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New drug mimics the beneficial effects of exercise

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An exercise pill? Exercise be damned now there is a pill for that! Researchers are developing a new drug that may bring some of the beneficial effects of exercise. A recent study involving mice showed that the drug candidate, dubbed SR9009, significantly increases endurance and the body’s metabolic rate — by 5 percent. The study, conducted at the Scripps Research Institute in Florida, was published online inNature Medicine on July 14, 2013. “The animals actually get muscles like an athlete who has been training,” study co-author Dr. Thomas Burris, chairman of the pharmacological and physiological science department at St. Louis University School of Medicine, said in a written statement. “The pattern of gene expression after treatment with SR9009 is that of an oxidative-type muscle— again, just like an athlete.”


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