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Study: HGH boosts athletic performance

Updated: May 3, 2010, 5:47 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Researchers are reporting the first scientific evidence that a hormone banned in sports can boost athletic performance.

The improvement from human growth hormone was modest, and only in sprinting. It didn't increase strength or fitness. Athletes likely to benefit are those in sprint events like running or swimming that require a burst of energy, and where a split second can decide the winner, the Australian researchers said.

Human growth hormone, or HGH, is ...

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