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Doping in Sports: Official Tests Fail to Pick up Majority of Cases

A new scientific study has found that doping is far more common in professional sport than the rates suggested by blood and urine tests of the athletes. The study found that at least 30% of athletes in the 2011 International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) World Championships and 45% of athletes at the Pan-Arab Games in 2011 claimed to have taken doping drugs or used other doping...

Anabolic-Androgenic Steroids Pose a Critical Health Issue

More research is needed to address the critical health problems associated with the use of anabolic-androgenic steroids among American men, according to Harrison G. Pope, MD, MPH, writing in a new opinion paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Pope is the director of the Biological Psychiatry Laboratory at McLean Hospital, a professor of psychiatry at Harvard...

Brain Imaging Study Suggests Long-Term Steroid Use Can Lead to Significant Brain Structural and Functional Abnormalities

Results of the first systematic brain imaging study conducted on long-term users of anabolic-androgenic steroids reveal significant brain structural and functional abnormalities, according to doctors at McLean Hospital. An article detailing their findings, “Brain and Cognition Abnormalities in Long-Term Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Users,” was published last month in the journal Drug and Alcohol...

Pope-Hintz Fellowship Fosters Next Generation of Clinician-Researchers

McLean National Council members Edward and Helen Hintz want to ensure training opportunities for dually skilled clinician-researchers for generations to come. They established the Pope-Hintz Endowed Fellowship in honor of Harrison “Skip” Pope Jr., MD, MPH, to do just that. For 25 years, Dr. Pope has been a beacon of hope for the Hintz family, advising them through crises and periods of calm. “Dr...

McLean Hospital Study Finds Long-Term Anabolic-Androgenic Steroid Use May Severely Impact Visuospatial Memory

The long-term use of anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) may severely impact the user’s ability to accurately recall the shapes and spatial relationships of objects, according to a recent study conducted by McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School investigators. In the study, published today online in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence (doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2012.11.008), McLean...

American Heart Association Rapid Access Journal Report

Long-term anabolic steroid use may weaken the heart more than previously thought and may increase the risk of heart failure, according to research reported in Circulation: Heart Failure, an American Heart Association journal. Anabolic-androgenic steroids mimic the naturally occurring testosterone, a muscle-building hormone that promotes male sexual characteristics. “Anabolic steroids, in...