Medicine: Getting A Shot Of Youth

Human growth hormone may reverse some signs of aging

From the fruitless quest for the legendary Fountain of Youth to the current popularity of plastic surgery and Retin-A face cream, the search for ways to erase the sags and wrinkles of aging has never stopped. Now it appears that a partial antidote to the ravages of time may already lie within the human body. Last week, researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Milwaukee reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that injections of a naturally occurring substance called human growth hormone can firm up skin, build muscles and trim fat in...

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