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Image: Tahir Hussain in the laboratory; Copyright: Kris Kehe/UH College of Pharmacy

Protecting kidneys from obesity


UH professor of pharmacology Tahir Hussain has received $1.6M from the National Institutes of Health to examine a kidney cell that could prevent damage from inflammation caused by obesity. The targeted cells express a protein called the angiotensin type 2 receptor (AT2R), which recently has been indicated to have anti-inflammatory and reno protective actions.
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Image: image of a retina; Copyright: Centre for Vision Research, the Westmead Institute for Medical Research

Eyes of adolescents could reveal risk of cardiovascular disease


New research has found that poorer well-being or 'health-related quality of life' (HRQoL) in adolescence could be an indicator of future cardiovascular disease risk.
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Image: Mouse cells with (left) or without (right) DOR protein in green and blue ob black ground; Copyright: M. Romero, IRB Barcelona

DOR protein deficiency favours the development of obesity


Obesity is a world health problem since excessive accumulation of fat tissue (or adipose tissue) increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, hypertension, diabetes and some types of cancer. However, some obese individuals are less susceptible to these conditions.
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Between austerity measures and growth pressure - Latin America's medical market


A region whose states make up the world's third largest economy and which has few linguistic differences - Latin America is an attractive market for foreign companies at first glance. This also applies to the medical market. However, various factors are contributing to the fact that this market is growing only slowly in most countries.
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Image: portrait of Per-Arne Svensson; Copyright: Malin Arnesson

Obesity surgery prevents severe chronic kidney disease and kidney failure


Patients that underwent weight-loss surgery ran a significantly lower risk of developing severe chronic kidney disease and kidney failure, when compared to conventionally treated patients, according to a study published in International Journal of Obesity.
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Biochemists of TU Darmstadt develop substances fighting obesity


A team led by biochemistry professor Felix Hausch of the TU Darmstadt is working on substances that are to help fighting three widespread diseases: depression, chronic pain and obesity.
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Image: different colours running into each other: image of brown fat tissue; Copyright: Reber/TUM

Brown adipose tissue made transparent


Brown adipose tissue has played a key role in prevention research since its presence was first documented in adults. However, there was no non-invasive method of measuring its heat generation. A team at the Technical University Munich (TUM) and the Helmholtz Zentrum München has now succeeded in making the activity of brown adipose tissue visible without injecting substances.
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Image: Several people use the Armeo system and playing a videogame with it; Copyright: Hocoma, Schweiz

Exoskeletons, Serious Games and Co.: New Technologies in Rehabilitation


A stroke, an accident or just because you are aging – there are many reasons to take advantage of physiotherapeutic or rehabilitative measures. More and more new technologies are designed to support patients in this process. They run the gamut from sensor technology and robotics to exergames and virtual reality.
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