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Auld Lang Syne 2013

Should old acquaintances be forgotten, and never brought to mind?  Should old acquaintances be forgotten, from days of long ago?  We think of each and every one of you as the year comes to a close.  Special thoughts to those of you that lost horses and understand the importance of EPM research.  We don’t have to tell you there is much to be accomplished and are grateful you took the time to talk with us.

In 2013 we learned how C-reactive protein testing can help the veterinarian treat a horse with EPM.  The prevalence of inflammation associated with EPM and the incidence of of post-treatment encephalomyelitis that is not responsive to anti-protozoal therapy are apparent to us from evaluating the years serological testing data.  We say with confidence that most horses with EPM have neuroinflammation and 12% of horses treated for EPM will suffer continued neuroinflammation until it is treated appropriately.  Sadly, 100% of untreated horses with infectious idiopathic encephalomyelitis (IE) will die. CRP testing can indicate which animals fall into this group.  With testing and identification of the condition perhaps we can change this number in 2014.  We sincerely hope more will take the time to understand what testing and treatment can foretell.

For times gone by, my dear, for times gone by.  We will take a note of wisdom yet for times gone by.  We hope to bring new information about treating EPM and IE in the coming year.  We’ll publish our pharmacokinetic data.  We’ll draw on the vast amount of good peer reviewed data that is published and draw attention to the nonsense that is in print.  We’ll tell you how important our work is and why it is important to take the time to bring our treatment to market.  The coming year promises that we bring new insight about S. neurona and the complicated pathophysiology that debilitates horses.  We hope to form new alliances so the road to discovery will shorten. We’ll do our part—your part, though small, is no less important.  Send that sample, sign the forms, and characterize the disease by giving us a gait score!  Understand our field trials and then sign up.  Participate in our surveys, they are important to realizing where we should concentrate our efforts.

Here is a hand, my trusty friend, and give us a hand of yours, and we will take the next steps so horses don’t die!  And we will take a cup of kindness yet, to those gone by!  To all of you, we wish good things in 2014.




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