Autologous vs. Allogeneic Stem Cell Therapy – Which One to Choose?

Oct 24, 2018

Normunds Daudiss of Medrego looks at the two types of stem cell treatments – allogeneic (donor-derived) and autologous (own-derived) stem cell therapies. In veterinary medicine, both allogeneic and autologous stem cell treatments are being used for successful animal recovery after soft tissue injuries, for joint problems, and for an energy boost (for immunomodulation purposes). However, lately allogeneic stem cell treatments have been gaining more and more popularity across the globe. ...

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Energy Performance Indicators

Oct 24, 2018

Correctly interpreting the data when it comes to measuring energy performance indicators (KPIs) is perhaps one of the greatest challenges facing professionals in any sector of the economy. Michael Glanfield, Epsilon Energy Professionals, examines how using analytical tools such as heat-maps and simple charting techniques offer an effective and powerful way of diagnosing problems and also communicating vital information to other actors in an organisation. ...

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Agriculture Bill – Threat or Opportunity?

Oct 24, 2018

Gwyn Jones of RUMA discusses the big news in agriculture currently – Michael Gove’s Agriculture Bill. This bill shows where government focus is, and it’s generally agreed that it’s not on food production; it’s about the environment. Gwyn writes this is no surprise, as we knew that if the British government were given control of agriculture after 40 years of taking EU rules and regulations, it was going to be about reforming agriculture and a big push on the environment. ...

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US Study: Comprehensive Impact of the Animal Health Industry

Oct 24, 2018

The Economic and Social Contributions of the Animal Health Industry examines the value and role that the companies that produce animal medicines play in the US economy and beyond. Ron Phillips of AHI takes a quantitative look at the industry, expanding the discussion of One Health, which aims to integrate animal and human health issues in order to advance common health goals. ...

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Canada Introduces Measures to Enhance Responsible Use of Medically Important Antimicrobials in Veterinary Medicine

Oct 24, 2018

Globally developed countries are implementing strategies focused on improving oversight and use of medically important antimicrobials (MIA) in veterinary medicine. Canada is no exception. Jean Szkotnicki of CAHI outlines the collaborative approach taken in Canada to managing oversight and controls of MIA veterinary drugs, including actions CAHI and others have taken in implementing a strategy for the responsible use of veterinary antimicrobials as per the Framework and Action Plan. ...

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It Feels Great to be Part of the Solution

Oct 24, 2018

Jean-Luc Michel of Boehringer Ingelheim shares his views on the animal health market current trends, the need to be agile and flexible to succeed, the importance of prevention, and why he fully supports the World Rabies Day. He concludes that prevention is the right approach going forward to keep both animals and humans healthy, echoing the EU Animal Health Strategy’s ethos of ‘prevention is better than the cure. ...

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Anthelmintic Resistance in Ruminants and Horses – What can be Done for the Safeguarding of Existing Anthelmintic Treatments?

Oct 24, 2018

Norbert Mencke, Bayer examines how anthelmintic resistance (AR) has been a threat to the health and productivity of livestock animals worldwide. While there is a general understanding that a global regulatory framework is needed to encourage investments into new drug classes as well as into alternative control mechanisms, existing anthelmintic agents remain a key part of any cost-effective gastrointestinal helminth, trematode and cestode control programme. ...

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Nipah: A Deadly Emerging Zoonosis

Oct 24, 2018

Emerging zoonotic diseases are posing an unprecedented risk to both human and animal health with their lingering adverse economic impacts, especially in CONTENTS developing countries. Dr. Megha G.K, Dr. Dhaka and Dr. Vijay of the Veterinary and Animal Sciences University in Punjab examine the outbreak of Nipah virus in the Kerala state of India, which claimed 17 lives out of 19 cases, highlighting the potential of deadly strike by zoonotic pathogens. ...

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Is Regenerative Medicine the Answer to Canine Osteoarthritis?

Oct 24, 2018

Veterinarians across the globe are constantly being challenged to improve their treatments for diseases such as osteoarthritis, but what criteria should they use to make decisions between promising new treatments and tried and tested practices? In recent years, regenerative medicine has been lauded as a ‘cure’ for osteoarthritis and many other inflammatory diseases but also labelled as the ‘new snake oil.’ Dr. Joanna Miller of Cell Therapy Sciences examines the veterinary position on the regenerative medicine market. ...

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Effective Strategies for User Acceptance Testing of EDC Systems

Oct 24, 2018

Conducting comprehensive and thorough user acceptance testing (UAT) on an electronic data capture- (EDC-) based study prior to enrolling subjects is a critical, but oft-neglected task. It’s been found that welltested studies experience fewer deviations, r equire shorter submission timelines, facilitate end-point assessments and are easier for site personnel to use.  This article by Karen Dwyer, Dr. Karina Loyo and Corina Bereanu of Prelude Dynamics provides several strategies for focusing these efforts and conducting an effective UAT. ...

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