November 27, 2006
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Use of the bronchodilator and stimulant ephedrine [(1R,2S)-2-(methylamino-1-phenylpropan-1-ol] by athletes is banned at the Olympic Games. Its 1S,2S isomer is the common nasal decongestant pseudoephedrine, so the sniffling at award ceremonies might not just be emotional.

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