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New test could identify infants with rare insulin disease

A rare form of a devastating disease which causes low blood sugar levels in babies and infants may now be recognised earlier ...

Scientists discover new clues to how weight loss is regulated

DALLAS – A hormone seen as a popular target to develop weight-loss drugs works by directly targeting the brain and triggering previously ...

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 JB253, induces release of insulin only when pancreas cells are exposed to blue light. ... Full story

Adenosine can melt "love handles"

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

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

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