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Baseball Suspension Linked to FL Anti-Aging Clinic

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Milwaukee Brewers slugger Ryan Braun has been suspended for the rest of the season for the use of performance-enhancing drugs he reportedly obtained at Biogenesis, a now-defunct Coral Gables "anti-aging" clinic, ESPN.com reports

Major League Baseball has been investigating the clinic since Miami New Times broke the story about Biogenesis in January after obtaining records from the clinic.  Braun reportedly took the deal -- which could cost him $3.5 million -- after a hearing in which he saw that MLB had extensive evidence.

ESPN reports that the evidence is even stronger against the New York Yankees' Alex Rodriguez and that he is reported to be negotiating a settlement with MLB.

Tony Bosch, who pretended to be a doctor while running the clinic, is helping MLB with the investigation. 

Florida has many anti-aging clinics that are only loosely regulated. Some states require that clinics be owned by medical doctors, but Florida does not.

Carol Gentry, founder and special correspondent of Health News Florida, has four decades of experience covering health finance and policy, with an emphasis on consumer education and protection.After serving two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Colombia, Gentry worked for a number of newspapers including The Wall Street Journal, St. Petersburg Times (now Tampa Bay Times), the Tampa Tribune and Orlando Sentinel. She was a Kaiser Foundation Media Fellow in 1994-95 and earned an Master's in Public Administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in 1996. She directed a journalism fellowship program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for four years.Gentry created Health News Florida, an independent non-profit health journalism publication, in 2006, and served as editor until September, 2014, when she became a special correspondent. She and Health News Florida joined WUSF in 2012.
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