The Australian Racing Board has reportedly announced a ban on anabolic steroids. The ban will apply to horses both in and out of competition from the age of six months, with that period allowed in the interests of animal welfare. According to The Independent, the new rule will be introduced on November 1, with the ban taking effect from May 1 next year to give any treated horses six months to be clear of the drugs. The report mentioned that under current rules, steroids are prohibited in horses only on race day. The announcement came in the wake of the Mahmood al-Zarooni scandal, following which the British Horseracing Authority has been vocal in opposing the use of steroids and has raised the issue for worldwide discussion. Mahmood Al Zarooni was an Emirati horse-racing trainer at the Godolphin horse-racing operation, who had confessed to doping 11 prize thoroughbreds belonging to Dubai's ruler Sheikh Mohammed, and has been banned for eight years in a scandal, which is reportedly the biggest in the sport of horse racing, reports said.Source: ANI << Men Retiring Early Not Likelier to Die Sooner, Says Researc... Protective Mechanisms for Hearing Loss Identified >> Recommended Reading Anabolic Steroids Anabolic steroids can produce power- packed, adrenaline - pumping performances but they also reflect a saga of condemnation and shame. READ MORE 'Dose Doubling Strategy' of Inhaled Steroids in Acute Ashtma Attack Being Questioned by New Studies Increasing the dose of inhaled corticosteroids at the onset of an acute asthma aggravation may not cut down the need for rescue oral corticosteroids. Doubling the dose may provide fake reassurance. READ MORE Vietnam Officials Concerned About Safety Of Young Jockeys Reports say, with its small horses and tiny jockeys, racing at Vietnam's only track is a low-key affair receiving high-level attention as officials threaten a crackdown on under-age riders. READ MORE First Horse Slaughterhouses to be Opened in US Since 2007 Congress is trying to forbid sale and export of horse meat even as it is clear that Americans do not like horse meat. READ MORE Are Steroids Bad For You? Steroids are miracle drugs but have to be used with caution. Some steroids are illegal to use, without prescription. Most steroids have severe side effects hence, these must be taken under strict medical supervision. READ MORE Bigorexia Bigorexia or muscle dysmorphia is a mental disorder most commonly seen in the males, wherein the individual is obsessed with his muscle size and has a constant desire to develop very large muscles. READ MORE Cannabis Cannabis has a long history of medicinal, recreational, and industrial use and comes from a bushy plant with thick sticky flowers called Cannabis Sativa READ MORE Drug Abuse The use of Drugs for reasons other than its prescribed recommendation, is known as Drug abuse or substance abuse. Drug abuse or substance abuse is initiated by various biological and social factors. READ MORE Resting Metabolic Rate Understanding how metabolic process is regulated and what factors affect the same is crucial before adopting any fitness regimen. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Indian Medical Journals Fongitar (Zinc Pyrithionone) Color Blindness Calculator More News on: CannabisDrug AbuseAnabolic SteroidsResting Metabolic RateBigorexiaAre Steroids Bad For You?