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Is an “exercise pill” coming your way?

Researchers are developing pills that provide many of the effects of exercise. But none provides all the benefits of physical activity. Health experts are fond of saying, “If exercise were a pill, everyone would want to take it.” And scientists seem to agree. Over the past several years there has been an accelerated push to develop drugs that mimic the effects of exercise. The promise is enormous—such medications could be a boon…

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