ABC Evening News for Wednesday, May 23, 1990
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Drug Erythropoietin noted stimulating production of blood cells, such as in AIDS patients who develop anemia from use of drug AZT. Report introduced.
(New York: Armen Keteyian) Use of Erythropoietin (EPO) as a performance-enhancing drug by endurance athletes examined; details given of medical effects of drug on athletes. [USOC chief medical officer Dr. Deborah WATERS - says this a potential nightmare.] [Medical researcher Dr. Bjorn ECKBLOOM, amateur runner Manos FLINK - comment on EPO study.] Danger of unsupervised use of EPO cited. [IOC medical commission Dr. Donald CATLIN - talks about side effects of EPO.] Acceptance of performance drugs in the world of cycling in Holland, in which 16 cyclists have died mysteriously in last year, noted. [Pro cyclist Andy HAMPSTEN - comments.] [Widow of cyclist Johannes DREYER, Annalise DREYER - hopes husband's death will lead to investigation into deaths of Dutch riders.] [Marathoner Frank SHORTER - says runners use EPO.] Problem in detecting EPO usage explained.
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