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Figure skating champion Gracie Gold battling illness-Dr. Parekh

Selene Parekh, M.D.

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Two-time United States figure skating champion Gracie Gold has withdrawn from her scheduled Grand Prix Series events next month, citing ongoing treatment for depression, anxiety and an eating disorder. This usually requires combination of psychology and nutritional therapy. Could lead to prolonged absence. Sometimes more than 3-6 months

Selene Parekh, M.D. (also known as the “Fantasy Doctor”) is an orthopaedic surgeon and foremost expert on sports injuries who’s fast becoming the go-to expert for the multibillion dollar fantasy sports industry. His data-driven insights and medical expertise make for powerfully accurate predictions of how anything from common sprains to devastating season-ending injuries will affect players’ careers and the success of millions of fantasy teams. Fantasy sports for Parekh is far more than a hobby: He authored and published two foundational research papers using Fantasy football data to track the epidemiology and outcomes of tendon and ligament ruptures in the NFL. Dr. Parekh joined the North Carolina Orthopaedic Clinic and Duke Orthopaedics in 2009, where he is an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Prior to his tenure at Duke, Dr. Parekh was a Foot and Ankle Surgeon at the University of North Carolina (UNC). While there, he was integrally involved in the teaching of medical students and residents. Furthermore, he served as the foot and ankle consultant to the Athletic Department, treating many of the well-known UNC athletes. In his current practice, he continues to treat competitive athletes of all levels. A graduate of the Boston University School of Medicine, Dr. Parekh completed his internship and residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and his fellowship in foot and ankle surgery under the direction of some of the leading global authorities at the University of Pennsylvania. The Fantasy Doctor is an avid runner and has completed the Boston Marathon, and in his former life as a high school athletic star, was offered football scholarships from several Ivy League schools and was the recipient of the Brian Piccolo Award. Dr. Parekh is married and he and his wife are the proud parents of three kids.

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Why was Robinson Cano suspended for furosemide?

Eric Friedman, M.D.

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Robinson Canó was just suspended 80 games for using furosemide. According to major-league baseball rules you cannot be suspended for using for furosemide unless It is deemed part of intent to cover up other prohibited substances. Personally I am not buying Robinson Canó excuse that he needed for furosemide medically. I will give the caveat that they may practice slightly differently in the Dominican republic.

Furosemide is FDA approved to treat a few things:
1. Congestive heart failure
2. Pulmonary edema
3. Generalized swelling (usually in both legs)
4. High blood pressure

Now, I can confidently say that I don’t think a healthy 35-year-old professional athlete has congestive heart failure, pulmonary edema, or generalized swelling. As far as high blood pressure, it is possible that Robinson Canó could have this. However, furosemide is not usually a first or even a second line medicine to treat high blood pressure. Furosemide, however, is used in order to mask other drugs in your urine. That seems to be the most likely explanation.

The other interesting part of this is the timing of his suspension. Reports have said that he tested positive before the season started. It seems interesting that he took an 80 game suspension right before he’s about to get surgery on a metacarpal fracture that usually takes 6 to 8 weeks to return from. At least, for Mariner fans, he will serve most of the suspension during the time he wouldn’t have been able to play anyway.

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NC State DE Kentavius Street tears ACL-Dr. Parekh

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North Carolina State DE Kentavius Street has reportedly suffered a torn ACL during a private workout for the Giants. ACL tear will require reconstruction. 9 to 11 months for him to return to play. Watch below as Dr. Selene Parekh breaks down ACL Tears:

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Calum Chambers suffers another stress fracture of foot-Dr. Parekh

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Middlesbrough defender Calum Chambers is suffering from a repeat stress fracture to his foot. After the January injury he came back after 9 days which was likely too soon. Usually requires about 4 weeks RTP. Depending on the bone in the foot, sometimes requires surgery.

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