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Monday 31, Aug 2009

Woden High School on probation due to protocol violation

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Woden High School on probation due to protocol violationEarlier this month, Woden High School received a public reprimand and was put on one-year probation by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Executive Committee. This was due to a protocol violation on steroid testing.

According to Woden ISD superintendent Brent Hawkins, a coach lost one of the testing consent forms of a female basketball player. The player also competed in the track and field and was required to join the testing program.

Hawkins further added that the situation was embarrassing; however, it did not affect any of their athletic programs, nor did it kept their athletes from competing.

The consequence was “heavy-handed” in his opinion, considering that only a single piece of paperwork was lost. He stated that there were no positive tests found during the testing program. He also added that their athletic program was a success since many of their students participated in sports over the last years. He tried proposing to UIL that the district will shoulder the expenses for the student’s testing, but UIL refused.

Woden High School was one of the four schools put on probation by the University Interscholastic League due to violation of procedures. The other three were Lewisville High School, Anthony High School, and North Forest High School.

According to the Daily Sentinel:

Woden High School was publicly reprimanded and placed on probation for one year earlier this month by the University Interscholastic League (UIL) State Executive Committee for a protocol violation concerning steroid testing.

Monday 31, Aug 2009

Semenya found to have abnormally high testosterone level

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Semenya found to have abnormally high testosterone levelCaster Semenya, the 18-year-old South African runner who won the gold in the 800 meters at the World Athletics Championships in Berlin, was found to have three times the normal testosterone level.

According to BBC, reports regarding Semenya’s results leaked due to a fax letter sent to a wrong person.

Although high hormone levels does not always translate to a positive doping test, the results added to International Association of Athletics Federation’s insistent request for a gender verification.

Her preliminary medical test was performed in South Africa just days before leaving for Berlin for the World Championships.

Britain’s Telegraph reported that South African team head coach was Dr. Ekkart Arbeit, the same person who was accused by former East German athlete, Heidi Krieger now known as Andreas Krieger, of forcing her to use steroids. Damage was so severe that she had to undergo a sex change, where she now lives as a man.

It was not clear though, how closely Dr. Arbeit worked with Semenya.

IAAF representatives asked the South African team to withdraw Semenya from competition after the release of the findings.

Leonard Cheune, president of the South African athletics body and official representative of South Africa in the IAAF board, resigned his post in the IAAF. This is in protest to the association’s treatment of Semenya. According to him, it would be a conflict of interest if he will attack the board while still remaining as a member of its council.

From Brisbane Times:

Preliminary medical tests on the South African athlete at the centre of a gender row reportedly showed triple the normal female level of testosterone in her body.

Monday 31, Aug 2009

Steroid smuggling intercepted in UK airportsteroid

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Steroid smuggling intercepted in UK airportParvez Atta, a resident of Darnall, eastern Sheffield was found guilty of importing illegal steroids into the UK.

Atta arrived at Heathrow Airport’s Terminal 3 from Karachi, Pakistan. He was caught by customs officers during a search of his bags. He initially told custom officers that he has nothing to declare, however, when he was told that his bags would be searched, he retracted his declaration and admitted to

A total of 14,000 vials were found in his possession containing 35 kilograms of testosterone. Estimated street value totaled £40,000.

According to Parvez’ official statement in the Isleworth Crown Court, he had bought the substance from a man in Pakistan for only £6,000.

He claimed that he did not know that the substance was banned. He was planning to sell the vials in South Yorkshire for a few hundred pounds profit.

According to UK Drug Classification, steroid is a banned Class C drug and Atta will be receiving his sentence next month.

Hardeep Mohan, a custom officer said that the drug was found in ampoules, a small sealed vial used to contain a sample, usually a liquid. Modern ampoules may be in plastic form or made of glass. They are most commonly used to protect chemicals from air and contaminants.

According to The Star:

A SHEFFIELD man has been found guilty of smuggling thousands of pounds’ worth of illegal steroids into the UK.

Parvez Atta, aged 37, of Main Road, Darnall, was found guilty of trying to smuggle the drugs into Britain in two holdalls.

Monday 31, Aug 2009

New protocol for steroid weaning tested in post-kidney transplant pediatric patients

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New protocol for steroid weaning tested in post-kidney transplant pediatric patientsLong-term steroid therapy is usually administered after a kidney transplant to prevent the body from rejecting the newly transferred organ. However, medical practitioners have been facing a dilemma over the use of steroid therapy in children who underwent kidney transplants.

Steroid use, especially in long-term cases, produces significant side effects in children like stunted growth, obesity, diabetes, acne, mood changes, insulin resistance and the classic “moon face” appearance of children on steroids.

These effects, however, can have a great impact since children on steroids are having a hard time fitting in with their peers due to their different appearance.

A research team from Helen De Vos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan, tested a new steroid protocol where children were rapidly weaned off steroids. Out of the 19 patients who underwent the new program from 2005 to 2008, 17 responded well to the new protocol.

The other two had a recurrence of their primary diseases; therefore, their weaning period was modified into a discontinuing pattern.

According to the senior author of the study, Dr. Timothy Bunchman, division chief of nephrology and transplantation at the hospital, the negative effects of steroids in children prompted them to look for an alternative therapy. Dr. Bunchman further added that this shorter protocol enabled adolescents to become more compliant with their medical regimen due to its simplicity.

Form Cleveland.com’s Health and Fitness:

Long-term steroid use – traditionally used indefinitely as anti-rejection therapy — is not needed for children who have undergone a kidney transplant, according to findings published in the August issue of Pediatric Transplantation.

Sunday 30, Aug 2009

Muscle atrophy can be treated with appetite-stimulating hormone

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Muscle atrophy can be treated with appetite-stimulating hormoneResearchers have claimed to find a new form of treatment option to provide relief to patients suffering from muscle atrophy, as per results of an animal study that were presented at the Endocrine Society’s 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Muscular atrophy is a debilitating process resulting in an extensive loss of muscle mass and function to reduce quality of patients’ lives.

Some of the currently used treatment methodologies consist include anabolic steroids (testosterone) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IFG-1) that may not appear to be safe, according to study co-author Andrea Graziani, PhD, molecular biologist with the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine and the Biotechnology Center for Applied Medical Research, University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy.

Researchers remarked that des-acyl ghrelin provides a direct anti-atrophic activity on the skeletal muscle of mice for the ailment caused by fasting or nerve injury.

Sunday 30, Aug 2009

Hydration: A must for endurance athletes

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Hydration: A must for endurance athletesThe American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) reiterated its statements on dehydration and Hyponatremia for athletes during endurance competitions with a predefined and clear aim to provide solutions to peculiar issues that are related to hydration of athletes.

Hyponatremia is a life-endangering condition that can happen to an athlete when too much of water or sports drinks are consumed that often lead to disruption or dilution of sodium levels in the body.

Larry Kenney, Ph.D., FACSM, referring to the Boston Marathon (18th April), was of the view that most participants of this marathon appeared properly hydrated to him and they probably had received the message of proper hydration for attaining best results.

It was revealed by ACSM experts that all active individuals and not just endurance athletes need to be mindful of hydration while undertaking any activity in heat or humidity.

Saturday 29, Aug 2009

Xamiol gel very effective for scalp psoriasis

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Xamiol gel very effective for scalp psoriasisOnce-daily treatment with Xamiol gel can prove to be very effective in treating patients suffering from flaking, itching, and soreness that are caused due to scalp psoriasis. The gel, which is now available on prescription, combines the positive effects of a vitamin-D like agent and steroid.

This gel, consisting of calcipotriol and betamethasone dipropionate, also helps in improving quality of life of scalp psoriasis patients besides acting as a second-line alternative.

Dr Girish Gupta, Consultant Dermatologist from Monklands Hospital, Lanarkshire remarked that the Xamiol gel comes with a formulation that makes it easier for people to use it in their fight against scalp psoriasis.

Saturday 29, Aug 2009

HGH Abuse can lead to severe health risks

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HGH Abuse can lead to severe health risksHuman Growth Hormone, which is popularly known as HGH, can result in serious repercussions when abused as per recent study findings. It is important to note here that HGH was considered to be a safe product till now and still continues to be used in clinical treatment forms under qualified medical guidance as only an abuse can bring side effects.

Dr. Alan Rogol, who testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Government Reform Committee on behalf of The Endocrine Society, outlined the medical use (legitimate) of the growth hormone and its severe health risks when abused by sportsmen, individuals, and celebrities who try to find effective ways to keep aging away.

It was remarked by Dr. Rogol that GH that is made from human tissue has now been almost removed from the drug market because of the rare yet fatal Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.

Friday 28, Aug 2009

Annual Jockey Club Round Table tackles model rule on AAS

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Annual Jockey Club Round Table tackles model rule on AASThe 2009 Jockey Club Roundtable was recently held at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, New York. It was held last August 23, 2009.

The discussion was geared towards medication reform and the RCI Model Rule on androgenic-anabolic steroids.

The RCI Model Rule on AAS calls for all North American racing authorities to implement the model rule no later than December 31, 2008. Stuart Janney, chairman of The Jockey Club’s Thoroughbred Safety Committee, believes that the rule effectively eliminated the use of anabolic steroids in training and racing of Thoroughbreds.

Short-term benefits of implementing the RCI model rule are pretty much obvious but the most essential part is the long-term benefits. Horses will be in a healthier state in their post-racing days, and owners will be more confident knowing that their horses accomplished something without the use of steroids.

The RCI Model Rule on Androgenic Anabolic Steroids states that no AAS shall be permitted in test samples collected from racing horses except for traces or residues of stanozolol, nandrolone, boldenone and testosterone at concentrations less than the indicated thresholds.

All other AAS are prohibited in racing horses. In cases where AAS was administered to aid recovery from injury, the horse must be placed on the vet’s list.

Friday 28, Aug 2009

HCG linked to Ramirez’ suspension

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HCG linked to Ramirez’ suspensionAccording to Ramirez, he was not into steroids. Rather, his doctor gave him a medication for a “personal health issue”.

Each year, baseball players are subjected to a test within five days of reporting to spring training. Another test is then conducted, this time unannounced, and players to be tested are only selected randomly. Within a three-year long period, form the start of spring training in 2008 up to 2011, there will be 1,200 players who will be randomly tested at unannounced dates.

Ramirez provided an HCG – positive urine sample during spring training, according to a reliable source, who divulged the details of the suspension to The Associated Press.

US Anti-doping Agency CEO Travis Tygart acknowledged the fact that they have no knowledge of Ramirez’ personal case, but he believes that it is unlikely that a healthy young athlete would be prescribed HCG for a legitimate medical reason. Tygart further added that he should be aware of the right process that could grant him permission to use the drug, if ever his claims were true.

HCG is popular among steroids users because of its ability to alleviate the unfavorable effects of ending a steroid cycle. It is known to stimulate testosterone production after going off a cycle. Ending a cycle is known to cause a cessation in testosterone production, a decrease in sperm count and a shrinking of testicles.

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