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WASHINGTON: Help could be on the way for players or soldiers who are exposed to the risk of extreme heat sensitivity during practice sessions, thanks to a new discovery.

Drug protects against fatality from extreme heat

WASHINGTON: Help could be on the way for players or soldiers who are exposed to the risk of extreme heat sensitivity during practice sessions, thanks to a new discovery.

A genetic mutation named as RyR1 has been implicated in such fatalities which could be counteracted by a new compound known as AICAR — identified by scientists from the Salk Institute and described as "exercise in a pill". "When we gave AICAR to the (heat-sensitive) mice, it was 100 percent effective in preventing heat-induced deaths, even when we gave it no more than 10 minutes before the activity," said Susan Hamilton, the journal Nature Medicine reports. IANS
 

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