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Monday 28, Sep 2009

Risk for respiratory infections enhanced by oxygen-rich lifesaving efforts

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Risk for respiratory infections enhanced by oxygen-rich lifesaving effortsEvery year, many thousands of premature infants fight a battle to breathe. Thanks to lifesaving interventions like steroids administered to mothers for stalling preterm labor, air enriched with extra oxygen, and even mechanical ventilation – most of these infants survive with enough lung function to grow and get discharged from the medical center.

However, a new research probing into one such intervention – air enriched with extra oxygen – revealed that breathing oxygen-enriched air in the early weeks can actually wrap signaling pathways, which can rev up the body for fighting against respiratory infections such as flu, according to University of Rochester Medical Center researcher Michael O’Reilly, Ph.D.

O’Reilly admits that there is more research to be undertaken in this aspect but he hopes that there is some way to enhance lung functioning in the first generation of survivors.

Sunday 27, Sep 2009

Relationship between sports and steroids goes stronger than ever

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Relationship between sports and steroids goes stronger than everThe relationship between steroids and sports is getting stronger and stronger with each passing day despite the fact that sports and anabolic steroids are condemned by former sportsmen, sporting bodies, and even some of the steroid-using sportsmen of the past.

Even though steroids are considered to be totally harmful by some, the truth is that they are not harmful and does not bring any side effects with them.

If one has a close look at the abovementioned facts, it can be easily derived that anabolic steroids are nothing but exceptional products that have no side effects until lack of knowledge or over-dependence leads to steroid abuse.

Sunday 27, Sep 2009

Appetite-stimulating hormone can prove effective for muscle atrophy

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Appetite-stimulating hormone can prove effective for muscle atrophyAccording to results of an animal study that were presented at the Endocrine Society’s 91st Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C., a new form of treatment has been discovered for providing relief to patients suffering from muscle atrophy.

Muscular atrophy is a debilitating process that causes an extensive loss of muscle function and mass and considerably reduces quality of life in patients.

It is noteworthy to note here that some of the present-day treatment methods include anabolic steroids (testosterone) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IFG-1) that may not appear to be safe, according to study co-author Andrea Graziani, PhD, molecular biologist with the Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine and the Biotechnology Center for Applied Medical Research, University of Piemonte Orientale, Novara, Italy.

The involved researchers said that des-acyl ghrelin provides a direct anti-atrophic activity on mice’s skeletal muscle that is caused by nerve injury or fasting.

Saturday 26, Sep 2009

Hydration is a must for endurance athletes

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Hydration is a must for endurance athletesThe American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) has reiterated its statements on dehydration and Hyponatremia for athletes during endurance competitions with a clear aim for providing amicable solutions to peculiar issues related to hydration of athletes during competitive events.

Hyponatremia is a life-endangering condition that can be caused when an athlete consumes too much of water or sports drinks, leading to disruption or dilution of sodium levels in the body.

Larry Kenney, Ph.D., FACSM, referring to the Boston Marathon (18th April), was of the view that most participants of this marathon appeared properly hydrated to him and they probably had received the message of proper hydration for attaining best results.

The team of ACSM experts remarked that all active individuals and not only endurance athletes need to be careful of hydration while performing an activity in humidity or heat.

Saturday 26, Sep 2009

These Latin American baseball prospects

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These Latin American baseball prospectsBaseball is not only famous in the US, but also in Latin American countries such as the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.

Incidentally, many baseball prospects come from Latin America. With so many issues plaguing Latin baseball prospects, from falsification of documents to doping, it is not a wonder that the league has become stricter. DNA testing and steroid testing is now regularly done for top prospects, especially those who will be signing million dollar contracts.

However, 16-year-old prospect, Wagner Mateo’s case differ from the rest. During a medical check-up, Mateo was found to have a 20/30 vision affecting his right eye.

In July, he was rewarded a signing bonus of $3.1 million with the St. Louis Cardinals. He was on his way to fulfilling his dream of pulling his family from an impoverished life. However, with the issue on his vision, the Cardinals made their decision Tuesday night. They decided to void Mateo’s contract. According to the Cardinals, the reason for the contract voiding was due to “physical defect”.

Adam Katz, an agent plans to file a grievance in behalf of Mateo against the St. Louis Cardinals for terminating his contract.

Right now, Mateo is looking forward to try-outs and showing people that his vision does not get in the way of making him the next big thing in baseball.

Friday 25, Sep 2009

The Truth about Steroid Testing

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The Truth about Steroid TestingWith news coming almost on a fortnightly basis about a professional sportsmen or celebrity using steroids for attaining lean muscle mass and/or staying ahead of the competition, things are surely under a dark cloud as far as the usage of steroids is concerned.

In the worlds of professional sports and bodybuilding, the use of steroids is not new. It almost seems that every one was doping until the steroid testing protocols came into the picture. Despite tall claims by doping testing, more and more sportsmen and individuals are using steroids to get that feel of ‘invincibility’ even today.

It is high time that either steroids be allowed or banned as a middle path just do not seem to work any more. Moreover, it will allow steroid users to “enjoy” a level-playing field.

Friday 25, Sep 2009

Pakistani cricketer undergoes another dope test

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Pakistani cricketer undergoes another dope testAfter his one-year ban, which started this February, but was backdated to September last year, Mohammad Asif was finally eligible to play for the Champions Trophy.

Last Thursday, the Pakistan fast bowler was taken by the International Cricket Council for a mandatory drug testing.

According to a member of the team management, the test was nothing out of the ordinary. It was conducted in compliance with the ICC anti-steroid policy.

Asif had previous records of testing positive in his doping tests. He tested positive for nandrolone first at the Indian Premiere League and second, at the Champions Trophy in 2006 held in India.

He pleaded ignorance over the use of the substance. He was initially banned but an appeal was made so the punishment was scrapped.

He continued to create controversies, and by June 1, 2008, he was detained in Dubai airport for allegedly possessing opium. He was finally deported and no case was filed against him.

Pakistan will play against India this Saturday but it is still unconfirmed if Asif will be able to play. In their tournament opener where Pakistan played against the West Indies, the Pakistani bowler was also not included.

Friday 25, Sep 2009

Bolivian soccer player cleared of steroids use

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Bolivian soccer player cleared of steroids useMiguel Angel Hoyos, the 28-year-old Bolivian defender tested positive for the steroid dexamethasone after a World Cup qualifier in June.

Bolivian Football Federation spokesperson Javier Silva explained that the player was given the steroid dexamethasone after a head injury following a collision with Bolivia midfielder Ignacio Garcia. Hoyos later complained of dizziness and an urge to vomit.

Silva added that the South American Confederation (CSF) would decide whether Hoyos would be sanctioned or not.

This Wednesday, the matter was laid to rest as the South American confederation finally cleared Hoyos of doping.

Hoyos told reporters that he was confident that he did not take any drugs or substance to enhance his performance.

He hoped that the decision would provide clearance of his name, that the medication caused him to test positive in doping.

Two qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup remain next month. However, Bolivia lost all chances of reaching the 2010 World Cup Finals as they lost against Venezuela last June 6, 2009 with a score of 1-0.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be held in South Africa between June 11, 2010 and July 11, 2010. This will be the first time that the tournament will be hosted by an African nation.

Friday 25, Sep 2009

KPD keeping quite about their two officers’ involvement with steroids

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KPD keeping quite about their two officers’ involvement with steroidsAccording to the department’s acting chief, Captain David Knight, they refuse make a comment about two of their former officers, Danny Sanchez and Larry Sanchez because the issue was regarding personnel. The city’s human resource department should address any questions or concerns. Knight issued the statement since KPD Chief John Young was out of town.

Larry Sanchez was former school resource officer at Tivy but he resigned in his post last Thursday. His brother, Danny Sanchez, works as a Kerrville Police Department detective but was terminated last Friday.

The brothers were linked to the steroid drug case against Jeff Jerman, a Department of Public Safety officer.

According to city manager, Todd Parton, no criminal charges have been filed against the two officers at this time.

Parton did not elaborate further on how the two were involved in the said steroid case. He added that Danny Sanchez stayed in the force for 16 years before being terminated while his brother Larry has been with the force for three or four years.

Texas Ranger Wayne Matthews, the head investigator declined to comment because he is still waiting to present evidence to the grand jury. He said his investigation remains open and ongoing.

Thursday 24, Sep 2009

Call for greater caution for prescribing inhaled corticosteroids

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Call for greater caution for prescribing inhaled corticosteroidsLung disease experts at Johns Hopkins have made a call for greater caution for prescribing inhaled corticosteroids to people with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). This call was made after evidence was found that the widely used anti-inflammatory medications tend to raise the risk of pneumonia by a full third.

It is believed that more than 11 million Americans are living with COPD and a vast majority of this population belongs to the former or current smokers’ category.

According to pulmonologist M. Brad Drummond, M.D., M.H.S., who led the study, these new findings are expected to serve as a reminder to all those people with severe lung disease to plan and take steps that can minimize the chances of getting pneumonia, which doubles their risk of dying.

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