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Monday, April 17, 2006

Another Skinny Pill 

As obesity becomes more and more of a public health problem, and as our social obsession with thinness continues, more and more research dollars are going to look for a 'magic pill' that can make us thin without sacrificing any of the things we like (food, booze, not going to the gym, etc.). Most of this research has focused on hormones, such as leptin and obestatin, and have not yielded great results. Canadian researchers have found another protein, ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), which may hold some promise: it seems to stimulate fat metabolism in muscles, and to suppress appetite.

Still probably not as effective as going to the gym every day. But then, I hate the gym.

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