Can an obesity vaccine help battle world's fat problem?
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
A new vaccine for obesity, dubbed "flab jab," has shown promising early results in mouse studies -- with scientists saying it could provide a "revolutionary" new tool agains the global obesity epidemic if it continues to pass further safety trials.
According to a press release on July 8 on the new research, the vaccine works by stimulating the immune system to attack a hormone that promotes slow metabolism and weight gain.
In tests, obese mice fed a high fat diet saw a 10 percent drop in body weight four days after receiving the vaccine. Researchers looked at two slightly different versions of the vaccine, with both producing a sustained 10 percent reduction in body weight after booster injections 22 days later.