Investigators believe a man in Arizona was distributing performance-enhancing drugs on a global scale, yet no charges have been filed. His clientele included pro athletes. By MICHAEL POWELLMARCH 26, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story On Aug. 25, 2015, a Swiss postal inspector reached into the river of 300,000 parcels that pour into that nation every day and, for a routine inspection, plucked out two packages arriving from Arizona. Inspectors unwrapped them and found serried rows of bottles.The bottles were suspected of containing performance-enhancing drugs, so they were shipped to an antidoping laboratory for testing. Chemists discovered three synthetic compounds that are illicit gold for cheating athletes. One sped the healing of tendons and ligaments. Another helped build muscle mass. A third stimulated the body to burn fat.The Swiss authorities notified the organization in the United States that investigates sports doping, … [Read more...] about At the Heart of a Vast Doping Network, an Alias
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(CBS/AP) They're small, but they may reveal big secrets about diabetes and cancer. Ecuadoreans with a certain type of dwarfism almost never get either disease, and scientists think the mutant gene that stunts their growth may also block cell changes that lead to diseases of aging.In remote areas of Ecuador, scientists spent more than two decades tracking 99 people with what is called Laron syndrome. Most stand under 4 feet (1.2 meters) because the mutant gene blocks their bodies from properly using growth hormone. That alters the activity of other hormones.The scientists are especially interested in a hormone called insulin-like growth factor (IGF-1). Why? Studies suggest it could be manipulated to lengthen lifespan. So how did the people with Laron fare?Over 22 years, they experienced no diabetes and only one non-lethal case of cancer, endocrinologist Jaime Guevara-Aguirre and University of Southern California cell biologist Valter Longo reported. Diabetes was absent even though the … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Do Ecuadorean Villagers Hold Key to Beating Cancer, Diabetes?