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More middle-aged men taking steroids to look younger

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As men get older their testosterone levels drop, which can sometimes lead to a reduced sex drive, weight gain and muscle reduction.

Growing numbers of middle-aged men are turning to anabolic steroids to make themselves look and feel more youthful and boost their sexual performance, experts say.

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How America’s Flawed Supplement Law Creates the Mirage of Weight Loss Cures

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, “America’s Doctor,” recently testified before Congress on why he was promoting supplements containing Garcinia cambogia, raspberry ketones, green coffee extract and other unproven ingredients as weight loss miracles.  He acknowledged that “sometimes they don’t have the scientific muster to pass as fact”. 1 In fact, there is no legal over-the-counter botanical supplement that has demonstrated clinical efficacy as a diet pill.… Continue Reading...

Dangerous steroid userage among men over 50 has doubled in 5 years

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Middle-aged men are increasingly taking potentially dangerous anabolic steroids in a bid to remain youthful, according to a report by The Guardian newspaper. Experts told the newspaper that men were taking the drugs in a similar way to menopausal women receive hormone replacement therapy.

While use of the drugs can help combat weight gain and a lower libido, associated with ageing, misuse can result in moderate to severe side effects.… Continue Reading...

Joakim Noah: 20-Game PED Suspension

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Now that Joakim Noah has been cleared by doctors to play, he can officially begin not playing.

The Knicks center’s 20-game suspension for taking a banned substance starts Wednesday, the NBA said.

Noah, 32, has not played since Feb. 4 due to a knee injury. The NBA said when it announced the ban that it would begin with the “first NBA regular season or playoff game for which he is eligible and physically able to play.”

The suspension will include the first 12 games of next season.… Continue Reading...

Energy drinks: cause many sudden cardiac deaths in young people

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To many adolescents and young adults, energy drinks have become essential for getting through the day. But they carry a serious risk of sudden death, a new study finds.

An international research team, led by Dr. Fabian Sanchis-Gomar of Madrid, Spain, has concluded that energy drinks are the cause of many sudden cardiac deaths in young, healthy individuals.… Continue Reading...

Supplement Manufacturer Spiking Product with Steroids: Found Guilty of Conspiracy

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SK Laboratories Inc., a manufacturer of dietary supplements in California under criminal indictment in Texas, received more bad news in March after a jury in Virginia found one of its executives guilty of conspiracy and mail fraud.

In the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, 33-year-old Sitesh Bansi Patel was found guilty of one count of conspiracy to defraud FDA, one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and three counts of mail fraud, the U.S.… Continue Reading...

A record number of fake steroids were seized by authorities last year

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The Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has put a number on the amount of illegal steroids seized in 2016.

Astoundingly, 673,906 doses of various drugs were confiscated by various authorities last year, a number that was down significantly on the 1.1 million seized in 2015.

But fears have been raised about the number of illegal anabolic steroids which were taken in.… Continue Reading...

NFL: JALIN MARSHALL SUSPENDED 4 GAMES FOR POSITIVE PED TEST

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New York Jets wide receiver Jalin Marshall is suspended four games to begin the 2017 NFL regular season after violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs, the Jets announced Tuesday.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News first reported the news, noting that Marshall tested positive for Adderall. Rich Cimini of ESPN confirmed the report.

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NFL: LETROY GUION SUSPENDED 4 GAMES FOR PED VIOLATION

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The NFL suspended Green Bay Packers defensive tackle Letroy Guion for the first four games of the 2017 regular season Tuesday following a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy.

ESPN.com’s Rob Demovsky shared a statement from the NFL:

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel‘s Tom Silverstein speculated Guion’s suspension puts his future with the Packers in jeopardy:

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Chess players on performance-enhancing drugs?

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Cognitive-enhancing drugs help chess players to win more games. Researchers found that modafinil and methylphenidate –also known as Ritalin – significantly enhanced players’ performances, while caffeine was also have to have a modest effect.

The team of scientists, led by Klaus Lieb, from the University of Mainz, Germany, were looking at how certain drugs would alter and/or improve the way the brain processes complex information.… Continue Reading...