Stacey Oke, DVM, MSc

Stacey Oke, DVM, MSC, is a freelance medical writer based out of Canada. Her areas of interest are nutrition, supplements and osteoarthritis, and she contributes to scientific journals, magazines, and tabloid publications. When not writing, Stacey whiles away her days with her husband and two children.

Articles by Stacey Oke

Stem Cell Homing: What Happens Post-Injection?

Researchers examine what stem cells do once inside the horse's body and whether they stay where they're put. Read More

Disease Prevalence in Older Horses Examined

Researchers examine the prevalence of disease and which ailments are most common in older horses. Read More

Emerging Osteoarthritis Therapies

Supplements, polysulfated glycosaminoglycans, and regenerative medicines are some approaches for treating OA. Read More

The Science Behind Equine Nutritional Supplements

Which equine nutritional supplements have the research to back up their claims? Read More

Common Reasons for Death in Older Horses Examined

Researchers examined the top reasons for death and euthanasia in older horses. Read More

Researchers Examine Link Between Obesity, Laminitis, and EMS

Is inflammation involved in chronic laminitis development in horses with equine metabolic syndrome? Read More

Shock Wave Therapy and PSGAGs: Effects on Arthritis

Researchers recently investigated how certain arthritic joint tissues respond to treatments such as shock wave Read More

Understanding Growth Factors in Regenerative Medicine

A better understanding of the growth factors require for tissue healing could enhance stem cells' efficacy. Read More

Optimize Platelet-Rich Plasma for Best Results

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP) is becoming a common regenerative medical therapy for treating a wide range of Read More

NDM-1: A New Superbug?

New Delhi metallo-beta-lactamase-1 (NDM-1) is an enzyme capable of neutralizing antibiotics. Researchers have Read More

Adverse Reactions to Stem Cell Therapy

Stem cell therapy is one of the most discussed regenerative therapies in the horse health community today, and Read More

Study Examines Stem Cells' Efficacy in Racehorses

A published study examining the effects of stem cell therapy in superficial digital flexor tendinopathy. Read More

Blood Test Could Predict Intestinal Obstructions

The blood level of a specific enzyme could indicate a strangulated intestine at presentation, allowing quicker Read More

Vapocoolant Spray Reduces Joint Injection Pain

Applying a vapocoolant spray before joint injections appears to decrease anticipation of pain and actual pain Read More

Researchers Explore Treating Arthritis at Molecular Level

Researchers are examining a promising genetic lab approach to curing osteoarthritis (OA) in horses. Read More

Monitoring and Preventing Equine Proliferative Enteropathy

Prevention and monitoring strategies for equine proliferative enteropathy, a disease that affects weanlings Read More

Researchers Evaluate Steps for Diagnosing Cushing's Disease

A team of researchers recently determined what they believe to be the ideal first step for diagnosing PPID Read More

Equine Proliferative Enteropathy: A Growing Concern

Equine proliferative enteropathy, a gastrointestinal disease of foals and weanlings that's increasing in Read More

Blister Beetles: Deadly in Horse Hay

Owners should be aware of a potentially fatal tagalong in healthy-looking alfalfa hay: blister beetles. Read More

Regenerative Medicine

Stem cell and other regenerative medical technologies aren't as implausible or far-fetched as they once seemed Read More

Researcher: Current Equine Flu Vaccines Effective Against Foreign Strains

As international horse transport becomes more widespread, some owners might wonder if the same equine influenza vaccines designed to protect horses from common domestic strains of the disease will also shield them from foreign strains they might Read More

Commentary: Nutritional Supplements for Horses: Where's the Science?

Many owners don't think twice before feeding their horses nutritional supplements touted to solve issues ranging from metabolic and joint problems to insect control and behavioral vices. But in many cases the science behind the powders, pellets, and Read More

Researchers Examine the Secret Life of Equine Embryos

A mare's pregnancy might not seem that complicated on the surface, but her relationship with the embryo and its adjacent parts--in total, the conceptus--is remarkably complex. In order to prevent early embryonic loss, the conceptus must interrupt her Read More

New Strain of Bacterium Identified in a Mare

Depending on a mare's reproductive conformation and breeding history, she could have any number of bad bugs in her reproductive tract that might hinder conception. As if there weren't enough bacteria to worry about, a research team in Germany has Read More

Still Little Information on Southern Tornadoes' Impact on Area Equines

More than 24 hours after the tornado outbreak touched the South, there was still little news about the twisters' impact on horses residing in the affected areas. Read More