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Wednesday 31, Aug 2011

Kidney damage possible in steroid-influenced bodybuilding

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Kidney damage possible in steroid-influenced bodybuildingAthletes using anabolic steroids for gaining muscle mass and strength could end up destroying their kidney function.

The finding was disclosed in a paper being presented at the American Society of Nephrology‘s 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Diego, CA.

It was also suggested that habitual use of steroids has serious harmful effects on the kidneys that were not previously recognized.

Wednesday 31, Aug 2011

Olympia fighter arrested

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Olympia fighter arrestedMatthew Dean Hopkins, a 36-year-old man from Olympia, has been arrested by detectives with the Thurston County Narcotics Task Force.

Detectives served a search warrant to Hopkins at his home in the 9000 block of Skokomish Way.

Court papers state that detectives conducted a sting operation where an unidentified party affiliated with the task force purchased steroids from Hopkins.

Tuesday 30, Aug 2011

Johnson retires after receiving ban

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Johnson retires after receiving banTrainer Howard Johnson has retired from the horse training ranks after the British Horse Association (BHA) handed a four-year ban to him.

The career of Johnson has spanned a quarter of a century and he was given three charges relating to the ‘de-nerving’ of chaser Striking Article, and six concerning the administering of anabolic steroids to three other horses.

“I knew from day one, when I went down there, I said to my lawyer, ‘We’ve got no chance here.’ “They make their own rules – it’s a bloody kangaroo court.”

Tuesday 30, Aug 2011

NFL introduces game-day testing

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NFL introduces game-day testingAdolpho Birch, the NFL‘s senior vice president of law and labor policy, recently said the league will drug test for steroids on game days.

NFL will use the game-day testing only for performance-enhancers and not for recreational drugs like cocaine and marijuana.

“This is primarily a competitive issue, so we do not contemplate utilizing it for the substances-of-abuse recreational drugs,” Birch said during a conference call. “But it is something that will involve any of the potential testing we do under the steroid policy.”

Monday 29, Aug 2011

Pittsfield man charged on drug charges

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Pittsfield man charged on drug chargesA Pittsfield man who had his house raided by police in July was recently arraigned, in Berkshire Superior Court on 18 drug and gun related charges.

Sean M. Begley pleaded not guilty and remains out on bail.

Begley’s case is being prosecuted by Berkshire Assistant District Attorney Richard M. Locke.

Sunday 28, Aug 2011

Whistleblower navy man abused

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Whistleblower navy man abused A navy seaman who blew the whistle on a drug ring at Sydney’s Garden Island naval facility has been assaulted and threatened with death by other navy personnel.

The sailor has been ostracized by his fellow sailors ever since he followed the orders of the chief of navy to inform authorities of illegal drug use in the force.

According to a defense spokesman, the seaman “was invited to make an official complaint to NSW police regarding assault, intimidation or harassment” after the alleged assault.

Saturday 27, Aug 2011

Young boys with muscular dystrophy helped by daily steroids

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Young boys with muscular dystrophy helped by daily steroids Young boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy are able to walk on their own for longer period of time when they receive daily steroid treatments for several years.

Daily steroid treatment also helps them reduce the risk of scoliosis, according to a study published in an issue of Neurology®, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

“Previous studies have shown steroids improve strength and function in Duchenne muscular dystrophy, but this is the first study to show the long-term impact and how treated boys are able to walk longer on their own,” said study author Wendy King, PT, with the Department of Neurology at Ohio State University Medical Center, and member of the American Academy of Neurology.

Saturday 27, Aug 2011

Biomarker useful in testing effectiveness of back pain treatment

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Biomarker useful in testing effectiveness of back pain treatment A new study from researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine has identified a unique protein complex that can be used for predicting whether an epidural steroid injection will help relieve pain caused by a herniated disc in the lower spin.

Gaetano Scuderi, MD, a clinical assistant professor of orthopedic surgery was the senior author of the study to be published in the Aug. 15 edition of Spine.

“There’s about a 50-50 chance that the epidural steroid will work, so most people figure, ‘Hey, I have nothing to lose,’” Scuderi said. “However, there is a significant expense, not to mention the procedural risks and lost productivity.”

Friday 26, Aug 2011

Guilty plea entered for steroid distribution

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Guilty plea entered for steroid distributionA Cheektowaga man faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $500,000 fine after pleading guilty Monday to distributing anabolic steroids, according to U. S. Attorney William J. Hochul.

Richard Lazzaro, the 39-year-old, along with two other men, was charged with obtaining and distributing steroids.

U. S. Assistant Attorney Michael L. McCabe said Lazzaro was employed as a detention officer at the Buffalo area Federal Detention Facility in Batavia.

Friday 26, Aug 2011

County doctor and others charged in steroids conspiracy

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County doctor and others charged in steroids conspiracyThree men accused of selling steroids have pleaded not guilty on August 10, 2011 to federal drug charges.

Dr. Mark Peter Koch bought anabolic steroids from a satellite technician from north Alabama from August 2005 until June of this year and then sold them to 2 Monroe County men, according to an FBI affidavit that lays out the allegations.

Faulk gave the courier — identified in court documents as a “confidential human source” — $1,060 on June 24 to purchase steroids, as per the affidavit.

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