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Tuesday 28, Apr 2015

  Lee Chong Wei To Be Banned For Eight Months

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Lee Chong Wei To Be Banned For Eight Months

Lee Chong Wei, Malaysian Chinese professional badminton player, will be banned for eight months from competitive badminton. Wei was facing a two-year ban but news of this reduced suspension has delighted him and his fans.

According to media reports, the ban on Wei would be backdated from August 30 last year and he will now be able to compete in competitions from May 1. This also means Lee Chong Wei can now compete in the Sudirman Cup in Dongguan next month and the World Championships in Jakarta in August and the SEA Games in Singapore in June.

Wei tested positive for Dexamethasone, a banned anti-inflammatory drug, at the World Championships in Copenhagen last year where he lost in the final to China’s Chen Long. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) temporarily suspended Wei who claimed he received the drug for injury treatment in July last year.

Malaysian Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin had remarked Dexamethasone was not administered to Datuk Lee Chong Wei by doctors at the National Sports Institute (ISN) but by a specialist sports clinic in Kuala Lumpur as part of stem cell treatment for an injury. Jamaluddin added Dexamethasone is allowed for out-of-competition athletes seeking treatment for injuries and also had said that traces remain in the body for 10 days but in this case, we are not sure why it lasted longer than that.

The entire country supported its most favorite sports icon. Dr Patrick Yung Shu-hang, executive director of the Hong Kong Jockey Club Sports Medicine and Health Sciences Centre, said using Dexamethasone to improve the performance of a badminton player would have minimal impact and he had great sympathy for Lee.

Yung, who is also a consultant in the Department of Orthopedics & Traumatology of Prince Wales Hospital, said Dexamethasone is a kind of corticosteroids used therapeutically to treat inflammations, asthma and arthritis and it is different from anabolic steroids which are synthetic substances for promoting the growth of skeletal muscle for the purpose of enhancing sporting performance. Yung also remarked that Dexamethasone is very common in medical treatment and it is not banned during out-of-competition period and said there has long been debate indeed on whether this substance should be removed from the doping list.

American cyclist Yosmani Pol Rodriguez was banned in 2012 for a period of two years after an in-competition urine sample collected during the Delray Beach Twilight Criterium.

Yung remarked Dexamethasone can help cyclists relieve high-altitude training-related sicknesses such as acute mountain sickness, pulmonary edema and headaches, and hence indirectly enhance performance but he can’t see any significant help for a badminton player.

Dr Yvonne Yuan Wai-yi, the former head of the Hong Kong Doping Committee, said if Lee’s B sample remains the same, he may only be able to cut down the penalty if he has a very good reason of unintentional use. Yuan added it will be difficult but, on the international scene, there are always political reasons behind final judgments and also remarked if Lee could prove he has no significant fault in the case, a sanction may be reduced.

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Saturday 27, Dec 2014

  Lee Chong Wei To Lose Top Badminton Ranking

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Lee Chong Wei To Lose Top Badminton Ranking

Malaysia’s ace badminton player Lee Chong Wei, who was temporarily suspended from competition by the Badminton World Federation (BWF), will lose his top badminton ranking.

The 32-year-old Lee has held the number one ranking for the last six years with the exception of a few weeks when Chinese Olympic champion Lin Dan became the top-ranked player in 2012. Lee, as a singles player, was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks from 21 August 2008 to 14 June 2012.

Lee is the only Malaysian shuttler to hold the number one ranking for more than a year. The most successful Malaysian Olympian in history was once described by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak as a national hero. Lee was appointed as UNICEF Malaysia’s National Ambassador in February 2009.

Last month, Lee was suspended by BWF after he tested positive for Dexamethasone, the illegal anti-inflammatory drug, at the World Championships in August. Lee has expressed confidence that he can clear his name after a hearing is conducted by the BWF into the case next year. If Lee fails with his appeal, he could be stripped of the silver medal he won at the world championships in Copenhagen in August.

According to the anti-doping regulations, the drug is illegal for use during competitions but can be used by athletes out of competition for injury rehabilitation. Lee remarked Dexamethasone was injected into him for a thigh injury treatment and the last Dexamethasone injection was administered to him in July. Lee expressed surprise how the drug was in his body after a long time and added that he used the drug after consultations with the National Sports Institute.

Lee remarked there is no way he could have administered Dexamethasone into his body by himself and added he had lost big matches before but he always bounced back without fail. After his positive test, Lee thanked fans for their support and denied using drugs to gain an advantage.

Lee could face an eventual suspension of up to two years. He however expressed concerns that he may never realize his dreams to win the World and Olympic titles if the BWF decides to suspend him for a long time. The 32-year-old veteran won silver medals at the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics, as well as at the 2011, 2013 and 2014 World Championships. He has failed to win the World and Olympic titles despite reaching world and Olympic finals for a couple of times. Lee was defeated by China’s rising star Chen Long in straight sets in the final during the World Championships in late August.

Chinese world champion Chen Long will take the top spot after his World SuperSeries Finals triumph in Dubai. Chen, who is presently ranked second, collected valuable points when he won the Denmark Open in October and the SuperSeries Finals on Sunday, when he defeated Dane Hans-Kristian Vittinghus.

Long becomes the second Chinese to top the men’s singles rankings after Lin Dan. Lee ranked second and Jan Jorgensen of Denmark third while Indian K Srikanth climbed two spots to number four.

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Wednesday 19, Nov 2014

  Badminton Rocked With Wei Doping Ban

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Badminton Rocked With Wei Doping Ban

Malaysian badminton ace Lee Chong Wei may never realize his long-cherished dream of becoming the Olympic and World champion after he was suspended in a doping scandal that has rocked the sport.

Lee, the world no. 1, is temporarily barred from competition by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) after he tested positive to the banned anti-inflammatory Dexamethasone. Lee now faces the risk of an eventual suspension of up to two years.

The 32-year-old remarked if he is suspended for a long time, it will affect his chances of becoming a world champion next year and also win the Olympic gold medal in 2016. Lee has never been able to win either of the sport’s two major prizes despite topping the badminton rankings for years and reaching five world and Olympic finals. The World No. 1 International Badminton Player remarked it has always been his dream to win both titles and it is also the reason why he took up the sport.

It was recently announced by the BWF that Lee was suspended due to an apparent anti-doping regulation violation. The world-governing body imposed the suspension because of an Adverse Analytical Finding of a sample taken at the BWF World Championships in August. The Badminton World Federation has referred the matter to the BWF Doping Hearing Panel and the Chair of the Panel will set the date, time, and location of the hearing to find out whether or not Lee has committed an anti-doping regulation violation.

After the doping news broke out, Lee Chong Wei withdrew from Hong Kong Open where he was the defending champion. The world number one was in the initial entry list but his number one seed position was replaced by Chen Long of China, the world number two, for the US$350,000 tournament at Hong Kong Coliseum from November 18-23. Hong Kong team head coach Tim He Yiming remarked of his absence that Lee’s absence is a big shock. He added Lee is always well received in Hong Kong and is a household name, not only because of his skills, but also his pleasant attitude as a gentleman and a player and went on to add that we know little about the alleged doping case and, hopefully, it can be cleared sooner and not later.

Lee is the most successful Malaysian Olympian in history. He was a silver medalist in both the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games. Lee Chong Wei was ranked first worldwide for 199 consecutive weeks from 21 August 2008 to 14 June 2012 and is the only Malaysian shuttler to hold the number one ranking for more than a year.

Lee’s badminton potential rose dramatically after he was discovered by Misbun Sidek, a Malaysian former badminton player who was rated among world’s leading men’s singles players of the 1980s. Lee was appointed as UNICEF Malaysia’s National Ambassador in February 2009 and his silver medal effort in the 2008 Olympic Games was a reason behind with a Darjah Setia Pangkuan Negeri (DSPN) that carried the title Dato’ by Governor of Penang, Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas on 30 August 2008.

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Tuesday 07, May 2013

  Two-Year Suspensions For Cyclist And Track & Field Athlete

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Two-Year Suspensions For Cyclist And Track & Field Athlete

Yosmani Pol Rodriguez of Weston, an athlete in the sport of cycling, has tested positive for a prohibited substance, according to an announcement by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

The 32-year-old has accepted a two-year sanction for his doping offense after testing positive for Dexamethasone as the result of an in-competition urine sample collected on March 10, 2012 at the Delray Beach Twilight Criterium. Dexamethasone is classified as a glucocorticosteroid on the World Anti-Doping Prohibited List and is prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Cycling Union (“UCI”) anti-doping rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. The cyclist accepted a two-year period of ineligibility, which began on September 2, 2012, the date of his last competition. Rodriguez has also been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to March 10, 2012, including the forfeiture of any medals, points and prizes.

A potent synthetic member of the glucocorticoid class of steroid drugs, Dexamethasone can suppress the natural pituitary-adrenal axis and acts as an anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressant and is medically prescribed to treat inflammatory conditions such as allergies, skin conditions, ulcerative colitis, arthritis, and breathing disorders. When taken orally, Dexamethasone is 26.6 times more potent than the naturally occurring hormone cortisol and 6.6 times more potent than prednisone. The CYP2D6 enzyme inducer is commonly used by sportsmen to develop fat easily and may increase the effects of many prodrugs and protoxins which are metabolized via CYP2D6 (like tramadol or codeine) by directly increasing the amount of the active metabolite produced.

In another development, Shawn Crawford of Culver City, an athlete in the sport of track & field, has received a suspension of two years for committing an anti-doping rule violation in which he failed to file his whereabouts information. The 35-year-old Crawford was a member of the USADA National Testing Pool from 2001 through the beginning of 2013, which consists of a select group of athletes subject to certain whereabouts requirements in order to be located for USADA Out-of-Competition testing.

The track and field athlete failed to comply with the whereabouts requirements and, as a result, accrued three Whereabouts Failures within an 18-month period. Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”), the combination of three Whereabouts Failures within an 18-month period constitutes a rule violation. A Whereabouts Failure for National Testing Pool athletes includes failure to provide required quarterly whereabouts filings and/or failure to be available for testing due to inaccurate or incomplete information provided by the athlete. The two-year period of ineligibility for Crawford, began on April 17, 2013, the date he received the sanction. As a result of the violation, Crawford has been disqualified from all competitive results achieved on and subsequent to November 17, 2012 the date of his third Whereabouts Failure, including forfeiture of any medals, points, and prizes.

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Thursday 24, Nov 2011

  Brain development affected by steroids in premature babies

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A study has confirmed that powerful steroids can affect brain development in premature babies.

Researcher Emily Tam, MD, of the University of California-San Francisco explains that animal studies found that the steroids called glucocorticoids affect a certain part of the brain.

“On the other hand,” Tam says, “we did find that when hydrocortisone and dexamethasone were given after the child was born, this was associated with decreased growth of cerebellum. So by term age, the cerebellum was 10 percent smaller that it should have been.”

Tuesday 08, Nov 2011

  Harm to brain when steroids are given to premature infants

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Preterm infants who are treated with glucocorticoids could be at a growing risk for damage to the cerebellum in the brain, according to a recent study by scientists from the University of California.

Glucocorticoids are usually administered to premature infants to facilitate lung maturation and normalization of breathing and blood pressure.

The study, ‘Preterm Cerebellar Growth Impairment After Postnatal Exposure to Glucocorticoids’, is published in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Monday 07, Nov 2011

  Treanda and steroids effective in Relapsed And Refractory Multiple Myeloma Patients

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Cancer drug Treanda, in combination with steroids like prednisone or dexamethasone, could be effective in elapsed and refractory multiple myeloma patients.

The finding was revealed by a recent French analysis and the researchers recommended that Treanda (bendamustine) be considered as a treatment option for patients with advanced multiple myeloma.

Data on side effects was not collected or reported as safety was not part of the analysis.

Friday 12, Nov 2010

  Steroid-Induced Osteoporosis gets better treated with Teriparatide

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steroid-induced-osteoporosis-gets-better-treated-with-teriparatideA recent study has determined that glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis (OP) is now treatable with a synthetic form of the human parathyroid hormone, Teriparatide.

It was found by the researchers that patients with glucocorticoid-induced OP and administered with teriparatide for 36 months had a greater increase in bone mineral density (BMD) and fewer new vertebral fractures than those treated with alendronate.

The findings of this study are published in the November issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism, a journal of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR).

Friday 27, Aug 2010

  Sore throat pain can be effectively managed with steroids

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Sore throat pain can be effectively managed with steroidsA single 10 mg dose of the steroid, dexamethasone can be useful in terms of safety, efficacy, and affordability for treating bacterial or viral pharyngitis (sore throat), as per a Mayo Clinic study published in an edition of Laryngoscope.

In a study involving 118 patients, it was revealed that patients given dexamethasone in a shot or a pill form reported pain relief four hours sooner than patients on placebo in pill or injection form.

Sixty seven percent of patients administered with steroids returned to normal activity in 12 hours and 84 percent returned to normal activity in 24 hours.

Thursday 26, Aug 2010

  Substance loss related to nervous system complications can be reversed by steroids

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Substance loss related to nervous system complications can be reversed by steroidsScientists from the University of Illinois have reported that steroids can be more than just useful for reducing inflammation. It was disclosed that use of steroids can lead to reversal of a loss of myelin, which is a major problem in multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases and injuries associated with the central and peripheral nervous systems.

It was further reported that steroids dexamethasone and progesterone can actually signal the initiation and dramatically increases in context of the rate of myelin synthesis.

The new findings were published in a biochemistry section of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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