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2008-12-08 10:06:00

Participation in Anti-Doping Science Institute's New Program Continues to Demonstrate Garmin-Slipstream's Dedication to Anti-Doping and Ethical Sporting BOULDER, Colo., Dec. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Slipstream Sports LLC and its chief venture, the Garmin-Slipstream Professional Cycling Team, isn't just sporting a new name in 2009, when it will officially be called Garmin-Slipstream. The top U.S. team today announced that it will participate in a new program run by the Anti-Doping Sciences Institute...

2008-11-23 12:10:00

The World Anti-Doping Agency has begun studies at two U.S. universities to learn whether the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra can improve athletic performance. Earlier research, including a 2004 German study at Everest Base Camp, has found Viagra can counter the effect of low oxygen at extreme high altitudes. Scientists at the University of Miami are trying to determine if Viagra is helpful at lower altitudes, those where major sports events might be held, The New York Times reported Sunday....

2008-10-09 00:00:19

By Stephen Wilson ATHLETICS The International Olympic Committee is to retest doping samples from the Beijing Games to check for traces of a new blood-boosting drug and other banned substances. The move, announced yesterday, is designed to search in particular for a performance-enhancer only recently detected during retesting of samples from the Tour de France. The Beijing samples - across all sports - are being sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency accredited laboratory in Lausanne,...

2008-09-28 15:00:28

By RAF CASERT By Raf Casert The Associated Press VARESE, Italy Lance Armstrong might not be able to start his comeback in January in Australia because of the doping rules that apply to riders coming out of retirement. Elite riders need to be in the sport's anti-doping program for six months before they can race, cycling's governing body said Saturday. The UCI will discuss with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency whether the seven-time Tour de France winner has met that requirement. The UCI...

2008-09-24 12:00:37

Today, Lance Armstrong, cancer survivor, cycling champion and founder and chairman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF), announced the creation of the LIVESTRONG(TM) Global Cancer Awareness Campaign focused on supporting the 25 million people living with cancer worldwide, dispelling the misconceptions surrounding the disease and urging world leaders to make cancer a greater priority. "I'm returning to cycling in order to raise awareness of the global cancer burden," said Mr. Armstrong....

2008-08-04 18:00:05

By Stephen Wilson BEIJING - Despite the thorny issues of politics, pollution and media freedoms, IOC president Jacques Rogge said Saturday he has no regrets about holding the Olympics in China and predicted the "magic of the games" will take over once the competition begins. Less than a week before the opening ceremony, Rogge addressed a number of the issues which have made the Beijing Games among the most politically contentious in history. The International Olympic Committee has come...

2008-08-04 06:00:04

It sounds too good to be true. Nothing so fabulous should be quite so easy to attain. There must be a catch. Researchers at the Salk Institute in San Diego have found two drugs that greatly increased the athletic endurance of laboratory mice, converting lazy mice and their more athletic brethren into marathon runners. One drug, fed to relatively sedentary mice, increased their endurance on a treadmill by 44 percent after just four weeks of treatment. The other drug had no effect on...

2008-08-01 12:00:05

By Kevin Mayhood, The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio Aug. 1--Imagine a pill that could burn calories with no exercise. Or another that gives a couch potato the endurance of a long-distance runner. Well, a couch potato mouse, anyway. Ron Evans and Vihang Narkar at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calif., reported yesterday online in the journal Cell that these pills not only exist, but they turned sedentary mice into athletes. The scientists think the findings could...

2008-08-01 00:01:00

By Jeremy Laurance; Amol Rajan Beijing OLYMPICS 2008 A new threat to the Beijing Olympics has emerged in the shape of two new undetectable drugs that could boost the performance of endurance athletes by a medal-winning margin. Scientists warned that the pills, which mimic the physiological effects of exercise, are already available and can be easily synthesised, but there is no existing test to reveal their presence. UK Sport, the government-funded agency, said yesterday's revelation...

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2008-07-28 14:45:00

New research exploring the placebo effects of caffeine highlight competitive athletes who believe caffeine gives them an edge, despite doubts that it works. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed caffeine from its list of banned substances in sport 4 years ago, just before the Athens Olympics. "This was presumably because WADA considered (caffeine's) performance-enhancing effects to be insignificant," said Mark Stuart, in the journal BMJ Clinical Evidence. Stuart has worked with doping...