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Optical control of insulin secretion

LMU researchers have chemically modified an anti-diabetic agent so as to make its action dependent on light. The resulting prototype compound, termed ...

Adenosine can melt "love handles"

Researchers at the University of Bonn discover a new signaling pathway to combat excess body weight ...

New Research Could Pave the Way for Fructose Tolerance Test

A new study identifies a hormone stimulated by fructose ingestion ... Full story

Drinking Decaf Coffee May Be Good for the Liver

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute report that decaffeinated coffee drinking may benefit liver health. Results of the study published in Hepatology, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, show that higher coffee consumption, regardless of caffeine content, was linked to lower levels of abnormal liver enzymes. This suggests that chemical compounds in coffee other than caffeine may help protect the liver. ... Full story

Long-term Treatment Success Using Gene Therapy to Correct a Lethal Metabolic Disorder

New Rochelle, NY —Excessive and often lethal blood levels of bilirubin can result from mutations in a single gene that are the cause of the metabolic disease known as Crigler-Najjar syndrome type 1 (CNS1). ... Full story

A Diet for the Cell: Keeping the DNA Fit with Fewer Calories

Molecular biologists from Heidelberg show how the nutrient status of cells can influence their response to damaged DNA ... Full story

Getting metabolism right

Analysis of 89 models of metabolic processes finds flaws in 44 of them — but suggests corrections. ... Full story

Fat molecules influence form and function of key photosynthesis protein

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A mysterious space within a protein critical to photosynthesis is filled with fat molecules that influence both the protein’s architecture and electrical properties, according to two recent studies. ... Full story

Risky metabolism

Risk-taking behaviour depends on metabolic rate and temperature in great tits ... Full story

Insulin action in the brain: regulation of glucose metabolism demonstrated for the first time directly in humans

Neuherberg, 29.08.2014. Selective insulin action in certain brain areas improves glucose metabolism throughout the body. This is a finding of a study by scientists from the Institute of Diabetes Research and Metabolic Diseases of Helmholtz Zentrum München at the University of Tübingen, published in the journal ‘Diabetes’. ... Full story

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