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Tuesday 30, Nov 2010

Potential pharmaceutical agents sold as doping products

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Potential pharmaceutical agents sold as doping productsResearchers from the German Sport University Cologne in Germany have disclosed that non-steroidal and tissue-selective anabolic agents such as Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) are prompting a demand high due to their performance enhancement qualities.

The study highlights that the misuse of therapeutics by athletes, without clinical approval, cannot be dismissed, as per Mario Thevis, Ph.D.

Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators (SARMs) represents a class of therapeutics meant to treat health complications such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), sarcopenia, osteoporosis, and cancer cachexia. They are gaining popularity in the world of professional sport doping community because they offer advantages of traditional anabolic/androgenic steroids such as testosterone with fewer unwanted side effects.

Tuesday 30, Nov 2010

Bodybuilding steroids can lead to kidney damage

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Bodybuilding steroids can lead to kidney damagePerformance enhancing drugs or bodybuilding steroids that have been used to build solid muscle mass and enhance body strength could lead to kidney damage, as per a paper presented at the American Society of Nephrology’s 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Diego, CA.

This finding is concerning in today’s times when more and more athletes are depending upon anabolic steroids to stay close to fame and success.

The finding, which was not recognized till now, also suggests that long-term or habitual use of steroids could lead to severe effects on the kidney.

Tuesday 30, Nov 2010

Three Indian weightlifters test positive for doping

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Three Indian weightlifters test positive for dopingMale lifters Harbhajan Singh and Rajesh Kumar and female Bijaya Devi were caught in World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) tests at training camp for the Commonwealth championships taking the positive tests to five.

This disclosure was made by Indian Weightlifting Federation (IWF) secretary Baldev Gulati. With these doping results, the national body is now facing another suspension.

India has repeatedly faced embarrassment because of doping among weightlifters and the national weightlifting body was banned in 2004 and 2006 due to three or more lifters testing positive in a calendar year.

Monday 29, Nov 2010

Manny Pacquiao to sue Floyd Mayweather in doping row

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Manny Pacquiao to sue Floyd Mayweather in doping rowThe Filipino world champion, Manny Pacquiao, is planning to sue Floyd Mayweather, the American’s father and Golden Boy Promotions in the next few days after a row over doping procedures.

Pacquiao was quoted as saying that people like Mayweather Sr., Jr., and Golden Boy Promotions find it amusing to accuse someone wrongly of using steroids or other performance enhancing drugs and he had enough of it.

The 31-year-old Filipino who has never tested positive said he has no idea how steroids look like and it is his belief in God that has kept him safe and victorious through all these years.

Monday 29, Nov 2010

Olympic 400m champion banned for 21 months

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Olympic 400m champion banned for 21 monthsLaShawn Merritt, the Olympic 400m champion, has been handed over a ban of 21 months after he was found making use of over-the-counter products.

Merritt returned three positive drug tests and will only be eligible to compete again on 27th July, 2011 that means that he will be free to defend his defend his title at the London Olympics.

The ban on Merritt was backdated to 28 October 2009.

Monday 29, Nov 2010

Twenty one horses died triggering speculations of anabolic steroids

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Twenty one horses died triggering speculations of anabolic steroidsTwenty-one horses from a Venezuelan team competing at the US Open Polo Championship died after they all collapsed before a match in Florida.

Lechuza Caracas team veterinarian James Belden said it was unlikely that the horses had died due to a tainted medication or given anabolic steroids since they are banned in England where the team competes.

It is believed that the death of all horses could be possibly triggered by use of anabolic steroids.

Sunday 28, Nov 2010

Stubborn asthma may indicate poor use of medications

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Stubborn asthma may indicate poor use of medicationsFindings of a new study have indicated that patients afflicted with difficult-to-control asthma are often not taking their anti-asthma medication as prescribed by their doctor.

Dr. Liam G. Heaney at Queen’s University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and colleagues found that about 5 percent of adults with asthma remain difficult to control, with persistent symptoms and frequent flare-ups even with they were prescribed high doses of steroids.

Heaney and colleagues concluded that asthma could probably improve substantially if patients emphasize upon regular preventative therapy (as prescribed).

Sunday 28, Nov 2010

Former Cardinals slugger McGwire admits steroid use

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Former Cardinals slugger McGwire admits steroid useMark McGwire, the former St Louis Cardinals slugger, has admitted using steroids when he was a player including in the year 1998 when he broke the single-season home-run record, but denied they improved his performance.

The 46-year-old recently said in a statement that he did used steroids during his playing career and rendered an apology for the same.

The statement of McGwire was applauded by Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.

Saturday 27, Nov 2010

Stress fractures may be reduced by supplements

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Stress fractures may be reduced by supplementsA research has suggested that women who take vitamin D and calcium supplements, even for a short time, appear to reduce to risk of stress fractures.

The finding was based on evaluation of more than 5,000 female Navy recruits participating in eight weeks of basic training. One group was administered with 2,000 milligrams of calcium and 800 IU of vitamin D a day, while the other group received placebos.

The researchers presented their findings at an Orthopaedic Research Society conference.

Saturday 27, Nov 2010

Indian walker tested positive for Nandrolone

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Indian walker tested positive for NandroloneRani Yadav, a Commonwealth Games walker who attained the sixth place in 20-km race, recently became the third Delhi CWG 2010 athlete to test positive for drugs.

The athlete had tested positive for a metabolite of a performance enhancing steroid, Nandrolone, and would be facing a hearing soon as per Commonwealth Games Federation president Mike Fennell.

The suggestion that three doping incidents in a handful of days will irreparably damage the already dented reputation of Delhi Games was refuted by the Commonwealth Games Federation president.

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