Dr. Carlo Ammendolia has developed a "lumbar boot camp" exercise program for people suffering from spinal stenosis. The six-week exercise program is a nonsurgical approach to dealing with the pain and mobility issues associated with the condition. The exercises are being evaluated through clinical trials.
Veterinarian Anna O'Brien explains the causes and treatment of two common equine eye emergencies: corneal ulcers and eyelid lacerations. Items commonly found in the barn are often the culprit behind these traumatic injuries, Dr. O'Brien writes, but timely and appropriate veterinary care is usually enough to treat them effectively.
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis are preparing to recruit people with Crohn's disease to ingest swine whipworm eggs as part of a study evaluating whether the parasites will help alleviate their symptoms. "It's a natural way to dampen inflammation," said physician and professor Themos Dassopoulos. "It resets the tone, the thermostat in the immune system of the colon. The goal is to change the balance so you have more of the good bacteria, and the bad bacteria gets suppressed by overpopulation of the good guys."
New pet products geared toward owners were featured alongside veterinary products at the Western Veterinary Conference in Las Vegas this week. Items included canine wheelchairs, biodegradable pet caskets, indoor pet booties and kosher pet foods. The conference is slightly smaller than usual this year, according to Western Veterinary CEO Guy Pidgeon, a veterinarian, possibly because of concerns about the economy and efforts to cut costs.
Houston Zoo veterinarians performed six root canals on a bobcat found emaciated near a Texas town six weeks ago. The Wildlife Center of Texas has been nursing the cat back to health. The animal has been successfully treated for fleas, sarcoptic mange and a bacterial infection, in addition to gaining 15% of its body weight since it was found.