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SPORTS
December 19, 2012 | By Phil Sheridan, Inquirer Columnist
This Eagles season began under the pall of Garrett Reid's death. It is going to end the same way. There was nothing surprising in Monday's revelation that Andy Reid's 29-year-old son had steroids at the time of his death. Garrett Reid had steroids when he was first arrested all the way back in 2007, and it made intuitive sense that the mystery vials in his Lehigh dorm room contained more of the same. It was obviously a terrible idea to have Garrett Reid around the team. It didn't prevent the worst possible outcome for him and for his family, and it raises uncomfortable and ugly questions about his access to the players.
NEWS
December 19, 2012 | BY JASON NARK, WILLIAM BENDER & LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writers narkj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5916
THE MUSCLES that Garrett Reid packed on before he died of an overdose at Eagles training camp in August may have been a facade, it seems, like his sobriety. Authorities in Northampton County said Monday that the 19 vials of liquid found in Reid's dorm room at Lehigh University after his death Aug. 5 contained four types of anabolic steroids used mostly by bodybuilders. Reid, 29, was volunteering as a strength-and-conditioning coach with the team, coached by his father, during training camp over the summer.
SPORTS
December 18, 2012 | By Bill Reed, Inquirer Staff Writer
The oldest son of Eagles coach Andy Reid had illegal anabolic steroids in his Lehigh University dormitory room when he died of a heroin overdose Aug. 5 during the team's training camp, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said Monday. Tests showed that 19 vials found in Garrett Reid's gym bag contained four types of anabolic steroids used for bodybuilding, Morganelli said. The steroids did not contribute to Reid's death, the district attorney said. Garrett Reid, 29, was an assistant on the Eagles' strength and conditioning staff.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 27, 2012
Sleep drug linked to falls The sleep drug Ambien greatly increases hospital patients' risk of falling, a new study finds. Researchers from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., looked at data on more than 16,000 hospitalized patients and found that the fall rate for those who took Ambien was more than four times higher than for those who did not take the drug - just over 3 percent, compared with 0.7 percent. "As a result of our study, we are now phasing out {Ambien} and moving toward sleep enhancement techniques that are not based on drugs and which we believe are safer and probably as effective," Timothy Morgenthaler, Mayo's chief patient safety officer, said in a release.
NEWS
October 10, 2012 | BY MICHAEL HINKELMAN, Daily News Staff Writer
AFORMER Philadelphia police detective admitted in federal district court Tuesday that he operated an anabolic-steroid and human-growth-hormone distribution ring from September 2009 to April 2011. Keith Gidelson, 36, of Bensalem, could face up to 37 months in a federal lockup when he is sentenced in January. Prosecutors said that Gidelson obtained monthly shipments from Europe and China, then sold the drugs to customers in his house and in fitness clubs, and to people he met in online weightlifting chat rooms through websites such as steroids.com and inject.com.
NEWS
October 10, 2012 | By John P. Martin, Inquirer Staff Writer
A former Philadelphia police detective on Tuesday admitted running a ring that imported steroids and human growth hormone from overseas distributors and sold them to users around the city. Keith Gidelson, 36, got the drugs from connections in Europe and China, then resold them out of his Northeast Philadelphia home, in fitness clubs, and at other locations. Authorities said they weren't sure when his ring started, but estimated that Gidelson sold more than 10,000 injections and pills before getting caught in 2011.
NEWS
October 6, 2012 | By Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press
CHICAGO - Millions of people get steroid shots in their backs to relieve pain. Now they are probably wondering if it's safe. In 23 states, hundreds, possibly thousands, of back-pain patients are being warned to watch for symptoms of meningitis because of a custom-mixed steroid solution that may have been contaminated with a fungus. Five people have died and more than 40 others have fallen ill. Health officials on Friday identified 75 clinics across the country that received steroid shots for back pain now linked to the illnesses.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 7, 2012 | By Mitchell Hecht, For The Inquirer
Question: With all the recent attention paid to athletes over illegal steroid drug use, I've been wondering what harm these drugs actually do. Can you explain? Answer: There are a number of performance-enhancing drugs with different effects and safety concerns. The most common performance-enhancing drugs are derivatives of testosterone, such as androstenediol, DHEA, hCG (the same hormone used to detect pregnancy), THG, oxandrolone and stanozolol. They are well-known to increase muscle bulk and strength.
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