Doctors use it as an anesthetic and ravers use it to hallucinate, but a new study indicates that ketamine might have another trick up its sleeve: treating depression. A new study found that the drug the kids call "Special K" is effective at treating major depression compared to an active placebo, LiveScience reports.
While past studies had suggested that might be the case, the drug's mind-altering properties made it tough to test against a placebo; it was pretty obvious when you'd gotten the real deal. So the new study gave half of its participants ketamine, and the other half midazolam, a similar anesthetic not tied to depression improvement. Two-thirds of the ketamine group saw their symptoms improve immediately, with the effect lasting for a full week, compared to one third of the midazolam group. It's worth noting, however, that the findings have not yet been verified by a peer-reviewed journal.
It's also well-worth mentioning thatdid not announce this donation. Rather, the Red Cross was the first to point out Durant's contribution; and while we'd guess that Kevin will come out with a statement eventually, for now he is letting his donation do the talking.
There's isn't much to add beyond this. The devastation in Oklahoma was as stunning as it was swift, and any little bit helps. The Red Cross' localized branch is the best place to go if you want to contribute as Kevin did.