Stem cell medicine for equine lameness gets EMA approval

Jul 9, 2018

The European Medicines Agency’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use has recommended a marketing authorisation for stem cell-based medicine Arti-Cell Forte. Vets could soon be in possession of a new weapon against equine lameness after the first allogenic stem cell-based medicine was given the green light by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). The EMA’s Committee for Medicinal Products for Veterinary Use (CVMP) recommended a marketing authorisation for the first veterinary stem cell-based medicine in the EU on 21 June. Its opinion will be sent to the European Commission for a decision on an EU-wide marketing authorisation. These types of medicines have the potential to provide new treatment strategies, the CVMP said. The product in question is Arti-Cell Forte, a veterinary medicine indicated for the reduction of mild to moderate lameness linked to joint inflammation in horses. Available as a suspension for injection and given as a single injection into the affected joint, it contains a type of stem cell obtained from equine blood. The stem cells in the medicine... ...

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Riding styles can affect movement and lameness

Apr 9, 2018

Researchers assess how different riding styles influence movement symmetry Researchers at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, and the RVC have published new research that considers how different seating styles influence a horse’s movement symmetry. The article, published in the journal PLOS One, presents results of research concerning horse-rider interactions. It is hoped the results will help riders identify the early signs of lameness and aid vets in the correct identification of the lame limb. Bio-engineering lecturer Dr Thilo Pfau of the RVC said: “Equine gait analysis has undergone a recent transformation from a purely lab-based science to a practical tool that can be applied to analysing the movement of horses doing ‘everyday tasks’, such as exercise under the rider. “This transformation has been driven by progress in sensor and wireless technology, and PhD students in this field often benefit from a multi-disciplinary team of supervisors. The complementary skill sets of the team from Uppsala and the RVC Structure and Motion Lab is one successful example of this multi-disciplinary approach.” In... ...

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Wearable device identifies early signs of lameness

Jan 15, 2018

Vets at the University of Nottingham are developing a new, wearable device that can identify the early signs of lameness in sheep. Until now, farmers have struggled to diagnose lameness early because there are no validated commercial tools available. But now a new device, developed in partnership with Intel and Farm Wizard, aims to change this. The device consists of a sensing device worn on a sheep’s ear tag that gathers accelerometer and gyroscope data, effectively tracking the animal’s behaviour movement and gait. Nottingham Vet School researcher Dr Jasmeet Kaler explains: “Our new system is a smart device – a wearable technology that we hope will be a game-changing investment for sheep farmers and a first for the industry. “The algorithms we have developed are used to create different alerts for farmers. So far they have provided high accuracy in predicting various behaviours of the sheep, including differentiating lameness.” Dr Kaler’s previous research found that just 20 per cent of farmers can spot and treat the early signs of lameness... ...

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Latest Lameness Research: A Summary

Dec 21, 2017

Lameness is a major challenge in dairy herds globally. Digital dermatitis (DD), more commonly known as Mortellaro, is an infectious condition and one of the major causes of lameness, reducing mobility, comfort, feed intake milk yield, and fertility. This infectious condition can spread quickly through the entire herd and can reduce milk yield by at least one litre per cow per day. George Shaw at Provita Eurotech Ltd summarises key points from presentations and scientific posters from researchers across the globe that could help farmers tackle lameness in their herds. ...

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