Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Student researches obesity vaccine

"Nathan Freeman was still in high school when he joined a research team investigating possible cures for obesity.
Now a sophomore biochemistry major at USM, Freeman has continued working with the University Medical Center team every Summer for the past four years. Freeman believes that the team has made major progress developing the use of a hormone known as leptin. Secreted by fat cells, leptin is the chemical that tells your brain you are hungry. leptin is also responsible for regulating heart rate, and has effects similar to insulin for alleviating Diabetes...

Recent research by Dr. Alex da Silva of the University Medical Center showed that leptin was able to completely cure Type 2 Diabetes when given to diabetic mice."

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