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New muscle for ARB strategy

Muscle loss, already a problem in the elderly, can dramatically accelerate after injuries or illness and thus can make patients become increasinglysedentary overtime. Now, a team from The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicinehas found that losartan, a widely prescribed generic hypertension drug, can prevent muscle atrophy caused by age and injury.1

"Anybody over the age of 50 starts to lose 1%-2% of muscle mass per year" as part of the normal aging process, said team leaderRonald Cohn, assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology at JHU School of Medicine's McKusick-Nathans Institute of Genetic Medicine. "The problem is that because there's a slow loss of muscle mass, older people are at risk for lying in bed for a long period of time. When they fall or get some kind of infection, older people

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