NEW: 2014 Animal-Related Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

Veterinary Sports Medicine has arrived — as a subject heading, that is.

Every year as new concepts emerge the National Library of Medicine (NLM) updates the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) used to index MEDLINE/PubMed articles.

Of the new terms for 2014, Microbiota may be of interest to Penn Vet’s new Center for Host Microbial Interactions, denoting the “full collection of microbes (bacteria, fungi, virus, etc.) that naturally exist within a particular biological niche such as an organism, soil, a body of water, etc.”

Kris Alpi, Director of the NCSU Library of Veterinary Medicine, identified these other terms:

VETERINARY SPORTS MEDICINE
“The field of veterinary medicine concerned with PHYSICAL FITNESS of animals in sports (horse racing, dog racing, etc.) and the diagnosis and treatment of sports injuries in animals.”

Equine Sports Medicine

A horse on the treadmill at New Bolton’s Equine Sports Medicine Program.

TICK BITES
“The effects, both local and systemic, caused by the bites of TICKS.”

DIAPAUSE, INSECT
“Seasonal suspension of insect growth development. It can be either induced by environmental cues (e.g., PHOTOPERIOD) or as a facultative part of the life cycle in order to time development with seasonal changes.”

TORPOR
“A state of decreased activity in animals characterized by depressed metabolism, reduced body temperature, and low sensitivity to external stimuli.”

Sad Lucy

“Sad Lucy” ©2010 by Tim Dawson Photography.

DANDER
“Microscopic particles comprising dead skin, dried salivary proteins, hair, SEBUM and microorganisms, shed by animals which causes allergic reactions in atopic persons.”

CEPHALOCHORDATA
“A subphylum of chordates intermediate between the invertebrates and the true vertebrates. It includes the LANCELETS. Its members are characterized by a NOTOCHORD which extends into the adult stage head.”

To browse the full list of new MeSH for 2014, visit the NLM website.

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