Tag Archives: Lafora’s

The gene genie is truly out of the bottle – my latest Best of Health article

January seems to have been a month of genetics for me as I’ve had some fascinating conversations with canine geneticists about emerging technologies and upcoming research projects. It seems that it is now possible to identify new, simple recessive mutations from the DNA of a single affected dog. Not long ago, laboratories like Cathryn Mellersh’s …

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Lafora Disease in Mini Wires – the sad reality

On the day that the WHDC Lafora Team felt it necessary to issue this statement about the screening programme, I was saddened to read about the sudden death last night of an 8 year old Mini Wire who died following an epileptic fit.  She had been diagnosed with Lafora Disease and her responsible owner had …

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Latest Mini Wire Dachshund Lafora Screening news published by the WHDC

If you own, or are thinking of owning, a Miniature Wirehaired Dachshund please read the latest news from the WH Dachshund Club on its screening programme for Lafora Disease. Test results for nearly 300 dogs are now available on-line.

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UK Dachshunds wanted for RVC Epilepsy & Diet Study

The influence of diet on epilepsy severity is established in humans, with many diets having been shown to improve seizure control.  To confirm the efficacy of a new diet, the Royal Veterinary College would like to recruit dogs which are suspected of having idiopathic epilepsy. – Dogs which have a seizure frequency of at least three seizures …

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WHDC Lafora Screening Programme update

The WHDC has published this, today: Since our last update, we have received additional communication from Dr Minassian and his team in Canada, confirming that the testing is continuing to prove very difficult. He explains the difficulty with the current method of testing (Polymerase Chain Reaction). “All modern methods rely on PCR, which amplify the …

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