Skin patch melt­ing fat

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

US re­searchers have de­vel­oped a skin patch that can melt fat in mice, and fu­ture tests will re­veal whether it could treat obe­sity and di­a­betes in peo­ple, a study claims.

The patch uses nan­otech­nol­ogy to raise the body’s me­tab­o­lism and trans­form en­ergy-stor­ing white fat into en­ergy-burn­ing brown fat, ac­cord­ing to the re­port in ACS Nano, a pub­li­ca­tion of the Amer­i­can Chem­i­cal So­ci­ety.

Af­ter four weeks, mice ex­hib­ited a 20 per cent re­duc­tion in body fat where the patch was ap­plied.

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