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Internal metabolic distress of horses is recorded in their hoof growth as abnormal “rings.” These rings are testimony to the ongoing episodes of laminitis or founder. The signature rings are evident in both the pre- and post-trim pictures of this hoof.

IR/EMS/PPID in horses = OMG

Horse Health: These related metabolic diseases are a clear picture into horse-keeping shortfalls

The alphabet soup grouping of acronyms IR (insulin resistance), EMS (equine metabolic syndrome), and PPID (pituitary pars intermediare dysfunction also known as Cushing’s syndrome) represent an increasingly common and growing incidence of illnesses in horses between the ages of five and 15 years of age. Despite their separate labels these illnesses share many similarities in


Newborn babies’ first gut bacteria may have effect on ability to fight disease

This could eventually allow doctors to establish beneficial bacteria right after birth

New research showing that the first bacteria introduced into the gut have a lasting impact may one day allow science to adjust microbiomes — the one-of-a-kind microbial communities that live in our gastrointestinal tracts — to help ward off serious chronic diseases. Findings by U of A microbial ecologist Jens Walter and his colleagues suggest

Rikard Landberg says it’s eating enough whole grains, not what type, 
that fights diabetes.

All whole grains fight diabetes

New research says the most important thing is 
that you eat enough of them

It doesn’t matter if it’s rye, oats, or wheat. As long as it is whole grain, it can prevent Type 2 diabetes. This is the finding of a new study from Swedish researchers from the Chalmers University of Technology. The ability to use whole grains for prevention of Type 2 diabetes — previously sometimes known

Diabetes: what you need to know

This manageable but chronic disease is a growing issue throughout rural Canada

Diabetes is a disease with many causes and no known cure. It’s a global issue, but the impact is felt in communities throughout Canada, and increasingly in rural Canada. If you don’t have diabetes, there is a very good chance someone in your family or circle of friends does. Today, 11 million Canadians live with


Diabetes can sneak up on you without warning, but it can also be managed effectively and even prevented.

Are you among the one in three with prediabetes?

Millions in North America have prediabetes and most don’t even know it

Millions of North Americans have this condition and 90 per cent do not know they have it. Do you know what it is? Here’s a hint: The condition occurs when the cells in your body do not respond normally to insulin, which is made by your pancreas. The answer is “prediabetes.” Having prediabetes means you

Manitoba Canola Growers Association president Chuck Fossay (r) presented Carla Taylor, of the Canadian Centre for Agri-Food Research in Health and Medicine at the St. Boniface Hospital Albrechtsen Research Centre with the Canola Award of Excellence at the CropConnect banquet in Winnipeg Feb. 15.

Canola growers recognize health researcher

Dr. Carla Taylor has been researching the health effects of canola oil

A Winnipeg-based nutrition researcher is the latest recipient of the Manitoba Canola Growers Association Canola Award of Excellence. The University of Manitoba’s Carla Taylor has, along with Peter Zahradka and a team of trainees and staff, been researching the health benefits of canola oil for more than a decade. The award was presented last week

Health Canada is recommending nutrition label changes.

New food nutritional label guidelines in the works

The changes are part of a Health Canada strategy to promote healthy eating

The federal government is serving up changes to its nutrition labelling rules to help consumers make healthier food choices. The changes are part of Health Minister Jane Philpott’s Healthy Eating Strategy, to encourage Canadians to reduce their consumption of salt, sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. The big changes for consumers will be in the nutrition


Revisions in the works for Canada’s Food Guide

Health Canada is planning changes to one of its key policy documents to reflect how Canadians’ diets are generally coming up short in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk alternatives. At the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress in Montreal on Monday, the federal health department launched a 45-day public consultation on changes to Canada’s Food Guide,

Canadian researcher touts benefits of barley

A Canadian research review has found barley can play a role in reducing harmful types of cholesterol


A research review from a Canadian hospital says there’s a clear link between eating barley and reduced levels of two types of “bad cholesterol” that are associated with heart disease. The paper, written by researchers at Toronto’s St. Michael’s Hospital, was published recently in The European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. It included 14 studies on