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Monday 03, May 2010

  Long term aggression triggered by use of steroids

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Long term aggression triggered by use of steroidsNortheastern University psychology professor Richard Melloni studying the association between aggression and use of steroids has found evidence that suggest that anabolic steroid use can have effect on behavior and aggression levels in the long run well after steroid users of the past have stopped abusing these performance enhancing drugs.

Melloni remarked that testosterone or steroids have the ability of affecting the development of serotonin nerve cells that in turn reduces the availability of serotonin in the brain.

Melloni was of the view that athletes abusing steroids could be inclined towards aggressive behavior long after they stopped abusing drugs.

Tuesday 27, Apr 2010

  Steroid use by female teen not just limited to athletes

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Steroid use by female teen not just limited to athletesUse of steroids by teen girls is not merely limited to athletes and usually goes hand-in-hand with other unhealthy practices, such as diet pills and smoking. This finding was disclosed by researchers from the Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University.

The study results were published in an issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a JAMA/Archives journal.

Elliot explained that teen girls using anabolic steroids are at a higher risk of using other unhealthy substances such as alcohol, cigarette, and cocaine than their counterparts who do not use steroids.

Tuesday 16, Feb 2010

  Weight and muscle gains likely with steroid use

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Weight and muscle gains likely with steroid useAdministration of anabolic steroids to patients suffering from the life-endangering HIV may result in modest weight and muscle mass gains, according to a review.

This review appeared in an issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration.

Lead author Karen Johns, a Medical Assessment Officer from the Agency Health Canada, said that the magnitude of these gains can be termed as relevant in clinical terms.

Friday 25, Dec 2009

  Concerning trends among steroid users identified

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Concerning trends among steroid users identifiedAccording to results of a survey released at the 52nd American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Annual Meeting in Nashville, Tenn., concerning trends pertaining to use of steroids by non-athletes is on a rampant rise and health concerns due to steroid use are not deterring the users.

The survey results highlighted the fact that non-medical and self-administered use of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) for improving athletic performance or physical appearance is sparse and poorly documented.

Nick A. Evans, M.D., lead author for the study and physician at UCLA-Orthopaedic Hospital, Los Angeles, said that users making use of steroids without medical guidance do not understand the possible risks associated with non-medically guided steroid use and this is extremely dangerous.

Saturday 10, Oct 2009

  Anabolic steroids offer competitive edge to Power Lifters long after doping has ended

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Anabolic steroids offer competitive edge to Power Lifters long after doping has endedA team of researchers involved in ascertaining the impact of anabolic steroid use on power lifters years after the use is no longer prevalent has found that changes in the shoulder and quadriceps attained by steroid use tend to stay with steroid users years after discontinuation of steroids.

It is noteworthy to note here that anabolic steroids are synthetic hormones that are derived from testosterone, the male hormone and their use has much been in debate in professional sports where muscle strength is paramount.

It is evident from this study that even a period of anabolic steroid usage is more than enough to be an advantage for a power lifter in competitive events, even after passage of several years after doping has been discontinued by the power lifter.

Sunday 04, Oct 2009

  Anabolic steroids helpful to HIV patients for putting weight and muscle mass

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Anabolic steroids helpful to HIV patients for putting weight and muscle massAccording to suggestions of a new review, patients suffering from HIV who are treated with anabolic steroids for prevention of AIDS wasting tend to experience modest gains in weight and muscle mass.

The concerned review covered thirteen studies of adults aged 24-42 with HIV, 294 of whom received anabolic steroids for a period of at least 6 weeks and 238 of whom were administered with placebo. It was noticed that the average weight increase in those administered with anabolic steroids was approximately three pounds.

Lead author Karen Johns, a medical assessment officer from the agency Health Canada, remarked that the side effects and risks of using anabolic steroids in the long-term is surely of a concern.

Sunday 13, Sep 2009

  HIV patients can experience weight gain with anabolic steroids

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HIV patients can experience weight gain with anabolic steroidsAccording to a recent review published in an issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration, HIV patients who are treated with anabolic steroids can experience modest gains in muscle weight and mass when treated for preventing AIDS Wasting.

It was remarked by lead author Karen Johns, a Medical Assessment Officer from the Agency Health Canada that the enormity of experienced weight and size gains may be relevant in the clinical sense.

It is important to note here that AIDS Wasting tend to result in considerable body weight loss in patients with HIV. Loss of muscles is also seen in these patients. The wasting is a result of human body’s lost ability to promote muscle growth and due to low levels of testosterone.

Monday 17, Aug 2009

  Anabolic Steroids help HIV people gain muscle mass and weight

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Anabolic Steroids help HIV people gain muscle mass and weightAccording to a new review, people who are suffering from HIV and treated with anabolic steroids for preventing AIDS Wasting may experience modest gains in muscle mass and weight.

Lead author Karen Johns, a Medical Assessment Officer from the Agency Health Canada, remarked that the magnitude of experienced weight gain can be considered to be clinically relevant. The review was published in an issue of The Cochrane Library, a publication of The Cochrane Collaboration.

From News-Medical.Net:

Anabolic steroids are synthetic substances similar to the male sex hormone testosterone that promote growth of skeletal muscle and the development of male sexual characteristics.

Although most recently in the news for their misuse by professional athletes, anabolic steroids have legitimate medical application for men with low testosterone and people with certain types of anemia. Two anabolic steroids available in the United States, nandrolone decanoate and oxandrolone, have been used to help increase weight and muscle mass in small studies of people with wasting.

Conversely, anabolic steroid use has been associated with increased rates of HIV in those who share needles or use nonsterile needles when they inject steroids.

In the review studies, anabolic steroids were administered to patients either orally or by injection. The main side effects were mild and included abnormal liver function tests; acne; mild increase in body hair; breast tenderness; increased libido, aggressiveness and irritability; and mood swings — all common side effect of anabolic steroid use.

“The risks and side effects of taking anabolic steroids long-term are certainly of concern,” Johns said. “We were unable to assess these risks in our review due to the short duration of treatment in the studies.”

AIDS Wasting leads to significant body weight loss in people with HIV and result in loss of muscles. The wasting stems from body’s lost ability to facilitate muscle growth and from low testosterone levels.

Monday 27, Apr 2009

  Female Teenagers use steroids for other purposes too, besides athletes, Study says

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Female Teenagers use steroids for other purposes too, besides athletes, Study saysA study published in Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a JAMA/Archives journal, stated that steroid usage by female teenage girls was not limited to athletes only. A team of researchers from the Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University had found that female teenagers use steroids in various other unhealthy choices, including smoking and taking diet pills.

The study was analyzed on the survey findings of the Center for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior. In survey around 7,544 girls of 9 to 12th grades were studied from throughout the country. The questionnaires include sports participation, anabolic steroid and drug use, as well as other illegal or unhealthy behaviors. Among the studied girls, approximately 5 percent of participants reported prior or ongoing anabolic steroid use.

Along with greater substance use, young female steroid users were also reported to have had sexual intercourse before age 13; have been pregnant; drink and drive; carry a weapon; have been in a fight on school property; have feelings of sadness or hopelessness almost every day for at least two weeks; and have even attempted suicide. Among the studied ones, those, who reported anabolic steroid use, took less participation in team athletics. Even girls who used steroids were more likely try extreme weight-loss techniques, such as vomiting and laxative use.

From Science Daily:

Researchers from the Division of Health Promotion & Sports Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University have found steroid use among teen girls is not limited to athletes and often goes hand in hand with other unhealthy choices, including smoking and taking diet pills. The study will be published in the June issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, a JAMA/Archives journal.

Diane Elliot, M.D., professor of medicine (health promotion and sports medicine), OHSU School of Medicine, and colleagues analyzed findings from the Center for Disease Control’s Youth Risk Behavior Survey of 7,544 ninth- through 12th-grade girls from around the country. The questionnaire asked about sports participation, anabolic steroid and drug use, and other illegal or unhealthy behaviors. Approximately 5 percent of participants reported prior or ongoing anabolic steroid use.

Diane Elliot, professor of medicine in OHSU School of Medicine, said that adolescent girls reporting anabolic steroid use had significantly more health-harming behaviors than others. He also said, “They were much more likely to use other unhealthy substances, including cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and cocaine.”

Elliot further added that across all grades, those seem to be the most troubled adolescent female group with health-compromising activities in the domains of substance use, sexual behavior, violence and mental health. However, further study was needed to develop effective interventions for these young women.

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