Navigation Links
No Proof That 'Doping' With EPO Gives Athletes an Edge: Review
Date:12/7/2012

FRIDAY, Dec. 7 (HealthDay News) -- Erythropoietin, more commonly known as EPO, has been banned from sports due to a belief that it provides an unfair competitive advantage to users, but new research found there is no scientific evidence the blood-cell stimulating hormone actually enhances athletes' performance.

EPO has been in the news recently because of its reported use by the American cyclist Lance Armstrong, who won the Tour de France a record-breaking seven times. He was stripped of those titles in October.

While the scientists who conducted a systemic review of existing studies on EPO did not find proof of performance-enhancing benefits, they did find that possible harm from use of the hormone was well-documented.

In their report, published in the Dec. 6 issue of the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, they warned that EPO doping thickens the blood and could increase a person's risk for clots, which could result in heart attack or stroke.

"Athletes and their medical staff may believe EPO enhances performance, but there is no evidence that anyone performed good experiments to check if EPO would actually improve performance in elite cyclists," lead researcher Dr. Adam Cohen, of the Centre for Human Drug Research in Leiden, the Netherlands, said in a journal news release.

EPO is a drug used to treat anemia. Patients treated with EPO are carefully monitored due to the drug's potentially serious side effects.

"So why should the standards be different for the same drugs used in athletes?" noted Cohen. "Although doping is forbidden, the pressure to win in sport is so great that some athletes seem to be willing to try any way of getting ahead of their competitors. When elite athletes and their coaches discover that there is no evidence of benefit and clear risk of harm, I hope many may reconsider trying to cheat. Education may work where attempts at enforcement have failed," he said in the news release.

The researchers concluded more research is needed to explore the effects of so-called performance enhancing drugs to improve safety among athletes.

"If, as is expected, many substances in current use are found to be ineffective it will help keep our athletes safe and improve confidence in sporting results," Cohen said.

More information

The World Anti-Doping Agency has more about EPO.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology, news release, Dec. 6, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. No Proof That Gum Disease Causes Heart Disease, Experts Say
2. More Proof That Healthy Habits Fight Disease
3. More Proof Cranberry Juice Thwarts Infection
4. No proof that patients lose weight after joint replacement surgery
5. Vandetanib in thyroid cancer: No proof of added benefit
6. Could Gene Doping Be Part of Future Olympics?
7. London Olympics anti-doping labs set for first-of-a-kind repurposing
8. U.S. Gives Green Light to Publish Controversial Bird Flu Research
9. Image share project gives patients and physicians anytime, anywhere access to medical images
10. Procedure gives patients with A-fib who cant take blood thinners alternative to reduce stroke
11. UMD team gives drug dropouts a second chance
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
No Proof That 'Doping' With EPO Gives Athletes an Edge: Review
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star rating to Best Buy ... in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered to be a purely ... make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a way of creating an ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... Carolina (PRWEB) , ... June 26, 2016 , ... ... of a new product that was developed to enhance the health of felines. The ... centuries. , The two main herbs in the PawPaws Cat Kidney Support ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... Austin, TX (PRWEB) , ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... Fellow of the American College of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for ... popular and highly effective treatment for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... As a lifelong Southern Californian, Dr. Omkar Marathe ... from the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. He trained in Internal Medicine ... his fellowship in hematology/oncology at the UCLA-Olive View-Cedars Sinai program where he had the ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... A recent article published ... unfamiliar with. The article goes on to state that individuals are now more comfortable ... less common operations such as calf and cheek reduction. The Los Angeles area medical ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... and SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June 24, 2016 ... mobile pulmonary function testing company, is now able to perform sophisticated ... by ndd Medical Technologies , Inc. Patients ... hospital-based labs.  Thanks to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients ... get any needed testing done in the comfort of her own ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... -- According to a new market research ... Safety Pen Needles), Needle Length (4mm, 5mm, 6mm, 8mm, ... Purchase (Retail, Non-Retail) - Trends & Global Forecasts to ... for the forecast period of 2016 to 2021. This ... 2021 from USD 1.65 Billion in 2016, growing at ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Belgium , June 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ ... announced the appointment of Dr. Edward Futcher ... a Non-Executive Director, effective June 23, 2016.Dr. Futcher ... and Nominations and Governance Committees.  As a non-executive ... provide independent expertise and strategic counsel to VolitionRx ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: