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Web Date: October 8, 2017

Microneedle skin patch fights fat

The patch slowly and safely releases a drug that transforms white fat to brown
Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE, Nano SCENE
Keywords: Drug delivery, white fat, brown fat, obesity, skin patch, microneedles, microneedle patch, obesity drug

A new skin patch can burn fat at the site where it’s applied. Dozens of tiny microneedles on the patch slowly and painlessly deliver a drug that transforms energy-storing white fat into calorie-burning brown fat (ACS Nano 2017, DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.7b04348). Tested on obese mice, the patch reduced abdominal fat, increased metabolism, and brought down glucose levels. It could offer an effective and safe . . .

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