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Tuesday 30, Jun 2009

Anabolic Steroids offer Competitive Edge to Power Lifters years after end of Doping

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Anabolic Steroids offer Competitive Edge to Power Lifters years after end of DopingAs per a recently concluded study, power lifters who used steroids in the past but no longer remain on steroids benefit from advantages even years later. It was revealed that changes made to their shoulders and quadriceps gave them a competitive edge over others while the drugs were no longer traceable.

The research conducted by Anders Eriksson and Lars-Eric Thornell, Department of Integrative Medical Biology Section, brought out the fact that there is a great possibility that a high number of nuclei in the muscle found by them in previously doped power lifters lead to increased muscle mass in the quadriceps and shoulder regions.

In a nutshell, it can be concluded that previously doped power lifters have an advantage over non-doping or present-day doping athletes indulging into high intensity strength-training due to a high number of nuclei per fiber.

Tuesday 30, Jun 2009

Novel Liver Steroid helps in slowdown of Brain Tumor Growth

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Novel Liver Steroid helps in slowdown of Brain Tumor GrowthSqualamine, a chemical discovered from the liver of the sharks, has been proven to be highly effective in putting brakes on the formation of new blood vessels that are destined to feed brain cancer and tumors. This fact was confirmed by lab studies at the Johns Hopkins Medicine, Maryland.

The study revealed that Squalamine inhibits the growth of gliomas (brain cancers) that are implanted in the flanks of rats after disabling growth of blood vessel.

Henry Brem, M.D., director of neurosurgical oncology at Hopkins and senior author of the study, told that squalamine may prove to be an effective option for treating humans for curing brain tumor and other diseases that are dependent on new blood vessel growth.

In the lab tests, squalamine proved as effective as carmustine (chemotherapeutic agent) for slowing down the growth of gliomas. It also slowed down the growth of new blood vessels that was caused by tumors in the eyes of rabbits.

Tuesday 30, Jun 2009

Caudal Epidural Injections With Steroids Provide Fast Relief On Low Back Pain

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Caudal Epidural Injections With Steroids Provide Fast Relief On Low Back PainCaudal epidural injections (CEIs) with steroids can provide fast relief to patients who suffer with low back pain. In a study of Dr. Fares E. Sayegh and his colleagues found that patients who participated in the study showed improvements in symptoms from the first week of injection.

The team analyzed the data of the 183 patients with severe chronic low back pain and sciatica who were randomized to receive CEIs with xylocaine, betamethasone dipropionate and betamethasone phosphate, or injections with xylocaine and water for injection (WFI).

In conclusion, the team pointed out that CEIs containing local anesthetic and steroid or WFI are both effective in treating the symptoms of low back pain and sciatica. However, injection with steroids results to greater and faster relief.

Tuesday 30, Jun 2009

A German National – Caught With Various Kinds Of Anabolic Steroids

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A German National – Caught With Various Kinds Of Anabolic SteroidsA German national, Francesco Gigliotti, was arrested at Southwest Florida International Airport Tuesday after he allegedly smuggled steroids into the country. A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent searched Gigliotti’s bag when he arrived at RSW. According to a Lee County Port Authority report, upon searching Gigliotti’s bag, the agent found a container of Deca-Durabolin (steroids), 250 milligrams of Enanthate (testosterone), two plastic syringes and four hypodermic needles.

The 45-year old, Francesco Gigliotti, is now facing five felony charges, including two counts of possessing felony drugs, steroids and testosterone; two counts of smuggling steroids; and one count of possessing drug paraphernalia.

Any kind of anabolic steroid is governed by the Controlled Substance Act. Anyone using, buying and possessing them without a prescription from a doctor will be given legal penalties such as monetary fines and prison terms. Many individuals continuously import and trade anabolic steroids, despite its legal consequences, due to high profit and great demand from bodybuilders and athletes. Some steroid users avail their supplies from illegal traders such as Francesco Gigliotti, since they use them as part of their fitness routines.

Monday 29, Jun 2009

Nasal Spray more effective than Antihistamine

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Nasal Spray more effective than AntihistamineA steroid nasal spray is far effective than antihistamine pills when it comes to quashing symptoms of allergy as per a recent study.

During the study, it was revealed that Flonase, nasal spray fluticasone, helps in relieving allergy symptoms far better than Claritin, antihistamine loratadine. Fluticasone is a corticosteroid preparation that fights against symptoms of allergy by minimizing the level of inflammation that happens in the nose when an individual is exposed against allergy triggers such as dust mites.

Dr. Robert M. Naclerio and his colleagues at the University of Chicago in Illinois remarked that patients with seasonal allergies are always advised to take steroid nasal sprays or antihistamines on a daily basis but they tend to overrule the advice.

Monday 29, Jun 2009

Trials for Low-dose Steroid Treatment prove effective for Bone Marrow Cancer

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Trials for Low-dose Steroid Treatment prove effective for Bone Marrow CancerIn a clinical trial that was conducted by the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and part of the National Institutes of Health, it was revealed that a low dosage regimen of steroids can prove to be an excellent option for treating bone marrow cancer patients rather than persisting for the standard dose of dexamethasone.

The trial revealed that low doses of dexamethasone, a steroid, with lenalidomide can work wonders on patients who are fighting against newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. It was also revealed that the combination of dexamethasone and lenalidomide brought fewer side-effects.

As per noted study chair Vincent Rajkumar, the combination of lenalidomide plus low-dose dexamethasone is extremely positive and truly represents a potential step ahead for treating multiple myeloma.

Monday 29, Jun 2009

Successful Businessman Caught With Multiple Steroids

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Successful Businessman Caught With Multiple SteroidsA businessman, Michael Kehoe, was caught with around 80,000 steroids which he claimed were for personal use. He said he had them for himself and would occasionally give them away to friends. Kehoe, of Orwell Park, runs two businesses in the fitness industry; The Supplement Store on Camden Street and IrishLifting.com, a website selling specialized gym equipment.

Gardai and Customs Officers got a warrant to search the house where Kehoe was living with his girlfriend. Almost 80,000 tablets were found consisting of six different types of steroids, including ‘Angel Dust‘, ‘Pink Thai‘ and ephedrine. Judge Pat McCartan fined Kehoe €2,000 on each of the three counts with six months in jail if he fails to pay. He also ordered him to pay costs to the prosecution of €3,000.

However, according to the defense counsel of Kehoe, said that his client suffers from Male Body Dysmorphia, a psychiatric disorder where the patient is obsessed with his body image. He said Kehoe became part of a “culture of steroid abuse” through the people he was training and mixing with.

Monday 29, Jun 2009

Steroid Lavage – Safe On Chronic Rhinosinusitis Patients

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Steroid Lavage – Safe On Chronic Rhinosinusitis PatientsPatients who suffer from chronic rhinosinusitis can safely use daily steroid-saline nasal lavage every day for 30 days. This is because study shows that this treatment has no harmful effect on adrenal sufficiency.

In the study made by the group of Dr. Jay Piccirillo, they found out that the therapy offered a clinically significant improvement in symptoms. However, they clarify that the treatment protocol is off-label and still requires a randomized, placebo-controlled trial to assess other risks, such as potential loss of bone mineral density, as well as benefits in chronic rhinosinusitis.

Although the use of the medication as part of nasal lavage has not been approved by the FDA, the researchers said that the off-label use of medications is legal and an accepted part of medical practice. The decrease in SNOT-20 scores, which is consistent to all patients, shows that the intervention is effective. They claim that the study will help physicians who want to use the method explain potential risks and benefits to patients.

Sunday 28, Jun 2009

Low Dose Of Steroids – Effective In Treating Sepsis

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Low Dose Of Steroids – Effective In Treating SepsisLow dose of steroids are beneficial in treating sepsis. The latest meta-analysis indicates that steroids are useful but only when started later and delivered in lower doses over a longer period. The analysis also confirmed that a delayed, low-dose five- to seven-day steroid regimen followed by steroid taper for an equal period is effective regardless of response to corticotropin stimulation test. The new meta-analysis was headed by Dr. Peter C. Minneci of the critical care medicine department of the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

There are some arguments whether steroids are beneficial to sepsis patients because of the many meta-analyses conducted years ago. However, there are important things that medical experts consider like in the studies published before 1989, steroids were initiated in less than two hours, while in the later trials steroid therapy was started at 23 hours and administered for an average of six days rather than one day, which was the case in the earlier studies. As pointed out by Dr. Minneci, none of the earlier studies used steroid tapers, while all of newer studies used tapers.

Sunday 28, Jun 2009

New Steroid-Based Treatment For Intraocular Inflammation

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New Steroid-Based Treatment For Intraocular InflammationRecent developments in pharmaceuticals and technology now give us more choices for treating intraocular inflammation. Newer developments in eye drops now give us different “strengths” of steroid eye drops. New drug delivery systems will be giving us sustained release of steroids.

Steroid eye drops have been the mainstay of anti-inflammatory treatment for decades indicated for most types of ocular surgery and inflammatory conditions of the eye.

Intravitreal injections of triamcinolone acetonide (Kenalog) have been popular over the past several years. In this modality, the steroid is injected directly into the vitreous. Recently, FDA approved another new treatment – the Ozurdex. This drug is injected into the vitreous cavity and releases dexamethasone for a limited time. It is indicated for the treatment of macular edema caused by vein occlusions. The off-label use for intraocular inflammation is sure to follow for treatment of refractory uveitis and possible post-operative inflammation of the anterior segment and posterior segment (retina).

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