New research in mice has developed a drug that gets sedentary animals into shape. "Sedentary mice that took the drug 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," reported the AP story. The scientists expect that the discovery could eventually lead to new treatments for obesity and diabetes (as well as new performance enhancers to ban), but they caution that no new invention is likely to beat the benefits of hard-earned sweat.
Those dedicated mice brought another discovery to today's news, namely that a compound in tetrahydrocannabinol (found in the cannibis plant) may suppress the development of colorectal cancer. Conveniently, it's the same receptor that causes cannibis to relieve pain and nausea, elevate mood and stimulate appetite--an all-in-one benefit for cancer patients.