WEIGHT-LOSS NIRVANA?

A SUBSTANCE THAT MAKES FAT MICE THIN JUST MIGHT WORK FOR HUMANS TOO

How many people struggling mightily to keep their weight in check wouldn't trade places with the mice in Dr. Jeffrey Friedman's laboratory? Two weeks earlier, these roly-poly fur balls weighed three times as much as a mouse should, and they still couldn't stop snacking. After daily injections of a new hormone, however, the tubby rodents suddenly started consuming less food and burning more fat. They shed those excess ounces and trimmed 30% off their bloated size. Even better, their cholesterol readings fell, as did the high glucose levels that made them mildly diabetic. Virtually overnight, it seemed, the mice perked up,...

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