Hoot’s Corner

UFC’s hiring of Jeff Novitzky shows it’s ready to try to curb PED use

LAS VEGAS – The UFC put a highly recognizable and well-respected face on its anti-doping efforts Monday when it named Jeff Novitzky as its vice president of athlete health and performance. It is a significant move that lends credence to management’s effort to stem the rampant use of performance-enhancing drugs among its athletes.… Continue Reading...

Why the positive steroid tests? MLB wants to find out

The sudden rash in positive steroid tests among big leaguers – four pitchers, all caught with Stanozolol in their system – has Major League Baseball looking into any links between the cases and exploring why the old-school drug is popping up on tests again.

The four players suspended for 80 games in a stretch of 16 days starting March 27 – David Rollins of the Seattle Mariners, Arodys Vizcaino of the Atlanta Braves, Ervin Santana of the Minnesota Twins and Jenrry Mejiaof the New York Mets – are already one more than the number of players on 40-man rosters penalized for using performance-enhancing substances all of last year.… Continue Reading...

Dietary supplement for muscle growth linked to serious liver injury

FDA warns consumers not to use muscle growth product called Tri-Methyl Xtreme

Product marketed as a dietary supplement contains potentially harmful synthetic steroids

The U.S. Food and Drug administration is warning consumers to stop using a dietary supplement for muscle growth linked to serious liver injury.

Tri-Methyl Xtreme, distributed by Las Vegas-based Extreme Products Group, claims to contain anabolic steroids and is sold on the Internet and in some retail stores and gyms.… Continue Reading...

Study finds cancer link for muscle-building supplements

A new study associates taking muscle-building supplements with an increased risk of testicular cancer. Men who used such pills and powders were more likely to have developed testicular cancer than those who did not, especially if they started before age 25, took more than one supplement, or used the supplements for three or more years.… Continue Reading...

25% of vitamins and supplements are spiked with anabolic steroids

Jorge de Oliveira positive for steroids following loss at UFC Fight Night 62

Jorge de Oliveira

After initially announcing all the fighters at UFC Fight Night 62 had their drug tests come back clean, the Comissao Atletica Brasileira de MMA (CABMMA) had to reverse course today.

Jorge de Oliveira tested positive for the anabolic steroid stanozolol, the CABMMA today announced. De Oliveira has been suspended for one year, retroactive to the March 21 event date in Brazil.… Continue Reading...

MLB.com Digital Academy is partnering with the Taylor Hooton Foundation to educate coaches, parents, and kids on the dangers of using Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs

As part of our new education initiative, the Coaches Certification Course, MLB.com Digital Academy is partnering with the Taylor Hooton Foundation to educate coaches, parents, and kids on the physical and mental dangers of using Appearance and Performance Enhancing Drugs (APEDs) including unregulated dietary supplements, energy drinks, hGH, and anabolic steroids.… Continue Reading...

UFC’s hiring of Jeff Novitzky shows it is finally ready to try to curb PED use

With a background that includes the BALCO and Lance Armstrong cases, Novitzky has impressive credentials. (USAT)
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With a background that includes the BALCO and Lance Armstrong cases, Novitzky has impressive credentials. (USAT)

LAS VEGAS – The UFC put a highly recognizable and well-respected face on its anti-doping efforts Monday when it named Jeff Novitzky as its vice president of athlete health and performance.

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Study: weight-loss supplements contain amphetamine-like ingredients

A handful of weight-loss and sports supplements contain a never-before-tested ingredient that’s closely related to amphetamines – not the plant extract indicated on their label, according to a Harvard-led study published online today by the journal Drug Testing and Analysis.

The products, sold under names like JetFuel T-300, Fastin-XR and Black Widow, contain chemicals similar to amphetamines, which can trigger stroke, heart attack or even death, said Pieter Cohen, the lead researcher and an assistant professor atHarvard Medical School.… Continue Reading...

UFC hires BALCO investigator Jeff Novitzky for ‘clean initiative education program’

The UFC today announced the hiring of a prominent anti-doping figure as part of its ongoing efforts to ensure clean competition within the promotion’s octagon.

Former Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and current Food and Drug Administration (FDA) investigator Jeff Novitzky, who came to national prominence through his role in the BALCO doping scandal that rocked Major League Baseball, joins the UFC as vice president of athlete health and performance.… Continue Reading...