Sports and Steroids to be Topic of ‘Doctors on Call’ May 5

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The increasing usage of illegal steroids in sports has become alarming in recent years. Because steroid use can cause serious physical and psychological side effects, new measures are being taken to curb this dangerous practice. Two West Virginia University experts will answer viewers’ questions about sports and steroids in a live presentation of  “Doctor’s on Call” at 8 p.m. Thursday, May 5 on West Virginia Public Television.

Julian Bailes, M.D., is the chair of neurosurgery at WVU and co-author of “When Winning Costs Too Much,” a comprehensive analysis of the rise in steroids and supplement abuse at all levels of sport. He received his medical degree from Louisiana State University and his specialty training from Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Barrow Neurological Institute.  

Gregory Haff, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist at WVU and a former program director of the U.S.A. Weightlifting Regional Development Center in Wichita Falls, Texas. He received his doctoral degree in exercise physiology from the University of Kansas.

 “Doctors on Call,” with host Dr. Bob D'Alessandri, is a joint production of the Robert C. Byrd Health Sciences Center at WVU (www.health.wvu.edu) and West Virginia Public Broadcasting (www.wvpubcast.org), a statewide network of radio, television, Internet and educational resources.    

This program is made possible with major support from Mylan Pharmaceuticals and Purdue Pharma. Other underwriters include The Health Plan, HealthSouth Mountainview Rehabilitation Hospital, and the Center for Organ Recovery and Education.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-1412

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