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By Jeff Barker | jeff.barker@baltsun.com and Baltimore Sun reporter | February 14, 2010
Juan Dixon, the former NBA player and Maryland star who once delivered an anti- steroids message to Congress, believes his positive steroid test while playing overseas resulted from an over-the-counter supplement, his wife said Sunday. The player "took an over-the-counter supplement and had no idea it had any type of steroid in it. It's not like he was injecting steroids," Robyn Dixon, his wife, said in an interview with the Baltimore Sun. Juan Dixon has remained in the Spanish city of Malaga and could not immediately be reached for comment.
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By Arthur Hirsch and The Baltimore Sun | September 15, 2014
After three years mixing, bottling and boxing natural personal care products to be sold in local shops at their home in Annapolis, Robert and Zoe Benzinger are poised for bigger things. For the first time their company, eco-armour, will be among the exhibitors starting Wednesday at Natural Products Expo East 2014 in Baltimore, billed as the largest trade show on the East Coast devoted to goods made from ingredients found in nature treated with relatively little processing. The industry says sales of natural food for people and pets, diet supplements, and cosmetics and grooming products are growing about 8 percent a year.
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By King Features Syndicate | November 24, 1992
Q: My wife is convinced that vitamins keep her healthy. She takes a fistful every morning. The kitchen table is littered with vitamin C, beta carotene, folic acid, zinc, vitamin E and goodness knows what else.I don't take a thing and feel great at 68. I eat healthy food and walk two miles every day. She keeps pushing her health food publications at me and wants me to take vitamins too. I think the whole thing is a waste of good money. Please tell her to ease up.A: Perhaps we can change your mind instead.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
A Florida supplements company that calls its products Inner Armour is violating Under Armour's trademarks, the sportswear manufacturer alleged in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. In a complaint illustrated with pictures of the allegedly offending products, Under Armour says the supplements company has been mimicking its advertising videos and in some cases dressing models in a mix of Inner Armour-branded clothes and Under Armour gear. "As a result of defendant's use of Inner Armour in connection with its products, activities, and promotions, consumers are likely to believe defendant and/or its products are made, approved, or licensed by Under Armour," the company's lawyers wrote.
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By Julie Bell and Julie Bell,SUN STAFF | February 5, 2003
Martek Biosciences Corp. said yesterday that it plans to spend more than $30 million expanding manufacturing capacity to keep up with demand for its infant formula supplement, which gained U.S. approval last year. Chief Financial Officer Peter L. Buzy said the latest expansion, to begin this year and be up and running next year or in 2005, most likely will be located in Winchester, Ky., home of its current plant. The company hasn't ruled out other options, Buzy said, though none is in Maryland.
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By ARIZONA REPUBLIC | December 28, 1999
PHOENIX -- On the night he suffered a seizure that caused him to stop breathing, Phoenix Suns forward Tom Gugliotta ingested a supplement that has been tied to the collapse of a 16-year-old Peoria, Ariz., boy on Dec. 2 and at least one death, the Arizona Republic has learned.The compound, furanone di-hydro, is a legal, over-the-counter substance marketed as a herbal supplement that is designed to improve sleep and aid in muscle recovery.The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has asked firms that manufacture products containing the chemical to voluntarily recall them.
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By Gailor Large and Gailor Large,Special to the Sun | October 26, 2003
What can you tell me about the weight-loss supplement bitter orange? Is it safe? Bitter orange is an extract taken from the Seville orange. Touted as an ephedra-free diet supplement, it contains synephrine, an appetite suppressant and metabolism booster. While it's too soon to know for sure, early studies show that the side effects may not be all that different from those of ephedra. Especially when taken with caffeine, users run the risk of heart and blood pressure problems. The bottom line: diet supplements are never worth the risk.
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By NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | February 23, 2003
TAMPA, Fla. - The heart palpitations started on a Sunday night in March 1996 as David Wells sat in his hotel room after a day of spring training workouts with the Orioles. When Wells arrived at Fort Lauderdale Stadium for work the next morning, his heart was still speeding. By that afternoon, Wells was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital, intravenous tubes in his arms, his heart pounding and his mind racing. At one point, doctors measured his heartbeat at nearly 200 beats per minute. Wells had an irregular heartbeat, the doctors told him, and they recommended stopping his heart, then starting it again by shocking it with a defibrillator.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2003
The widow of Steve Bechler, the Oriole who suffered fatal heatstroke last week at spring training, plans to sue the maker of the weight-loss supplement her husband used - a strategy that experts say holds the best hope to obtain benefits beyond baseball's standard life insurance. A lawsuit against the team, a tactic being pursued by the widow of an NFL player who died under similar circumstances in 2001, is a far more difficult case to make. Workers' compensation laws shield employers from liability for most on-the-job deaths.
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By Jonathan Bor and Jonathan Bor,Sun Staff | September 27, 1999
After learning that many of his patients were taking a nutritional supplement to relieve the symptoms of congestive heart failure, cardiologist Stephen Gottlieb set out to determine whether the product did any good.There were theoretical reasons why Coenzyme Q10, a supplement sold widely in health food stores, pharmacies and over the Internet, might increase the efficiency of a weakened heart. But does it?"We found zilch," said Gott-lieb, director of the cardiac care unit at the University of Maryland Medical Center.
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The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
The Chesapeake Bayhawks selected midfielder Cameron Holding (Grand Valley State) second overall in the Major League Lacrosse supplemental draft Wednesday afternoon. The Bayhawks received the pick, as well as the 28th overall selection, in a trade immediately before the draft. As part of the multi-team deal, the Bayhawks sent midfielder Kevin Cooper (Archbishop Spalding, Maryland) and faceoff specialist Matt Dolente (Johns Hopkins) to the New York Lizards; also, All-Star defenseman Kyle Hartzell (Salisbury, CCBC-Essex)
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By Adam Schneider | December 1, 2013
During the holiday season, many of us consider our good fortune and engage in charitable acts to share our prosperity. Marylanders give generously to food banks, serve at homeless shelters, or otherwise volunteer to help our less fortunate neighbors. Yet we are remiss if we don't also consider the public policies that create these needs, and engage in the political acts necessary to end poverty in Maryland - the wealthiest state in the wealthiest country in the history of the world - where one in 10 people live below the official poverty line.
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Tim Wheeler | June 21, 2013
It's summer, time to hit the beaches in Maryland and elsewhere. But are they safe for swimming?  Local health departments, with help and oversight from the state Department of the Environment , are responsible for checking the water for contamination by human or animal waste.  Health agencies typically post alerts to the public if bacteria levels are found high enough to pose a threat that bathers could become sick from splashing around....
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By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2013
The United Way of Central Maryland will provide nearly $3 million in community grants intended to provide financial stability to families, quality education to children and healthy alternatives to individuals, the organization said this week. In all, 71 nonprofit programs will receive funding to change the lives of impoverished Marylanders. The money is expected to help offset a loss in services some may experience as a result of federal sequestration. "Our region is simultaneously experiencing increases in poverty rates and government cuts to critical social programs," said Dominique Moore, chairwoman of the local United Way's Baltimore City Partnership Board.
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By Erin Cox and The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2013
Gov. Martin O'Malley today released a $222 million supplemental budget that creates a "Gun Center," strives to save a baseball program and sets aside another $10 million in case federal sequestration cuts take a toll on Maryland. The governor designated $300,000 for the Towson University baseball program , scheduled to be eliminated of funding problems, to survive another year while the school works on fundraising. Even though the governor already added $153 million to the state's rainy day fund  with an eye toward what he called the "hara-kiri Congress," O'Malley added extra money.
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February 2, 2013
Mitch Ross, the supplement maker who allegedly provided deer antler velvet spray to Ravens inside linebacker Ray Lewis, said during a news conference Friday that he's received death threats from angry Ravens fans. Ross didn't provide any specific information about the alleged threats, though. "It's unfortunate that I'm getting death threats from Ravens fans," said a sleeveless Ross, who was wearing a black skull cap and displaying bottles of the spray and other products, including performance chips, which aren't banned by the NFL. "I got duped by Sports Illustrated.
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By Chris Emery and Chris Emery,Sun reporter | April 17, 2007
A dietary supplement widely used for achy joints does little if anything to relieve arthritic pain, according to researchers who found that chondroitin is no more effective than a placebo. The Swiss researchers combined results from recent large-scale studies on chondroitin's effectiveness and say their results overshadow smaller, less rigorous studies that suggested a benefit. "The longer you look and the more rigorously you look, the less effect you see," said Dr. Peter J?ni, an epidemiologist at Switzerland's University of Bern and an author of the new study.
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By Jeff Barker | jeff.barker@baltsun.com | February 15, 2010
Juan Dixon, the former NBA player and Maryland star who once delivered an anti- steroid message to Congress, believes his positive steroid test while playing overseas resulted from an over-the-counter supplement, his wife said Sunday. The player "took an over-the-counter supplement and had no idea it had any type of steroid in it. It's not like he was injecting steroids," Robyn Dixon, his wife, said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. Juan Dixon has remained in the Spanish city of Malaga and could not immediately be reached for comment.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | August 23, 2012
A settlement agreement ending health benefits for Sparrows Point workers Aug. 31 was approved Thursday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Del. The agreement, struck by mill owner RG Steel and the United Steelworkers union last week, also retroactively ended supplemental unemployment pay as of Aug. 10. Judge Kevin J. Carey, who is overseeing RG Steel's bankruptcy case, wrote in Thursday's court order that the deal appeared to be "in the best...
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