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Drug in Canker Sore Medicine Makes Mice Lose Weight Sans Exercising

Posted: Feb. 16th, 2013  |  By DailyLuxe News

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Here is something to squeak about. If this drug works on humans the same as it did on mice, automatic weight loss … with no exercising … would be possible.  

In a study on weight loss at the University of Michigan, mice that were injected with amlexanox, a drug used to treat mouth sores, kept eating the same amount of food and lost weight anyway. The weight returned to the mice when the injections stopped.

CNN reports that studies on human beings will begin later this year. Although many drugs that work on mice do not work on humans, the doctors at the university remain hopeful.

 "It is a tour de force and offers a new and potentially exciting opening for developments of new anti-obesity drugs -- something which is badly needed," says Dr. George Bray, chief of the Division of Clinical Obesity and Metabolism at Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University.

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