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Tuesday 13, Apr 2010

  Shoulder tear’s surgical repair possible with anabolic steroids

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Shoulder tear’s surgical repair possible with anabolic steroids  Improvements in terms of surgical repair of massive or recurrent tears of rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder are possible with use of anabolic steroids, as per a new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The study appeared in an issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine and was led by Dr. Spero Karas, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery in UNC’s School of Medicine.

Karas further remarked that load and anabolic steroids work synergistically to enhance tendon characteristics. The study results are considered to offer implications in terms of post-surgery healing of tendons that have been torn or retracted for a long time.

Sunday 03, Jan 2010

  Steroids helpful for improving surgical repair of shoulder tears

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Steroids helpful for improving surgical repair of shoulder tearsAccording to a research from the UNC’s School of Medicine, surgical repair of massive or recurrent tears of the shoulder’s rotator cuff tendons can be improved with treatment via anabolic steroids.

This study was led by Dr. Spero Karas, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery in UNC’s School of Medicine and appeared in an issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine.

Karas remarked that there were considerable enhancements in the biomechanical properties of the bioartificial tendon matrices when they were initially treated with anabolic steroid and then mechanical load or strain. It was also remarked that anabolic steroid and load “act synergistically” for improving tendon characteristics.

Friday 27, Nov 2009

  Surgical repair of shoulder tears possible with anabolic steroids

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Surgical repair of shoulder tears possible with anabolic steroidsTreating sportsmen who need surgical repair of massive or recurrent tears of rotator cuff tendons of the shoulder is possible and effective when anabolic steroids come into the picture, as per a new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This finding appeared in an issue of the American Journal of Sports Medicine and was led by Dr. Spero Karas, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery in UNC’s School of Medicine.

It is common for sportsmen, especially older sportsmen, including golfers and tennis players to suffer from this kind of injuries.

Karas was of the view that anabolic steroids and load works synergistically for improving features of tendon and these study results can prove beneficial for post-surgery healing of tendons that have been torn or retracted for a long time.

 

 

 

 

 


Tuesday 23, Sep 2008

  Steroids, other drugs found in drinking water

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The investigative report conducted by the Associated Press in March has revealed that 41 million Americans may be taking drugs 24/7 without knowing it. That number has jumped over 10% in the six-month period after that report was published, with an estimated of 46 people being affected now by pharmaceutical residues.

According to the evidence gathered by the news agency during its five-month investigation, traces of different pharmaceutical drugs – including antibiotics, anti-depressants, and anabolic steroids – were found in drinking water across the United States.

AP’s investigative team researched on 62 metropolitan water systems and found that 24 of them have water supply contaminated with drug metabolites. One Philadelphia system, for example, reportedly contained at least 56 pharmaceuticals or their byproducts. Read the following excerpts from the AP’s investigative report for more shocking findings.

A vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — have been found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans, an Associated Press investigation shows.

To be sure, the concentrations of these pharmaceuticals are tiny, measured in quantities of parts per billion or trillion, far below the levels of a medical dose. Also, utilities insist their water is safe.

But the presence of so many prescription drugs — and over-the-counter medicines like acetaminophen and ibuprofen — in so much of our drinking water is heightening worries among scientists of long-term consequences to human health.

In the course of a five-month inquiry, the AP discovered that drugs have been detected in the drinking water supplies of 24 major metropolitan areas — from Southern California to Northern New Jersey, from Detroit to Louisville

Here are some of the key test results obtained by the AP:

• Officials in Philadelphia said testing there discovered 56 pharmaceuticals or byproducts in treated drinking water, including medicines for pain, infection, high cholesterol, asthma, epilepsy, mental illness and heart problems. Sixty-three pharmaceuticals or byproducts were found in the city’s watersheds.

• Anti-epileptic and anti-anxiety medications were detected in a portion of the treated drinking water for 18.5 million people in Southern California.

• Researchers at the U.S. Geological Survey analyzed a Passaic Valley Water  drinking water treatment plant, which serves 850,000 people in Northern New Jersey, and found a metabolized angina medicine and the mood-stabilizing carbamazepine in drinking water.
• A sex hormone was detected in San Francisco’s drinking water.

• The drinking water for Washington, D.C., and surrounding areas tested positive for six pharmaceuticals.

• Three medications, including an antibiotic, were found in drinking water supplied to Tucson.

But how did this happen? How do all those compounds end in your drinking water?

This will gross you out, but you need to know the facts to be safe. Many people take medications, including you. Your body does not absorb all the medication. In fact, 90% of the oral drugs pass through your body unchanged and that amount of metabolites are excreted into sewers, and then to sewage plants. The problem arises because these plants treat the water for all other contaminants but not for drugs. So, the treated water (or shall we say half-treated water) returns to the rivers and lakes and reservoirs. The water is re-used by drinking water plants, which generally do not screen for pharmaceutical compounds, and the water eventually flows into your water tap and to that glass of water you’re holding in your hand.

It goes without saying that this is a dire situation, which needs immediate resolution from the government. One piece of advice to the federal authorities: Forget about going after steroid users who consciously take the compounds. Look after those who inadvertently ingest steroids and other drugs because of deficient public safety policy.