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Steroids can damage kidney

Anabolic steroids, taken by some athletes to gain muscle mass and strength, can destroy kidney function, says a study.

The study revealed that the habitual use of steroids has serious harmful effects on the kidneys that were not previously recognised.

Leal Herlitz, Columbia University Medical Centre, and her colleagues conducted a study describing injury to the kidneys following long-term abuse of anabolic steroids.

The researchers studied a group of 10 bodybuilders who used steroids for many years and developed protein leakage into the urine and severe reductions in kidney function.

Kidney tests revealed that nine of the 10 bodybuilders developed a condition called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, a type of scarring within the kidneys.

The kidney damage in the bodybuilders has similarities to that seen in morbidly obese patients, but appears to be even more severe.

The researchers propose that extreme increases in muscle mass require the kidneys to increase their filtration rate, placing harmful levels of stress on these organs. It's also likely that steroids have direct toxic effects on the kidneys.

£3 jab can silence snoring

A 3-pound injection could prove priceless for partners of loud snorers, as the jab can help cure snoring, says a British doctor.

The two-minute ‘snoreplasty’ involves injecting a chemical called sodium tetradecyl into the roof of the mouth. It acts as a hardening agent that stops the soft tissue at the back of the mouth from vibrating.
Hadi Al-Jassim, the consultant ear, nose and throat surgeon, said: “The injection is cheap for the NHS to use and it is effective”. Al-Jassim has already treated 400 patients with the treatment.

The jab can be given up to three times a year but some people find one dose is enough to stop snoring for a year.

Take off your shoes at home

It pays to take off your shoes while at home.

Yes, taking your shoes off indoors is more than just good manners — it’s actually healthier and cleaner, a study claims.

Researchers have found that 60 per cent of dust comes from outside — though some particles get blown in by wind or arrive by other means, the most common method through the front door is on the soles of shoes. But it is more than just an added chore for whoever does the cleaning.

In fact, the study found that while indoor dust includes unsavoury items such as human skin and hair, outdoor ingredients can include poison and pollutants.

The most serious found in the study of 100 homes were arsenic and lead, said the researchers, led by the University of Arizona.

Although usually found in harmless microscopic amounts, arsenic and lead in dust could be a danger to children who put toys in their mouths, revealed the findings published in the latest edition of the ‘Environmental Science and Technology’ journal.

Bullying is natural, schoolchildren feel

A new study has revealed that schoolchildren feel bullying is something natural and often resign themselves to it.

Lead researcher Caurcel Cara says that adolescents think that bullying in the school context “has always happened and will continue happening”, and present “a negative, pessimistic and resigned attitude” towards the social problem.

Caurcel adds “it is necessary to prove to the children that this type of behaviours do not have to go on forever, and that it is possible to do something to stop them" through more complete educative programmes.