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2012-09-14 15:16:54

Over the last 10 years, the GH-2004 team, which is based the University of Southampton, has been developing a test for Growth Hormone misuse in sport with funding from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and US Anti-Doping Agency and with support from UK Anti-Doping. The test, developed by scientists at the University of Southampton, King's College London and University of Kent at Canterbury, is based on the measurement of two proteins in the blood, insulin-like growth factor-I and the...

2009-04-01 11:17:49

Italian police Wednesday said prosecutors were seeking a ban for Spanish cycling star Alejandro Valverde for alleged doping-law violations. The proposed two-year ban stems from a blood sample collected during last year's Tour de France that was later linked to the wide-ranging Operation Mountain Pass blood-doping investigation in Spain. The blood sample was taken during an Italian stage of the event, Italy's ANSA news agency said Wednesday. Valverde, a world-class road racer, has repeatedly...

2009-03-05 05:00:00

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) has banned athletes from using bottled or canned oxygen in training and competition in any of the sports that it governs. LAKE FOREST, Calif., March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a statement from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), bottled or canned oxygen is banned under Prohibited Methods, Section M1: Enhancement of oxygen transfer: "Artificially enhancing the uptake, transport or delivery of oxygen is prohibited." By citing this Section M1 ruling,...

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2009-01-09 07:25:00

Scientists in Germany have developed a test that can identify a new type of drug that could be misused by athletes looking to gain an advantage over their competition.The test can detect benzothiazepines, a new drug with promising potential for the treatment of heart conditions.  However, the drug also improves muscle endurance, and experts believe athletes seeking to improve their performance could abuse it.  And researchers caution that athletes could begin using benzothiazepines...

2008-12-09 06:51:36

Several hundred samples taken during the Summer Olympics in Beijing will be tested for certain hormones next month, the International Olympic Committee said. The testing series will focus primarily on endurance events such as cycling, rowing, swimming and track and field, the IOC said in a release Tuesday. The IOC said the samples will be tested for signs of a new version of the endurance-enhancing hormone erythropoietin and another hormone that can enhance performance by influencing the...

2008-10-09 18:00:37

U.S. and Japanese medical scientists say they've found giving rats a certain hormone immediately after a heart attack significantly reduced coronary damage. The researchers from Kyoto University in Japan and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in New York City induced heart attacks in two groups of rats by blocking arteries for 20 minutes. One group then received an intravenous injection of erythropoietin, or EPO, a naturally occurring hormone used to treat anemia. The control group...

2008-09-09 21:00:07

German scientists say a protein hormone used to increase blood production in medical treatments and boost athletic performance might also improve memory. Max Planck Institute researchers say the memory-enhancing effects of erythropoietin, known as EPO, aren't related to its effects on blood production but are due to direct influences on neurons in the brain. The researchers, led by Hannelore Ehrenreich, said their findings might prove useful in the treatment of diseases affecting brain...

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2008-07-21 16:35:14

A recent investigation suggests serious speculation over a key drug test only two weeks before the start of the Beijing Olympics. The investigation indicates that labs are classing positive tests for the blood-boosting drug EPO as negatives. Scientists say some samples have been described as suspicious, giving rise to fears that no action will be taken against cheats. Experts say often undetectable "copycat" versions of the drug are available on the Internet for as little as $50 and many of...

2006-08-05 08:27:39

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Floyd Landis became the latest casualty in the war against doping after a second drugs sample confirmed a positive test for excessive amounts of the male sex hormone testosterone on the Tour de France. He is now likely to become the first winner of the world's most famous cycling race to lose his title because of a positive dope test and he also faces a two-year ban. A statement issued by the International Cycling Union (UCI) on Saturday said...

2006-06-19 10:42:13

By Anne Harding NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - The amount of time a tourniquet is left on an athlete's arm during blood drawing can influence hemoglobin and hematocrit levels, both of which are used to screen for blood doping. The hematocrit is the percentage of whole blood that is made up of red blood cells. A value of 42% to 52% in men and 35% to 47% in women is usually considered normal. The normal amount of hemoglobin -- the oxygen-carrying component of blood -- ranges from 13 to...


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