U.S. Judoka Expelled From Olympics For Marijuana

American judoka Nick Delpopolo has been expelled from the Olympics for testing positive for tetrahydrocannabinol, or as it’s more commonly known, THC. It’s the chemical found in marijuana and hash.

According to a statement released by the USOC, Delpopolo is embarrassed and blamed the positive test on an “inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana.” That’s either an amazing excuse or Delpopolo is cursed with the worst friends on the planet.

OK, a little tip: Friends of Olympians. Sneaking pot brownies on a friend is never a good idea. But doing it when he’s going to be competing in the Olympics, something he’s worked for his entire life and that comes with a whole lot of drug testing, is downright terrible.

Delpopolo’s Olympic accreditation was canceled, and the IOC asked for the international judo federation to look into further action. The USOC, which said it is committed to clean competition, supported the disqualification. This is the first expulsion from an in-competition test. Delpopolo hopes he will get a chance to redeem himself.

Do you believe Nick Delpopolo’s story of his unintentional consumption of pot brownies? Do you think he can successfully redeem himself from this unexpected misfortune? Shout out your thoughts and opinions in the comment box below!

Source: Yahoo News

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Curry — A Promising Cancer-Fighter?

A chemical found in curry is to be tested for its ability to kill bowel cancer tumours in patients.

Curcumin, which is found in the spice turmeric, has been linked to a range of health benefits. Studies have already shown that it can beat cancer cells grown in a laboratory and benefits have been suggested in stroke and dementia patients as well. Now a trial at hospitals in Leicester will investigating giving curcumin alongside chemotherapy drugs.

Prof William Steward, who is leading the study, said animal tests combining the two were “100 times better” than either on their own and that had been the “major justification for cracking on” with the trial.

He said: “Once bowel cancer has spread it is very difficult to treat, partly because the side effects of chemotherapy can limit how long patients can have treatment. The prospect that curcumin might increase the sensitivity of cancer cells to chemotherapy is exciting because it could mean giving lower doses, so patients have fewer side effects and can keep having treatment for longer.

Joanna Reynolds, from Cancer Research UK, said: “By doing a clinical trial like this, we will find out more about the potential benefits of taking large amounts of curcumin, as well as any possible side effects this could have for cancer patients.”

Do you believe in curry’s cancer-fighting ability? Tell us what you think!

Source: BBC News

Image: BioMechanism