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Monday 30, Nov 2009

Rejection incidence may be higher with early steroid withdrawal

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Rejection incidence may be higher with early steroid withdrawalA lower incidence of glucose intolerance and a higher incidence of rejection may occur necessitating the need for diabetes treatment, as per a new study on early steroid withdrawal following transplantation of liver.

The results of this study on early steroid withdrawal appeared in an issue of Liver Transplantation, which is the official journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the International Liver Transplantation Society (ILTS).

It is worthwhile to note here that this first double-blind placebo-controlled study was initiated for evaluating the effects of early steroid withdrawal so that medical practitioners can have a clear and complete understanding of the subject and be on the same knowledge platform.

 

 


Monday 30, Nov 2009

Not all asthmatic children respond to steroid treatment

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Not all asthmatic children respond to steroid treatmentSome children may face problems while responding to steroid treatment for reducing the occurrence and severity of asthma attacks, as per a new study presented at the American Thoracic Society.

It was remarked by researcher Gregory Sawicki, M.D. of Children’s Hospital in Boston that this study highlighted the fact that not all children react to inhaled corticosteroids in the same manner.

It is considered that results of this study would prove beneficial in developing and implementing an improved asthma treatment option, especially in cases without any positive results in the past.

 

Monday 30, Nov 2009

Addition of steroids drugs to MS treatment can reduce disease activity

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Addition of steroids drugs to MS treatment can reduce disease activity  When steroid drugs are added to multiple sclerosis (MS) treatment, the risk of disease activity gets reduced to a considerable extent as per a study presented as a part of the Late-breaking Science Program at the American Academy of Neurology’s 61st Annual Meeting in Seattle.

It was remarked by study author Mads Ravnborg, MD, of the Danish Multiple Sclerosis Research Center at Copenhagen University Hospital in Denmark, that results of this study highlight the fact that the two drugs tend to bring synergy in a combination and provide an improved beneficial effect on the disease activity as against use of the MS drug in isolation.

 


Monday 30, Nov 2009

Dominican Players say steroids very much worth the risks

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Dominican Players say steroids very much worth the risksBernardino Jimenez was a young child in San Pedro de Macoris who had a great flair for baseball and with big dreams in the eyes.

Years later, he became victim to an agent who injected a mixture of Boldenone by saying that it was legal vitamins. After being signed for a contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks’ training squad in 2008, Bernardino tested positive for Boldenone, anabolic steroid used in horses, which leaded to a suspension of fifty games.

What is ignored by these sportsmen is the possible side effect(s) of steroids, amphetamines, or performance enhancing drugs and they are not reluctant to admit that steroids are still worth the risk.

 

 

 


Sunday 29, Nov 2009

Joselio Hanson of Eagles suspended over diuretics

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Joselio Hanson of Eagles suspended over diureticsThe National Football League has suspended Joselio Hanson, Philadelphia Eagles cornerback, for four games for violating anti-doping rules of the league.

David Cornwell, Hanson’s lawyer, said that Hanson had tested positive for a diuretic after a National Conference championship game against Arizona last year.

It seems that the Eagles have once again been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. This revelation also highlighted the fact that there may be a possibility of a lack of understanding or misunderstanding about steroids and diuretics in sporting events.

 

 

 

Sunday 29, Nov 2009

Rituximab may prove effective for treating membranous nephropathy

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Rituximab may prove effective for treating membranous nephropathyAccording to recent findings appearing in the April 2009 print issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN), rituximab may be highly effective for treating a kidney disorder, membranous nephropathy.

Present treatments for this disorder are limited to steroids, chemotherapeutic agents, and calcineurin inhibitors and all of them have some considerable side effects.

Andrew Bomback, MD (University of North Carolina Kidney Center), and his colleagues, completed this study that highlighted the fact that rituximab dosing was able to achieve a 15-20 percent rate of complete remission and 35-40 percent of partial remission.

It is believed that this study on membranous nephropathy would provide a path-breaking treatment option.

 

 

 


Saturday 28, Nov 2009

Intake of growth hormone does not result in improved physical performance

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Intake of growth hormone does not result in improved physical performanceInjecting growth hormone (GH) expecting improved physical performance is a complete waste of efforts, as per a new dissertation from the Sahlgrenska Academy at Göteborg University in Sweden. It was revealed that growth hormone does not result in building muscle mass or improving the level of physical performance.

GH does not bring the same dramatic benefits as other anabolic steroids but can result in severe side effects such as damage to the blood vessels and heart.

Christer Ehrnborg remarked that athletes injecting growth hormones experience immediate effect in the body and are of the view that it will improve physical performance. But, this is not the complete truth as there are no effects of increased muscle mass from the growth hormone as per the conducted experiments.

 



Saturday 28, Nov 2009

Inhaled corticosteroids can treat symptoms of asthma

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Inhaled corticosteroids can treat symptoms of asthmaAsthmatic children and adults can exercise a better control over asthma and breathe deeper, as per a new review of recently concluded studies comparing inhaled corticosteroids and the medicine cromolyn.

James Guevara, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and colleagues were of the view that patients suffering from asthma and treated with steroids enjoy an advantage of scoring higher in lung function tests. It was remarked that the use of inhaled corticosteroids help asthmatic patients to make lesser use of inhalers than patients who makes use of cromolyn.

Guevara and colleagues further remarked that inhaled corticosteroids are any day better than cromolyn irrespective of the severity level of asthma and said that the obtained results are so decisive that there is need to warrant any further studies on this matter.

 


Friday 27, Nov 2009

Surgical repair of shoulder tears possible with anabolic steroids

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Surgical repair of shoulder tears possible with anabolic steroidsTreating sportsmen who need surgical repair of massive or recurrent tears of rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder is possible and effective when anabolic steroids come into the picture, as per a new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This finding appeared in an issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine and was led by Dr. Spero Karas, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery in UNC’s School of Medicine.

It is common for sportsmen, especially older sportsmen, including golfers and tennis players to suffer from this kind of injuries.

Karas was of the view that anabolic steroids and load works synergistically for improving features of tendon and these study results can prove beneficial for post-surgery healing of tendons that have been torn or retracted for a long time.

 

 

 

 

 


Friday 27, Nov 2009

Chronic headache pain not treatable effectively with locally injected steroids

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Chronic headache pain not treatable effectively with locally injected steroidsThere are no additional benefits of adding steroids to the local anesthetics when it comes to treating chronic headache pain, as per a study by neurologists at the Jefferson Headache Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia.

The study findings were revealed after being collected by looking at 29 men and women with daily headaches of chronic nature. The patients were divided into two groups, one group was administered with GONB (greater occipital nerve block) with lidocaine and bupivicaine alone and the second group was administered with the two drugs with steroids.

Dr. Ashkenazi and his team are now expected to focus at the next 4 weeks of post-therapy data besides recruiting more patients for trials. It was remarked by Dr. Ashkenazi that there seems to be a possibility that he and his team could find steroids lengthening the anti-inflammatory effects of injections.

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