Researchers also looked at how much patients were bothered by a combination of MS symptoms and AEs before, during, and after treatment. What they found was that the combined effect of symptoms and side effects was not substantially different between baseline and one week after treatment. This suggests that one week after treatment, the benefit gained from a decrease in MS symptoms was neutralized somewhat by the increased burden of adverse events related to treatment. Interestingly, the combined burden was the lowest on Day Two of IVMP treatment.
Awareness and educational efforts are working to help prevent anabolic steroid abuse in schools and communities. The Adolescents Training and Learning to Avoid Steroids (ATLAS) and the Athletes Targeting Healthy Exercise and Nutrition Alternatives (ATHENA) programs, funded by the NIDA, and supported by the Oregon Health & Science University programs is teaching athletes that they do not need steroids to build powerful muscles and improve athletic performance. These programs provide weight-training and nutrition alternatives, increase healthy behaviors, less likelihood to try steroids, and less likelihood to engage in other dangerous behaviors such as drinking and driving, use of marijuana and alcohol , and and improved body image. Bother Congress and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration endorsed these model prevention programs. 4