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Saturday 11, Feb 2017

  Endurance Horses Test Positive For Doping In UAE

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The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) has confirmed seven cases of horses testing positive for prohibited substances.

The FEI, for the first time, has suspended the horse trainers and riders with immediate effect. Usually, only riders receive immediate sanctions.

FEI secretary general Sabrina Ibanez said we take all breaches of the FEI anti-doping regulations extremely seriously and these latest positives demonstrate clearly that those using prohibited substances will be caught. Ibanez added this is the first time that we have suspended the trainers at the same time as the athletes, but when there are multiple breaches by one trainer, it is clear that there is something wrong with the stable management. The FEI secretary general also remarked that suspending the trainers immediately, rather than waiting until the athlete has been prosecuted, confirms that the FEI will not tolerate any attempts to enhance the performance of the horse.

All horses tested positive for the same four prohibited substances: the stimulant caffeine and its metabolites Theophylline, Theobromine, and Paraxanthine. Theophylline that is clinically indicated for the treatment of asthma and various respiratory diseases can be metabolized into caffeine. One of the horses also tested positive for Flumetasone, the corticosteroid, which is beneficial in the treatment of skin disorders.

Under the FEI’s equine anti-doping and controlled medication rules (EADCMRs), Theophylline, caffeine and Theobromine are listed as controlled medication and specified substances and Paraxanthine is a banned substance under the FEI EADCMRs. Under the anti-doping rules, controlled medications are used to treat horses on a regular basis but must have cleared from the horse’s system by the time of competition, while banned substances should never be found in the body of the horse.

The horses, all registered to the UAE, were tested at four different events at the Al Wathba venue in Abu Dhabi.

Castlebar Lightning, ridden by the UAE’s Saeed Sultan Shames Al Maamri, Intisaar, ridden by the UAE’s Sheikh Rashid Dalmook Al Maktoum, and Mraseel, ridden by the UAE’s Sheikh Sh Hamed Dalmook Al Maktoum in the CEI2 120km ride at Al Wathba on 17 December 2016, tested positive for the four substances. Mraseel also tested positive for Flumetasone.

Samples taken at the CEI2 120km ladies ride at Al Wathba, Abu Dhabi in the UAE on 26 November 2016 from Rafik De Kerpoint, ridden by Ireland’s Amy Louise McAuley tested positive for all four substances.

Salam Banquetol, ridden by the UAE’s Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri to finish second at the CEI2* 120km event at Al Wathba on 24 December, tested positive to all four substances, as did both Tom Jones TE, ridden by the UAE’s Abdulla Ghanim Al Marri, and Aspenview Amir, ridden by the UAE’s Saeed Ahmad Jaber Al Harbi at the CEI2 120km event at Al Wathba on 14 January 2016.

The seven horses are also suspended for a two-month period from the date of notification (30 January 2017). The seven riders and the trainers Ismail Mohd, Khalifa Ghanim Al Marri and Mohd Ahmed Ali Al Subose have all been provisionally suspended from the same date.

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Friday 11, Nov 2011

  Post-transplant Fracture Risk reduced with early steroid withdrawal

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Patients who receive kidney transplants who are withdrawn from corticosteroid-based immunosuppression (CSBI) as early as possible after transplantation have significantly lower fracture rates compared with patients who continue receiving corticosteroids.

This finding was presented by a research presented at the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) 2011 Annual Meeting.

The study was supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

Friday 04, Feb 2011

  Risk of Osteoporosis raised by chemotherapy

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Risk of Osteoporosis raised by chemotherapyChemotherapy for lymphoma should be recognized as a risk factor for the development of osteoporosis, according to Dr. Bhaskar Dasgupta in a poster session at the annual meeting of the British Society for Rheumatology.

Dr. Dasgupta, director of rheumatology, Southend Hospital NHS Trust, Westcliff on Sea, England, said patients with lymphoma have greatly improved survival rates because of advances in treatment, but their quality of life may be compromised by long-term complications of chemotherapy.

Osteoporosis is a complication that can result from treatment with alkylating agents and the steroids that are usually given with chemotherapy.

Wednesday 19, Jan 2011

  Dose changes or additions could prove beneficial for asthma

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Dose changes or additions could prove beneficial for asthmaA study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and other institutions has suggested that dose changes (steroids) and/or addition of new drugs to the asthma therapy can provide relief to patients.

Robert C. Strunk, M.D., and Leonard B. Bacharier, M.D., both Washington University pediatric asthma specialists at St. Louis Children’s Hospital were co-authors for this study.

The study was published online March 2, 2010, by the New England Journal of Medicine and presented the same day at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s annual meeting in New Orleans.

Monday 16, Aug 2010

  Diabetic complications can be treated with injectable steroids

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Diabetic complications can be treated with injectable steroidsProgression of a complication of diabetes, diabetic retinopathy, could be slowed down by injecting Triamcinolone (corticosteroid) directly into the eye, as per a study.

This finding was disclosed after a study was conducted by Neil M. Bressler, M.D., of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, and colleagues in the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinical Research Network conducted and involved 840 eyes of 693 participants having macular edema.

The finding appeared in the December issue of Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals.

Wednesday 21, Jul 2010

  Summer allergens can be handled with specific strategies

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Summer allergens can be handled with specific strategiesIndividuals who are prone to allergies could find some relief coming their way since the springtime mountain cedars and tree pollens have generally subsided as summertime is here.

Reducing exposure to outdoor venues during peak times, air conditioning, wearing masks, and closing the windows can be some of the strategies adopted by individuals for avoiding allergies, according to Dr. David Khan, associate professor of internal medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Despite the fact that pollen quantity in the air is not influenced by heat, it has the ability of stimulating the formation of ground-level ozone that can exacerbate allergy symptoms.

Thursday 01, Jul 2010

  Hay fever patients could be treated with steroid nasal sprays

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Hay fever patients could be treated with steroid nasal spraysA research has suggested that fluticasone propionate (Flonase), a corticosteroid nasal spray, is superior to a combination of popular anti-allergy drugs loratidine (Claritin) and montelukast (Singulair) for managing seasonal allergies.

It was remarked by Robert Naclerio, M.D., professor of surgery at the University of Chicago and director of the study that inflammation measures were significantly better for patients afflicted with hay fever and treated with fluticasone propionate.

This finding by researchers from University of Chicago was presented at the 58th annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Saturday 26, Jun 2010

  Steroid dose increase or combination useful for asthmatic children

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Steroid dose increase or combination useful for asthmatic childrenAccording to a new study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine and other institutions, young children with asthma can be treated in a better way by increasing doses of steroids or adding more drugs to the asthma therapy.

Results of this study have implications to help medical practitioners to predict which all of the available treatment options will help their patients the most.

Robert C. Strunk, M.D., and Leonard B. Bacharier, M.D., both Washington University pediatric asthma specialists at St. Louis Children’s Hospital were co-authors for this study.

The study was published online March 2, 2010, by the New England Journal of Medicine and presented the same day at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology’s annual meeting in New Orleans.

Thursday 24, Jun 2010

  Rejection incidence can increase with early steroid withdrawal

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Rejection incidence can increase with early steroid withdrawalThe possibility of increased incidence of rejection and reduced incidence of glucose intolerance necessitating treatment for diabetes is linked with early steroid withdrawal after liver transplantation, as per a recently concluded study.

This finding was disclosed in the first double-blind placebo-controlled study that was aimed at evaluating the effects of early steroid withdrawal.

The study was published in an issue of Liver Transplantation, the official journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS).

Thursday 17, Jun 2010

  Steroids present in most eczema creams

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steroids-present-in-most-eczema-creamsScientists from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffied, UK, have discovered that many ‘herbal creams‘ for eczema contain steroid, which may lead to permanent damages in patients using these creams.

Discovery of eczema creams labeled as ‘herbal’ actually contained steroids was prompted by a call from the scientists for stringent regulations.

The scientists found varying concentrations of steroid drugs in 20 out of 24 tested creams.

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