July 14, 2009 --
For now, there is no quick and easy cure for obesity. But researchers at Indiana University think they may be on to an injection that can slim you down by 25 percent in just one week. First, the big catch, this treatment is still many years away from human trials. But, if it proves to be safe and effective, it could give results similar to weight loss surgery.
It involves the combined properties of two natural hormones made into a single drug that in rodents suppresses appetite and increases metabolism. The drug would be taken as a weekly injection.
There is more on this drug online in the journal Nature Chemical Biology.