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Wednesday 28, Jul 2010

Steep drop in offense attributed to ban on amphetamines and not on steroids

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steep-drop-in-offense-attributed-to-ban-on-amphetamines-and-not-on-steroidsThe steep drop in offense in context to baseball is primarily attributed to the ban on amphetamines and not on steroids as per a Major league official.

For admirers of baseball, this drop is all because of efforts by Bud Selig & Co. for piggybacking the amphetamines ban on top of the steroids testing agreement with the union of players.

Many baseball players of the past and fans have appreciated the efforts taken by Bud Selig to prevent the association of baseball and steroids from reaching new heights and getting subdued for betterment of the game.

Wednesday 28, Jul 2010

Jose Canseco could be the wild card in perjury investigations

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Jose Canseco could be the wild card in perjury investigationsBrian McNamee, the former trainer of Roger Clemens, said that a June 1998 barbeque at Jose Canseco’s house was one of the most pivotal moments in baseball career of Clemens as this was the time and place when he plunged deeper into use of steroids.

However, Canseco has been saying for two years that Clemens didn’t attended the shindig at his home in South Florida, which cast doubt on Clemens’s credibility and raising questions about the Mitchell Report on baseball and steroids.

It is worth noting here that Jose Canseco has never been sued for the allegations in this book and its follow-up version, “Vindicated“.

Wednesday 28, Jul 2010

Sandy Alderson tapped with fixing Dominican baseball

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Sandy Alderson tapped with fixing Dominican baseballSandy Alderson, the new sheriff hired by baseball commissioner Bud Selig, for addressing the litany of problems presently plaguing one of the richest talent resources of the game had a rude awakening as soon as he took the job two months ago.

Alderson met with MLB team representatives at the Embajador Hotel in mid April and the conference was marred by a raucous protest by dozens of Dominican trainers organizing a rally outside the hotel.

A big majority of personnel, including one of the Prospect League founders, Ulises Cabrera, who rushed to greet Alderson, were not happy with the American interfering in the Dominican baseball business.

Tuesday 27, Jul 2010

Hospital readmission cause in newborns could be predicted

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Hospital readmission cause in newborns could be predictedTwo separate studies conducted at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics have revealed that physicians could prevent complications in context to newborns and relieve worries of parents via genetic testing. This form of testing can be used for making advance predictions as to which all newborns would be requiring hospital readmission shortly after birth.

This research was led by Bridgette L. Jones, MD, allergy, asthma and immunology and clinical pharmacology specialist, and Carrie A. Vyhlidal, PhD, research scientist, pediatric clinical pharmacology, at Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, and a separate study was conducted by researchers at Children’s Mercy.

Results of these studies are likely to help physicians for identifying which all of their young patients are expected to respond well or not to therapy involving steroids for treating asthma.

Tuesday 27, Jul 2010

Crohn’s disease patients likely to benefit from Naltrexone

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Crohn's disease patients likely to benefit from NaltrexoneNaltrexone, which is an FDA-approved drug, is presently prescribed by physicians for easing out withdrawal symptoms linked with substance abuse. The drug could also be used for providing relief to patients afflicted with Crohn’s disease.

This finding was presented by Jill P. Smith, a gastroenterology specialist and researcher at the College of Medicine and Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in Los Angeles at the National Association of Gastroenterologists annual Digestive Diseases Week conference.

The finding was revealed by a pilot study by the Penn State College of Medicine.

Tuesday 27, Jul 2010

Johns Hopkins experts made call for extra caution

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Johns Hopkins experts made call for extra cautionAccording to Lung disease experts at Johns Hopkins, physicians treating their patients afflicted with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) need to observe extra caution while dealing with them.

It was remarked by lead author and pulmonologist M. Brad Drummond, M.D., M.H.S. that this finding has implications and serves a reminder to COPD patients so that they could take necessary preventive steps for avoiding pneumonia, which doubles their risk of death.

As many as 11 million Americans are afflicted with COPD every year and a big majority of this population belongs to the category of past or present-day smokers.

Tuesday 27, Jul 2010

Chicken pox and steroids may be difficult to handle for children

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Chicken pox and steroids may be difficult to handle for childrenPediatric oncologists at the Brenner Children’s Hospital, a part of the Wake Forest University BaptistMedical Center , have disclosed that young children suffering from chicken pox and treated with steroids could be at a risk for a more severe virus incidence that may lead to death.

This finding is expected to act as a warning bell for medical practitioners who have been treating their young patients afflicted with chicken pox with steroids.

Chicken Pox, though mild in its nature, could be devastating in some cases. It is worthwhile to note here that as many as 12,000 people used to die because of this disease every year before the varicella vaccine was discovered.

Monday 26, Jul 2010

Treatment involving inhaled steroids useful for COPD management

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Treatment involving inhaled steroids useful for COPD managementChronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is one of the five leading causes of death worldwide, is characterized by an inflammatory response to inhaled fumes such as tobacco smoke that results in breath shortness, limited airflow, and loss of lung function.

Fluticasone propionate, which is an inhaled steroid, could minimize the ability of major pathogens for invading the respiratory epithelium, as per a study by Sebastian Albertí (Institut Universitari d’Investigacions en Ciències de la Salut, IUNICS, Palma de Mallorca, Spain) and colleagues.

Findings of the study are expected to provide implications to physicians all over the world when it comes to treating COPD patients.

Monday 26, Jul 2010

Steroid nasal sprays useful for treating sinusitis

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Steroid nasal sprays useful for treating sinusitisSteroid sprays such as Rhinocort, Flonase, and Nasonex are commonly used to treat patients affected with sinusitis but the use of these sprays is yet to be accepted on a universal basis.

It is important to note here that sinusitis is an inflammation of the mucous membranes that tends to affect nearly 37 million people in the United States alone.

The review appeared in an issue of The Cochrane Library, which is a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that evaluates research in all aspects of health care.

Monday 26, Jul 2010

Topical steroids recommended by Psoriasis Advocacy Group

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Topical steroids recommended by Psoriasis Advocacy GroupA nonprofit patient advocacy group, Psoriasis Cure Now, has urged a joint hearing of two Food and Drug Administration Advisory Committees to approve OTC use of certain topical steroids that presently require a prescription.

Topical corticosteroids are instrumental to treat as many as 6.5 million American afflicted with psoriasis and over-the-counter status of these steroids could result in reduced cost and enhanced convenience.

Specific topical steroids that presently require a prescription could be safely and effectively used by psoriasis patients in an over-the-counter setting, according to Michael Paranzino, President of Psoriasis Cure Now.

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