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The Dangers of Taking Kratom

The popular herb may act like a prescription opioid, and could be addictive

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A new report from the Food and Drug Administration says that the popular herbal substance kratom acts like a prescription-strength opioid. What’s more, the FDA says, kratom has been responsible for at least one death and is suspected of contributing to many others.

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Angels host 250 kids at PLAY Campaign event

wo hundred and fifty boys and girls, ranging from 8-18 years old, took the field at Angel Stadium on Saturday morning as part of the 2018 National PLAY Campaign, an initiative meant to promote the importance of children living a healthy and active lifestyle.

The participants rotated between stations to practice a wide range of baseball skills — including hitting, catching and pitching — and received tips from Angels right-handers Justin Anderson and Alex Meyer, as well as infielder David Fletcher.… Continue Reading...

Parent Confessions: I Didn’t Understand the Seriousness of my Son’s Steroid Use

As published in Little League Baseball’s newsletter:

We are a baseball family. I played Little League Baseball® and so did both of my boys. Our oldest son went on the play collegiate baseball and was scouted by several Major League teams, and was Taylor’s idol. Like his older brother, Taylor played Little League and then played on his high school team.  He was a very talented player, and had dreams of pitching in college and one day playing in the pros.Continue Reading...

Elvis Andrus (Rangers) promotes healthy lifestyle to youth

ARLINGTON — The 50 or so prep baseball players who showed up at Globe Life Park on Saturday morning got a crash course in doing things the right way as part of the National PLAY Campaign to promote the importance of living a healthy lifestyle.

The main message they got from the likes of Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus, head trainer Kevin Harmon and Don Hooton, whose son Taylor committed suicide after using anabolic steroids, was there are no shortcuts to success in baseball.… Continue Reading...

Vikings WR Cayleb Jones suspended 4 games for violating NFL PED policy

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The NFL has suspended Vikings wide receiver Cayleb Jones the first four games of the 2018 season for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing substances policy.

Jones will be able to practice during the offseason and play in all preseason games, but will serve the four-game suspension without pay.

 The 25-year-old wide receiver is the older brother of Bills receiver Zay Jones and son of longtime NFL linebacker Robert Jones.… Continue Reading...

What’s the harm in taking SARMs?

“SARMs” have emerged as a new class of appearance- and performance-enhancing substances. Before you consider using one, learn the facts here.

What are SARMs?

SARMs—short for “selective androgen receptor modulators”—are synthetic drugs designed to have effects similar to those of testosterone. SARMs are still in the research and testing stages for various medical conditions but have not been approved yet for any other use.… Continue Reading...

SARMs Control Act Would Strengthen DEA’s Power to Enforce Against SARMs in Dietary Supplements

New legislation introduced yesterday in the U.S. Senate would give the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) increased power to enforce against selective androgen receptor modulators, or SARMs. SARMs are synthetic drugs designed to mimic the effects of testosterone and are unapproved for use in dietary supplements but are sometimes found in products such as sports supplements targeting bodybuilders.… Continue Reading...

SOCIAL MEDIA AND BODY IMAGE

As social media continues to play a central role in the lives of adolescent girls and young women, its influence on body image and the perception of beauty continues to grow. Social media not only exposes young girls to certain beauty standards and cultural ideals of womanhood, but emerging research shows it may contribute to the development of eating disorders and body dysmorphia, in females as well as males.… Continue Reading...

Energy drinks the cause of 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...

The new frontier of doping will modify athletes’ DNA

(CNN)In 2008, an Olympic year, Lee Sweeney’s phone was ringing nonstop.

For a busy physiologist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine, that may be expected, but the reason behind the calls wasn’t exactly run-of-the-mill.
The people on the other end of the line were athletes in search of a particular kind of fix: They wanted him to dope them — via their genes.… Continue Reading...