Morphine Delivered Via Epidural Safe Alternative For Pain Control In Pregnant Mares

A pregnant mare with a history of severe lameness had a long-term epidural placed that delivered morphine to make her more comfortable. The long-term use of the epidural caused no issues to the mare or her foal. Drs. Alessandro Mirra, Jasmin Birras, Sabina Diez Bernal and Claudia Spadavecchia tested the theory, noting that in the […]

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Racing Integrity’s Newest Threat: Human Designer Drugs?

It’s no secret the challenge of post-race drug testing has always been keeping regulators one step ahead of those who use illegal drugs or illegally manipulate medication. But with the advent of Internet sales and bitcoin, one laboratory director fears his job, and that of racing commissions everywhere, is about to get a lot more […]

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World Health Organization Weighs In On International Ketamine Control

The Expert Committee on Drug Dependency, part of the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended that ketamine, a medication commonly used during anesthesia to produce and maintain a loss of consciousness, not be placed under international control, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. This is not the first time such a recommendation has been handed […]

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Equine Anesthetic May Offer Hope To Depressed Humans

Ketamine, long used as an equine sedative, has recently been used as a both a painkiller and a treatment for depression in humans. If it works as researchers feel it should, ketamine will become the first drug to stop suicidal tendencies, with the potential to save many lives. Developed in 1962, Ketamine is primarily used […]

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