horses, particularly (when injuries occur in) energy storing tendons--such as the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT)--which act like springs to contribute to movement. Read More
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
January 03, 2008
Researchers at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada, recently published a study indicating that light-colored horses diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV) might be more likely to succumb to the disease than their Read More
December 26, 2007
Scientific studies performed over the past decade have demonstrated the widespread availability of poor quality and potentially unsafe dietary supplements for both human and animal consumption. These include supplements that:
- Do not Read More
December 22, 2007
Based on a recent retrospective study performed at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatchewan, Canada, three major risk factors that are completely outside of a horse owner's control contribute to the mortality rate of West Nile Read More
December 18, 2007
Florida researchers reported that equine bacterial skin infections could be effectively treated with a topical "spot-on" gel instead of the traditional labor-intensive shampoos and long-term oral antibiotics.
Bacterial skin infections are Read More
December 08, 2007
Researchers from The Ohio State University recently reported that a new ligament reconstruction technique involving a tissue matrix product permits early ligament healing and helps to stabilize the damaged joint.
Ligaments functio Read More
November 27, 2007
Scottish researchers have discovered that neuropathic pain--damage to the sensory neurons innervating the foot--might play an import role in the chronic pain experienced by laminitic horses.
This finding could explain why horses with Read More
November 26, 2007
Researchers have found that administering fructan carbohydrates or dexamethasone might be a useful method to identify ponies at risk of developing laminitis. Their report was recently published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Read More
November 24, 2007
November 19, 2007
Prebiotics, such as short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides, are specially fermented compounds that alter the composition and/or activity of gastrointestinal bacteria and microflora to ameliorate the health of the host. Until now, only a limited Read More