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Weight loss via attacking the blood supply for fat cells

Researchers have developed an experimental drug that attacks the blood supply of fat tissue.

The drug binds to blood vessels supporting white fat cells and uses a peptide to trigger cell death. Without a bloody supply, white fat cells are then metabolized by the body.

Obese rhesus monkeys lost 11 per cent of their weight after four weeks of treatment with the drug.

Previous therapeutic approaches to obesity treatment involve suppressing appetite or increasing metabolism.

Read more at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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