How Doctors Help The Dopers

New ideas from medical research are being plundered by athletes looking for a boost. In Athens, the drug cops will be in hot pursuit

Every morning, he starts the day by taking two blue tablets, and every night before bed, he takes another, making sure no less than 12 hours have elapsed since the first dose. Since he started taking the pills, he can run faster and longer, and tests of his muscle strength confirm what he already knows: he is getting stronger.

It may sound like the routine of another conniving athlete preparing for Athens, but it's the way an 11-year-old boy in Menlo Park, Calif., is fighting muscular dystrophy. Starting in 2002, the youngster began taking low doses of albuterol, a popular asthma...

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