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The Super-Tall Tend to Die Young—but Why?

Phenomenon may be linked to how excess growth hormone affects the heart

(Newser) - Andre the Giant may be the most well-known; Neil Fingleton, who played Mag the Mighty on Game of Thrones, is the most recent . Both actors were seriously tall men who died young (Andre was 46, Fingleton 36), and Gizmodo wants to know why. The site looks into the common fate... More »

Docs Halt Growth of World's Tallest Man

Sultan Kosen, 8-feet-3 inches, given medication by UVa. doctors

(Newser) - The world's tallest man may have reached his peak, thanks to treatment by researchers at the University of Virginia Medical Center. Measuring at 8-feet-3 inches, 29-year-old Sultan Kosen of Turkey is listed in the 2011 Guinness World Records at the tallest living man. Kosen visited the university in May... More »

Latest US Drug Overdose: Hormones for Short Kids

Prevalence of 'lifestyle drugs' when some have no healthcare indictment of system

(Newser) - Since 2003, when the FDA relaxed restrictions on the use of growth hormone (GH) for children, more parents have been looking to give their shortest offspring a leg up in the world. But while many health professionals agree that taller kids may have higher self-esteem, dosing the short ones may... More »

Olympians Fearful of Chinese Food Chemicals

Athletes worried about mystery additives plan to pack their own food

(Newser) - In addition to concerns about air quality in Beijing this August, many Olympic athletes are worried about contaminants and chemicals in the food, ABC News reports. With many of China's agricultural products boosted by growth stimulants, or steroids, or amped by antibiotics, athletes are particularly concerned that they might unwittingly... More »

Scientists Link Gene Mutation to Longevity

Alteration makes cells less receptive to growth factor

(Newser) - A genetic mutation that makes cells less responsive to growth hormone has been linked to human longevity, Scientific American reports. A recent study looked at children of Ashkenazi Jews with a family history of long life and an average age of 98, and compared their genes with the children of... More »

MLB Stars Bought 'Roids From Fla. Clinic

Latest leak names three, including Matt Williams, Jose Guillen

(Newser) - Three more baseball players, including outfielder Jose Guillen and retired third baseman Matt Williams, have been named as buying steroids from a Florida anti-aging clinic that has since been raided for suspected illegal drug sales, the San Francisco Chronicle reports, citing records. Prescriptions at the clinic were written by a... More »

Great Heights Indeed for Ukraine Giant

8-foot-5 former veterinarian is world's tallest living man

(Newser) - Leonid Stadnik knows how the weather is up there. The 8-foot-5 Ukrainian was declared the planet's tallest man by Guinness World Records yesterday, the AP reports, displacing a 7-9 Mongolian. Stadnik is 6 inches short of the all-time mark, held by an American. More »

Red Meat May Harm Sons' Sperm

Lower fertility found in men whose moms scarfed beef during pregnancy

(Newser) - Men whose mothers ate a lot of beef during pregnancy have lower sperm counts, finds a study attempting to track the effect of growth hormones fed to cattle. While the specific chemicals weren't identified, sons of pregnant women who ate beef more than seven times a week were three times... More »

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