August 14, 2013 |
Christian Fauria spent 13 seasons as an NFL tight end. He won two Super Bowl rings with the New England Patriots. He understands the hunger for any possible physical edge. But he said he couldn't bring himself to use human growth hormone. He did buy it though. He held the vials in his hands. He contemplated injecting himself with the banned substance, but… "Too chicken to go through with it," Fauria told The Times on Wednesday. "I did my research. I had tons of ankle problems, and I was looking for a way to get back faster.
August 13, 2013 |
The NFL Players Assn. has told its members that the union "tentatively agreed" that 40 players will take blood tests for human growth hormone each week during the season, with a positive result drawing a four-game suspension. The NFLPA emailed players a memo in question-and-answer format Tuesday. The Associated Press obtained a copy. According to the email, players participating in NFL training camps this year will provide a blood sample for a "population study" to determine what level of HGH will result in penalties.
July 22, 2013 |
The NFL and NFL Players Assn. are once again talking about putting a test in place for human growth hormone, although those discussions have gone back and forth over the last two years with no resolution. “We are in active discussions with the NFLPA regarding the implementation of HGH testing for NFL players,” league spokesman Greg Aiello wrote Monday in a text message. “Those discussions are focused on a full resolution of any remaining issues, including the role of a population study.” According to an NFLPA email obtained by the Associated Press, the league and union have jointly hired a doctor to conduct a study on NFL players that establishes a baseline for what constitutes a positive test for HGH. The union sent the email to players to explain their blood will be drawn at the start of training camps, but that those samples will only be used to establish a population study.
July 16, 2013 |
As the use of hormone reduction therapy becomes increasingly common in the treatment of prostate cancer, a new study has linked the practice to an increased risk of acute kidney injury. In a study published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Assn. , researchers examined the medical records of more than 10,000 men with nonmetastatic prostate cancer and found that use of androgen deprivation therapy , or ADT, was associated with a 2.5 times greater risk of acute kidney injury.
July 16, 2013 |
Researchers have further unraveled how a version of a gene linked to obesity risk causes people to gain weight - it makes them more likely to feel hungry after a meal and to prefer high-calorie foods. Their study, published Monday in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, found that individuals who inherited the high-risk version of the FTO gene from both of their parents have higher levels of the appetite-stimulating hormone ghrelin in their bloodstream, which leaves them hungry even after eating.
HOME & GARDEN
May 4, 2013 |
If you drink schnapps at 56 degrees below zero, be careful. Unless you warm it in your mouth before swallowing, you will burn your throat. The advice came from my father as we stood, clad in thick winter gear, at a remote Alaska lake on a November night three decades ago. We passed the bottle, took a few pulls, then the five of us - father, his friend, brother, my friend - climbed aboard snowmobiles and freight sleds and raced across lakes toward...