Recent News for Nutrition-Related Problems

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Book On Over 10,000 Plants Released

April 16, 1999

A new book covering 10,000 of the world's economically important plants greatly expands upon an out-of-date, out-of-print reference long popular with botanists, other scientists, teachers, and others.

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USDA Researchers Create Highly Aflatoxin-Resistant Corn

March 26, 1999

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman announced a new corn line developed by USDA scientists that outshines all previous corn lines in its ability to naturally fend off aflatoxin, a fungal toxin that poses a... Read More

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New Hair Analysis Helps Diagnose Toxic Element Poisoning

March 05, 1999

A leading diagnostic lab has produced a new test to help veterinarians diagnose the hidden cause of some of the most common, yet deceptive, cases in veterinary medicine: toxic element accumulation.

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New Tests Nab Grain Toxins

February 19, 1999

New tools to detect mycotoxins that contaminate corn, barley, wheat and other commodities have been developed by an Agricultural Research Service scientist. ARS is USDA's chief scientific research agency.

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Light Shed On Mystery Horse Disease

February 19, 1999

CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization—Australia's largest scientific research organization) Animal Health scientists have discovered more about the mysterious Hendra disease that killed two human... Read More

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Scientists Find New Clue To Treat Moldy Corn Poisoning

February 12, 1999

A disease that destroys brain cells in horses, moldy corn poisoning or equine leukoencephalomalacia (ELEM), is currently a death sentence. But promising new research findings may someday improve the odds.

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Ash Fork, Ariz., Information Line Established

February 12, 1999

A 1-800 information line was established today to aid Northern Arizona horse owners concerned by the recent death of several horses near Ash Fork, located west of Flagstaff off Interstate 40.

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When Should You Supplement?

February 01, 1999

Look around any barn and you'll see the evidence. Do you know a feed room that doesn't have a collection of jugs and buckets, pails and little plastic scoops, pellets and powders in a rainbow of colors? The ingredients range from high-tech... Read More

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Genetic Testing: The Secret World Of Genes

December 01, 1998

Genetic testing in horses helps us learn about their physical characteristics, diseases, and much more.... Read More

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Panic Or Procrastinate? What To Do if Your Horse Has Eaten a Poisonous Plant

September 01, 1998

You provide plenty of good quality feed, water, and turnout--do you still have to worry about your horse's getting sick from eating a poisonous plant? While common sense and good horse management are your horse's best protection... Read More

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Feeding the High-Octane Horse

August 01, 1998

But because forages are not high-energy feeds, the athletic horse's diet needs to be supplemented in order to provide enough energy for him to perform at peak capacity. Traditionally, this is done by feeding grains, which are rich in carbohydrates... Read More

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Rx: Responsible Drug Use

August 01, 1998

Tranquilizers can calm a nervous, first-time dam and allow her to accept her foal; anti-inflammatory drugs may... Read More

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The Fat Farm: Nutrition for the Overweight Horse

May 01, 1998

Is your mare looking a bit rotund lately? Does her gait have a waddling roll to it? Has her spine disappeared in a dimpled groove along her back? Has she outgrown her girth, her winter blanket, and the stall door? If she’s not due to foal, then... Read More

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Vitamins: Diet Fundamentals

February 01, 1998

Vitamins: tiny organic compounds that have a huge impact on the health and well-being of your horse. Sometimes gleaned from the diet, sometimes manufactured within the digestive tract, vitamins have the power to promote and regulate virtually... Read More

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The Power of Protein

November 01, 1997

Of all the components of your horse's diet, protein is probably the most misunderstood. ... Read More

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Bone Cysts

November 01, 1997

The first thing to address in this story is that most "bone cysts" are not typically "cysts," by strict definition. The medical dictionary definition of a "cyst" is, "a structure lined with epithelium (a special cell type) and... Read More

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Genetics Primer

September 01, 1997

Progress in the field of genetics has been moving by leaps and bounds during the past few years. It wasn't long ago that researchers discovered ways to unravel and study DNA, that elusive strand of genes that inhabits each and... Read More

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Endophyte-Infested Fescue: Hidden Dangers

March 01, 1997

Horse breeders noticed that they were having foaling problems with some mares which were grazing fescue grass or being fed fescue hay. Cattle producers reported that steers on fescue pastures or being fed fescue hay appeared to be unthrifty and that ... Read More

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Jaundice

January 01, 1996

Each year a small percentage of foals are born to mares whose immune systems, in an odd twist of nature, are prepared to battle their own foals. Antibodies from the mare, delivered to the foal in the colostrum it drinks soon after birth, attack... Read More