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Researchers Test Efficacy Of Chinese Herb As An Anti-Obesity Treatment

December 30, 2010: 12:53 PM EST

Scientists in South Dakota are launching two clinical trials testing the efficacy of an anti-obesity compound derived from a Chinese herb. According to South Dakota State University researcher Gareth Davies, earlier lab and animal testing has found that the compound, which they call AIHBG-10, stops the development of fat cells. The compound essentially  changes the gene expression in fat cells, preventing them from developing from a pre-fat cell to a fat cell. Davies said the compound may have potential in treating side effects resulting from some medications, especially anti-psychotic drugs, which often lead to abnormal weight gain. One of the clinical trials will test the compound in patients receiving anti-psychotic medications.

Gareth Davies, "Clinical Trials Under Way to Test Anti Obesity Compound", News releae, South Dakota State University, December 30, 2010, © SDSU
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