Vidyya Medical News Service
Volume 7 Issue 25 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Jan-2005 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 26-Jan-2005
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Plant protein mimics hormone that mitigates diabetes and obesity
A common protein that protects plants from fungal infection mimics the activity of a hormone in mammals that is linked to weight loss and is believed to play a role in mitigating heart disease, obesity and diabetes, according to a team of researchers at Purdue University and several collaborating institutions.  more

Exercise helps reduce symptoms of depression, UT Southwestern researchers find
Jumping on that treadmill or bike is not only good for one's health, but also can help significantly reduce depression, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found.  more

Study discovers serious deficiencies in 'apparently normal' heart valves
Surprising new findings in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology show that the basic biochemical composition of heart valves in patients with congestive heart failure are markedly different than those with healthy hearts, a finding that may explain the mixed success of surgery to repair valve dysfunction in these patients.  more


Lack of enzyme turns fat cells into fat burners
Lack of the enzyme, acetyl CoA carboxylase 2 or ACC2, appears to turn the adipose or fat cells of mice into fat burners, explaining in part why the animals can eat more and weigh less than their normal counterparts, said Baylor College of Medicine researchers.  more

Type of weight loss surgery more effective at reducing insulin resistance
Excessive weight can bring with it many medical problems, including insulin resistance and often type 2 diabetes. Bariatric surgery for severely obese patients leads to weight loss and improves insulin sensitivity.  more

Younger adults don't cope as well with pain as their elders
Adults under the age of 50 who have chronic pain may be less able to cope with their condi more

New leukemia drug shows promise in overriding all Gleevec resistance
Temple University researchers have developed a new drug that could potentially treat all forms of Gleevec-resistant chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML).  more

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