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NEW YORK (AP) _ What if a drug could help you gain some of the benefits of exercise without working up a sweat?
Scientists report there is such a drug -- if you happen to be a mouse. In a study, sedentary mice that took the drug (AICAR) for four weeks burned more calories and had less fat than untreated mice.
And when tested on a treadmill, they could run about 44 percent farther and 23 percent longer than untreated mice.
Just how well those results might translate to people is an open question. But researchers say someday such a drug might help treat obesity, diabetes and people with medical conditions that keep them from exercising.
The scientists also report that in mice that did exercise training, a second drug -- GW1516 -- made their workout much more effective at boosting endurance.
The research is published online by the journal Cell.