March 2, 1989
Anabolic steroids, tissue-building substances that are taken by athletes to aid performances, have been used in sports for almost four decades. Anabolic steroids enable the body to maintain an improved nitrogen balance, which aids in the protein synthesis--the key to tissue and muscle growth. Athletes say the combination of new tissue with rigorous training exercises enables them to perform better. Steroids, the synthetic derivative of the male hormone testosterone, were developed in the 1950s.
July 29, 2010
The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday warned menopausal women using Evamist to avoid allowing children and pets to come into contact with the drug. Evamist contains the estrogen hormone estradiol and is sprayed on the forearms between the elbow and wrist to reduce hot flashes. The FDA said it has received eight reports of adverse effects from exposure to the drug in children ages 3 to 5, and two reports of problems with pets. Young girls who came into contact with the drug reported symptoms of premature puberty, including development of breast buds and breast mass.
April 23, 2007 |
"Numb3rs," CBS, April 13, 10 p.m. The premise: Vick Johnson, a baseball star coming off two injury-ridden seasons, is trying to make a comeback. But, stretching a double into a triple, he dies sliding into third base. An autopsy determines that he died of a massive brain hemorrhage and that his blood contains an artificial, difficult-to-trace anabolic-androgenic steroid called thorocycline.
June 9, 1987 |
Anabolic steroids, synthetic derivatives of the male hormone testosterone, stimulate a buildup of muscle mass, tissue and protein in the body. The hormones are both androgenic, masculinizing agents, and anabolic, muscle-building agents. The drugs are legally given to cancer patients, burn victims and geriatric patients suffering from brittle bones. They also are being taken by football players, basketball players, shotputters, swimmers or people just hoping to sculpt Adonis-like physiques.
March 10, 1989 |
Ben Johnson's coach said today that he was concerned by a medical report indicating the Canadian sprinter has an enlarged breast, a mild side effect of prolonged anabolic steroid use. Testifying for an eighth and final day at a government inquiry into drug use in amateur sport, Charlie Francis was asked by Justice Charles Dubin, who heads the inquiry, if he was aware Johnson had an enlarged left breast.
October 1, 1995 |
THE MAN WHO GREW TWO BREASTS and Other True Tales of Medical Detection by Berton Roueche (Dutton: $21.95; 197 pp.) Doctors make mistakes. Hospitals too. (One is reminded of the man who submitted a specimen only to learn from the lab that his "horse has diabetes.") Mistakes make news. Successes have been lost in the shuffle, unless they came under the scrutiny of the late Berton Roueche.