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Wednesday 30, Sep 2009

Minnesota Vikings cleared by Federal Appeals Court

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Minnesota Vikings cleared by Federal Appeals CourtA federal appeals court has the cleared the way for Pat Williams and Kevin Williams, Minnesota Vikings, to play all season despite strong opposition from NFL seeking suspensions for them for violating the league’s anti-doping policy.

Kevin Williams said that it is a big sigh of relief after knowing that he and Pat can play the whole NFL season.

It is important to note here that the two Vikings are not accused of taking steroids. They, however, acknowledge taking StarCaps, over-the-counter weight loss supplement which did not stated on the label that it included the diuretic bumetanide, which is banned by the NFL as it can mask the presence of steroids.

Wednesday 30, Sep 2009

Growing use of steroids among teenage girls

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Growing use of steroids among teenage girlsAccording to results of a national survey published in the June issue of Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, the use of steroids among teenage girls is not just limited to those being a part of professional athletics and is also concerned with a variety of other health-endangering behaviors.

These findings have pinpointed critical associations among girls making use of steroids as per the authors. It is believed that high-risk girls tend to receive less of attention than adolescent boys, perhaps reflecting that their actions are less socially.

Wednesday 30, Sep 2009

Steroids use in preemies linked to cerebral palsy

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Steroids use in preemies linked to cerebral palsy  According to a multi study funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), steroids used to improve the lung development of premature babies could actually increase their risk for cerebral palsy.

Steroids, specifically, a corticosteroid called betamethasone is a drug that has shown to decrease neonatal mortality. It is given to women at risk of giving birth prematurely in order to hasten the development of the baby’s lungs.

Obstetrician – gynecologists often practice repeated course of steroids administration every week of up to 10 to 11 times. However, NIH representatives were so concerned with the safety that they wanted to limit the repeated courses for patients enrolled in clinical trials.

A study was performed by the Maternal-Fetal Medicine Network involving infants from the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital and 12 other sites around the country. Multiple courses of steroids were given to mothers and by the time the children reached the age of two or three years old, it was found that 6 out of 248 children in the treatment group were diagnosed with cerebral palsy while only 1 out of 238 children in the placebo group was diagnosed with the disease.

Dr. Wapner, head of the study advised that doctors multiple doses of steroids should not be administered since it could potentially do more harm than good.

Tuesday 29, Sep 2009

New hormone drug addresses what steroids could not

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New hormone drug addresses what steroids could notCartilage is a sponge-like shock-absorbing layer that keeps our bones from grinding against each other especially during high-impact activities such as running and jumping. The cell responsible for maintaining strong and healthy cartilages are called chondrocytes.

Mechanical stresses often results to cartilage damage especially prominent as we age. As cartilages deteriorate, it could lead to a degenerative disease called osteoarthritis (OA).

OA is often characterized by pain and a certain degree of inflammation.

Usually, steroids or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can relieve the pain and inflammation. However it can do nothing to prevent or minimize cartilage loss.

An early study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research last September 12, showed a drug that could potentially address OA issues that steroids or NSAIDs could not.

Teriparatide is parathyroid hormone in drug form. Researches done in rats showed that it could significantly lower or prevent cartilage loss in subjects with OA. Furthermore, the drug could also help in cartilage re-generation.

Results of studies showed a 27% increase in joint cartilage after 12 weeks of treatment using teriparatide, compared to those who received ordinary saline solution.

This shows that teriparatide could be a potential treatment in OA patients to help in slowing down joint cartilage degeneration.

Tuesday 29, Sep 2009

Steroids help kid with histiocytosis

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Steroids help kid with histiocytosis  Histiocytosis is a very rare disease, affecting children below the age of 15. Due to less people being affected by the disease, funding for researches are also rare.

Families whose members are affected by this disease usually are at a loss. They lack information regarding the disease and they do not know where to turn to for help.

This is what the Urbans have to go through after they learned that Grace, their less than two-year-old daughter was diagnosed with histiocytosis. The family was shocked to learn that their daughter contracted a disease that only affects five children out of every one million.

Grace initially had a bump on the side of her head. They thought it was just another ordinary cyst. However, after it disappeared another appeared, and then a third one caused her lymph nodes to swell. Two hours after the biopsy, the doctor told them it was a rare blood disease caused by en excess of white blood cells.

The disease can be quite similar to cancer. It can spread from organ to another. They were worried that it would spread to Grace’s brain and later on to his other organs.

Fortunately, Grace responded well to chemotherapy and steroids treatment. Although prednisone treatment was an awful experience for Grace, it helped her recover from the disease.

Now at the age of five, she is off all medications. So far, her routine check-ups and labs remained clear.

Tuesday 29, Sep 2009

Random drug screening implemented at law enforcement agencies

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Random drug screening implemented at law enforcement agencies Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson took office just last January, but he made it clear that drug use will not be tolerated by his agency. Last January, he ordered that random drug testing be conducted to ensure that the agency remained a drug-free workplace.

The new policy was finally implemented earlier this month. The system works by computers selecting random names of several employees. The pre-selected employees will be given only an hour to be tested after they were notified.

About 20 employees coming from different levels such as executive staffs, supervisors, dispatchers, investigators, and support personnel will be selected and tested.

In case an employee tested positive, either he will receive a disciplinary action or he will face possible termination.

Meanwhile, the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s office included a negative drug testing result as part of their conditions for employment. According to the agency’s general drug order, employees must undergo random drug testing at least once a year. They must also pass random drug and alcohol testing based upon suspicion.

Since the drug policy was implemented, only one employee tested positive for illegal use of prescription medicine.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office also implements similar dug policy requiring their employees to undergo random drug testing.

Tuesday 29, Sep 2009

Testosterone deficiency linked to increased mortality in men

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Testosterone deficiency linked to increased mortality in menAccording to as study conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) researchers, deficiencies in androgen hormones, particularly testosterone may be linked increased incidence of cardiovascular disease in men. However, it is alleged to increase the risk of prostate cancer in men.

In the Journal of Andrology, several studies were published linking steroid hormones deficiency to increased mortality in men.

BUSM researchers, in collaboration with researchers from Lahey Clinic Northshore, Peabody, Massachusetts, evaluated several of the published studies linking androgen deficiencies with cardiovascular disease. They have determined that a relationship indeed exist between the two factors.

According to lead author Dr. Abdulmaged M. Traish, professor of biochemistry and urology and director of Laboratories for Sexual Medicine, Institute for Sexual Medicine at BUSM, androgen replacement therapy could be a potential treatment to reduce risk for cardiovascular disease in men. It should be carefully monitored, however, to detect any signs of prostate diseases in men.

Furthermore, the researchers recommend large, long-term, double blind, randomized, placebo controlled clinical trials be performed in order to establish the role of androgen deficiency in increasing the risk of cardiovascular disease in men.

Traish added that these initial findings suggest further studies to be conducted regarding the role of androgens in preventing cardiovascular disease in men.

Monday 28, Sep 2009

Former Lighthorseman pleaded guilty of steroid charges

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Former Lighthorseman pleaded guilty of steroid chargesA former Creek Nation Lighthorseman finally pleaded guilty of drug possession charges with intent to distribute anabolic steroids.

Sheldon J. Sperling, Eastern District of Oklahoma lawyer, said that Hamm purchased anabolic steroids initially for personal use but eventually re-distributed them between September 2005 and June 2008.

Jimmy Russell “Rusty” Hamm II,31, together with Dusty Lee Burns, 29 were accused of drug charges after an investigation conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives  last month. Burns worked as former reserved deputy sheriff for McIntosh County.

According to Sheldon J. Sperling, Burns and Hamm faces conspiracy to possess anabolic steroids with intent to manufacture and distribute the substance.

The defendants previously pleaded not guilty before Magistrate Judge Kimberly E. West. They were temporarily released under the supervision of the US Probation Office.

Sperling said statutory range of punishment for drug possession with intent to distribute includes imprisonment of not more than five years and a fine of $250,000.

A similar case was also heard last month in the US District Court of Muskogee. Bobby Dewayne Brown, 38, was accused of possession and intent to sell anabolic steroids in or near schools or to persons below 21 years of age.

Monday 28, Sep 2009

Steroid analysis for sudden hearing loss treatment

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Steroid analysis for sudden hearing loss treatmentEven though steroids are recommended by doctors for treating sudden hearing loss, there is very little evidence suggesting that the administration of steroids is effective, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis both published in the June issue of Archives of Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery.

Sudden hearing loss or sudden sensorineural hearing loss is an acute hearing impairment involving loss of a minimum of 30 decibels of hearing over at least 3 test frequencies occurring in three days, according to background information in the article. The condition affects 5-20 out of every 100,000 individuals on a yearly basis.

It was remarked that treating sudden hearing loss can prove to be difficult as the cause of occurrence remains unknown in most of the reported cases.

Monday 28, Sep 2009

Steroid scenes in South Africa

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Steroid scenes in South AfricaWith steroids reaching every part of the world, South Africa was not an exception. This beautiful country is slowly showing signs of being grappled with steroids as there are more and more reported cases of steroid use.

It is a well-known fact that steroids have been in the worlds of professional sports and bodybuilding for long and if one thinks that South Africa was left out, he was probably wrong.

The growing success and popularity of steroids have clearly suggested that all measures to curb the use of steroids have been waste as the number of steroid users has increased, and not decreased during the last few years.

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